@ Ken White perch have arrived, shad bite is nearing the end.
Twins | | Saturday May 5th 1:30 pm
ShadHarris | Gap area | Saturday May 5th 10:50 am
18 of 24 this morning from shore, gap area, 3 were bucks. Started very very slow for me then sort of got in a groove for a while then it died at 9am and I left.
Lou Skunt | Port Jervis, Matamoras | Saturday May 5th 7:29 am
Fished Port Jervis area last night with 1 in the boat, Started fishing April 8,and caught my 1st shad on April 21st, been fishing the same area ,almost every afternoon from 4:30 till dark, with no more than 2 in the boat.Everyone else is having the same result. Water temp is 54. I am a 40 yr experienced/ diehard shad fisherman having close to 400 in the boat last year.Being out almost daily (over 20 days) I have not had the experience of an early run or any run for that matter. I dont ever remember ever hearing of so many being caught "downstream' for such an extended period while having such poor results up here. Just gotta keep at it. But It hasn't been good
ShadHarris | Gap area | Friday May 4th 8:59 pm
Fished Gap area tonight 5-7:30 in crystal clear 60 degree water still running a tad high but otherwise excellent conditions. "Sporadically good" is how I would describe it, there were several times during the session I got 3 fish on 3 consecutive cast, but then 20 casts with nary a bump. At times it was windy, at times it was calm. Nice balmy weather. 1/32 hot pink head glow white body was great for the first hour but ended last hour with 1/32 chartreuse & bright green to scratch out 16 of 21 hookups.
James L | Shohola | Friday May 4th 8:46 pm
Fished Sparrowbush and Matamoras for a total of 6.5 hours, from around 1-7:30. I ended with 0 shad. I saw only 2 caught, and heard of very few other fish. I didn't even get a bump. I don't know if that mythical gap between the early run and the main run exists, but if it does we were in it. I talked to an angler that said he wasn't even seeing shad in one of the main tributaries where he always fishes for them. Oh well, was a nice day anyway.
ken | VA. | Friday May 4th 2:37 pm
WG or anyone, know if they are still catching shad at Connowingo dam? Thanks ken
Kevin | Yardley | Friday May 4th 1:20 pm
Michael from Alpha Nj, I have an opening for 2 anglers tomorrow at Yardley Pa Fish Comm ramp on River Rd in Pa. Call me at 267-251-5806 for details and fee. Thanks Kevin
michael grossman | alpha, nj, 08865 | Friday May 4th 10:59 am
Anyone have an opening for 2 people for tomorrow, Sat, May 5? firstname.lastname@example.org
michael grossman | alpha, nj, 08865 | Friday May 4th 10:58 am
Anyone have an opening for 2 people for tomorrow, Sat, May 5?
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Friday May 4th 7:34 am
Heading for the confluence for an hour or 2 fishing this afternoon. Leave me some fish, please.
RPS | Greeley | Thursday May 3rd 9:36 pm
Fished Zane Grey 6:30 - 9:00 am landed 12 had alot of hits that didn't hook up and a lot of on and offs.
Pete | | Thursday May 3rd 9:17 pm
Started out below Riegelsville. 9 for 14 then left ran for lunch. Headed north and went 1 for 2 then back down to a different spot below Riegelsville and went 5 for 6. More debris toward the end of the day. Water started out at 57.2 and ended at 59.4. Fished from 11 to 6.
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Thursday May 3rd 4:52 pm
Had an outstanding day at confluence. I lost count, but had to be 30 or better. Many thanks to Rusty for selling spoons during the tournament. Fished next to him today and chatted a little. He had a good day as well! Nice meeting you Rusty!
Tom | Trenton | Thursday May 3rd 11:26 am
Fished in Trenton between 8:00 to 10:00 am; to mid tide. Same as Yesterday went 2 for three...no roe shad. One of the shad had a lamprey stuck to it...never seen that on any shad I caught before. Also caught 8 herring, and a small mouth bass. The two guys I was fishing from shore with, also caught about the same number of shad. The water was fairly clear, and didn't have a lot of debris. Till next time.
Fish Whisperer | Water gap | Thursday May 3rd 9:27 am
That was Wednesday that I was fishing - May 2.
Fish Whisperer | Water gap | Thursday May 3rd 9:26 am
Fished from 7am-2pm- hooked 2 - very windy- slow fishing
fishermanfrank | Southampton,PA | Thursday May 3rd 7:41 am
Wednesday 5/2/18 Shad still coming up strong fished at New Hope from 9:30am to 2:00pm with Ron we boated 50 & missed alot after the net Broke at the handle . we still released them along side of boat without a net. water temp 54 & air temp hit 80. Have Fun While they keep heading up the "D" . Most were caught on Spoons , 3 caught on Darts.
