crazy is right. shine a flood light across the water while ya creep along if ya are in a boat of course. theyll jump out of the water if there there. also ya can shine it in the water. and wait. they will be attracted to a light. i knew a fella from here that always got them like that. he would shine a floater in the water while he fished and once in a while toss out by the light and get shad easily.
Yes Lights for sure! I have been nightfishing, and have seen the commercial shad fisherman come out with there nets on 30 foot poles and lights hanging out over the water. It's quite a picture! In the good years, the whole river is packed with boats and shad. Around here it seems the shad come out at night and go deeper in the day, though we do get them (daytime) at areas that have a wall or gate with water pumping. A lot of other big fish are often right behind them also!