Delta Fishing Report by Mark Lassagne

Delta Bass Report Feb 11th 2017


Mark Lassagne and Charlie King


Since it finally stopped raining for a couple days we hit the Delta to locate fish for some upcoming guide trips.  

Launching from Orowood Marina near Brentwood Calif. 

High tide about 7AM and Low tide about noon. 

The day started with 46 outside temps in the morning and a light breeze. The wind picked up throughout the day to about 15 MPH and the temps rose to near 60 by days’ end.  

It was a bluebird day after a week of rain, so hopes were high but expectations were low as with most post frontal days the bite will be tough, especially when the water is cold.  

The water was 52 to 55 degrees and its mid Feb so we targeted wintering places for Delta bass like dead end sloughs, sharp channel swings and places where the current slows. 

With a goal of locating as many places as possible in one day we decided to power fish searching as many spots as possible throughout the day vs. fishing slow and picking an area apart. 

After running a few miles, the first bite came at 8AM felt like a big fish but didn’t hook up, 8:30 first fish in the boat a solid 3+, we then missed 2 more bites and then landed another 3+ at 9AM all on an orange Revenge Vibrator with an orange ribbon worm trailer.

A Delta Bass caught on a Revenge Vibrator

 Keeping to the plan we went searching other areas, fishing about an hour or so with no bites. We ran to a dead end slough and about 11AM (low tide at noon) we got a couple more a 2lber and one close to 6lbs.  

Catch those two we went on the search, again locating a little bend in the river where we got two more another 3lber and a 5 then headed out.  

Now it’s noon – low tide and we start fishing other places we assumed winter fish would be, hitting about 10 to 15 more in the next few hours but not a single bite. 

Note: The tide was never low, even the low tide at noon was, with the huge amount of water coming in it was like high tide all day.

 Conclusion, the fish today were grouped up, when you find one there are more in the same area. If it was tournament day we would have stayed in the few places where we found fish and I believe we could have had a big bag.  

None the less we had about 20lb for the best five catching 7 fish total and missing 5 bites which is a pretty good day for the bluebird day after a storm.


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Dressing up for the Cold with Pro Angler Mark Lassagne

Dress for Success

You don’t have to miserable fishing in cold weather

Heading out to uncover your boat for a day on the lake you notice the cover is frozen solid and there’s ice across the windows of your truck.

You ponder for a minute – do I really want to go fishing today? Knowing that you’ll be numb at least for the first few hours. The minute goes by, hell ya I’m going fishing who’s gonna listen when I whine about it being too cold anyway.

Truth is you don’t have to be so cold it’s uncomfortable – yes it’s cold and I’m not saying you won’t be a little cold but with the right gear it’s bearable.

Every day is different but with layers you can adjust for the conditions.

We’ll go over a generally cold day and then make adjustments for extreme cold and or rain.

Base Layer: I use Cabela’s Polartec, be sure to get tall. After going through a ton of different manufactures I found these to be the best for fishing as the bottoms are a little bit taller where they don’t fall down exposing skin. With the top, I get the Tall size, that can be tucked further down, again so you don’t expose any skin. Below the thermals I wear snug boxer briefs cuz it’s no fun if they bunch up. On top, I wear a snug tee shirt under the thermals for the simple reason I wear the thermals for several days and I want them to stay as clean as possible. You also want the tee shirt long so it will stay tucked in too.

2nd Layer Bottoms: On top of the thermal bottoms I wear insulated nylon sports pants. I have two different pairs, one that is light weight for mild days and another that has heavier insulation for colder or rainy days. You can usually find a good selection at Marshalls for a good price. Be sure to get a color that matches your jersey so you’ll look good at weigh in. Jeans or pants will work in a pinch but sports pants are more comfortable (flexible) and keep you warmer.

2nd Layer Top: Your upper body needs more insulation, so over my thermal I wear a long sleeve tee shirt and then a hooded sweatshirt over that. I have a few different hoodies so I’ll use thicker ones, like an Okuma sweatshirt when it’s colder.  If it’s down in the 20’s Columbia makes a thin Omni-Heat jacket that works instead of a sweatshirt but only when it’s really cold because it will keep you so warm you’ll overheat once it warms up a little.

