Delta Fishing Report by Mike Tremont


Delta 5-13-2017
Launched at B&W. It felt like an early March morning rather than! I started fishing on a weedy flat not far from the ramp. The tide was just starting to go out. I started in the same spot the week prior on the low. What a difference a week and a cold snap can make. Water temp was 57° and the water had really gotten dirty. The crank bite I had the previous week was gone. I did flip one about 3lbs. off a weed patch under a bush. I worked a mile or so of bank with no luck. The 7 degree drop in water temperature and lack of clarity told me it was time to move.
I started flipping some weeds on a 90° turn on the Old River. I was using 1/2 oz gambler screw in rattling weight, a red Gamakatsu #5 EWG offset hook, with green pumpkin/red Zoom Brush Hog. I was fishing some slack water just inside the current. I had a number of bites, but nothing to show for it! I threw in my drop shot with a 6″ Rob Worm in the MMIII color. To my surprise, not a bite. I downsized to the same color worm in 4″ model with the same results! Time to move…
Ran over to the outside of Mildred Island. It was about 11am at this point, I was still it my sweatshirt, the wind was blowing about 10mph, nothing extreme, it was just cold! I started flipping the weeds with a 1oz weight and sprayed grass beaver. The water was in the 65° range over there with 2′ visibility. On my first drop with the beaver in about 5′ of water in the milfoil, I got my first good bite. How do I know, well I never felt a thing, I wasn’t 100% focused on my bait that had moved a few feet from where it started, my brain finally reacted with a swing an a miss! This is why practice and I’m glad that is what I was doing. I continued throwing a number of baits, in different forms of cover for the next couple hours. I managed another one about 3 on the Brush Hog. The tide was about bottomed out. This cold weather really had the fish in a funk. I wasn’t feeling to confident at this point, then I hear it. The sound we are hearing way too much on the Delta nowadays, a seal in the middle of the slough. I had a weed flat between myself and it. It was swimming parallel to the bank out in the middle. Going underwater a few seconds and then coming up for air. I thought it would just keep moving in that direction. It went under again, it made a 90° turn right toward me, came through the weeds and surfaced about 30′ in front of me. This guy was at least 8′ long! I yelled as loud as I could to GET! Very surprised, it worked. I scared it, as much as it scared me! It dove under going away from me and I never saw it surface, nor did I see again!
Ate a little snack and thought about where to go, what to try next? I have learned to sometimes do what you don’t think will work. So out came the frog. I threw it for about a half hour until I got a little swipe at it. Had to be a small fish? Went a little bit further and my first frog fish of the year. The bite was subtle as far a frog bites go, but it ate it! Good old Bobby’s perfect frog. The Swallows are flying all around right now, and I think the fish know it. For the next half hour I managed 4 fish out of 6 subtle blow ups to save my day. Nothing huge, but it sure is fun!
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Delta Fishing Report by Charlie King

Wind wind and more wind!
Not being able to pick and choose the day’s I  get to go fishing, I have to deal with whatever mother nature throws at me.

Today it was wind, blowing out of the North at 15mph even more at times. Air temperature was in the low 70’s and the water temp was 60 to 63 degrees. I am sure a lot of fish have already spawned in some spots on the Delta but where I was fishing they had moved back to outside edge of the weeds.
Unable to fish the area I wanted, I had to use the wind and the Delta current to my advantage. Using a TNTBAITCO.COM Claymore Chatterbait and Red Biggie square bill crankbait, I was able to catch some nice fish in 7 to 10 feet of water.

Today was more of a learning to deal with whatever mother nature throws at me then it was about catching fish, I had to really keep telling myself to just fish what is giving to you and keep positive. So tomorrow if the wind is blowing or pouring rain just get out and fish the condition I promise, it will make a better fisherman out of you. See ya on the water!
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Clear Lake Fishing Report by Danny Cross

Clear Lake fishing report 4/8-4/23

                I was able to spend quite a few days up at Clear Lake these last few weeks. Considering the time of year the lake was actually fishing pretty tough. The weather has been changing daily and been very inconsistent, really putting the fish in a “funk”.  The weights that came to the scales at the WWBT event were proof that it wasn’t just me having a difficult time getting them to go.

                I found some pretty good fish on practice days and the week prior to the event but just couldn’t really execute my plan come game day.   As the weather  warmed up and water clarity improved I did find a handful of fish on beds.  ( I expect them to be in full spawn mode within this week.)  Water temps ranged from 55 to 62.  Clarity is anywhere from 1ft to 5ft dependent on the part of the lake.

