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| | Saturday April 15th 5:38 pm
Riverwolf, thanks, I'll give it a go next week!
Phil | Sandyston | Saturday April 15th 4:18 pm
Here's an oddity. Was fishing with waders yesterday (Good Friday) in Tusten, NY. Shad were the farthest thing from my mind, being 25 miles upstream of Port Jervis. I was catching a few smallies and chubs when I threw out my 1/8th ounce silver Kastmaster, let it sink, made 2 cranks of the handle and an average-size buck shad hit the damn thing. I landed him in normal fashion. Continued to fish for another hour and a half, but no more shad. Maybe the previous high water spread-out the leaders of the run, as the "edge" of the current becomes vague at that time and visibility was surely poor. A pleasant surprise, though.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Saturday April 15th 3:23 pm
Donald......yes you can join wed night......would be a pleasure to meet this high water there is a good hole right up from the boat ramp where the creek runs in......waders are a must.....or right off boat ramp...
jeff | bensalem | Saturday April 15th 3:19 pm
Fished Bulls Island, waded out at the point this morning. Between three of us, landed 40+ shad. They came in like a freight train between 7:00-10:00. Chartreuse was the color of choice.
Frank Petronio | Mahwah, NJ | Saturday April 15th 11:19 am
I am looking for info from anyone who can advise me of opportunities to fish in Belvidere by the bridge at Water St. It looks like a good spot. Is there anywhere to park and are there any holes where the bite may be consistent. Any reply would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Frank
Donald Dickison | Dingmans Ferry | Saturday April 15th 8:21 am
Couldn’t find any other contact spot. Can one join the Association on Wednesday night at SeWyCo?
Fjp110 | 19464 | Friday April 14th 9:58 pm
We waded rieglesville pa 9am-1pm. Hooked one and lost it. Few hits here and there. Waded Easton, mouth of the Lehigh, 2-7:30. Two of us caught over 30. A lot of the other guys on shore said Thursday night was WAY better. For my first trip out on the Delaware for shad ever it was a blast. Compared to fishing shad in Md the numbers were way lower but the size of the fish was way larger. I'll be back.....
Njbirddog | Lambertville | Friday April 14th 4:38 pm
Skunkfest south of Lambertville by boat. Fished from 8-12. Not a bump. Spots that usually produced did not. Had a very tough time keeping the lines clean.
ShadHarris | Just North of Gap from shore | Friday April 14th 10:17 am
finally got out, it was as slow 2 hour session quit by 8am. 2 for 2. River 2.5' higher than normal, slightly stained, and exactly 50.5 degrees. Overall - great conditions. It will only get better up here with all the action in Easton right now, maybe this afternoon, maybe tomorrow it should break open.
Kevin | philadelphia | Thursday April 13th 9:01 pm
Just a quick reminder, those fisherman ans fisherwomen new to shad fishing, I'll be conducting a seminar on Shad Fishing the Delaware River on Wed night 4-19-17 at our Annual Shad Night at the Se-Wy-Co Fire Hall on Rt 378 in Bethlehem PA at the monthly DRSFA mtg at 7pm. Raffles, vendors, guided fishing trips raffled off for shad, stripers, and salmon too. Door Prizes and refreshments also!!!!. Seats are limited so get there early. No admission fee. Come out out and get your shad fishing supplies and learn more about consistently landing shad on the Big D. Hope to see you there!!! Kevin, 33 year member and volunteer Delaware River Shad Fisherman"s Association
Roughrider | Nazareth | Thursday April 13th 6:38 pm
Fished Martins creek today from 1 till 4, boated 8 shad, water so dirty we quit early, tired of cleaning lines of debris.
Fjp110 | 19464 | Thursday April 13th 10:48 am
Headed out tomorrow to Riegelsville Pa. First time on the Delaware for shad. Wading upstream is the plan, however all plans are open to change. Hope to see some other people out there too.
ShadHarris | NW NJ | Thursday April 13th 8:54 am
Great to see it busted wide open, and as usual - Easton area delivers the big catches first. I plan on fishing from shore N of gap tomorrow morning and night in between working from home, then head to Easton area with boat at some point Saturday with hopes to find a decent slot to anchor up. Good luck all - be safe!
Iron shad | Johnstown pa | Wednesday April 12th 9:13 pm
We fished along side Eric from the bi-state tourney and another boat this evening at the Lehigh confluence for about 3 hours we landed 50 shad out of around 75. Eric caught 80 and the other boat wAs catching steady all night as well. Plenty of fat roe in the mix and the action was non stop for the entire 3 hours. Pumped for the tournament next week!!!!
