That last post was me...
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Monday April 23rd 7:44 am
| | Monday April 23rd 7:43 am
I got lost heading home to Phoenixville from upper Lehigh County Sunday afternoon and found myself in Easton. Fished from 3:00 to about 6:00 and went 4 for 6, the 4 being beautiful roes. One of these days I'll encounter one of these great pods. Meanwhile, I enjoyed a magnificent afternoon in the sunshine. Mr. Balls, was that your blue boat flying the flag? WG, I hope to run into you again one of these days.
RUSTY BALLS | | Monday April 23rd 6:18 am
FISHED EASTON SUNDAY....WITH SHADFATHER...GOT 29 IN THE BOAT FROM 12-6..NICE DAY..WATER TEMP COMING OUT OF THE LEHIGH WAS 53 DEGREES...WALT WAS ALSO THERE HE WAS HITTING THEM STEADY TOO...PAPPY CAME OUT A LITTLE LATER AND HOOKED UP IN THE LEHIGH WATER TOO...NICE DAY THE WATER TEMP IN THE BIG D IS STILL COLD ABOUT 48
| | Sunday April 22nd 11:10 pm
Had a few hours to kill and as much as I wanted to head south and get into hot action I wanted to stubbornly wanted to finally break ice on my first shad anorth of Water Gap so I did just that as I scratched out two on two consecutive casts in the middle of a 90 minute session. This is usually my favorite weekend to load up on Shad up here but instead it is the latest I had to wait to land my first shad in Northern waters. I got 44 degrees on my stream thermometer before I stepped on it and broke the glass.
Capt. Alex Craig | Green Lane, PA & Hatteras, NC | Sunday April 22nd 9:31 pm
Riverwolf, Nice to make your acquaintance at the launch ramp today. Anytime you see me on the river, cruise on by to shoot the breeze and we'll trade some realtime intel for the day. :-) Here's a pic of a 4+ pounder I put in the net today along with good numbers of other decent roe for both Mike & myself. This one was unusual as it came it on the bottom dart where the top loop had been broken by another hooked fish. May have set a personal record for doubles today. What made this one special was the fact that Mike & I actually saw it break the loop on a jump that had it clear the water by at least a foot no more than 10 feet from the port side of the boat!
Tkoz | Harmony | Sunday April 22nd 9:05 pm
Fished from 515 to 645pm. Went 2 for 2. One on a yellow and red dart and one on a red and white spoon. Saw one boat that caught 1 while I was there. The bug hatch was insane
RPS | Greeley | Sunday April 22nd 6:32 pm
Fished Zane Grey from 2:30 - 5::30 caught one walleye no other hits water temp got up too 47 this afternoon. There was three other guys fishing two from shore one in a kayak they didn't catch anything ether.
Patrick Toto | Lambertville N.J. | Sunday April 22nd 4:56 pm
Fished about an hour at Firemens Eddy,saw One fish caught along with a few others caught from shore. Overheard boat fishermen which fished below the eddy caught 41. Then road up to boat ramp behind Lambertville Inn at bridge and boat pulled in and had 100 in four hours just below Lambertville- New Hope Bridge. They are hammering them coming up in pods.
TOM | Trenton | Sunday April 22nd 1:49 pm
Fished in Trenton from 10am to 1pm at near high tide to mid tide. A lot of action, I caught 24 shad and lost about 10 or so . The fish were super active...lots of jumping. Mostly everyone was catching fish. I was using a one-half ounce weight, and flutter spoons. Tomorrow should be good as well.
| | Sunday April 22nd 1:03 pm
Riegelsville. 7am to 10 am. Water temp 45.6. Went north twd Easton for first hour no fish. Went south and picked up a few. Missed a few. Caught on 1/8 dart and spoon trailer. Around 8’ deep.
webmaster | | Sunday April 22nd 10:19 am
I will be deleting all the jibberish on here thanx for your attempts
Linus | Lambertville Wing Dam | Sunday April 22nd 7:26 am
Does anyone know where to park and how to access Lambertville Wing Dam from NJ side? Thanks in advance!
