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Discussion in 'LOCAL OKLAHOMA TALK' started by outdoors1988, Jun 18, 2009.
Anyone having trouble catching shad? I can't find them anywhere any advise.
I'm havin the same problem down here in Colorado. Seems like a week ago they were all here now theres none. Good luck.
i too am having trouble finding them.....RAT
BEEN NETTING THE HECK OUT OF THEM DOWN HERE.I JUST WISH THE CAST NET PRICE WOULD GO DOWN.
up here in toledo thier starting to show up in the boat marinas.especally the ones on the windy side of the river! good luck, shane
I get mine below the dams when I can.
Sometimes on lakes I have to use a depth finder to find them when they're deep, like when suspended over old river channels and such. On Kerr, there have been times I've had to tie extra rope onto my cast net to get into a ball of Shad at 45 feet.
Also early in the morning in back of bays seems good if you can find them flipping on top.
we took a paddle boat out sunday, and we kept seeing these HUGE black spots in the water, and i just thought they were mud spots, until we came up on them, and they were HUGE schools of shad in the back waters off the ohio river! about 100-200 fish in each school. looked like the skipjack were running too, kept seeing them jumping behind the schools of shad, and the shad would swim away from them.... just netted about 15-20 out of the river, but its VERY muddy. Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep them alive? or what lure, or way is best for catching skippies in muddy river water?
if you wanna keep shad or skips alive you really need to invest in large shad well , whichcan be expensive, these shad wells put alot of air into the water.....RAT
oh, well i have a 35 gal drum on some 2x4's with ratchet straps, and i got some bait fresh stuff (blue powder) off a buddy one time, and kept about 10 shad alive in it for about 16 hrs with no airiator. so i recently had my wife buy me a cheapie from walmart that runs off of 2 D batteries. Hope that helps a little bit, i may try to get some blue dye from him again.
Been no problem finding shad below Ft. Gibson dam.
try looking in the necks of the lake. The last two weeks we have found huge schools of shad at 5-10 ft behind points and in wind breaks. Be patient and watch for one or two to break the surface of the water. Otherwise you will wear your self out thowing your net for nothing.
freeze some soda bottles(ice from tap water has chemicals). keepin them cold will help, but shad r not easy 2 keep without good equipment.
add a handfull of ice cream salt every six hours and theyll live three times as long
yes what he said. We had a hard time last Sunday and caught ours on windblown spencer creek swimming area. but on 7-2-09 they were back up in the feeder creek areas thick and in 2-4 foot of water just before dark
I was at Greenleaf this week and the sand bass were on the run. As long as the sandies and the stripers are running you will have to chase the shad around the lake.
rock salt will keep them alive for quite awhile. I use a cheapy air pump ( two D batteries) and salt in a small ice chest works for six or seven hours. Keep the water cold also
I went up the Verdigris river this past weekend and the shad were thick up there. Most of them were medium-small size, but I did get one good throw of the cast net on some that were about perch size. Got a couple of dozen in one throw, so that helped the bait situation out quite a bit.