Outer Bottoms: For the outer layer, I wear Gil FG2 Tournament Trousers. You’ll want to have insulated bibs. Rain pants just don’t work when it’s cold and especially if it’s raining, they will ride down and you’ll get a cold and wet ass – just no fun. There are lots of great rain gear out there but I’ve been using these for a couple years and I’m staying dry even in heavy rain. Let me tell you when it’s 42 degrees pouring rain and you feel the cold water soaking through your thermals working up your back you’ll wish you had these.

Outer Top: On top, I have a couple options. If it’s dry I wear a light weight Stormr Nano jacket but if it’s raining I use the Gil F2 Tournament Jacket. When it’s dry, you need wind protection because your base layers will keep you warm but they are not wind resistant. When it’s raining, it very important to stay dry. You want a good hood that will cover your head with without too much downward pressure (which will give you a headache) and still be able to see out of, you want the front to be able to close up tight so no water comes in when you’re running – The Gil F2 does a good job.

No matter if the rest of your body is warm: cold hands, feet or head can make for a miserable day.

Socks: First I wear a good pair of compression socks the ones from CEP Compression USA work well and that’s it for socks. With the new compression socks you don’t need to double up or do anything special.

Boots: Columbia Newton Ridge waterproof boot, these are the best boots ever – lightweight comfortable, warm, waterproof with good traction, pretty much perfect for fishing.

Extra Feet Warmth: Even with good compression socks and waterproof boots your feet might get cold so on those super cold days I use ThermCell ProFLEX HD heated insoles. These are pretty cool and adjust with an app on your phone. The only thing I don’t like is they are a little thick and can cramp your feet if you don’t have extra room in your boots.

Hands: Probably the most difficult to keep warm. I use Buff Sport Series full fingered gloves when it’s really cold and then fingerless when it’s not as bad – both can be worn while fishing. Sometimes when it’s raining I’ll wear thin rubber mechanics gloves underneath. When driving, I wear the Polar Tec gloves, purchased from Phil’s Propellers. These Polar Tec gloves (I think are made in Sweden) are thick rubber with a nice lining where it’s easy to put on even if your hands are wet.

Head: Heat rises so keeping your head warm goes a long way. I start with a Savage Gear Balaclava (like a buff) this one covers the top of your head, your face and down your neck perfect for cold weather. Then if it’s not too cold I’ll wear a beanie but on those super cold days I use a Columbia Nobel Falls Trapper lined hat.

When it’s raining (while fishing) I usually wear a hat with a sturdy bill over the Savage Balaclava and then the hoodie hood over that and then the rain gear hood on top. Make sure it’s not too tight or it will give you a headache.

Driving: When driving in the rain I wear a motorcycle helmet and tuck the collar of my rain gear up in side.  The Save Phace helmet works great for the passenger but I’ve found they fog up making it difficult to see and the reason I opt for a helmet. With a helmet, I can flip the visor up if it gets foggy. One downside to a helmet is when it’s rough your head will bounce around but it sure is nice in the pouring rain. I believe there is a lightweight helmet option out there but I haven’t researched since mine works fine.

On clear days, I rarely wear a helmet and opt for goggles that overlap my face gear without mush skin exposed. Using the Balaclava, the Columbia Trapper with Goggles will keep your face and head warm on a long run.

In addition to the clothing I bring along some Hot Hands heat packs and put one in each pocket for a little warm up. These are great for the cold but they don’t work when wet.  Thermacell has an electric hand warmer but I have not tried them yet.

I’m hoping my years of trial and error combatting the cold will help you be a little more comfortable on the water this winter.

Gear List and Links

Cabela’s Polar Tec


Stormr Nano Jacket


Gil F2 Tournament Jacket and Bibs


CEP Compression USA Socks


Columbia Waterproof Boots


ThermaCell Heated Insoles


Buff Gloves


Polar Tech Gloves at Phil’s Propellers in Redding, CA call 530-275-4939


Savage Gear Balaclava


Columbia Trapper Hat




Western pro angler Mark Lassagne joins the ranks of RB Bass  

December 13th – Western pro angler Mark Lassagne joins the ranks of RB Bass.

Mark Lassagne accepts a position with the RB Bass Group a community of anglers helping other anglers to catch more bass by posting videos and reports about various lakes.