WG | South ofEaston | Saturday April 21st 7:45 pm
Started at 530 am with my son Will Gordon on the Delaware River south of Easton. Picked a few in a couple hours and decided to head a few miles south. We found the motherload, and in 5 hours we landed over 60 combined and well over 100 hooked, casting double dart rigs from shore..... the water temp was 46, and we missed MANY hits too....very large concentration of Shad heading north....most roe’s over 4 pounds and maybe 5-6 around 5 pounds. Lots of big runs and jumps today.
Pete | | Saturday April 21st 6:04 pm
If the site below had water temp I would click on it.
Shadpappy | Allentown | Saturday April 21st 3:28 am
Lamar: look a t the annal port early running fe. ...hope this helps ya. males will have a yellowish color and as the season progress es the annal port will be protruding out, the buck: if you run your tight fingers along the bottom of the fish and toward the annal port ,a white milky substance will come out
Lamar | Easton | Friday April 20th 9:38 pm
How do you tell the difference between a male and female shad?????
| | Friday April 20th 12:12 pm
Fos use those of you that need to stay at it. as the lower reports of fish at their feet, thats where they will be .... the higher the water ,the closer to shore they will be, they stay out of the heavy currents to save energy. yea sometimes only 3 to 5 ft off shore. dark water use those Org/Blk.--Pk/Blk colors.be careful in the currents and slippery bottoms, use that walking stick.. stay safe.
Kevin | Visitors Ctr Rt 209 Bushkill Pa | Thursday April 19th 10:09 pm
Please join me to help celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Saturday 4/21@1pm at the Delaware National Parks Visitors Ctr on Rt 209 on Bushkill Pa. I'll be presenting a educational seminar on American Shad and fishing for shad on the Delaware River. I will also run the film titled. "There in the River " on shad as well. Please bring the kids to this informative event. There will also be birds of prey, including eagles, hawks, etc from the local Raptor center as well. Hope to have a good turnout. Check the Delaware River National Park website for details on Facebook. Tight lines.,.Kevin
Kevin | Yardley | Thursday April 19th 9:57 pm
Tom, This happens when the river temps drop. A gew degrees makes a difference. It shuts down the action and the bite. Today temps are down to 43 Was 51 a few days before. Next week warmer weather should improve the bite. Tight lines. Kevin
Tom C | Hunterdon County | Thursday April 19th 5:19 pm
Fished today 1000-1400 and found a nice pocket full of fish at my feet most of the day. Pool was loaded up with fish however I only managed to hook (and land) one. Fish were so thick at times that they would end up snagged by mistake and thankfully come off immediately. I am a novice to shad fishing but is this normal? I threw everything in the box at them-shad darts of all sizes and colors, multiple flutter spoons, even went with panfish grubs, a herring spoon, and a sabiki rig at one point because I was running out of ideas and not catching fish. Is this normal to see fish stacked up like this that don't bite or do I still have some learning to do?
Craig | Pottsville, PA | Thursday April 19th 2:17 pm
Jason | Langhorne | Thursday April 19th 9:17 am
Fished New Hope Wednesday morning 6:45-10:30, went 5 for 9 with 2 big roe in the mix (1 hickory). Took 1.5 hr to get number 1. Once I figured out they were stacked 8ft from where I stood, not the 12-15 I was fishing, it got easier but still very slow compared to March '17 in similar conditions; I think the water temp is the difference this yr.
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Thursday April 19th 7:55 am
I'm amazed and frustrated by how long it's taking for the river to come back down to more fishable levels. The fact that the temperature of the water is down to 45F bugs me, too. Who's in charge! I am not happy with how this fishing season is being run. 2 for 4 on the season so far... sad. I wish I could have made the meeting last night. I would have had to sleep over somewhere, though.
