Should start to improve any day now. Good luck, and continue with your reports. I have not fished for shad in many years, but I always looked forward to this spring fishing - lots of action when they were running.
Fishing: the art of casting, trolling, jigging, or spinning while freezing, sweating, swatting, or swearing. Henry Beard and Roy McKie
Went out for an hour this afternoon, arriving behind Bart's at 5:15. Water was down a little from yesterday, clear, but the current was very slow. Water temp was 52º/53º F. Only two other fisherman on the bank, and not so much as a bite. And that's how the day ended; no fish today.
Terminal tackle: 5/8 oz drail over a 2-1/2', 8# flouro leader, and under all that, I threw hammered silver, copper, and gold in chartreuse, red/white, and orange.
Rumor has it the boaters are catching some limits down toward the mouth, below Loomis. They should start moving up the Farm'y this week with the warmer temps, 'though I expect next few rainy days will delay that into next week. Tight lines!
Out behind Bart's 4:pm-6:45 pm. Four regulars on the bank (6'+ apart!), one landing a decent shad as I set up. By 4:15 pm he landed another nice shad, and he landed a third before he left around 5:pm. The guy next to me landed three before 6:pm.
Water level was the same as last night, clear and good current. I'm told the current turned on just before I got there, it was dead before I arrived. Water temp was 53º F.
Terminal tackle: I was having trouble holding bottom, so switched from 5/8 oz to 3/4 oz drail, and then back to 5/8 oz as 3/4 was too much. 2-1/2' -- 3' 8# flouro leader, and hammered silver, and copper in orange, chartreuse/green, and pink.
All I got was a couple of bumps, but no takers. No fish today. Tight lines!
Hit Barts yesterday by boat. Guys that were down there already easily limited out. By Loomis shad were hit and miss. The wind kept us from the best fishing. By 11am all the boats out there posted upand were only fishing off anchor. It became way too windy to do anything else.
We decided to go for a cruise instead and ended up very close to Rainbow Reservoir. Ended the day with 4 shad, 1 Salmon, 1 SMB, 2 SB.
I haven't fished shad in many years either. But when I did we caught quite a few white perch on the shad darts. Anyone catching white perch? I've also heard willow leaves and other lures have kind of replaced the old stand by shad darts. True?
Yesterday afternoon (14.April), I hit the bank back of Bart's about 4:pm for 2.5 hours. Water was up a couple of feet, turbid with almost 0 visibility, but with a good current; surface temp about 53ºF, warmer than I thought it would be after all the rain.
Maybe a 8-10, or so others passed through (not at once, we maintained social distance, lol) while I was there. And nobody caught anything. One guy had caught one, and lost one before I got there, but he left shortly after I arrived.
Terminal tackle: 3/4 oz drail, over 2'-2.5' 8# flouro leader, and every color I had in my box. No fish yesterday.
By the time I left, the water had cleared to ~8" visibility. I was hopeful for today...
I went out a little earlier today, and was on the bank by 2:pm. The water was up between 2'-3' from yesterday, and just as turbid as the start yesterday, at least there was a decent current. Surface temp was down a whole degree, at 52ºF. Maybe 7 others passed by while I was there, but never more than 4 on the bank behind Bart's at one time.
Between 2:30-3:pm, the wind kicked up, and it was cold. Since nobody had been catching all day, according to one young man who had been there since 11:am, I decided that 1.5 hours was long enough for me. I had been fishing alone for about a 1/2 hour when the cold got to me, and I called it a day at 3:30. No fish today.
Terminal tackle: Terminal tackle: 3/4 oz drail, over 2'-2.5' 8# flouro leader, with hammered silver leaves in chartreuse, chartreuse/green, and pink.
Fished behind Bart's from 5-7:30 pm today. The river was down over 3' from Wednesday, turbid with decent current. Surface temp 50ºF. There were 7 others fishing upstream from the RR bridge when I arrived.
Most of the action happened early-mid afternoon, one regular caught 14, and lost a few. Another regular caught 9. By 3:30 or 4:pm the run, such as it was, it was over. I had one decent hit, but after 3 shakes of the head, it was gone. I C & R 1 dinky schoolie to keep the skunk off.
Terminal tackle: 3/4 oz drail, over 2'-2.5' 8# flouro leader, with hammered silver and gold in chartreuse, red & white, and pink.