River starting to smell a little better after the massive amounts of dead fish this month. Can’t wait to see what next years run brings! Hope y’all had a good spring fishing for shad :)
Shadpro | | Saturday June 23rd 8:21 am
| | Friday June 22nd 7:39 am
Jimv | Glenside | Friday June 15th 11:30 pm
Folks I stand with my original response, these fish can run the river 3 to 5 times and then they die. I have been doing this for 53 years. I have seen this up front and personal. Fish on, Jim V
Shadpro | UBE | Monday June 11th 9:07 pm
Many dead floaters for over a week now.
warden | bville,nj | Monday June 11th 12:06 pm
bow fishing IS LEGAL for shad in Jersey waters, not in Penna or NY waters of Delaware river I standcorrected.
| | Saturday June 9th 8:57 am
Unlike Pacific salmon, not all shad die after spawning. However, it is believed that half or more perish in the Delaware because the spawning run is a long, difficult journey and high energy is exerted. Shad that survive will swim downstream very soon after spawning (these shad are referred to as "downrunners"). According to The Founding Fish author John McPhee, fewer than ten percent of the downrunners in the Delaware River will return another year to spawn again. https://www.state.nj.us/drbc/edweb/american-shad.html
| | Wednesday June 6th 10:39 pm
Guys these are not salmon they run the river 3 to 5 times before they die.
Nick S | Gap | Wednesday June 6th 10:29 pm
Well, Kurt, I don't think warden would care much this time of the season, the fish has spawned out and ready to die, I would condemn the violators anyway
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Wednesday June 6th 3:38 pm
Thanks warden. I didn't think it was legal. Are you really a warden, or is that a nickname?
warden | bville,nj | Wednesday June 6th 11:15 am
bow fishn not legal for shad
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Tuesday June 5th 4:18 pm
I don't know if bowhunting is legal for shad. The limit used to be 5 or 6 for fishermen. Then the limit was cut back when the runs took a downturn in the late 90's. In the last seven or eight years, the numbers of shad have rebounded nicely. Size is still down a little, but getting better.
| | Tuesday June 5th 3:34 pm
I wonder how the 3 fish limit pertains to bow shooting guys, they are a game fish with a 3 limit per day.
Nick S | GAP Area | Monday June 4th 10:42 am
loads of shad above GAP area, they look spawn out, not taking anything, beach or boat, channel or shallows. A few ppl were bowfishing shad, prolly the only good technique this time of the season :)
Kurt G. Miller | Northampton, PA | Monday June 4th 9:52 am
Fished at Smithfield on Sunday and had a good day. All colors worked pretty well. Landed 39 and lost 5 at the boat, and had a few quick releases on downriggers. Lots of fish surfacing all day long. Not many boats out, which made it even more peaceful. I'm finished with shad for the season and will be switching over for bass. Tight lines!
Mike O | Allentown | Sunday June 3rd 9:39 pm
As a follow-up to my earlier post, I saw some good action in Easton today. I saw people catching on both sides of the river near the confluence with the Lehigh, both on shore and from boat. I hooked 8, landing 4 of them, all on darts from shore.
| | Sunday June 3rd 7:34 pm
Got out a guest of the clubs fishing donation finally, Graig and his son/Daughter had a great time with 33 fish in the boat and lost about 6. yes lots of fish smacking at the lures and getting foul hooked, shore guys were also catching in the Easton area. guys try the dart with a small spoon dropper, with a slow retrieve, it works ,got one more trip to get out and this month should still have fish in the area. Pappy
Mike O | Allentown | Sunday June 3rd 7:52 am
@ Craig - According to one of the facebook groups I'm a part of, yes. Both Easton and the Gap are still seeing some decent fishing. If the weather holds out I'm probably heading there this afternoon after work.
Craig | Pottsville | Saturday June 2nd 8:32 pm
Are they still catching them between Easton and the Water Gap or is it over in this area?
RPS | Greeley | Friday June 1st 9:06 pm
Fished above Zane Grey tonight 6:00-8:00 pm hooked 15 landed 3 many foul hooked the two I landed were hooked in the mouth. The spawning pretty heavy now alot running around on top.