                Fishing shallow yielded alot more bites but they were clearly the small bucks and not the big females I was looking for.  With that, I pulled back and fished anywhere from 6ft to 20ft deep water in search of the bigger bites.   My bait of choice was primarily the Heavy limits 5wire arig.   The bites were fewer out deeper but the quality of the fish improved.   The Arig bite was also much better when I could find areas that the wind was blowing into.   A few fish did come on a drop shot when the water was calmer and I didn’t have the wind I needed.   When the bigger fish were found, they seemed to be schooled up.  There was typically more to be had there at that spot, so spend some time there when you get a bigger bite and fish it thoroughly.  It was a run and gun type fishing as I would get into pockets of 1-2 lb fish and had to move around to where I could locate a pocket of bigger ones.

                Hope this helps and puts some big ones in your boat! By now I would also spend some time looking for some beds. It amazes me the quality of fish we have here that you can just cruise around plucking off beds at this awesome fishery.

                I also want to thank WWBT for bringing such a great series to us here on the west coast. If you havn’t had an opportunity to fish one of the events I would highly recommend checking one out.


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Pine Flat Reservoir by Rich Hale

Fishing has been tough to say the least at Pine Flat reservoir. Rainy weather and rising water have got the fish scattered. The water temperature is sitting around 52-54 degrees and slightly stained to stained depending on where you are. The log boom is in place right below Trimmer launch ramp which has taken much of the river out of action. We found fish as shallow as three feet all the way out to 50 feet deep. Main body creek channels seemed to hold the majority of better sized fish for us. We found dragging brown/green pumpkin jigs and Dry Creek tubes across the small channels produced solid bites. Start your drag in 30 feet on the flat and drag slowly into the channel. Most bites came just before or just as the bait dropped off the ledge into the channel. For those people that like to chuck and wind there is a reaction bite if you’re willing to cover lots of water to find it. Target the small cuts that have moving water in them. Most bites came right on the bank. Our best bites came from the Ima Pinjack and from the Keitech swing impact swimbait tossed right into the moving water. There are fish to be had but you will need to work for them. There’s a lot of floating debris so stay aware and please utilize your life jacket and kill switches. All the tackle we used and a whole lot more can be found at Grab your rain gear and get out there!

And as always SET THE HOOK!

The new Balam 300 Swimbait Product Review by Josh Parris

Balam 300

The Balam 300 from Optimum baits just landed state side a little over a month ago and is already making its mark! I’ve been anticipating its arrival for some time and was lucky enough to nab one shortly after they arrived.
At first look it’s big, 12 inches long with a premium paint job and weighs in at 6.5 ounces. I had been watching videos of Kazuya Simada putting a serious hurting on some big fish with the prototypes in Japan long before its arrival.
So I was more than anxious to get out and see the action of the bait first hand. My first trip out with it I was blown away. It throws like dream! Some larger baits over 10 inches can be a bit cumbersome to cast, not the Balam. It sails! On the first morning out with it I started out with a slow and steady presentation. Whammy, it got nailed by a four pound spotted bass.
On a slow retrieve the Balam 300 has subtle tail swim, perfect for weary bass who have grown accustomed to glide baits. What was astounding to me was how slow I could retrieve the bait and it continued to swim. As the day continued on I started to play with retrieves. We began seeing bass chasing trout around, I got as close as possible to the schooling bass and tried burning it with short pauses. Bam! It was freight trained by a big large mouth.
I’m throwing it on the Flacon Cara Big Swimbait XH MF Rod, that rod is a perfect balance of strength for hook sets and give for keeping them hooked. The Balam 300 will continue to make a difference in my fishing, with every one so hung up on glide baits this is the perfect niche bait to show the big bass in my lakes something different. It’s not species specific either, a Sacramento pike minnow less then .03 away from the IGFA record also took a liking to it!
Product Review by Josh Parris

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New Melones Fishing Report by Josh Parris

New Melones Fishing report by Josh Parris

Winter is in full swing on New Melones lake, with levels on the rise and water temps hanging in the mid to low fifties. Although the temps are dropping the fishing has been heating up. Main lake is slightly stained along with most of the creek arms, upriver remains fairly clear for now. The trout plants have started and the larger bass have begun to move up to gorge on them. My last few trips have been most successful on clear days, fronts and prefrontal conditions have been negatively affecting the fishing. The fish I’ve been targeting have been rather shallow in the morning in the 5-15 foot range despite the low temps and moving out in the mid morning. Staying warm and comfortable has been key for me to be effectively fishing with air temps in the low 20’s at sunrise. has everything you need to beat the frigid temps. Hand warmers and gloves have been must for me. Some of my go to baits have been jigs early in the morning, swimbaits like River2sea S waver 200’s and Optimum thumper tail’s , Ive been using shaky heads when I see fish on the graph. The bite on jigs and plastics has mostly been a heavy pressure bite with an occasional thump. There are still also quite a few fish chasing balls of shad at the mouths of creeks and on main lake secondary points in 15-30 foot of water. A rigs, crank baits and smaller swimbaits have been producing well on these fish, mostly spotted bass. My best fish have been on jigs and swimbaits early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Hope this helps and good luck out there! Stay warm!

New Melones Chunky Bass