A Pictorial Homage to the California Delta

A Pictorial Homage to the California Delta

Derrek takes you on a photographic tour of the California Delta.

The California Delta is an amazing bass fishery. Also known as the Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta this expansive estuary located in Northern California just inland from San Francisco Bay covers approximately 1,100 square miles.  This week marks the 2014 FLW Rayovac Series Western Region event 5/15 - 5/17. For those who can't make it, haven't been there or would like a preview here is a photographic salute to this awesome tidal water paradise.

Antioch and the Highway 160 Bridge spanning the San Joaquin River as seen from atop the Delta landmark Mount Diablo

Antioch and the Highway 160 Bridge spanning the San Joaquin River as seen from atop the Delta landmark Mount Diablo

Dock pilings reveal the high tide mark near the Collinsville cement factory

Dock pilings reveal the high tide mark near the Collinsville cement factory

One of many Delta boat wrecks, Fisherman's Cut

One of many Delta boat wrecks, Fisherman's Cut

Cement sea wall separating Frank's Tract from Piper Slough

Cement sea wall separating Frank's Tract from Piper Slough

Incomplete Bethel Island development off of Sand Mound Slough

Incomplete Bethel Island development off of Sand Mound Slough

Frog water along Connection Slough

Frog water along Connection Slough

Multiple cover elements on the False River

Multiple cover elements on the False River

High tide entrance into the flooded Little Mandeville Island

High tide entrance into the flooded Little Mandeville Island

Boat launch Bethel Island Harbor 

Boat launch Bethel Island Harbor 

Isleton, home of the Crawdad Festival. At the Delta crawdad red is a well known successful pattern for a multitude of lures

Isleton, home of the Crawdad Festival. At the Delta crawdad red is a well known successful pattern for a multitude of lures

Interstate Highway 5 Bridge spanning the San Joaquin River

Interstate Highway 5 Bridge spanning the San Joaquin River

Tulle Grabbers, poor man's power pole

Tulle Grabbers, poor man's power pole

Pontoon angler

Pontoon angler

Kayak angler

Kayak angler

One of my favorite Delta prey items to emulate, realism = swimbait, illusion = chatterbait

One of my favorite Delta prey items to emulate, realism = swimbait, illusion = chatterbait

Frog water Italian Slough

Frog water Italian Slough

Delta smallmouth

Delta smallmouth

Stout Delta largemouth

Stout Delta largemouth

Eyes Wide Shut 

Eyes Wide Shut 

One of the many bridges that rotate for ship and large boat traffic

One of the many bridges that rotate for ship and large boat traffic

Large vessel on the San Joaquin River heading to Stockton

Large vessel on the San Joaquin River heading to Stockton

This is true anywhere but especially on the Delta. Blind corners, heavy boat traffic, huge boat wakes, ocean going ships, fluctuating tides, submerged obstacles, floating peat bogs… Don't let your guard down when navigating the Delta.

This is true anywhere but especially on the Delta. Blind corners, heavy boat traffic, huge boat wakes, ocean going ships, fluctuating tides, submerged obstacles, floating peat bogs… Don't let your guard down when navigating the Delta.

One of the most popular venues in the western region…

One of the most popular venues in the western region…

…Delta events attract large participation numbers…

…Delta events attract large participation numbers…

…including some of the best pro bass anglers anywhere…

…including some of the best pro bass anglers anywhere…

The Delta is also home to a legend; the father of flipping Dee Thomas fishing the Old River

The Delta is also home to a legend; the father of flipping Dee Thomas fishing the Old River

Sunset on Frank's Tract  

Sunset on Frank's Tract

 

The Delta is a bass angler's paradise. With over 1,000 miles of shoreline covering seven rivers, countless sloughs, cuts, flooded tracts and harbors an angler could spend a lifetime exploring new water here. The BBZ wishes a safe tournament and the best of luck to this week's FLW competitors.        

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