Habitat diversity, sprawling vastness equal unparalleled Western fishery
16.Sep.2013 by David A. Brown – Originally published on flwoutdoors.com
Elvis, Oprah, The Rock – apparently, one of the perks of being famous is being able to go by a single moniker. And that’s pretty much the same reason you never ask for clarification when a bass angler from virtually anywhere in the country mentions “The Delta.” It’s just understood that you’re talking about California’s Central Valley drainage/big-bass production facility.
“I think the Delta is one of the most fertile bass fisheries in the world with its abundance of crayfish, shiners, shad, bluegill, etc.,” said EverStart pro Ken Mah. “There’s so much cover, there are thousands of miles of riprap banks and heavily vegetated areas. There are a lot of options for a beginning angler or someone who likes (a certain style of fishing). The Delta will fit a lot of styles.”
Sure, there might be the occasional confusion with the Mississippi River Delta – another super fertile region lacking not for respectable largemouth bass action. However, conversations of Southeast Louisiana bass fishing usually carry more targeted references of particular marshes and bayous.
EverStart pro Zach Thompson demonstrates the effective technique of punching into a big mat of pennyworts.But when you say “The Delta,” serious anglers immediately envision that forage-rich bass wonderland blessed with quantity and quality in great measure. Anchored by the convergence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, along with countless tributaries and rural streams, Delta waters comprise a labyrinthine of navigable arteries, all subject to tidal influence through their common connection to San Francisco Bay. There’s plenty of area to spread out and select your own little piece of paradise, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself overwhelmed with a dilemma borne of abundance – in other words, it all looks fishy.
No doubt, the Cal Delta’s sprawling acreage presents far more than we can fairly cover in a single sitting, but we can identify some of the key where-to and how-to stuff that’ll get you going in the right direction. First, though, a few points about daily considerations of a tidal environment.