Tkoz | Harmony | Wednesday May 2nd 9:32 pm
Onemoreshad, what part of the lower river are you referring to? It was a super slow afternoon where I am and I did not see much rod bending. I'm just curious and not looking for any specific spots. Thanks in advance
onemoreshad | Hatfield | Wednesday May 2nd 4:35 pm
Just another crazy NON STOP MAYHEM KIND OF DAY fishing lower river!! Fished from 6:30 to 1:45 today with a friend and boated 125 but none over 5lbs. Yes boated not just hooked up. Between swats at the lure and fish that just got off within a few seconds, it would have been another 100. Holding the rod while using braid really helps identify whats going on under the water with bites. Again no more than 3 rods for 2 of us and we were 1st boat out there in the morning so we had our chance pick our poison(LOL). It was the first time I was able to get on that common sweet spot and yes(thank you guys) it sure did produce!! Tight lines always!! Shawn
Tom | Trenton | Wednesday May 2nd 11:10 am
Fished in Trenton between 7:30 to 9:30 AM, which was near high to mid tide. I always fish from shore, and today the shad were hugging the bottom. You know what that means, some lost tackle. I was using flutter spoons and 1/2 ounce in line weight.I caught a mixed bag... 2out of three hooked shad, 6-8 herring, 2 perch, and the guy next to me caught a 14" walleye. I don't know when the run through Trenton will be over... Until my next report, good luck up north.
Phil | Sandyston, NJ | Tuesday May 1st 11:51 pm
Went 17 for 28 today below Narrowsburg, from shoreline. Many fish were slapping at the dart with their gill covers and tails and were hooked in those areas. That's probably the reason for the bad hooked/landed ratio. Many were lost after a short fight with a scale coming back on the hook. It was best to cast almost directly downstream and dangle the dart in their face, like a ball of yarn goading a kitten. Much less algae collects on the line with that method. Nailed a 19" brown on my first cast of the day. Nice. This is the warmest water they have had all year this far up the river. Used 4lb. line to cover greater area with small dart. Color didn't seem to matter. Fished 3:30 to 6:45pm. Fun time.
Kevin | Yardley | Tuesday May 1st 10:00 pm
Another banner day on the Delaware today. Landed 56 and lost several more. Water temp 52 in am, rose to 56by 6pm. Several triples and a few doubles too. Some debris in the water. Fish caught on flat lines and plug rigs through the day. Mostly roes with a few bucks in the mix. Saw one herring caught this pm in the boat next to me. Several boats out today. Water will warm up with the hot days coming. May begin spawn earlier than normal. Flat lines and plug rigs were the ticket today. See u on the river.... Kevin
James L | Shohola | Tuesday May 1st 8:28 pm
Fished 4:30-7:15 managed 7 shad in Sparrow Bush. Water temperature was only up to 48. Had quite a few on-offs. Lots of short strikes, feels like there were quite a few fish moving though.
RPS | Greeley | Tuesday May 1st 7:44 pm
Fished Zane Grey 1:00 - 6:00 pm today hooked 12 landed 10 also about 12 bits that didn't hook up. Water temp hit 51 tonight.
JB | PA | Tuesday May 1st 2:05 pm
See link below for Susky shad passage reports. http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/PennsylvaniaFishes/Pages/SusquehannaShad.aspx
Michael Maurer | Belvidere nj | Tuesday May 1st 11:20 am
Fished from 7-11 am from boat. Had one knock down in the Rapids up river. Moved to the steal wall and sat on large piles of fish but just wouldn't hit. Water temp was 47.1 with the pequest running a degree colder. Shore fisherman not doing well either as of 15 minutes ago. Hopefully the warmer water turns it back on.
WG | | Tuesday May 1st 9:25 am
Anyone know why there are no reports of shad being elevated at Conowingo on the hotline number and the PAFBC website anymore? They used to update the website weekly.... also there are no reports of shad numbers utilizing the ladders on the Schuylkill or Lehigh river ladders???? They also don’t even have a “Shad” menu option anymore....
Boat Crazy | From the Ville to the gap | Monday April 30th 9:07 pm
Fished the Bi State tourney this weekend . Fished a bunch of areas as far north as the gap .And as far south as Lambertville. No matter where we fished . Shore and from the boat seemed to be all cookie cutter fish 4- 4 1/2# ,fish . Highlight of the tourney was fishing with my buddy Chris and his two daughters. They fished hard Saturday teaming up for 27 shad to just under 5# on Saturday. With brooke returning sunday to catch another 17
Kurt G. Miller | Northampton, PA | Monday April 30th 4:03 pm
Did OK, considering conditions, on Sunday under the free bridge. Slow in the am, but got better as sun came out, then shut down when clouds rolled in. Ended up landing seven out of 9 hook ups. I'm no expert, but I think it will get good as soon as the water warms up. And, it's supposed to warm up all week. Hope to be on the water Thursday, Friday...... maybe Saturday and Sunday too!
