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Old 06-24-2019, 07:05 AM   #1
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When during the year does the young Shad start their migration seaward? Walleye fishing most probably will take a nose dive...

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:16 AM   #2
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I've seen schools of them in the Willamette mid August. Small mouth love them!
Not sure about up your way.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:53 PM   #3
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I was plunking off a popular beach last mid June. Odfw pulled their boat in , just below us and threw out a test net. Didn't help our success any, but we learned that juvenile shad migrate downstream at that time of year. They set the net for about 15 minutes and has 3 or 4 dozen . Uncertain of how long the migration lasts.
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The river fills up with them in August and there will be some juvies into January, at least. I've caught coho stuffed full of them in October (so much for salmon not eating when in fresh water--they still swallow prey)
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Shad is BAR NONE the very best fresh plug-cut bait you can deploy for trolling salmon.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:25 PM   #6
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At a certain time later in the year, I have found Walleye absolutely gagged full of 3" juvenile shad. Coincidentally, Walleye seemed to be receptive plugs that approximate the length and color of these little morsels.

According to what I have read, baby shad spend the first summer in the river, then school up in the fall and head out to sea. Matches what I have seen.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:52 AM   #7
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:47 AM   #8
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BINGO! Out of all the shad I've plug-cut over the years, only TWO haven't converted to salmon.


But the one pictured above is missing virtually ALL of its scales! The UV-caliber flash from those scales rivals JT's best flash tape.



The key is delivering a sharp rap to the head to stun the shad so that scale loss can be avoided.
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You can buy frozen shad fry for bait.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:29 PM   #10
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So how does one go about catching juvenile shad?
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So how does one go about catching juvenile shad?
I've seen kids fishing off the dock with TINY hooks and powerbait or dough (not sure). I have been wondering if a sabiki rig would work.
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So how does one go about catching juvenile shad?
Mine are typically incidentals caught on troll gear in the estuary. Every once in a while we stick one on the sabiki rig while targeting anchovies.
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:13 PM   #13
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Last fall the river both above and below McNary dam had millions + juvenile shad but seemed were smaller than years past and the walleye bite just stopped about mid august for many of us! Noticed the January walleye we caught were about 25% heaver than in the past. Looks like a repeat of last year.
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Shad is BAR NONE the very best fresh plug-cut bait you can deploy for trolling salmon.


I agree. The Last 3 years have been instant hook ups when we run a previously snagged young Shad. The roll doesn’t even have to be perfect. Proven fact that freshness DOES matter.


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Old 06-26-2019, 08:32 AM   #15
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Wondering how far up the Columbia the Shad spawn. I have been seeing unusual schools of baitfish, wondering if they are overwintering small shad?
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