Fished Dingmans with Eric sunday..1 shad all day..its over..lots of splashing around with spawners...lots of smallies..see u on the ocean for stripers
Rusty Balls | | Monday June 19th 1:21 pm
Ryan W. | Turtle beach boat launch | Friday June 16th 7:14 am
Put the boat in at turtle beach Wednesday 6/14 and went down river about 300 yards from the ramp. We boated 57 in a 8 hour time span. We lost about 25-30....It was a really good day. The water is still up more than normal but it was fairly clear, I've got a feeling after this weekend it might be the end of the run. I hope everyone had fun fishing shad this year!
Rusty Balls | | Monday June 12th 6:10 am
fished Easton sunday am boated 10..theyre still there...this heat is gonna end it soon
Pointing Lab | | Tuesday June 6th 2:42 am
Fished Smithfield on Sunday and caught around 20. All fresh fish.
Shadfather | Easton | Monday June 5th 8:57 am
Rusty Balls and myself set a new personal record with 14 hours fished on Saturday and landed 24 including one smallmouth and one walleye. Biggest fish was about 5 pounds. The fish looked great and put up a good battle. Highlight of day was when Vinnie in the Dollbaby had the fight of his life and shortly after telling Marshall...this fish is BIG!!!...up popped a 6 inch smallmouth on the end of his line. His big fight was with his TripZ that didn't trip! To effin funny!!!
Rusty Balls | | Monday June 5th 6:07 am
fished Saturday with capt dave at Easton boated 24 shad all fresh fish yet
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Friday June 2nd 10:40 pm
Lab....go north....more fish....cooler water.....Smithfield Beach......Dingmans.....
Pointing Lab | | Friday June 2nd 2:16 pm
Is Easton worth the trip or should I be heading north of the Water Gap
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Friday June 2nd 11:58 am
They posted that it would be open May 22......There was still equipment in the lot..... I would call first...NPS...
Chiggy | | Friday June 2nd 2:34 am
Riverwolf, will Smithfield launch be open during the week anytime soon?
Mr Leonard | Hewitt | Wednesday May 31st 8:48 pm
Fished south of Milford bridge. 11:00-12:00 5-fish, all bucks. Stopped 3:00 on another flury of activity 3 fish. Caught a 17" brown.
Rusty Balls | | Tuesday May 30th 6:12 am
Fished Easton with my buddy Wayne...boated 19...still fresh fish..get out there
Salty | Turtle Beach and south. | Monday May 29th 2:16 pm
Black and pink tiny flys were the killer the past three trips. Size #6 and #8. Other colors were catching but towards late afternoon it was black all the way!
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Sunday May 28th 5:13 pm
Two good days at Smithfield Beach......Saturday 27 fish from 9am to 2pm.....Sunday 34 fish from 7am to 2pm.....fresh fish plenty of fight......only had 2 that were spawned out......fast water was the key....another 2 weeks maybe...
Chiggy | Frackville | Friday May 26th 1:53 pm
Chris, keep trying, this time of year I like to fish in 6 to 10 feet of water, try the tails of deep holes. Used double darts on 3 rods all different colors. Caught about 30 to 40. Keep trying.
Craig | Pottsville | Thursday May 25th 2:50 pm
Was fishing just above the Gap from shore. Caught 14 in ~ 10 hrs. 6 of them within 1 hr between 11:30 and 12:30. Most were bucks. All but 1 were caught on flutter spoons; the other on dart. Just have to be there when a school comes through. Had interesting sighting while fishing. Saw a black bear about 50 yds downstream on the Jersey side. Good thing he was downstream, because he decided to swim across and thankfully the current carried him downstream about another 150-200 yrds. Chris, don't get frustrated - stay with it. You'll eventually get the feel for it. While your fishing and things are quiet, enjoy the scenery. It can be very refreshing and mentally rewarding.
Shadfather | Easton | Thursday May 25th 1:24 pm
Here's a photo of my trout earrings I've been working on.
