San Joaquin Delta - California

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San Joaquin Delta

This magnificent and scenic wetland is the very heart of California’s water supply and even resembles an intricate heart-shaped spiderweb from a bird’s eye view. Two of California’s mightiest rivers - Sacramento and San Joaquin River meet here to continue their journey together as part of the Pacific Ocean. California Delta is not only the largest estuary on the West Coast and pillar stone of California’s water system. It’s unique ecosystem supports a rich and highly diverse habitat for countless species of wildlife and fish, making it extremely interesting in terms of various fishing spots to satisfy any angler’s ambition. The area’s numerous flooded channels, dams, harbors and bays serve as a vital migration path for Chinook Salmon travelling to and from the Pacific Ocean. The California Delta is also home to countless fish species including Steelhead, Striped Bass, White Crappie, Redear Sunfish and Bluegill. So whether you choose to fish from the shore or take a boat and pursue greater depths - the California Delta is an exciting and unforgettable must-visit location for any angler!

Requirements and fees

Accessible from level 18
Travel fee 450 credits
Fishing fee 50 credits / day

(Prices available if your Home State is Missouri. If you change that, see Set Home State section.)

Licenses

Term Basic License Advanced License Salmon License
MUST BE RELEASED: Trophy and Unique Common Carp, Trophy and Unique Striped Bass
MUST BE TAKEN: no restrictions
PROHIBITED SPECIES: Steelhead, Chinook Salmon
MUST BE RELEASED: Steelhead, Chinook Salmon
MUST BE TAKEN: no restrictions
PROHIBITED SPECIES: no restrictions
MUST BE RELEASED: Trophy and Unique Common Carp, Trophy and Unique Striped Bass
MUST BE TAKEN: no restrictions
PROHIBITED SPECIES: no restrictions
Available from level 18 18 18
1 day 100 credits 160 credits 100 credits
3 days 250 credits 400 credits 250 credits
Week 400 credits 640 credits 400 credits
Month 1500 credits 2400 credits 1500 credits
Unlimited 3750 credits 6000 credits 3750 credits

Season

Late spring / Early summer

Starting points

The Foggy Sanctuary
The Foggy Sanctuary

This lovely area is located right at the mouth of San Joaquin River, where its waters flow into Saint-Anne Bay. A series of old wooden docks on one of the river's many channels is a marvelous place for sport fishing - a serenely lonesome and quiet location gives you that "edge of the world" feeling. The atmosphere is indeed enchanting, with the dense mystic fog often covering the area. Among the thickets of dark-green reeds, these weedy waters house abundant Striped Bass. Not to mention White Crappie or Redear Sunfish, that you can catch in this desolate no-man's land with nothing to disturb your silent pastime but the enchanting sounds of nature.








Below the Cryton Dam
Below the Cryton Dam

The California Delta, being a major migration path for Chinook Salmon travelling to and from the Pacific ocean is an overall marvelous fishing location. But one of the best places to fish here is perhaps this spot on the San Joaquin River right below the Cryton Dam. Here, the otherwise whitewater tributary turns into a flat valley river with occasional riffles and shallow areas with crowded weeds and rocky constructions. So either get comfortable on the pebbly steep shore or put on your wader boots and step into the cool almost clear waters as you master the current and spend the day angling away. You may also try to hook fish like Steelhead and rejoice to the refreshing crisp sound of this man-made Cryton Dam waterfall, rumbling in a sapphire downpour, as if connecting the grey waters of San Joaquin to the deep blue sky.









Fishing the Beaver
Fishing the Beaver

Welcome to Beaver Island, a small desolate spec of land in the vast San Joaquin River, overlooking the Cryton Dam and a lovely settlement of stilt houses that rests along the flooded banks of Sacramento River close to its estuary. This wide watershed area with marshy flooded shores is scenically contoured by a green landscape that is full of life and a hint of local coloring. This secluded location is among the best places for Common Carp fishing, not to mention that the Beaver Island has other countless fish species for you to hook: Striped Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish are just to name a few.







Resident species