Catfish Dominate Catches, But Stripers And Sturgeon Available Too
If you want to catch fish in the West Delta, catfish are your best bet. If you don’t mind gambling there are stripers and sturgeon available, but the bite for both species has been spotty.
For catfish, anglers are working river bends that offer current and water that ranges from 10 to 20 feet deep. The top baits are clams, worms, cut anchovies and strips of mackerel fillet. For the best results anglers are advised to fish during the evening and nighttime hours, but with patience catfish can be caught throughout the day.
The best striped bass action is taking place around the tide change. Trollers are scoring schoolie size fish that range from 14 to 22 inches. Bait anglers are catching keepers too, but they have to sort through lots of undersize bass to get a limit.
For trollers, Yo-Zuri Crystal minnows in clown and red/white have been working well. Bait anglers are hooking up with shad, anchovies and sardine fillets.
The occasional keeper sturgeon is being caught in the Sacramento between Pittsburg and Rio Vista by anglers’ night fishing along the edge of the channel. Salmon roe is the best bait, but you’ll want some eel and shrimp too.Back To Reports