Shadfather | Easton | Thursday May 25th 11:49 am
Chris, when I first went shad fishing I would take binoculars with me to spy on the guys that were catching fish. It always seemed like the spoons had some orange in them. To this day I get most of my shad on some orange. You have to figure out where to fish according to the river height. I like water in the 6-12 foot range. I keep my spoon anywhere from 10 to 20 feet behind the ball. Sometimes I can only get them one way and other times every way catches fish. Diving plugs are a must have in the boat and this year we've been catching them on TripZ's we got from FISH USA. Keith, it was a blast fishing with you and Rusty last Sunday. We got so many good looking fish! Last night Sean got about 20 at Easton with several good roes. That's one in the picture. Hope I can get out this weekend again.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Wednesday May 24th 1:59 am
Chris.....what works one day doesn't always work another day.....try diferent things....I'm more of a try something diferent than to change color.....look for pinch points and less water.....I like 8 to 10 ft.....no more....shorten up the length from your ball....I go from 5ft to 20 ft depending on water clarity.....sometimes a flat line with some split shot is all you need......one rule of thumb that I have a problem following myself is NEVER leave fish to find fish.....get out there and good luck......It was a pleasure to fish with Rusty balls and Shadfather......two great guys.....I'll be heading up to Smithfield this weekend......tight Lines......
Rusty Balls | | Tuesday May 23rd 6:16 am
gonna give a last try this coming weekend, if weather holds were going the shore for stripers in the big boat and maybe Monday for shad for last trip....theyre still coming thru...sunday was awesome...lots of fresh fish and big roe
Komar | Vernon | Monday May 22nd 9:25 pm
Chris don't give up. It took me a few years to learn how to fish for shad. The information the guys on this site give you is great. You just need to learn how and where to use it. I have learned that just fishing a channel doesn't always work. I like to find a pinch point in the river usually where there are rapids with a channel going up and shallows to the side . We anchor just to the side of the current so we are partially in the current. I learned from the guys here to not only use downriggers but also use deep divers with the hooks removed and a leader tied to the back loop. I was catching as many with this method if not more than with the down rigger. We also found that just moving the anchor rope from one side of the boat to the other helped. This would move us in or out of the current if we were not hitting them. We also learned to move if you not getting any strikes. All of this I learned from the guys on this board and trial and error. If you haven't done so yet, join the shad club and go to their meetings. They are always ready to help. Keep trying. It's well worth it. Iv'e had my best season so far.
chris | south of easton and 78 | Monday May 22nd 5:45 pm
Fished sunday 5/21 from noon til 5pm. caught 3 smallmouth bass and no shad. I have had very little luck shad fishing. I am using downriggers and someone on this board suggested fishing 30 to 40 feet behind the downrigger ball near the current break. I was anchored in channel with boat swaying side to side and fishing 1 to 2 feet off the bottom and all I got was snagged. my depth finder is showing about 2% of the coming through on the bottom. I was fishing in 13 to 14 feet of water and most of the fish on my depth finder coming through at 6 to 9 feet so I tried fishing those depths and still nothing. maybe try again next year or pack in shad fishing all together haven't decided yet.
komar | Vernon | Monday May 22nd 3:14 pm
Fished between Bushkill and Eshback on Sunday. We stopped counting after 30. I had my boss out. He is now a convert. That will probably be my last shad trip this year. I want to thank everyone for all the info this year. It made for a very great year. Thank you. P.S We even caught a couple of walleye on flutter spoons
fishermanfrank | Upper Southampton,PA | Monday May 22nd 8:43 am
Fished Friday May 19 launched out of Byram,N.J. at 9am with Ed R. fished till noon caught 6 shad, 3Roe & 3 buck Also lost a few in 9'of water on spoons behind deep diving shad raps still coming up .
Rusty Balls | | Monday May 22nd 6:18 am
Sorry forgot keith fished with us too sunday...sorry Keith,..lol
Rusty Balls | | Monday May 22nd 6:13 am
Fished Sun with Capt Dave...from 8-6...boated 74...mostly roe...still fresh fish....a little slower in the afternoon..get out there and fish
Rusty Balls | | Monday May 22nd 6:11 am
Fished Easton sat with Eric to get fish in the spawning tank..caught 46 fished from 8-1
Lab | Above Water Gap | Sunday May 21st 6:43 pm
Caught 20 fishing from 12 to 4
Phil | Sandyston | Saturday May 20th 6:35 pm
Kevin, they are indeed and many are upstream of that area. Good luck.
Keven Swingle | Honesdale | Saturday May 20th 5:38 pm
Are they catching them at Norrowsburg yet?