Kevin | Yardley | Thursday April 19th 5:47 am
Great turnout for last night's DRSFA Shad Mtg in Bethlehem. We had a packed house and lots of good questions and feedback from the seminars we presented. Aways great to share tips and techniques on landing shad. Let's hope the weather patterns improve so we can get back on the shad action. Tight lines and see you on the river.' Kevin
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Thursday April 19th 12:52 am
Thanks to all for making last night's meeting one of the best yet....
| | Wednesday April 18th 9:35 pm
rudy529 | Bethlehem | Wednesday April 18th 12:12 pm
This is my Bible for river conditions. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=01458500
| | Wednesday April 18th 8:48 am
How dirty is the Lehigh-Delaware confluence??
G Shields | Bensalem, PA | Tuesday April 17th 10:09 pm
I got about two hours in on Sunday the 15th around Lambertville. Went 1 for 3. Got it on video. https://youtu.be/jsOqPSYNVUg
Declan Brooks | Delco/Philly | Tuesday April 17th 4:44 pm
I live in Brookhaven. I'm used to fishing for largemouth and pickerel in south jersey where I'm originally from. Trying to get used to this change in fishing ecosystems and the lack there of pickerels. I Just found out about shad fishing last week and I gave it a try at the water works by the art museum in philly. Loved it. I would love to find out where else to go and fish them. Preferably what is near me (I.e John heinz, waterways towards brookhaven/chester, etc). Any info is appreciated. My cell is 6092217078. Feel free to shoot me a text, just let me know who you are and in what regards. I will fish primarily on shore but am considering purchasing a sit on top kayak. I work in the city, so anything on the Schuykill is awesome to here. Willing to fish with onyone and willing to compensate for guiding if need be. Thank you ALL!
Kevin | Se Wy Co Fire Hall Wed 4_18@7pm | Tuesday April 17th 9:27 am
Just a reminder, I'll be presenting a seminar on Delaware River Shad Fishing tomorrow night at 7pm at our annual Shad Night. If you are new to shad fishing this is for you.Raffle tix, vendors, door prizes and fishing trips will be raffled off too. Refreshments will be served and free admission and parking. Share this with your friends too. Hope to see you there!
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Tuesday April 17th 7:35 am
josephmtree at yahoo dot com
Pete | | Monday April 16th 3:12 pm
http://www.epfr.net/index.php?topic=13733.0 River levels
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Monday April 16th 2:40 pm
I took a great picture of the conditions of the river at the Fireman's Eddy. It's 8.75 MB - too big for posting and I don't know how to reduce it. Oh well, suffice to say that the first 10 yards look like you could walk on all the debris out to the main flow. It was cool to watch the water level coming up, going 2 inches higher on the marker stick I'd jabbed in at the water line in the half hour or so I was there. Nobody is going to put a boat in today with all those tree trunks cannoning down! Whoowee! Now all I can do is wait and watch the gauges. >>>>> Linus, email me.
RUSTY BALLS | | Monday April 16th 2:23 pm
THE RIVER IS A MESS DONT EVEN TRY IT BOAT OR WADING
Linus | NJ | Monday April 16th 2:06 pm
Joseph and Kevin, thank you so much for sharing the information! I’ll keep you posted when I try next time.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Monday April 16th 1:59 pm
Craig....check the links on this site....There are 2 river stage sites...
Craig Reimer | Pottsville, PA | Monday April 16th 1:14 pm
Anybody living or fishing the Delaware between Bushkill and Easton: Could you tell me the river conditions since this rain or does anyone know a web sight that can show live images of river conditions in these areas ( i.e. extremely high water, muddy, lots of debris, etc. ) ? Any information would be very helpful before I make the trek and possible waste gas and time. Thank you in advance!
Shadfather | Easton | Monday April 16th 8:13 am
Fished in sunny 80 degree weather on Saturday with my nephew and got 37. Fished Sunday with a couple of Bi-State shad contest sponsors in miserable cold, windy and damp conditions and caught 61 by noon time. Had many larger roe that day. Water was 55.5 in the morning but was dropping as the day went on. This was the first time shad fishing for these two and they couldn't have been happier! Funny how you don't really notice the weather when you're catching the fish. A purple and silver spoon did the trick on Sunday. My black and orange on silver was working too. Only 3 or 4 boats out on Sunday.
