March 3-9: Delta Fishing Report


Here is a look at this weeks Delta Fishing Report provided by Dan’s Delta Outdoors in Oakley. Spring Stripers Slow but will recover! Black Bass, Crappie slow progression.

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Striper Trolling and plug casting had improved dramatically, and the heavy wind and rain muddied the river. Water temps dropped a bit this week still a few stripers in the Cache Slough area responded. Catfish started stirring in dead end sloughs, Cut Baits and Crawlers get the top call. Sturgeon remains the focus here. Diamondback anglers are heading to 41, Liberty and Cache Slough areas with roe and eel reporting success.


Rio Vista
Small stripes and occasionally, a 12-15 pounder caught.  Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures are key for the trolling anglers before this last round of storms. 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 threadfin shad or Red’s Bloody Eel.


Walnut Grove
Most are sturgeon fishing as dirty conditions took over with eel and cured ghost shrimp best baits.  Bank anglers tossing shad and eel prevail for an occasional sturgeon or Striper those looking for bigger bites. Trolling for stripers cracking the 10 pound plus keeps anglers smiling as the spring push starts up. Best bet, Savage Prey and P-line Angry Eye lures.


Discovery Bay
As water temps reached mid-fifties  a couple weeks ago the black bass bite is tougher again with cooler temps and “Dirty D” conditions. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with jigs and slow rolling blades searching ledges near sparse tuie flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are starting to crank Red-Eye Shad and KVD 2.5’s. Keeper sized stripes are grabbing Bad Bubba Shad a bit more this week and trolled Vibrating baits.


Frank’s Tract
Black bass bite has toughened a bit with cooler muddy conditions.  Black Blue Fizzles, Swim Jigs and FatSack 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 and Black Bass with  Savage Glide Baits and Red Eye Shad.


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 8 pounds have grabbed Hair jigs.  Trollers it’s getting started. Chartreuse patterns are the best bet. Dino’s, Eel is the best bait over all, but roe and shad also scoring a few diamondbacks Broad slough and surrounding cuts.  There were many shaker sturgeon reports and double hook ups. Bouy 18 at Collinsville West to Honker Bay has been best.


Contra Loma
Water cooled 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 party crasher. Trout fishing is still good at the east side, north side of lake or from a boat with nightcrawlers, Power Eggs, or mice tails.


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