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Sunday April 29th 11:03 pm
What size boat was it.....Glad to hear everyone is ok....boats can be replaced....lives can not....I knew people that drown in the river.....Thanks to all that helped in rescue.....Fishing was slow today....
Jshow | Easton | Sunday April 29th 8:24 pm
Fished Easton boat launch 8-10, nobody catching anything. Water was up a little and temp was just under 50. Moved to below ladder, much more action as temps started to rise. Went 2 for 2 from 10-11 and ppl all around started hitting but I ran out of time. Hope the warmer weather helps this week.
Ironshad | Johnstown | Sunday April 29th 1:52 pm
How was the fishin in Easton today?
| | Sunday April 29th 12:32 pm
For most of you up at Easton you probably saw the recovery of that boat. We saw them dragging it down to Riegelsville. Transom all bent up and otherwise empty.
Kevin | Yardley | Sunday April 29th 10:06 am
Keith, glad you were able to land a bass, at Bulls Island. Keep at it and learn from your experience. Shad Fishing is time on the water and being out on the river. I've been doing this for over 30 years and always learning. Check out our website, www.DRSFA.org for more information on shad and our club. I present a shad seminar annually at our April Shad mtg and have had several attendees commented on how they improved their success from the seminar. Good luck Kevin
Joseph C | Phoenixville, PA | Sunday April 29th 8:42 am
I got about 2.5 hours fishing in on Friday morning at Easton. I was one of a few guys standing in the water on the north side below the dam. We were all catching fish, but the high volume of water coming along made us very careful and gave the fish more advantages than usual. I caught about a dozen fish using darts the whole time. Color didn't matter, just keeping the dart out in front of the fish and off the bottom. The guys around me were catching just fine as well using darts or flutter spoons. I DO love this fishing! My guess is that there were a lot of fishermen out on Saturday and today.
Keith | Bulls Island St Park | Saturday April 28th 10:32 pm
Kevin - thanks for the tip. As my dear dad would say "the fishing was good at Bull's Island, but the catching was not." My boys and I had a nice day on the river and caught a beautiful bass on a shad dart. Nothing else. We also spent several hours fishing up at Belvidere. Saw some fish caught to the right and left of us, but we must have been doing something wrong.
Frank | Easton | Saturday April 28th 9:36 pm
Anyone have any news on how the people are doing that were capsized at Eddyside?
tom | pottstown | Saturday April 28th 8:45 pm
Shadpappy, I saw you pulled the 2nd guy out of the river today, do you have any idea how they are doing? We pulled his son out. Any idea what happened? All his son said was that their boat sank.
Roughrider | Nazareth | Saturday April 28th 6:53 pm
Boat supposed to have sunk at Eddy side, anchor rope in the prop, all you fellas leaving anchors tied unattended in the river to a bottle need to wise up.
RPS | Greeley | Saturday April 28th 5:47 pm
Fished Zane Grey launch 2:30 - 5:00 tonight hooked 6 landed 4 all on darts water temp 50.
Brm | | Saturday April 28th 1:22 pm
Anyone having any luck in dingman/Milford area?
Kevin | Yardley | Saturday April 28th 12:53 pm
Keith from Philly. Try access on Rt 29 Bulls Island St Park North of Rt 202,tackle shop would be Skips Outdoors in Stockton on Rt 29. Tell Skip Kevin sent you.... Good luck
Keith | home near Philly | Friday April 27th 11:22 pm
I'm taking my two boys (10 and 13) out for our first try for the founding fish tomorrow (Saturday). We plan to fish from shore on PA side heading up from Philly. Appreciate any suggestions for good access. The boys are proficient at casting, but we would like to avoid shoulder-to-shoulder conditions, if possible. Also, any suggestions for tackle shops with good dart supply?
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Friday April 27th 9:18 pm
Fished at Smithfield today....Lots of rock snot.....ugh....water 50....
Ironshad | Johnstown | Friday April 27th 3:28 pm
Water is still off color plenty of debris to deal with but fishin has been steady
Shadfather | | Friday April 27th 1:59 pm
How clean is that water you’re in?
Shadfather | | Friday April 27th 1:57 pm
Ironshad...been steady pick. 39 so far. Got to keep your lines clean!
Ironshad | Johnstown | Friday April 27th 1:53 pm
35 so far for us... just saw your post shadfather I saw u guys nettin quite a few up there.
Shadfather | | Friday April 27th 5:02 am
Ironshad...NO. I’m up and over from you now
Ironshad | Johnstown | Friday April 27th 2:23 am
Anyone do any good in the Lehigh yesterday? How long before it clears up????