Arrived at The Wall 620AM, foggy windless conditions, water fast and relatively unclouded. Practiced casting two hours, two other guys came no one hooked up. At Barts nothing for an hour, one of three other guys reported taking a shad earlier. Detailed posting on my shad thread.
6.April: Bill C. was standing by his truck when I arrived behind Bart's ~4:30 pm after work. As I was setting up, Sissy and Dylan pulled up. The water was at about the same level as the day before, clear, no junk floating by, languid current, and a surface temp just a hair under 50ºF. For the next hour and a half, we all took casting practice. The only rumor of shad was that an "old guy" had caught 2 in the morning. Dylan reported that he caught his 2nd shad of the year a couple of days ago, and that was earlier in the day, about noon-ish.
The action seems to be best, what little there is, earlier in the day, when I am at work. With the temps rising to the 80's next week, things should heat up. (I know, get thee to a punnery...) Tight lines!
Terminal tackle: 3/4 oz drail over ~3' of 10# flouro, and a hammered silver leaf in chartreuse with a black dot, blue and white.
CT River now in full spring flood,Thomsonville gauge height 12.3 feet up 0.6 feet from yesterday and rising fast, flow 48100 cu ft/sec and climbing, both the highest so far of the spring season. River too fast to troll for shad in a boat, will wait for river to drop to 35,000 cu ft/sec.
Loc: Manchester, CtMy active fishin...
BillShu here: Just for something to do today, took a drive to river at RT291 bridge area. Barber Street. Arrived 1:40, no one fishing. Two boats on trailers leaving area. To me, looked like water level was about 6-8 feet above end of concrete section of ramp. Fishing conditions tough from shore. WX: very cloudy with wind ripping. Hope all you guy's keep posting SHAD REPORTS. Thanks. Bill
This morning CT River up to 12.78 feet, flow now 53,800 cu ft/sec and still rising fast. Farmington will be higher and current slower from water backing upstream. Watch out for floating trees, houses and restored VW Micro-busses if you choose to launch on the CT River. I will bide my time.
Loc: Manchester, CtMy active fishin...
I was wondering, for you die hard Shad fishermen who are able to get out so often......Wouldn't it be wise to first fish the lower rivwer at DEEP area?? Am thinking that the Shad have to come past that area heading up to Windsor. So when fish are caught in lower river, it will give indication as to when they will arrive at various spots up river......Or are there certain water conditions to be met. Just checking, I have only caught two shad in my life and they were near BARTS. HICKORY SHAD, different story, year before the pandemic, was a hot summer day at DEEP when I caught/released 39.
I thought the same thing the same thing years ago Bill . I had a buddy (RIP Fish) who netted shad for years in Saybrook and he told me once that they don't get within casting distance from the fishing pier. If you see were they set nets it's out near the channel . They net at night.
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CT River water level is dropping like a stone, flow now a fish-able 36,900 cu ft/sec, may reach the below 30,000 by tomorrow. Time to head out if you can. Thia week's heat wave will help. The wife has reserved today and tomorrow for honey dew jobs, maybe I can make it Wednesday morning at The Wall.
Shad migrate upriver close to The Wall in Cromwell, I hook 80% of my shad there within 10 feet of the rocks. Water is very deep close to The Wall as this used to be big ship mooring dock in the old days, wooden dock and pilings long gone. This has the best and easiest shore shad fishing in Connecticut.