Rusty Balls | | Wednesday April 12th 3:03 pm
I'll be on the river fri,sat & sun at Easton/P burg...if u need darts, spoons or an me..Rusty...484-239-4723
Powerfisher | UBE area | Wednesday April 12th 2:32 pm
Hit it for 3 1/2 hrs this morning. Good bite 24 for 29. 3 sets of doubles. Half dozen were roe. Bonus rainbow trout. Hot color was white/red. Water 50.64. Less debris coming down everyday. Less surface activity this morning but there still was some.
Iron shad | Johnstown pa | Wednesday April 12th 10:36 am
Shad father thanks for the tip. Anchor man was still a little rusty from last season lol. We do always have life jackets on board should of had them on last night.
Shadfather | Easton | Wednesday April 12th 7:36 am
Iron shad, I was watching you guys trying to anchor last night. Not sure what kind of anchor you were using but you need to allow for more line to scope out in front of the boat before you try to catch. I see to many guys drop there anchor and let out 12 feet of line and try to catch. In your boat you should allow at least 50 feet of line out in front of your boat before you expect to anchor. I'd have my life jackets on too while you're moving around.
Powerfisher | | Tuesday April 11th 9:44 pm
Fished 4 hrs in the afternoon today. 11 for 15. Chartreuse was the hot color in fact the only color they took. Plenty of shad surfacing in eddys along the bank. Also caught a bonus smallmouth. Water temp topped out at 50.4 North of Lambertville.
Iron shad | Johnstown pa | Tuesday April 11th 9:03 pm
Fished confluence of the Lehigh and deleware this afternoon. Water was high and fast so we had a hard time anchoring for a bit .We only managed 2 roe shad but our buddy Joe got to catch his first shad so the evening was a success. I am going to post his pic!! Way to go Joe!!!!!
weofish | | Monday April 10th 9:31 pm
I was fishing the Lambertville area today from 4pm till 7pm. Water is still a little high and fast, water temp was 48. No fish :/
| | Monday April 10th 8:45 pm
Some shad caught just south of Easton today. River temp 47.5
Iron shad | Johnstown pa | Monday April 10th 10:51 am
Going to try it out at Easton tomorrow night hopefully the river is fishable by then.We should certainly be in the 50 degree range tomorrow
RUSTY BALLS | | Monday April 10th 6:45 am
Kevin | Yardley | Saturday April 8th 10:20 am
With the river still rising, Yardley ramp and lot are under water will not be feasible until Wed next week at the earliest. Next weeks air temps should help with fishing conditions too. Plan to get out Wed and will post a report. See u on the River... Kevin
Tony Saldutti | Bethlehem, PA | Friday April 7th 2:53 pm I went to the DRBC dissolved oxygen meeting. I am the one speaking as 54:30. I hope someone convinced them to abandon their analysis paralysis approach to clean oxygen rich water in the Delaware!
| | Thursday April 6th 1:10 am
I work 7am until 5pm every day except Sunday and Monday they are my days off. The creek I shad fish in runs 20 ft behind the shop I work in. So I plan on taking my rod and going to work a hour early and do a little fishing before work in the morning. Just let me know what's up then when you talk to your fishing buddy. Talk to you later.
Charlie | Elsmere Delaware | Thursday April 6th 12:53 am
Just waiters, but a couple of minutes from the creek it dumps into the Christiana river and I do really go with the stripers there most of the year. If you have a boat you could do some really good striper fishing. I had a 20 ft boat and boat does mean bust out another thousand. I don't have a boat right now. Here is a striper I got the last day of February . I was fishing the Christiana river off a bridge just a couple minutes from my home.
| | Wednesday April 5th 11:52 am
Delaware basin is now shown to be snow free. Only (LOL) rain runoff and reservoir releases to concern us now.
Chiggy | Frackville | Wednesday April 5th 7:16 am
Charlie, Let me talk with my fishing buddy, we will more than likely try to get down there, I'll bring my spay rod and maybe do battle with a stripper, I have work this morning at 10:30. I will E-mail you sometime today or tomorrow.Do we need a boat or just waders.
