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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 5/4/2017 2:19:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 05/04/2017 14:19 PM

Story Date: 05/05/2017 7:11 AM

Location: Deer Creek MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad are still running on the Susky. We got into some slightly larger ones this week.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/27/2017 2:23:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 04/27/2017 14:23 PM

Story Date: 04/28/2017 8:35 AM

Location: Deer Creek MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad are in! I had a great day fishing with my brother for Shad. They were on the smaller side but still a blast to catch on light tackle.

A single Shad dart followed by a flutter spoon ruled the day. Very few fish took the dart.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 5/23/2016 7:31:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 05/23/2016 7:31 AM

Story Date: 06/06/2016 16:44 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
The things you see when you don't have your fishing gear. This was taken from the top of the wall around the Tidal Basin. Shad were schooling all along the wall in the shady areas. No more than two feet from the wall and just swimming back and forth like mad things. The Tidal Basin is posted "no fishing" most of the time but is home to amongst these Shad, Stripers, Gar, Snakeheads, Bass, Carp and Catfish. I've seen some very big ones jumping clear of the water. No matter the "no fishing" signs , one guy was walking along the wall trolling with a hand held rod. I didn't see him catch any but he had a lot of nerve.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 5/11/2016 6:41:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 05/11/2016 18:41 PM

Story Date: 05/11/2016 21:11 PM

Location: Susquehanna River MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
There's still some shad to be had on the Susquehanna river. I only caught around 1/2 dozen or so today. The trick today was fishing on the edge of the fast moving water to avoid hooking up with the numerous white perch and dink stripers.

I heard from a fellow fisherman that tne shad fishing was better now at the base of the Conowingo dam.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 5/5/2016 5:08:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 05/05/2016 17:08 PM

Story Date: 05/06/2016 6:16 AM

Location: Susquehanna River MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
We had a great day of Shad fishing on the Susquehanna. We arrived around 4:00 PM and had constant action until dark. We caught white perch, stripers herring and hickories.

There was great water flow and the fish were very active. Some of the shad jumped as high as three feet. A great day of fishing on the mighty Susquehanna!

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/18/2016 4:51:00 AM contributed by Tdawg

Catch Date: 04/18/2016 4:51 AM

Story Date: 04/20/2016 21:32 PM

Location: Occoquan River VA

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
After pulling this shad from the net with camera in one hand and an uncooperative fish in the other I realized it my be time for the GoPro setup onboard my Frontier. Very lucky that the phone stayed in the boat.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/18/2016 4:51:00 AM contributed by Tdawg

Catch Date: 04/18/2016 4:51 AM

Story Date: 04/18/2016 16:17 PM

Location: Occoquan VA

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Too nice to work, decided to conduct some retirement training and spend the morning on my NuCanoe Frontier casting darts at Hickory shad at the back end of the Occoquan River up in the rocks. Absolutely perfect morning to be on the water, bald eagles and Ospreys enjoying the fishing as well with all appearing to catch their limits.
First shad on a green yellow dart less than 10 minutes in. Great aerial display fighting like a junior tarpon. Plenty to handle on an ultralight rod with Mitchell 308 and 4 lb test.
These fish do not like to be still for the photo op, smart phone almost went over the side, only the width of my yak kept it out the water. Seven shad in an hour. Took a pic of number 2 fish and put the phone away, too risky when they were all the same size and look alike.
Out of the rocks put the mighty Minn Kota 45 down - beats a long paddle - and was home in time to take the bride to lunch before getting back to work.
What a great morning, may have to play hooky again tomorrow! LIG

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:51 AM

Story Date: 04/14/2016 18:24 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
By the end of the day, about 5 hours of fishing in all, I had hooked 22 fish and landed 15 of them. So an average of 1 fish every 14 minutes, even more frequent if I discount the hour of slack tide when they just don't bite and I could have stopped for lunch. I can see how a dedicated fisher in a good spot could land 100 of these guys in one day. Maybe I'll be back to try for that mark.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 6:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 6:51 AM

Story Date: 04/14/2016 18:16 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad Story 2 Chapter 2. I had arrived about an hour before high tide, caught my first within a half hour and landed a few more before they stopped biting on the slack. While casting and retrieving washed darts and waiting for the fish to start up again, the cormorants and ospreys closed in to feed on them. One Cormorant emerged while still trying to swallow his catch and an osprey swooped down to try to steal it out of his beak. The cormorant barely made it back under the water with his lunch. I switched to a green and chartreuse dart after the guy fly fishing next to me hooked a shad. He almost hooked a cormorant as well when one chased his hooked fish for a bit. That shad must have been close to having a heart attack. A few minutes after that - fish on!

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/13/2016 4:34:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 04/13/2016 16:34 PM

Story Date: 04/14/2016 6:51 AM

Location: Susquehanna River MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
I had a great day fishing yesterday with my brother for shad on the susky. The day started out slow but as the afternoon wore on the fishing really picked up.

This year I finally help my own with him on catching; with each of us landing around a dozen fish. All the shad were caught on a double header of old school shad darts in a pool at the mouth of a creek. Yellow, pink and green seems to be the color they liked today.

On a whim I cast out far into the river to the rip you see behind my brother and hooked up with a 24 inch striper. I managed to get him in but quickly released him since its the spawn and the regulations are very strict on catching stripers.