Komar | Vernon | Friday May 19th 2:59 pm
Thanks for the info, you guys are the best. Tight lines
John | Eshback | Friday May 19th 2:53 pm
Fished Thursday 5/18 out of eshback 2:30-7pm. Landed 25 mostly bucks. 1/32 oz. bright orange body and tail produced most hits
Rusty Balls | | Friday May 19th 6:32 am
Rob & Komar..they are still catching at easton
Rob Somers | Rieglesville | Thursday May 18th 5:53 pm
Where to fish at Rieglesville? I have not made it out yet and was wondering where to go between Easton and Rieglesville by boat that they are still catching Shad?
komar | Vernon | Thursday May 18th 3:04 pm
Planning on going out this Sunday, are they still getting them in the Bushkill area? or should I move farther upstream?Dingmans, Milford?
Cshadrun | Rieglesville | Wednesday May 17th 9:41 pm
Thanks for the reports guys! Appreciate it, was thinking the lake, but after your good news....I know what I'm doing the next free moment.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Wednesday May 17th 5:48 pm
Fished Reigelsville 6am to 1pm....19 shad 1 walleye and 1 smallmouth...Fish are still around....Water temp 60...Don't give up yet.....All fish were fresh and real fighters.....
Rusty balls | | Wednesday May 17th 2:43 pm
fished Easton Tuesday from 11-7 ...boated 46...still comin thru...my buddies were down today for about 8 hrs...had 50 in the boat
| | Tuesday May 16th 9:33 pm
RUSTY BALLS | | Sunday May 14th 11:53 am
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ShadHarris | North of Gap from shore | Thursday May 11th 10:23 pm
Tonight was an extremely excellent session N of water gap from shore. All you wanted. As good as it gets. Slightly more roe than buck. Me and my buddies were using my 1/32 and 1/16 ounce custom hot pink head white body darts and as the sun dropped chartreuse and hot green head worked very well too. No numbers - too busy to count and we were laughing and having a good time. Every roe brought a big pod of followers right to the waders. The fish were as thick as thieves!
Phil | Sandyston | Monday May 8th 10:14 am
Riverwolf: That has been my experience also. My best days have been in clear weather with no cloudiness, muddy water, cold weather or any other curveballs thrown into the mix.
RUSTY BALLS | | Monday May 8th 6:15 am
FISHED WITH CAPT DAVE SUNDAY..ENDED THE DAY WITH A TRIPLE...19 TOTAL
Rusty balls | Easton | Sunday May 7th 12:57 pm
Fishing easton today with Capt Dave boated 15 so far lehigh water is clean
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Sunday May 7th 2:51 am
River is up to 7.5 ft and will stay there until Tuesday......Lots of water coming from up River......River temp 56.....With nights in the upper 30s river temp will drop which could hurt the bite.......need lots of sun and no more rain......
Rusty Balls | Easton | Friday May 5th 12:17 pm
Had a father who is a member of DRSFA & his 8 year old son out Wednesday Morning till the river went to crap....caught 12 till 830 only had one ldr after that...enjoyed themselves...caught some nice roe
Rusty balls | Easton | Friday May 5th 12:14 pm
Had a gentleman, Ben Kulp from Morgantown PA out on Tuesday afternoon for a 6 hr trip that paid for a trip through DRSFA ..caught 40 fish...very happy with the outcome ..wants to come back next year
| | Friday May 5th 12:03 pm
Mike S - it sure doesn't look good, with another 3 foot + surge arriving in that area overnight tonight. The river is already about 2 feet higher than "normal" at the gap, which is quite fishable when running clear to moderately stained, but add another 3' to it, and it will be difficult conditions to say the least. It's not gonna start dropping until Monday... http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=phi&gage=tksn4&view=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1&toggles=10,7,8,2,9,15,6
Mike S | Mechanicsburg | Friday May 5th 7:59 am
Only have one weekend to fish for shad. Was planning on fishing the Water Gap area this weekend. I'll be making the 3 hour drive to visit family anyway but am I SOL for fishing? Thanks
RUSTY BALLS | | Friday May 5th 6:18 am
BRAD U CAN TRY IT IF UR FISHING FROM SHORE BY THE FISH LADDER...THE WATER MIGHT BE CLEAN ENOUGH