fishhugger Posted October 1, 2022 Share Posted October 1, 2022 i been exploring the california delta - trying to find some good crappie bluegill spots near the bay area . in the southern delta. i laboriously used google earth, just trying to find sheltered water, slower water, and what looked like PUBLIC water. is there any? i was interested in dutch slough, as that looked calm, had some trees, didn't have houses and lots, although it had docks. so i figure - worth a try! it looked public... not really. at least for me. dutch slough road was hard to locate off bethel island road... it looked more like a private dirt road. no way. i hopped over to jersey island road... man, the delta is like the ocean coast - all owned. sorry i'm complaining so much. so, dutch island road there looked like there were som great areas - however, first i had to park. not on dutch slough road. it's a fire road. no parking signs everywhere. park in front of someone's place? is that legal? decided not to. i don't want no trouble from the locals. so i parked, half a mile away? i think where they used to drill for oil... anyway, a ranch. so my van is literally - in the middle of nowhere. there's nothing there. cows. walk up to dutch slough road - then i see the no fishing signs. "avoid arrest! no respassing! no fishing on levee by order rd 799. so - no fishing. this sign may have been for a far part of the levee - there was an area that 'appeared' to be public - but i guess i just didn't want to chance it. i mean, it seems illegal to do anything on bethel island... k. i vented. i guess. it was a difficult trip. have been to big break --- but most of the shore doesn't have trails, so i was limited to the pier, kayak area, etc. looking at google earth now - i do not see any public ways (trails) to get to the shoreline. any suggestions? i guess mine is: don't go to bethel. but then ------------ where on gods green delta is there? i ended up fishing at some regional thing.... is there any way to figure out what is public and what is not? or do you actually need a kayak...? (kayak is out for me - too old). ended up at the oakley pier. not super into that. i use google earth and also a california delta map.... looking for panfish. thank you - sorry for the rant. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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