Boat Crazy | Above the Gap | Tuesday May 29th 8:38 pm
Fished above the Gap on Saturday, Monday , and Tuesday (today 5-29). water receding each day. Stained but def fishable. Saturday had a dozen on spoons. Monday had 42 with most on spoons and a few on small darts. Tuesday had 25 had more on darts today than spoons. Sure seems like there is a lot of spawning activity going on all day, but most fish still felt pretty solid .
cottontop | Branchville,NJ | Tuesday May 29th 7:07 am
Fished Dingman's area yesterday from 830 to 230, hooked 26 lost 4. Candy corn silver spoons on plug rigs worked well. Water stayed 62 degrees, light coffee color. Fish were all over in size from small bucks to big roes.
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Monday May 28th 9:10 pm
Fished Smithfield today and had a decent day. Hooked 23, landed 20. Different colors all worked. Best time was from 11:30 am to 1:45 pm. Water was high, stained, but pretty clean. Not much mess on the spoons. Tons of fish surfacing all day, and good average size caught.
RPS | Greeley | Monday May 28th 7:34 pm
Fished Zane Grey 4:00-6:00 pm caught one no other hits water temp 62.
Don | Phoenixville | Monday May 28th 6:34 pm
Fished Turtle Beach 3:00 to 4:30. Nothing.
RPS | Greeley | Monday May 28th 10:30 am
Fished Zane Grey 8:00-9:00 am got nothing not even a bump water temp 60 and water is still pretty high no fish on running around on top.
crackle | nj | Saturday May 26th 12:06 pm
Fished north of gap 4:45-7:30 on Thurs. Water way up, moving pretty fast, still and very discolored. Thought it was gonna be just casting practice, but hooked up on first cast and hooked 6 landed only 4 as they used the current well and couldn't get 2 nice Roe in. Also hooked a nice little spike striper. So I'm gonna guess you're still gonna be catching them for another week or 2 in Milford Dingman's Gap area due to all the rain keeping the water up and cool.
RPS | Greeley | Friday May 25th 1:32 pm
Fished Zane Grey 8:30-9:30 am hooked 5 landed 3 . 2 on 1/32 chartreuse dart and 1 on 3/8 chartreuse dart. Water temp was 61 the river is high but the water at the Lackawaxen is clear the main river is muddy.
Shadbobo | Pburg | Friday May 25th 11:08 am
Just want to thank all the responses about spoon paint.
komar | vernon | Thursday May 24th 6:42 pm
Are they still catching any shad in the Dingman's or Milford area?
Boat Crazy | | Wednesday May 23rd 7:11 pm
whats up with all the spam attaching to the posts ???????????
Boat Crazy | spoon painting | Wednesday May 23rd 7:10 pm
I stay away from vinyl paints on all my jigs It reacts to too many things and can make a nasty mess of a tackle box.. For spoons I having been using testors model paint for over 25 years. I also base coat white, then one coat of what ever colors I want to use after that dries. If you use powder on spoons , you need to use a heat gun with variable heat, it allows a better heat without melting the solder.
Tbones | Jersey | Wednesday May 23rd 3:32 pm
In the town of Lackawaxen .
Komar | Vernon | Wednesday May 23rd 3:02 pm
Were does the Wallenpaupack dump into the Delaware ?
Capt. Dave | Easton | Wednesday May 23rd 8:22 am
Shadbobo...I use the vinyl jig and lure paint. Not crazy about it but it gives good color. If you get that make sure you get some of the thinner too. I put down two coats of white before the color to get the brightest color and then finish it with a clear coat that has some sparkle in it. I do use some Testors model paint for the odd colors I can't get in vinyl. I put two coats of color on my spoons as well. You'll see the difference between one or two coats yourself. You can't be in a hurry.
