Very little pressure from anglers on the river this week. Most are finding better things to do with the less than desirable conditions. Big tides combined huge masses of Hyacinth clogging water ways making things extremely tough on boaters in many areas. The lack of run-off also has made for some really clear water and tough bites.
Rio Vista-The best place to score a striped bass or sturgeon seems to be below Decker Island in the area of the Power Lines at Light 14 and the Red Barn, where boaters anchor and use threadfin shad or sardine filets. Small stripes and occasionally, a 10-pounder is caught.
Take plenty of bait because the river water is so salty because of the lack of runoff that flounder have shown up throughout the area.
West DeltaThe best bet is stripers to 12 pounds from Chain Island, Broad Slough and outside the towers, mainly coming on shad, sardines and bullheads.
While Pittsburg anglers are gearing up for Superbowl Sturgeon Derby, Steffan Masters at the Lost Anchor Bait in McAvoy’s Boat Harbor in Bay Point reported a few stripers have been landed including one between 20 and 30-pounds within the past few days. They are loaded with bait for the Super Bowl Sturgeon Derby, 925-458-1717
East Delta- The annual winter bass push into Fourteen Mile Slough is well underway with fish to 24 pounds coming to minnow drifters in Village West Marina and to Ladd’s Marina. Each year, the larger bass seem to clog up in and around the marina near the end of navigable water.
Jigging and spooning also is scoring school-sized stripers at the Port of Stockton where boaters locate balls of bait, then go to work. Bass aren't huge, but there are plenty of 18- to 24-inchers.
Discovery Bay- Black bass bite is hopeful as water temps start to rise into the fifties. Don’t be surprised to start seeing some giants on the next moon cycle. Most Blackie anglers are sticking with rip baits and a-rigs searching ledges near flats. Others looking to beat the clear conditions are drop shotting 6 and 7 inch worms. Schoolie sized stripes are grabbing minnows drifted in the Indian Creek side. There seems to be a run on small minnows at many area shops. This would indicate a crappie bite but no ones talking