San Joaquin Delta - California

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San Joaquin Delta - CaliforniaLevel 34
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San Joaquin Delta - California
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In late summer and early fall the most productive fishing time is around late morning and early evening, when the sun is high enough.

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On days like this fish tend to be very active all morning starting from the very early hours. But as the sun rises higher, fishing productivity drops.

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Late evening is the best time for fishing in this weather. Keep in mind that twilight is considered the best time for going after a range of fish species, such as Crappie, Channel Catfish, Walleye and many others.

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Fees
Travel fee
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7800
Fishing fee (per day)
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2000


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!


Licenses

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Basic License

Available from level 34

1 day
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4000

MUST BE RELEASED:
Trophy and Unique Chinook Salmon, Trophy and Unique Striped Bass, Trophy and Unique Steelhead, Trophy and Unique Common Carp

MUST BE TAKEN:
No restrictions

PROHIBITED SPECIES:
No restrictions

NIGHT CATCH:
Forbidden

BOAT FISHING:
Forbidden

3 days
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11400
Week
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25200
Month
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96000
Unlimited
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550
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Advanced License

Available from level 34

1 day
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8000

MUST BE RELEASED:
No restrictions

MUST BE TAKEN:
No restrictions

PROHIBITED SPECIES:
No restrictions

NIGHT CATCH:
Allowed

BOAT FISHING:
Boats & kayaks allowed

3 days
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22800
Week
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50400
Month
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192000
Unlimited
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800


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.

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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.

Southern Docks

Southern Docks

In the southwestern part of San Joaquin Delta you can find another lovely fishing spot with heartwarming wooden docks that offer a beautiful view of Beaver Island right across. Magnificent in its serenity, this enchanting place bedazzles with its clear summer skies, peacefully reflecting in the water’s mirrory surface. Just the spot to indulge in rejuvenating angling meditations with your favorite rod in hand, as you outsmart underwater adversaries like Common Carp, Striped Bass, Bluegill or Redear Sunfish.

Competitions

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C'mon, Carp! San Joaquin Delta, California Carp family C’mon anglers, let’s catch some Carp! Head over to San Joaquin River Delta in sunny California for a fun Carp-hunting competition that lets you use Carp tackle setup. Keep in mind that the main winner is determined by the maximum weight difference between the smallest and the largest Common Carp caught!
San Joaquin Extravaganza. San Joaquin Delta, California All Species The Delta of San Joaquin is rightfully among the best fishing locations in the world. So here’s a chance to add some drive to your favorite pastime! Use any tackle setup you prefer to land any fish you like, as long as the catch weighs over 5 kg to score points!
Sturgeon in the Dark. San Joaquin Delta, California Sturgeon family California dreamin’ all the way, folks! Yep, the sunny state is calling… Except this time you won’t be getting any sun, cuz it’s all about catching White Sturgeon at nighttime! And while White Sturgeon in the black water might sounds like a yin-yang harmonious equilibrium, trust me - this heated and hyped nightfishing battle is no yoga retreat!
Steelhead Showdown. San Joaquin Delta, California Steelhead Welcome to Steelhead Showdown - a much awaited competitive topwater fishing event hosted on the glorious waters of California’s San Joaquin River Delta! Hunt for the biggest 5 Steelheads you can land and mesmerize everyone by the stunning visuals as you demonstrate the intricate art of topwater fishing!


Tournaments

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Fishing Planet Anniversary Cup Salmon family Welcome to Fishing Planet Anniversary Cup - a special Sportfishing Tournament that we’re hosting to celebrate our yearly anniversary of the Game going live! Catch Salmon in various beautiful destinations like White Moose Lake, San Joaquin Delta and Lake Saint-Croix and prepare for an unforgettable Grand Finale in Alaska, on the mesmerizing Kaniq Creek, as you make your way from the Qualifiers to the Semifinal and Final rounds and become the Salmon fishing Champion! Tournament prize pool includes: Premium Accounts for 360, 180 and 30 days, Credits, Gold, unique jackets and fishing caps! Enter the Fishing Planet Anniversary Cup, pass the Qualifiers, get to the Final Round and compete against the very best to become the ultimate Salmon fishing Champion! First-place winner and the two honorable runner-ups get the fame, the glory and valuable prizes!
Crappie Valentine Cup Crappie family Welcome to Crappie Valentine Cup - romantic nonsense aside, this year’s February 14th is going to be different! No matter how crappy you thought Saint Valentine’s Day to be, this year it’s going to be about Crappie in a totally different sense, he-he... Join the thrill and excitement of Crappie Valentine Cup for the perfect way to celebrate your deep love of Fishing! Compete in a fun and challenging environment against the very best, as you test your skills in catching Black and White Crappie in a heated race taking you through five different states, from the picturesque banks of Missouri’s Mudwater River, to Louisiana’s swampy Quanchkin Lake! Fame, Glory and a prize pool that includes plenty of Credits, BaitCoins and unique fishing tackle and equipment!
Mighty Carp Tour Carp family Welcome the opening Tournament of the fall season - this September’s bottom fishing event that's all about landing some big fat Carp - the Mighty Carp Tour! This all-time European favorite game fish is quite a fun challenge to catch. So behold the mighty Carp - one the hardest freshwater fish to fool into biting! Embarking on this competitive fishing journey, you are in for an unforgettable trip through some of the world's most amazing fishing destinations! The first three stages - 3 Qualifiers - will be taking place in Italy, USA and Russia, from where the Top-20 anglers from every qualifying round will head on to Germany, to compete in the Semifinal on the great open waters of Sander Baggersee Lake. And finally, the ultimate Top-20 Carp catchers will have the chance to fight in the Grand Finale for the title of Mighty Carp Master, that will take place on the enigmatic Weeping Willow Lakes fishery in Great Britain!
Largemouth Bass April Cup Bass family Hello and welcome to Largemouth Bass April Cup, a sportfishing Tournament that’ll take you on a thrilling adventure across four states from Missouri over to North Carolina, then Louisiana and all the way down to Florida’s mesmerizing Everglades! Catch all forms of Largemouth Bass as you compete with fellow anglers in 2 preliminary Qualifiers as well as the Semifinal and the Final Round that’ll show who’s Boss when it comes to landing those big-mouthed Bass! Compete against the best for fame, glory and prize pool that includes plenty of Credits, BaitCoins and unique fishing tackle and equipment!

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