One reason I switched to stillwater a long time ago was to avoid the crowded rivers. I cannot remember ever feeling crowded on a lake. I'm lucky because I almost always fish weekdays; the larger impoundments with a lot of rec traffic are non starters for me on the weekends. The Delta is dangerous for us small craft folk all summer, and I tend to avoid it until Labor Day. We still have big fish here, but they're on the eastern slope and a 3-5 hour drive so it's not a day trip. The west slope has never had big fish, so we just gear down, thus the interest in fiberglass. I still prefer big fish, and sometimes paying for access to them is worth it.