RUSTY BALLS | | Monday April 16th 6:42 am
PARKING AT PBURG RAMP FOR TRUCKS WITH BOAT TRAILERS ARE FREE TILL THE PARKING PERMITS COME IN ..THEN ITS 35 BUCKS FOR NON RESIDENTS...25 FOR RESIDENTS
RUSTY BALLS | EASTON | Monday April 16th 6:38 am
FISHED EASTON FRI & SAT...FISHED WITH QUEERBOAT ON FRIDAY HAD 63 ...HAD A CHARTER OUT SAT 2 WONDERFUL GUYS FROM POCONOS AREA...THEY GOT TIRED OF CATCHING & WRAPPED UP EARLY FROM OUR 6 HR TRIP...ENDED UP WITH 59...ROE OVER 5 LBS....WATER TEMP WAS LOW TO MID 50'S
Kevin | Yardley | Sunday April 15th 10:44 pm
Linus, Fishing near the Scudders Falls bridge is not available now due to the new bridge construction. Best area for shad fishing from shore will be the Lumberville area near the wing dam from the Bulls Island State Park on Rt 29. You can cast from shore and be near the channel here. Hope this helps. Kevin
Dave | Bucks county | Sunday April 15th 8:49 pm
Had the best day of Shad fishing in 30 years. Really glad to see the guidance on proper release techniques. I saw some disrespectful releases on Saturday so I hope folks listen to the advice. This resource is a true treasure.
Nate | Washington Crossing | Sunday April 15th 6:39 pm
Fished this morning 7:30 to 10 from shore in Washington Crossing area. Went 0 for 2 with no other bumps. Three other fishermen no action.
Joseph C | Phoenixville, PA | Sunday April 15th 6:36 pm
Linus, It's really tough to find a shore spot near Scudders Falls. I've tried right at the falls where you can find a place to cast where the water cycles back under the side channel on the Jersey side. I've even caught fish there. It's neither safe nor particularly productive. Somebody might give you some tips about a place to fish downriver. While it gets trickier as you actually get into Trenton, there are people who do quite well there (Tom?) Not my area, though. I usually head up to closer to Lambertville, which is about 8 or 9 miles from my office in Ewing.
Linus Qiu | Scudders Fall bridge | Sunday April 15th 2:24 pm
I’m new to shad fishing. Can anyone recommend some good spots for inshore fishing near Scudders Fall bridge? Thanks!
Rooferbird | Easton | Sunday April 15th 2:14 pm
Today was my first time out this year with a busy schedule. Fished solo in my boat from 6:15-9:15 south of Easton. Water temp was hovering around 52. I went 25 for 26. A few doubles and a triple. Couple of other knockdowns. I had a nice roe snap my rig off at the boat but luckily I snagged it with another rod still landed the fish. Good mix of bucks and roe's. The river is forecast to get ugly after this rain.
Kevin | Yardley | Sunday April 15th 1:26 pm
Shadharris, you were fishing near Deiter, who guides in Lambertville. He is a fixture in this area. He is a good resource in tthis section. I fish below in Yardley to intercept them before he gets into them. Try org_& blk spoons next time. They are my top producer. Glad you enjoyed our Middle Delaware
| | Sunday April 15th 10:51 am
Lost wallet at either pburg ramp or reigelsville ramp. 484-637-6552 If you find it. Thx.
ShadHarris | home | Sunday April 15th 9:43 am
WaterGrampus is RIGHT - only way to handle shad from shore is to pin it against your WET waders with your WET hand. It immobilizes them, and if you can get them upside down even better but not required, it just happens to work out sometimes. If you want a picture wet hands, hold gently with two wet hands. If you just want a water pic gently lead to shore but do not put on rocks or dirt... Leave in water and quickly snap pic and let it go. Boat fishing - rubber nets only, not only do they minimize damage to fish, they avoid costly tangles in the net during a hot bite to slow you down. Nothing worse than 3 on at once and no net available because your dart or spoon is all tangled in the net with a buried barb.