Charlie | Elsmere Delaware | Wednesday April 5th 1:53 am
I meant chiggy
Charlie | Elsmere Delaware | Wednesday April 5th 1:51 am
Hi highly. I lived in frackville for 26 years . I moved to Elsmere Delaware 12 years ago. I never fished the Delaware river for shad yet. I have 3 different creeks within 5 minutes of my home were I shad fish . I get American and hickory shad weighing up to 4 pounds. I use a ultra light rod with 2 to 4 pound test and small shad darts and spoons and it's the greatest. I have work at 8am but I will be heading out about 5 am for my first day out this year. I haven't heard or been able to find out if there up in Christiana river or white clay creek yet but I have a good feeling they are. The creek is loaded with them beyond belief the creek isn't huge it's on the smaller side but the shad come up in in schools of a hundred or more. My favorite hole is about 30 ft wide and about 70 to 100 ft long and sometimes there is that many shad that's all you can see is the shad and can only see the bottom of the creek right along the shore. Barley anyone goes shad fishing there usually don't see anyone once in a while you might see another guy or two shad fishing there. The strippers follow the shad up in the creek and at night time you can watch 30 inch strippers and bigger eating shad right in front of you. It's also as some to use a medium action pole with 10 pound test and try to play one of those strippers and land it. You really have to set your drag light and have patience cause the fight can last 20 minutes or more. If you love shad fishing it's a spot you must try. If you would be interested just let me know . It's right out side of Wilmington and close to Delaware park race track . I would love to go out shad fishing with another serious die hard who loves shad fishing and appreciates and is grateful we have theses wonder fish come in or creeks and rivers to spawn in the spring time and go all the way back out to the Atlantic ocean. It's the most amazing and wonder thing that happens every spring . When they go back out to the ocean I start counting down the days and thinking about next year's season. Good lunch if you would like to come and try shad fishing here email me at
Rusty Balls | | Tuesday April 4th 2:46 pm
this sucks...rivers going up to 16 ft by friday
RUSTY BALLS | | Tuesday April 4th 2:41 pm
Frank | | Tuesday April 4th 9:12 am
What's the scoop guys , seems like the rain forcast may have been off. How high will the big D get. I'm itching to give it a shot. I'm south of the gap above the old old rail bridge.
Capt. Alex Craig | Hatteras, NC & Green Lane, PA | Tuesday April 4th 7:36 am
Duff, an 8+ lb qill is up in braggin' territory. You should have gotten a picture!
Duff | | Monday April 3rd 10:12 pm
Turns out while I went south yesterday, Alex Dennis and Dave were in one of my favorite holes. I was there today but they be gone. All the quillbacks you wanted though. Actually had my PB quill about 8+lbs. Ain't that a thrill.
DUFF | | Sunday April 2nd 10:08 pm
Busy with the boat today but took a ride about 4:30 to a spot I've never fished . Loads of big fish darting on the surface but not biting. Ended up snagging 3 big roe in a couple hours.
Capt. Alex Craig | Hatteras, NC & Green Lane, PA | Sunday April 2nd 9:30 pm
Well, on Woo I said "Film at 11:00". Looks like it is gonna be 9:15 PM, but close enough. ;-) My buddy Dennis's suggested hole panned out! 3 of us waded starting at dawn. Dave left at 1400 hours. I'd had enough at 17:30 hours and Dennis .... well, he may still be there. Seriously, he may have stayed 'til dusk, which isn't unusual for him. Anyway, we didn't do anything until 0830 hours when Dennis nailed the first fish and it was game on until about an hour before I left. Until then we were constantly landing, short & long distance releasing, losing fish in the bushes, on/off-ing & scaling fish. I don't think more than 15 minutes went by an any time until 1630 hours without some sort of action. I had checked the spot out yesterday afternoon and I figured we'd catch a few fish, but I was surprised at how thick the fish were. Dave managed 3 for 5, I went 8 for 14 and Dennis. Well, I stopped counting at double digits. Oh yeah, some big roes landed. Dennis had 2 real nice ones (5 & 5.5 pounds) and a bunch of smaller roe. I did one that I think would have made 4# and another that might have pushed 4# and at least 2 smaller roe. Dennis also snagged 3 carp (we weighed the largest and it went 12# 8 oz and I managed 2 carp AND I was the quill back hero for the day with 1! One heck of a day! I'm thinkiin' the main run has arrived. :-)
| | Saturday April 1st 11:43 pm
April 01, 2017, 5:05:51 PM EDT Mild air and heavy rain will accompany a couple storm systems this week across the Northeast as a springlike weather pattern sets up. While the week will initially start off dry, a quick-moving low pressure system from the Southern Plains will track into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Monday night through Tuesday. “This will be another soaking rain for many of the big cities along the Interstate 95 corridor,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said. The heaviest rain will likely come early Tuesday morning. This will impact the morning commute Tuesday. Low clouds and rain will cause poor visibility for motorists. Those planning on traveling should anticipate slow travel and delays on the ground and in the air. northeast heavy rain tuesday 4/4 Widespread rainfall totals across the Northeast will likely range between 0.50 of an inch to 1 inch. However, with the storm tapping into moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, some places will see more. “Some isolated locations, especially along Interstate 95, will see 1 to 2 inches of rain Monday night through Tuesday which can lead to minor street flooding,” Rossio said. Following a chilly Friday and Saturday, milder air will accompany the storm with temperatures rising back into the 50s and 60s for most with 70s farther south into the mid-Atlantic. “This will be a milder storm compared to the one from Friday with more rain expected across southern and central New England,” Rossio said. Any lingering snow on the ground will melt and could contribute to flooding or ponding of water in yards or on roadways. RELATED: Northeast Interactive Radar Spring cleaning tips for your vehicle 5 hacks to keep outdoor allergy symptoms at bay this spring Enough cold air will remain across northern New Hampshire and Maine for some snow Tuesday. The storm will quickly clear out Tuesday night and high pressure will temporarily build in Wednesday as the roller-coaster spring pattern continues. Sunshine and mild air will likely make it the nicest day of the week. However, another storm will be looming on the horizon. “Another more robust storm system will arrive towards the end of the week and could deliver another round of heavy rainfall and potentially gusty winds,” Rossio said. The storm will likely bring cooler air with it for Thursday and Friday but just how cool it gets will depend on the track and strength of the storm system.