We are excited to have Mark Lassagne join the RB BASS Group of Anglers. Many Anglers in the RB BASS Group have worked with Mark at one point or another over the years. Mark has been a Consistent force in Bass Fishing for many years, with Solid Fishing Skills, Industry Knowledge, and a Media Platform that is top notch including Online, Social Media and Print with Bass Angler Magazine mark can help RB BASS in many ways, Mark is also a Guide and can put you on the fish. We welcome Mark Lassagne to the Family.

We asked Mark what was the Value of joining the RB BASS Group

“RB Bass has been gaining exposure across the bass fishing community in leaps and bounds. I felt its a great career move to partner with them and I’m super excited to be accepted as one of the team. RB Bass has a number of great anglers who are willing to share their knowledge with others where I’m honored to be a part of the RB Bass Team.”

About Mark


Marine Bass Angler – Mark Lassagne, from San Ramon, California is a popular pro bass angler, former US Marine, outdoor writer, guide, promoter and top tournament competitor. In addition, Mark is the editor-in-chief of  Bass Angler Magazine

 In his career, he has qualified: As the 2016 Bassmaster Federation State Champion, Bassmater Top150, West Coast Bass Classic (4), FLW Costa Championship (4), Redman Regional (3) BASS Federation Regional (4) and many team championships. Mark competing in hundreds of events across the west has cashed a check on every body of water where a tournament has been held.

Career highlights include: competing in BASS and FLW circuits, winning several events including the team USA Black Bass World Championship in Mexico.

Mark has worked with a host of celebrities including professional ball players, musicians, actors along with many pro anglers including: Kevin Van Dam, Mark Daniels, Jason Williamson, Fred Roumbanis, Alton Jones, Ish Monroe, Stacey King and others.

He has appeared on various media platforms:  Informative Fisherman,Western Bass, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, West Coast Bass, Bassmasters, Angler West, Pros On Tour, True Bass and others.

Along with performing seminars across the states Mark is a regular guest speaker on various radio shows including:  Fish Talk Radio,  Bass Radio weekly, Mighty 690, 1150 Extra sports, Shake Rattle & Troll, Ultimate Bass, Wishn’ I was Fishin’ on the Water, ESPN Radio and Fish Bait Radio.

As a writer Mark has published articles in:  Game and Fish magazine, Times News Paper, Bass West USA, Bassin, American Bass Angler Magazine, CA Fish and Game, FLW Outdoors, Rabid Angler, Fish Sniffer, Field & Stream, Western Bass and Tackle Tour.


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Lake Amistad Fishing Report


Check one off the bucket list!

  With Mark Lassagne and Mike Coleman

 Traveling through New Mexico on there way to the B.A.S.S. National Championships in Conroe Texas Mike Coleman and Mark Lassagne decided to forgo a night of sleep and make a couple hundred mile detour to Lake Amistad.

 Amistad is one of those lakes where you hear and read about but located on the Mexico border on the southern end of Texas is a long ways from California hence the reason for the diversion.

 Arriving at the lake Mark and Mike were met with a majestic lake where the water visibility was over 10 feet, low 70 degree temps light winds and moderate rain clearing throughout the day.

 Launching from the state park near the Hwy 90 Bridge the pair traveled out about a ¼ mile and started fishing. Heading out from the ramp everything looks fishy so much that it’s difficult to choose where to start, stated the pair.

 By the looks of the day they tried top water, chatterbaits and some other reaction with no bites.

 Picking up and heading to the bridge as bridges are generally a good place to catch a few fish. This bridge has deep water, riprap with flats on both sides with submerged brush.  Tossing crankbaits and worms along the riprap, no bites.

 Now about an hour into the trip and no bites Mark decides to get out the Aqua-Vu and see what’s really down there. Lowering the camera down on the points of the bridge Mark spots several good smallmouth in about 15ft of water. They didn’t know there were smallies in the lake.

 Mike started dropshotting along the riprap after seeing this and quickly landed a small smallmouth, them Mark landed one also, but the fish were small and not what they were looking for.


 Moving up into the cove next to the bridge, Mike tossed a Senko (Green Pumkin Purple Fake) get’s bit, the fish is ripping drag and Mike pulls the rod up quickly while reeling and hooks the reel handle in his rain gear hood, fish proceeds to break the line leaving Mike frustrated, Mark laughs and tried to get a picture and video of the ordeal.