I've been told if you're fishing for shad and start hooking up with a bunch of stripers its best to move to another spot since you will get a little talking to and maybe even a fine if your "by-catch" is noticed by a DNR officer.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:51 AM

Story Date: 04/13/2016 18:12 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad Story 2 - Chapter 1. Two days later I head out once more to Fletcher's cove to catch more Shad. I check the tides, I check the river gauge - both are much lower than the previous trip. I decide to take my 6' 11" Skeet - Reese Shaky-Head / Finesse worm medium action rod, also with 8 lb test line. I rig up a large red & white Shad dart, having lost all of my large orange and chartreuse darts during my last outing. I stop at Fletcher's shop and pick up some large red and chartreuse darts plus three others with varied colors and chartreuse skirts. That is when I realise I have forgotten my camera. No problem I have my cell phone. Except the battery is dead. Now that I am guaranteed I can't prove it I am sure I'll have the catch of a lifetime. How did I get this photo you ask? It is an out-take from two days earlier. I start at the same spot I started at before. I can cast farther and I'm reaching well into the current.Guys are catching fish all over the place. I hook nothing until I switch to one of my newly purchased red and chartreuse darts. First cast - fish-on!

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 9:25:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 9:25 AM

Story Date: 04/13/2016 17:20 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad Story - Chapter 7. About 10 minutes later I land my 7th and last fish of the day. Another Hickory, again on the red and white Mackerel jig. In all I hooked 12 with 5 of them getting themselves off the hook at some distance from the shore. That works out to an average of 1 fish on for every 40 minutes or so. Not bad for a first try at it. I was using a 7 foot Ultralight Ugly Stik GX2 with 8 lb test line. Very nice for these feisty fish. I resolved to come back again soon, but that is another story.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 9:13:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 9:13 AM

Story Date: 04/12/2016 16:34 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad story - chapter 6. 25 minutes later. I had switched to a red and white Mackerel jig. This Hickory swam up to take a look and got too close. That hook is into his eye socket, not his eye. I took a long time getting it out in order to save his eye. I tossed him back and he languished on the surface for a long time before he briefly thrashed about and quickly swam back to the depths.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 8:05:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 8:05 AM

Story Date: 04/11/2016 17:45 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Eventually I change location. I go upriver to a rocky point that gets me closer to the current. Everything I have read or heard about Shad says they hang out at the edge of the current where they can feed without spending a lot energy staying in place. My move quickly pays off with my fourth fish of the day, this one on a red and white shad dart.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 6:51:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 6:51 AM

Story Date: 04/11/2016 17:39 PM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Shad Story chapter 3 - just over an hour later my red & chartreuse shad dart hits the mark again. At this point I am regretting not taking the Bos-Mon up the river. You can just see a boat beyond my shad's nose. Those two guys are reeling one in on every second cast. As far as I can tell they are using the same lure.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 6:41:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 6:41 AM

Story Date: 04/10/2016 7:01 AM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Two lost lures and one massive tangle later, about 45 minutes in all, I catch hickory 2, By this time I had company - you can see them in the background. One was using a fly rod, the other a spinning rod. Both were catching one on every second cast. We could cast into the same area on their shore side. I was unable to find out what lures they were using. I was using Orange / Chartreuse shad darts.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/8/2016 5:55:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/08/2016 5:55 AM

Story Date: 04/10/2016 6:51 AM

Location: Washington DC

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
Plan A on this day - I was supposed to be on a Lake Anna Striper Charter. Weather suggested otherwise and the operator allowed us to re-schedule as he was concerned we would get skunked. Good long term thinking on his part. Plan B was to head out on Bos-Mon to go after LMB, but none of my buddies could get the day off on short notice. Plan C was to head down to Fletcher's Boat House on the Potomac to fish for Shad from the shore. Something I had never done. Last year I steered the Bos-Mon up above Fletcher's and managed to get skunked while watching fish jump all around me for over two hours. I arrived at high tide and within an hour I landed my first ever Hickory Shad. I now know why they are called the "Poor man's Tarpon". Of course I'll have to catch a Tarpon now in order to really compare.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/22/2015 6:54:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 04/22/2015 18:54 PM

Story Date: 04/23/2015 8:39 AM

Location: Susquehanna River MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
After moving to the river since Deer Creek seems to be only giving up 1 fish per trip, I was able to land my one and only fish for this evening.

This nice hickory that could not resist the flutter spoon and gulp minnow that was tied after my shad dart. We seemed to be getting all of our Shad these days on the Susquehanna with the flutter spoon, not the darts.

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/22/2015 4:54:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 04/22/2015 16:54 PM

Story Date: 04/23/2015 8:38 AM

Location: Deer Creek MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
I went on my annual shad trip with my brother John to the susquehanna river last night. Since the river was flowing high and we fished the spot on Deer Creek where I landed a single solitary Shad last week.

As with last week, this spot only yielded one fish and of course John caught it. Not only does he usually land the first fish when we fish together but he usually does it before I even get a cast in. Not so last night, I had a good 2 or 3 casts before he caught this fish!

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fishing report photo of Shad, Hickory photo taken on 4/15/2015 6:07:00 PM contributed by Jimmy

Catch Date: 04/15/2015 18:07 PM

Story Date: 04/15/2015 20:04 PM

Location: Deer Creek MD

Category: Shad, Hickory

Fishing Report:
I tried to get my brother to go fishing for Shad this evening on the Susquehanna river but he felt it was about a week too early. I figured I would give it a shot anyway to see what I could come up with.

When I got to the river, it was flowing high and after about 1/2 hour of no luck I drove up to where Deer Creek enters into the Susquehanna. The mouth of Deer Creek is a great spot and as usual it was packed. I found a spot about 1/4 mile up stream and tried to beat the skunk by catching anything. I started casting a Bass Pro spinner and managed to land a nice Shad. I didn't measure him but I would guess he was in the 16 to 18 inch range. Mission accomplished, he was the only fish all evening.

While fishing, I met a guy who was putting on his waders and heading down to the mouth of the creek. He said that he caught 42 on Monday night, but I could see those guys tonight and there wasn't much going on. I'm not sure if my brother was right about next week, but hopefully we both can find an evening to head up to the river to find out.

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