Sacramento Delta Fishing Report

Sacramento Delta


by California Delta Chambers & Visitors Bureau
3-7-2019
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Due to the recent storm fronts to hit California and the heavy water releases from Orville and Nimbus Dams the waters in the Delta region remain high and muddy along with heavy debris and flotsam has caused the fishing to come to a grinding halt throughout most of the system.  The recent big tides this past week have caused the sturgeon to move from the deeper sections into shallower sections of the river system, but even with the excellent tides,  the sturgeon fishing remains slow.  There were reports of several sturgeon being caught off Freeman Island to 53 inches in length.  Due to high water condition boaters are advised to check launching conditions before hitching up, and if you play the Delta by boat beware of the logs and other heavy debris to avoid damage to your vessel.  If sturgeon fishing anchor your boat off the shoreline in shallower water where the water is moving slower with the tides.  The best bait continues to be salmon roe.  As soon as the water clarity improves so will the  striped bass fishing.
Anglers tossing swimbaits, chatter baits and spinnerbaits in close to the tules and seedbeds are catching a few largemouth bass, but finding clearer waters
remains a challenge in the San Joaquin Delta, and with the large number of bass tournaments scheduled in the coming weeks, locating clear water will become more of a focal point.
 



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