I called Off the Hook and booked a guide Bass fishing is best with finesse techniques with plastics on the Ned rig or drop-shot at depths from 40 to 60 feet along with live minnows. Live minnows are still popular, and one angler caught his personal-best striper at 30 pounds fly-lining a jumbo minnow. We were able to quit before the rain and wind started. The recent rain has brought muddy water to the Sacramento-Delta and the Mokelumne River, but the San Joaquin-Delta remains relatively clear, and the striped bass have arrived. California has great fly fishing and lots of exciting variety when it comes to target species.