Thousands of shad

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Poppa, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I hesitate to post this thread because you might think I need to go to the
    looney bind but I swear its the truth. I have seen it twice 20 years apart.
    Both times it was in the late summer, I think it has something to do with
    the roll over of the lake or oxegen content of the water. But shad, gizzard
    and threadfin by the thousands coming to the top of the water. You could
    see the reflection of the moon on the water and you would think it was raining because of all the shad hitting the top of the water. When you moved the
    boat you could here them hitting the side of the boat and some would jump
    into the boat trying to get away. I have never caught a fish when this was
    going on I think they were gourging themselves on shad. Has anyone else
    seen this happen? Do you know what causes it?
     
  2. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    I noticed a bunch tward the top of a lake that i never see them at a few weeks ago so yea id guess you might be right on your guess on the lake turning over.
     

  3. catman4926

    catman4926 New Member

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    no skips with them, I have seen that in stock ponds turn but the best I rember it gets a lot of fisk
     
  4. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    i have never run in to this myself maybe i will one day
     
  5. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Every summer the shad get so thick on the lakes, it seems like you could walk on them. Not just a school here and there, but the surface of the lake seems to be almost completely covered in some areas. I don't know what causes it. I have caught plenty of fish during this time, but had to go up into the river channel where the shad weren't swarming. Again, I don't know why, but that's been my experience.
     
  6. hunted

    hunted New Member

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    i see tons of em,usually babies in some cove or spot on the lake where they decide to congregate.i have caught fish right underneath them,using shad for bait,of course,lol