FREEPORT — Fishing in the upper Delta was just as good, if not better than in the lower system, and many tackle shops were so busy this past weekend it was hard for them to stop long enough to give a fishing report. The fishing has been red hot, even in the cold rain and wind.
It took five calls at different times to get Richard Witham at New Romeo’s Bait and Tackle on the phone. “I knew it was you calling, but I just couldn’t stop long enough to get to the phone,” he said. “Even with high, fast running, muddy water, the bite has been outstanding for stripers and good for sturgeon as well. Stripers were the best bet, especially if you could find decent water; I can’t wait for this coming week as conditions improve.”
Witham said he and his fishing buddies were catching 20 fish a day each in the Garcia Bend area. It doesn’t matter where you go, Garcia is just closest to me,” he said. “Our average was 3 pounds and our largest was 8½ pounds. Fish up to 13 pounds where reported, that one came from the Freeport Bridge area.”
“The sturgeon bite is still on fire throughout the system, all the way up to Knights Landing,” Witham said. “The Freeport area has been particularly good with eel, ghost and pile worm combos and Merits Landing is doing really well.”
Capt. Mike Gravert of Intimidator Sportfishing said all the usual waters for striper fishing are blown out, but find some cleaner waters like he did, and the results have been great. “Billy Cahill of Cahill Custom Rods had a total of 8 nice size keepers to 7 pounds and a handful of shakers on a gorgeous day Saturday out in the northeast Delta,” he said.
“It looks like the rain is all gone for now, but it sure did leave everything a mess,” Gravert said. “Our last two trips have produced limits and this up coming week looks great for our clients. We caught those drifting jumbo minnows in around structure and mud flats.”