| | Thursday March 30th 5:17 pm
Areal Flood Watch ... Severe Weather Alerts - Hancock, NY Areal Flood Watch Areal Flood Watch in effect from Friday, 03/31, 8:00 AM EDT until Sunday, 04/01 8:00 AM EDT. Source: U.S. National Weather Service ...
RUSTY BALLS | | Thursday March 30th 3:08 pm
Ironshad | Johnstown pa | Thursday March 30th 1:14 pm
Has anyone been fishing near Easton yet. I am currently working on the Fahy bridge in Bethlehem and was planning on trying out my luck next tues and wed evening. I have only been shad fishing for a couple of years so I would appreciate any advice I can get from all of you long time shad fisherman. We always launch from phillipsburgh but I was wondering if we should mabey try a little further south next week???
RUSTY BALLS | | Wednesday March 29th 7:31 pm
Capt. Alex Craig | Hatteras, NC & Green Lane, PA | Wednesday March 29th 3:11 pm
Weofish, I think you've about got it right. The early run fish were thick for about a week to 10 days from late Feb. into early March which has historically been the case; albeit, most years you can't get at 'em due to weather & river conditions and/or guys simply not willing to take the punishment to catch. I hit 'em good 4 trips out of 5. I've seen this lull between the early fish & the main run every year for decades. Obviously, there are a few small pods in between, but you've got to be very lucky to be in the right place at the right time to hit 'em. I'm starting see some evidence of forsythia blooms. Maybe another week and the main run will hit us in the lower river big time.
weofish | | Tuesday March 28th 9:51 pm
Frank, I have been having the same problem as most of these reports. I think there are some in the river, but there so far and few in between. But I do think things will get better after this week. As the temp starts to rise so will the reports of the shiny silver slabs. For now try to keep a tight line. I fished Trenton from 11 am till 2:30pm on Saturday, I pulled the boat and launch from Yardley ramp around 3pm. I was looking for ya, but I must have just missed you.
fishermanfrank | Upper Southampton,PA | Monday March 27th 9:19 am
Went out Saturday morning about 7:30at Yardley 4 other trailers in parking lot .My Buddy Rick & his Nephew were at one spot then headed up North anchored up fished for 2 1/2 hrs there, no hits then moved by wing dam stayed there 1 1/2 hrs. no hits there also. went to W C bridge 2 boats up there anchored up & nothing no sign of the silvery swimmers lost anchor ,shackle must of came undone .{have to call Rusty Balls to get a new one}. Also discovered that the angles supporting my Transom are cracking have to make some calls to get them welded .I guess the extra weight of the 4 stroke weaken them . WEOFISH How did U do over the weekend.I'll try to get out later tomorrow. SeeU on the Water.
Chiggy | Frackville | Monday March 27th 4:16 am
Alex, mom didn't raise any fools, I won't hit Smithfield until the 24 of April, that's about the time you can go 65 out of 100 or better. I have been going around that date for the last 10 years and always had good success.
Capt. Alex Craig | Hatteras, NC & Green Lane, PA | Sunday March 26th 6:48 pm
Wading Trip #11 for the season .... In the southern Delaware, got in 42.1 degree water at 1315 hours. Wind was lower than predicted. Mostly calm to 5 knots, occasionally breezing up to 8. Conditions were pretty much ideal for the spot with the exception that the fish were not there again. Gave it up at 1630. Spent 2 hours & 45 mins of the 3 hour & 15 mins I was there in the water. No bumps, missed hits, etc. Am now 4 for 11 on trips. Of course, all in early fish. Should have listened to my own advice and waited for the lull to end around 4/1, but I didn't have anything better to do with my life today. <sigh/smile> Chiggy, from what I am seeing & hearing through the grapevine a long ways south of Smithfield. Odds are you can at least double that 4 or 5 day expectation.
shadillac | Philadelphia | Sunday March 26th 4:07 pm
Correction on the DRSFA Shad night....Date is April 19, 2017, 7pm.....Thanks, Kevin