Took boat as far south as I ever had down by New Hope to see if my Northern techniques could work...Great fun with my cousin and our better halves, the girls got bored quick so gave up a good spot to drop them off then moved around a bit and got it going although not to my expected pace. We netted 20 out of about 28 hookups up to 5.15lbs. Nice fishing virgin (to me) waters. I watched a guide that had his spot secured with a floating anchor go easily 4 to our 1 as he was doing what I normally expect in my familiar spots. Very nice guy - gave us some tips where to fish to start, and even offered to have us anchor right next to him but that is not my style. It was cool to have a cheering section up on the footbridge cheering his continual netting and releasing of shad directly under them. I think an early season visit to these two wonderful towns connected by the footbridge will be an annual thing, maybe next time get a room. So many cool bars and restaurants and shops, not just about the fishing. Next year - I will explore waters further North, that wing dam looks pretty scary for the novice to those waters so I think I will avoid that :)
ShadHarris | New Hope / Lambertville | Sunday April 15th 9:39 am
WaterGrampus | Buck's County | Sunday April 15th 8:39 am
Fished next to two guys yesterday fishing from shore in Buck's County who were really dialed in - must have landed 40 between them. They were great at catching -- but awful at releasing! PLEASE DO NOT GRAB SHAD BEHIND THE HEAD PINCHING DOWN ON THE GILL PLATE -- you will rupture the gills and kill the fish!! Best way to release a shad while wading is to brace the fish against your waders with one hand and remove the dart/spoon with the other keeping the fish in the water the entire time. Yes, shad wriggle around a lot, but this is the best way to release them unharmed! You can also guide them into shallow water until they are on their sides and twist the dart/spoon free, then turn them around and push them back into the current where they will swim away. Don't drag the fish on the shore where it will flop around and lose scales/slime. Either that or bring a RUBBER catch and release net. Again, do not remove the fish from the water -- there is no need. De-barb hooks, too. Though I don't believe it results in lost fish, for the sake of argument let's say it results in a 10 percent loss of shad you hook. That means the shore guys I saw yesterday would have landed 36 instead of 40. Not a big deal. Of course none of this matters if you are keeping shad. It's great to see the runs returning with larger fish this year. Let's respect and honor these amazing fish with a clean release that does as little harm as possible. THANKS!!
Tom | Trenton | Sunday April 15th 7:18 am
On Saturday the fifteenth on mid to dead low tide I caught 16 shad to 5#. I used a gold/green flutter spoon and a one half ounce in line sinker. Strangely I only lost 3 shad...rare, I usually lose more. Believe me, dead low is very tough to fish from shore because of how fast the water moves. Mid tides usually the most productive, because the fish seem super active. Good luck up north.
Wayne Arrants | Lambertville, N.J. | Saturday April 14th 9:17 pm
We fished near the Lambertville bridge, 1pm to 4:30 pm. Landed 15 lost 5 to 4lb.Water free of junk but not clear. Wayne
RPS | Greeley | Saturday April 14th 8:21 pm
Fished Zane Grey 10- 12 this mourning and 3:30-6:00 tonight got 0.
James L | Shohola | Saturday April 14th 5:13 pm
No luck for shad yesterday around Matamoras, or this afternoon around Zane Grey. I've only heard of a handful of hookups in the area over the last week. As I left Zane Grey, RPS was showing up to give it a try. Water Temperature by the shore was 52, but I'm sure the channel was a bit cooler.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Saturday April 14th 5:06 pm
Fished Reigelsville today 7 till 2....went 18 for 21....best is yet to come
Tony | South of Frenchtown | Saturday April 14th 2:15 pm
Insane run of fish this morning. Fished 4 hours and put 69 in the net as well as 50 or 60 more we let flop off at the side of the boat. Started out with 6 poles between us,but with the shad hitting faster than you could put the rod in the holder we went down to 3 Crankbaits too keep from burning out. Having 4 and 5 shad at a time was to much too handle and felt like work. We only fished flat lines and cranks with spoons,color,depth of cranks and split shot size made no difference. If it wasn’t on the bottom you had a fish on in seconds.
