American Shad: May-July
American shad, the largest member of the herring family, have been called poor man’s tarpon because of their fighting abilities.
Native Americans harvested shad during the annual spring spawning runs and taught colonists how to catch shad in order to feed their families.
Dried shad has been credited with saving George Washington’s troops from starvation as they camped along the Schuylkill River at Valley Forge. By the 1800s fishermen caught shad by the ton. Even farmers took advantage of this seemingly endless supply of fish, using shad as fertilizer for their fields. American shad are anadromous fish, meaning they spend most of their lives in saltwater but spawn in freshwater. Rising spring temperatures prompt shad to leave the ocean and return to the waters in which they were born. Biologists believe the fish find their natal streams through their uncanny sense of smell. Males arrive on the spawning grounds first, followed by egg-laden females. Adult shad return to the ocean soon after spawning. Shad invade the Sacramento and feather Rivers in huge numbers in May and June and provide non stop angling action. Males average 1-3 pounds, while females are 5-6 pounds. Shad are hard fighting fish, found in large numbers and are excellent for the beginning angler.
We fish for shad using both conventional and fly fishing gear.
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