California Delta fishing report – July 2012

On 7/25 my good friend, and professional bass angler, Aaron Lesieur and I fished the CA Delta launching out of Pirates Lair ramp on the Mokelumne River at 6:00am. We fished the low slack to high outgoing tides while ending our day at 2pm. Water temps were in the low to mid 70′s, air temps in the low 90′s and wind speeds between 5-10mph.  We caught fish all day long and fished all over the delta (Potato Slough down to Woodward and back to Pirates) with our best five going over 20lbs.  I use the word “we” loosely here because I did all the catching and Aaron did all the watching… haha.  He did manage a few small keepers and a bunch of “dinks”; hence the picture of him holding nothing but air.   We started our day throwing top water baits on rip-rap walls in 2-8ft next to sparse reeds and large flats.  Throughout the day we threw chatterbaits, swim jigs, swimbaits, lipless crankbaits, and punch rigs.  As the day progressed we found that chatterbaits in shad pattern, with matching super fluke trailer, and swim jigs in blue/black, with matching craw trailer, in sparse reeds next to deep water in current provided the best quality fish.


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