Delta Fishing Report

Report Updated April 23, 2014

Stripers still going

Double header action with guide JD Richey
Double header action with guide JD Richey

Guide JD RICHEY said that fishing on both the Sacramento and San Joaquin sides of the Delta remains good…which is kind of surprising considering it’s almost May, the water temps are closing in on 70 degrees and the full moon just happened. Also interesting he says is the fact there there have been lots of ocean fresh fish in the system lately.

He’s been working topwater, swim baits and spoons while many other folks have been trolling. The crowds have been pretty intense but there is still enough water to find your own spot. The water is good and clear everywhere and there are stripers throughout though the lower ends of the Sac and SJ seem to be holding the highest concentrations. Trolling this week was also very good at the West Bank.

Check out JD’s guide to Delta Striper Fishing here.

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About the Sacramento Delta

There are hundreds and hundreds of miles of waterways down here that you could literally spend a couple lifetimes exploring and not see half of it. From a fishing standpoint, there’s something going on pretty much year-round here. The kings come through in September and October and the place loads up with striped bass in the fall and they hang around all winter until the urge to procreate coaxes them upstream in teh spring. Sturgeon are also available fall, winter and spring and then you’ve got excellent black bass, catfish and panfishing to keep you busy all summer.

You never know what you’re going to catch here video
Throwing Swimbaits for Stripers
Topwater Stripers Gone Wild!


Species of the Sacramento Delta

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Striped Bass
September-May


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Sturgeon
October-March


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Fall Chinook


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Black Bass
Year-Round


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Catfish
Year-Round


Photos from the Sac Delta:

Sunset over Rio Vista
Sunset over Rio Vista
Several old-school ferries still operate in the Delta
Several old-school ferries still operate in the Delta
It gets foggy down here in the winter...bring your GPS!
It gets foggy down here in the winter…bring your GPS!
Mt. Diabalo sunset
Mt. Diabalo sunset
Tule bank at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers
Tule bank at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Mokelumne rivers
A fall evening on Beaver Slough
A fall evening on Beaver Slough
Watch out for ships in the main San Joaquin!!
Watch out for ships in the main San Joaquin!!

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