Sacramento Delta Fishing Report

Sacramento Delta

by California Delta Chambers & Visitors Bureau

Due to exceptional high tides and water releases out of Folsom Reservoir exceeding 35,000 cubic feet per second into the American River creating tough fishing conditions out on the Delta waterways, especially on the Sacramento River where conditions are not very good. your best bet is to take some eel, salmon roe or shrimp baits and try for salmon at some of the more popular locations such as Cache Slough, Prospect Slough and the main stem of the Sacramento River between the Rio Vista Bridge and the Ryer Island Ferry. If you are interested in targeting striped bass head on over into the South Delta to Old River, Middle River or into Discovery Bay where the water clarity is much better. The most popular bait for this area by far is threadfin shad or drift live minnows or blue gill along the tule berms. Most of the striped bass are dunks up to an occasional 18 to 24 inches. Take note, the in-river salmon fishing season is closed.

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