Delta Fishing Report

Delta Lake - CA (Modoc County)

by RB Bass

Water temp: 56-60
Wind: 5-10 mph
Air Temp: 55-65
Water visibility: 1-4 feet
I decided to take my boat on a test run and quick fishing trip after doing a motor swap at C&C Marine. What a difference it is going from a EFI to a Optimax! I am beyond excited.

Michael Coleman and I launched out of Paradise Point in the California delta. We got on the water around 8am. We made a quick run in the morning and fished dead-end sloughs and arms off the main body. Hoping that the topwater and the reaction bite would still be strong after the recent storm and cold front, we came fully prepared for a action packed day. Unfortunately that was not the case, the bite was slow and the water was dirty. We did manage to get a fish on a frog and a few fish on Senko’s first thing in the morning. Once that bite slowed down we struggled to find a pattern during low tide. We caught a few random fish on a River2Sea Biggie in the Tackle Warehouse color and a few more on Senko’s. After a few hours of junk fishing we started to jump from stop to spot searching for some sort of pattern. As the tide started to come in, we finally found a consistent pattern flipping buggy whips off the Stockton deep water Channel. Almost every other cast we were hooking up fish. The most successful structure was buggy whips and pennywort that entered into small spawning Flats. That bite stayed consistent for a few hours which was nice! Once we got into the later afternoon hours we went back to where we started, hoping for a better outcome then this morning, we tried to repeat the pattern that we found mid-day, but the fish were not having it.. Even though the water temperature was a few degrees warmer than this morning, the visibility was pretty bad compared to the deep water channel clarity. We managed to get a few more fish flipping lay downs and isolated islands. All in all it was a fun day. The warmer weather coming this next week should really help turn the bite on! It’s about to get good!

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