Shad over Crawfish

Shad bite on the Delta

Water color…Clear

Water Temp…44-51

Air temp…74

Wind… 1-2 mph

On a recent trip to the California Delta I found that the crawdad bite was not to be found, the shad eaters were out in force though.

I took a buddy and his dad out to the delta recently, I was told the bite was tough. The reports were right , it was a tough bite. We got a later start than intended, battery issues kept us off the water till 11:30. Launched from Ladd’s and headed towards Franks Tract, just wanting to fish middle Delta. The water temp around Ladd’s was 44-46 but as we neared Frank’s it jumped into the 50’s. Tide was low and starting to come in.

It ended up being a fun day on the water with a good time had by all. for us it was shallow bass on isolated tullies and weed line points in very calm protected water. the bite was also better if water temp was closer to 50 degrees.The first place we fished was a small island that had shallow flats on all sides but dropped into a channel on the north side. We got two small bites on drop-shotted worms, nothing else at this spot. Off we went continuing west, the next island was a much more productive one as we picked up the spinnerbaits and the

Shad eater

Another one focused on Shad

chatter-baits. We caught a few nicer fish up to around 5 pounds most were coming on the Spinnerbait with only one coming on the Chatter-bait. I think the fact that the tide was coming in helped put the fish in the shallow water. This allowed us to target visually pronounced weed lines that bass were using as ambush areas. As the day got on we could almost call our shots, never finding fish over the 5 pound class but putting around 18 pounds in the box for our best 5. Like I said before it was a tough day by Delta standards (size wise) but we caught a lot of fish and had a really fun day. hope this helps.

See you on the water…

Big Ed

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