Kevin | Yardley | Tuesday May 22nd 6:03 pm
Shadbobo, a few options for spoon painting. Vinyl jig and lure paint, powder paint and latex based paint too . Check out Jann's Netcraft for supplies. Be sure to base coat in white before adding colors and then a clear coat once colors have dried. Happy painting! Kevin
Shadbobo | Pburg | Tuesday May 22nd 2:22 pm
For you spoon makers, what type of paint is best when painting spoons? Thanks in advance.
whitetail | shohola | Monday May 21st 8:46 pm
It's not over yet. 10 for 11 tonite 7 to 8 pm
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Sunday May 20th 2:39 pm
OK, I took a leap of faith and went to Easton yesterday morning. I found the Lehigh to be rough and muddy, but the Delaware running higher but I could see the bottom under my feet in a couple feet of water. That means I could see the edge of the boat launch pavement, which is as far as I ever cared to walk. I was the only guy there fishing and found fish stacked up on the line where the rivers met, and they were feeling very frisky . I was there for about 3 hours and caught more shad than I have ever encountered before. Once I dialed in to their position and how they wanted to be served I was regularly going 6 or 7 fish for 10 casts. They didn't want any jigging movement of the double dart rig, just reeling it in caught many more fish, and they hammered it more often than not. They preferred the 1/32 trailer dart, which caught 4 fish to every one hitting the larger leader dart. They liked chartreuse and wouldn't touch yellow and red or pink and anything. One guy showed up as I was "one more cast" -ing myself. He said he'd been watching me from over by the fish ladder catching fish. This morning I stopped by again around 10:30 and fished an hour going 4 for 6. I guess it was the Wallenpaupack release that had the water 3 feet higher and brown and it was also carrying a lot more debris. The Lehigh was thundering over the dam. The fish were hitting near the crease where the rivers converged again, but it was a whole different game. Worth the effort for a while, but nothing like yesterday's excellent action. A kibitzer from above told me he'd seen guys hauling in fish earlier in the morning from somewhere above me "in the white water." I never stepped off the asphalt this morning and wasn't about to try anything more adventurous.
whitetail | shohola | Saturday May 19th 6:16 pm
wallenpaupack dam open till at least sometime monday river gonna be rough for awhile.
RPS | Greeley | Saturday May 19th 8:42 am
James their supposed to open the flood gates at Wallenpaupack at noon today going to dump alot of water all at once in the river. Also there was a big fire in Narrowsburg last night right along the river I'm sure we be getting debris and dirty water from that too. Fished Zane Grey Thursday 9:00 - 10:00 am got nothing main river was up and muddy by the Lackawaxen was better but not clear.
James L | Shohola | Friday May 18th 6:30 pm
Fished Matamoras and Sparrowbush today. I managed 4 shad to shore, with a few more hookups. Water was up a bit and had a slight stain. Lot's of those annoying seedpods were coming down river. Nicest part of the night was watching a father son combo get the son his first ever shad.
Tom | Pottstown | Friday May 18th 5:00 pm
Can one of the locals give us an idea of river conditions at Easton?
Pointing Lab | Water Gap | Thursday May 17th 7:14 pm
Got five water was up but fishable. I doubt it will be fishable after tomorrow til middle of next week
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Thursday May 17th 5:20 pm
That last post was me forgetting to sign in again...
| | Thursday May 17th 5:19 pm
I'm going to be in Bethlehem Friday thru Sunday. Can anyone suggest whether the confluence will be fishable within that timeframe? I'm hoping someone can suggest some strategy that doesn't involve risking my life.
Pointing Lab | Water Gap | Thursday May 17th 9:49 am
Is the river fishable in the Water Gap area?
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Tuesday May 15th 2:03 pm
Good theory Dave. I've caught fish a few times when boats cruise by. Could be that the boat noise pushed them into my lane. I've had that happen when shore casting for spring browns on Lake Ontario too. Boats would go by, and we'd hook up. Lots of good theories out there for sure. All boils down to being in the right place at the right time. But, that could be oversimplifying things a bit. Tight lines Capt!
Capt. Dave | | Tuesday May 15th 1:30 pm
Kurt...had that happen a few times too. How many times did you have a boat come close bye and you catch a fish. That happens ALOT!!! Maybe catching them every time you move has more to do with stirring them up with the motor???
Kurt G. Miller | Northampton, PA | Tuesday May 15th 9:59 am
Hi Riverwolf. Strange indeed. Had it happen about 20 years ago in Bushkill. Could never figure out out. I guess sometimes you just have to move. Strange because the fish are migrating. Not like finding a honey hole in a lake and spooking the bass, or whatever fish are there.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Tuesday May 15th 2:01 am
Hey Kurt.....We experienced the exact same thing as you did....every time we moved caught a fish then nothing....interesting......