Summer Pattern takes Hold! Smallmouth bite Solid. Big Month ahead for Delta Anglers.
This Weekend Free Fishing Day Saturday! Dan’s Delta Outdoors Last Pro Am July 21st and Ultimate Frog Challenge will be the months biggest event July 28th and 29th. Dan’s Delta Outdoors will host Frog Technique Seminar the 25th at 6pm.
Catfish start to show in better numbers with Mackeral. Sardines and livers are the best bets for whisker fish. Striper Trolling and plug casting has been Improving the last few days. Trolling the Angry Eyes and Savage Preys is the best bet. Get Crankin’ Smallies are grabbing baits throughout the North Delta area. Craw patterns are key. Summer night pattern prevails for bait tossing anglers.
Warm seasonable weather ahead finally for anglers, and forecast to stay stable. Shore bound anglers are scoring cats and stripers . The best place to score a striped bass or Whisker fish remains Three Mile and the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Shad. Trolling is still scoring many limits stripers and occasionally, a 10-12 pounder caught. Yo-Zuri’s and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers.
Walnut Grove North Delta sloughs Black and Smallmouth Bass in the area are a biting. Jigs and Swim jigs are working in the Hogback and Steamboat Areas. Bank anglers tossing Anchovies and Sardines prevail for an occasional Striper and nice catfish. Those looking for bigger bites try drifting live baits for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling.
Crankbaits are scoring bass on the main runway rock walls. Bass pushing the 4 to 6 mark are showing on occasion. While the winds have hampered there search a bit those targeting shaded current areas. Fatsack Tackle punch shirts and Strike King Plastics are great under utilized choices. With the wind Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits also are getting bit. Jig bite on points is also decent! A few anglers are starting to see small schoolie sized stripers chasing bait.
Black bass bite is at a consistent yet, tougher than normal bite. While last week the talk was of Better summer staging fish starting to grab punch baits. Many are starting to stick with drop-shotting Robo Worms We are seeing a few big Black Bass with ¾ ounce Jigs. Others looking to score are starting to Toss ProZ Frogs.
Anglers in search of stripers are finding the bite to be improving but still those who stick with it are getting small keepers on occasion from both boat and bank. From as far west as Honker Bay to the Broad Slough and Antioch pier persistent bait dunkers with Anchovies and Sardines ae finding fun action. Sturgeon success has come on the outgoing tide with Sardines, eel and roe. Broad Slough, Bouy 1 and Pittsburg PG&E are good bets. Not great by any means but a fun way to spend the Hot summer evenings.
Catfishing is reining supreme at Channel Point, Loma Island or from a boat with nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Trout are biting on nightcrawlers at Channel Point, near the swim area, or from a boat. Try fishing for crappie or bluegill with jigs or worms at the boat ramp area, Loma Island or Channel Point area.
Recent Catfish plants have spurred the action along, although wind has been brutal at times hampering boat rentals. The Best bet is fishing with cut baits with all the hungry small stripers and catfish around. Trout are a bit slower but still caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Peninsula Cove. The baits of choice for shore anglers is garlic scented PowerBaits, nightcrawlers or Kastmasters. Trout average a pound and a half but range to over 5 lbs. Light tackle is important for catching trout with 4-6 pound test being plenty. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been ok with some limits being caught from all around the reservoir.
The weather this week has been beautiful with average temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s. . The two best species of fish to try and target would be catfish or striped bass.The Catfish bite is picking up with many anglers catching them from 2-8 lbs. As the water warms up they are getting active. The best baits have been chicken livers, anchovies, mackerel and sardines. If you target the catfish, look for areas with cover, downed trees, and grassy areas with some place for them to hide. Most of the catfish that that are being caught have been in shallow water.The hot bite this week is Striped Bass. Most anglers have been catching them out towards the dam off of points, but also in the lower narrows along the beaches. Best baits to use would be Anchovies, Chicken Liver, or Sardines. If you like to throw lures, I would recommend jerk baits (Yo-Zuri, Lucky Craft, Etc.) or jigs (chatterbaits, hair raizers, etc.).