March 18-24: Delta Fishing Report

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Taken from the Hook Line & Sinker Tournament of Champions weigh in last week.

This weekend, Dan’s Delta Black Bass Series gets started this weekend at Oakley’s Big Break Marina Entry and Schedule now available for Download.

 

Isleton
Striper Trolling and plug casting has improved with the a bit with the dirty water improving.. Water temps raised a bit this week and a few more stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.

 

Rio Vista
SOLID! Sturgeon anglers in front of Collinsville or Red Barn still get bit. Shore bound anglers are scoring both species. The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon remains Sherman Island in the area of the Power Lines, use Sardines or Red’s Bloody Eel. Many more Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught.  Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers. Red White Classic Shimmer jigs around pumps getting stripers.

 

Walnut Grove
The Dirty “D” is keeping its name and muddier conditions make it  tougher..Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures. Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling Brite colors 8 to 10 foot deep is key as the spring push starts up. Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites.

 

Discovery Bay
As water temps reach upper-fifties the black bass bite is rolling. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with Senkos and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tulle flats. Others looking to beat the  conditions are starting to crank Chartruse Black 1.5’s and 2.5’S  and Big Poppa’s. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Angry Eye baits. Packman A-Rigs also solid options

 

Frank’s Tract
Black bass bite is picking up at a consistent pace warm rain forecast for later next week only helps the Big Girls bite.  Chatterbaits and swim jigs are great options while spinnerbaits get the mentioned as well. Hematoma Beavers on over cast days also working well. We found a few Stripers (tiny) with Underspins .

 

West Delta
The stripers starting to show anchovies and sardines in many areas for bank anglers, Antioch Pier and along Sherman Island rd.  Stripes to 18 pounds have  grabbed Red/White Classic shimmer jigs.  Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet.

 

Contra Loma
Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails.  Water up fast slowed the bite for now. Black bass have been biting on artificial baits/lures and nightcrawlers around the lake. Try a AC Minnow wake bait or a Savage Trout.

 

Los Vaqueros
Trout action best bet. They are being caught in South Cove and Oak Point as well as Cowboy 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. There was a 1000 lb DFW plant on March 8th. There was also a 1000 lb Lassen plant this week. With the continuing plants, trout fishing has been holding steady with more limits being caught from all around the reservoir.

 

Del Valle
Trout have been active this last week. They have been in the shallow water; anglers are having good luck on Power Bait, nightcrawlers, Rapalas, mice tails and Kastmasters. Many anglers have reported catching their limits.Black Bass are on fire with anglers reporting having caught and released up to 12 bass. Most are smaller and in shallow water creating their beds. Best bet is still Senkos, either wacky or traditionally rigged. Also try a plastic crawdad, on either a half-ounce, or a one-ounce football jig head. If you do catch a bass, please release it, as she maybe pregnant. Remember that by taking one bass, anglers could be taking thousands away from the lake, so please, during the crucial spawning period, release any bass caught.

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