Catfish Provide Steady Fishing
August marks the peak of warm water fishing in the West Delta. Catfish are on a very good bite and black bass are hitting well. For persistent anglers both stripers and sturgeon are available too.
For catfish, anglers are advised to soak standard offerings like clams, mackerel and cut anchovies in 10 to 20 feet of water. Target areas that feature current. The best fishing takes place early, late and after dark, but you can also catch them in the daylight hours.
Smallmouth bass are active in the sloughs above Rio Vista for anglers tossing surface poppers and crawfish pattern crankbaits. The average bass goes about 14 inches, but fish to 3.5 pounds are possible.
On the striper fishing front trollers are picking up fish at the top and bottoms of the tides, but overall it’s been slow. By the end of August the bite should start heating up again with the very beginning of the fall run getting underway.
Bait anglers are hooking stripers while fishing shad and anchovies near the Power Lines, but you have to sort through lots of shakers for a keeper or two.
The occasional keeper sturgeon is being pulled out of the deep water below Pittsburg, but fishing pressure is very light. The top baits continue to be roe and eel.Back To Reports