The one that got away #Colemanalltangledup


Coleman all Tangled up

Coleman all Tangled up

After this they both start pitching Senkos in the brush, landing about 10 fish to 2lbs – still not the size this Texas Lake is famous for.


 Heading across the lake Mike tried a jig and Mark cranked a R2S Goon in Big Sexy color. They both land fish right away two of them in two foot of water and then another one after seeing it bust out deep – both fish were 1.5 to 2lbs.


From there they bounced around the main lake catching a fish here or there – then headed back toward the launch, pulling up on a point Mark lands a couple on the Goon when Mike spots more fish busting out deep.  Switching to a LV500 they started following busting fish more than ¼ mile off the bank.

 The bite turned on like crazy and they landed over 50 fish in the next two hours. Once the sun started to set the bite stopped as abruptly and it started.


Amistad – not the giants it’s noted for but and awesome day on a beautiful lake, one these guys will not soon forget.


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Timing on Tidal Water with Mark Lassagne

It’s all about timing on tidal water

 When you guide and fish tournaments on tidal water you need to figure the fish out on a consistent basis or you’ll be out of business.

 Pro angler and Delta guide Mark Lassagne had them dialed in this last weekend boating a 5 fish limit for 25.77 and his partner for the day landed 19.35 with their best going about 30lbs. Mark and his partner took 1st and 2nd while 3rd place only has 11lbs.

 You have to wonder was it just luck, a killer spot and could it happen again? It wasn’t luck and the day consisted of many different spots and yes it’s happened before and it will happen again and again.  Look back on YouTube on the Informative Fisherman’s channel where Mark and Nick went out and landed over 30lbs this time of year. Last year Mark won a couple events and just missed winning a couple more all using the same technique and all in different areas.

 If you’ve followed the publisher of Bass Angler Magazine you know Mark Lassagne’s go-to technique is punching where he has done quite well over the few years.



 OK, Mark likes to punch and he gets big ones doing it but where does he fish?

 We asked this this question and the answer was “it doesn’t matter”!

 What? How could that be? Mark said, “It matters what but not specifically where”.

 Mark went on to say, “you need three things this time of year: the right tide, current and green stuff”.

 The fish want to be in the thick green vegetation, hyacthin is best but they have been spraying it so that’s not always an option so fish penny wart or most anything green that makes a canopy with some water under it, even dead hyacthin is ok.

 The current, summer and early fall bass like to be in the current, not ripping but just some moving water is good.

 The right tide – this is the toughest one and will take experimenting. This can change from day to day depending on other factors like weather, wind, if they are pulling water, bigger tides, water clarity, area and type of cover.

 Mark guided twice last week where his clients caught over 30 fish each trip, those days the best bite was the last hour of the low tide into the first hour of the high tide then the bite died for a while. On Saturday when he caught the big bag the best tide was the top of the incoming.

 Mark’s key to a successful day is running the tides; he generally starts in one area sampling different (generally productive) spots to see what’s going on. Then based on what he’s found Mark adjusts his plan. If he can’t get bit he will either stay in the area waiting or head west going into the tide.

 The tide starts in the ocean (west) and travels inland eastward (also south and north) where you can fish the same tide for several hours.

 Once Mark starts to catch fish he will travel to the best cover in that area looking for those good bites. The bite will get good for a period of time 30 minutes to two hours where you will notice a spike in activity. Mark said, “You’ve probably noticed it before pulling up to a spot and wacking um”. Watch this spike catch as many as you can then head inland where you can catch that same tide again and again.

 Mark is always asked about spots, on last Saturday Mark shared that he caught big fish on several spot he had never fished before – just looking for places that look right.

 Next time you’re your out try hanging out until they bite and when they do look for those key spots and follow the tide as far as you can.

 Mark’s punchin setup

 Okuma Matt Daddy 711XH, Okuma Helios 7:3 to 1 reel, 65lb braid, 6th Sense bobber stop, 4/0 Gamakatsu heavy wire hook, 1OZ River2Sea Trash Bomb Tungsten Weight and Yamamoto Flappin Hog

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