Joseph C | Phoenixville, PA | Saturday April 14th 9:52 am
Halleluiah! I finally broke the ice yesterday going 2 for 4 from the shore below Lambertville. It took 2 trips to the river to do it. In the AM I only had one hour to try before I had to do a school Arbor Day presentation, and started at 0815, fishing until 0900 before I had my first real shad strike of the season. It was a jumpy buck that made 2 runs and threw my hook. It only took 10 minutes of counting down (5 more casts!) and I got another hook up, same thing, with a buck jumping 4 or 5 times and then throwing my dart. Still, I was a very happy fisherman! In the PM about 1:45 I got back to the same place and found half a dozen folks fishing without much action. It took a couple hours enjoying the breezes and the sunshine, 83F!, and then I caught a couple good roe before I had to head home. I was throwing a double dart rig, 3/8 and 1/16 oz in mostly chartreuse. There was a lot of talk about the shore and boats doing fabulously down in Trenton. I heard that people were even snagging Sturgeon.
Kyle | America | Saturday April 14th 5:42 am
Fished Harmony area Friday 330-630 landed 13 shad &1 walleye caught on down riggers .watertemp was 48 degrees mix of Buck& roe.
Tom | Trenton | Saturday April 14th 3:55 am
Thursday/Friday April 12/13 Very large runs of shad passed through Trenton on these 2 days. Most of the fish were caught from shore, and the tide didn't seem to matter. Flutter spoons were the preferred lure. Most of the guys present were actually tired and sore, because many of the fish were in the 5# class. They will be in Lambertville by Saturday the fourteenth. Good luck to the shad fishermen in the north.
Wx | | Friday April 13th 5:45 pm
Caught one in 3 hours in Yardley. Saw other boats getting them too. It’s starting!
Tom | | Friday April 13th 4:43 pm
What is the "daily" fee for parking?
Daddy | Pa | Friday April 13th 4:30 pm
Rusty balls | | Friday April 13th 3:50 pm
Fished Easton today 27 so far still fishing 51 degrees
STEVE ROMAIN | VERNON | Friday April 13th 3:44 pm
How did everyone do today? Coming down to Phillipsburg this Sunday to take my first crack at some SHAD fishing
cs | lk hopatcng | Friday April 13th 9:08 am
Maurer : Thanks for the info. I will be out this weekend.
Rusty balls | | Friday April 13th 7:42 am
Steve u can call me I’ll be on the river fri sat and maybe Sunday 4842394723
Kevin | Yardley | Thursday April 12th 10:14 pm
Went 5 for 7yesterday. Water clean, 43degrees in am, was 45 by 4 pm. Lines has minor debris, caught on plug rig and flat lines in 7ft of water. Only saw 3 other boats and had limited success. Warmer weather should improve shad migration. Heavy rains forecast for Monday will dirty up the flow and slow the bite. See u on the river. Kevin
Maurer | Belvidere | Thursday April 12th 9:13 pm
Fished pretty hard the past couple days from shore... its been a slow pick but seemed to be picking up today the longer it was warm out. Back out first thing tomorrow morning.
Boat Crazy | RgVille | Thursday April 12th 7:25 pm
Buddy fished there among three boats today. Not a hit . hoping the weekend it lights up
STEVE ROMAIN | vernon | Thursday April 12th 7:07 pm
Rusty, I have never fished the EASTON area, first time bringing my boat on the big D, FIRST TIME FISHING FOR SHAD TOO!! just want to try it as I hear it will get me hooked!!!
Rusty balls | | Thursday April 12th 6:46 pm
Steve Fish easton if ur close I’ll be there fri sat sun
STEVE ROMAIN | VERNON | Thursday April 12th 3:16 pm
First time trying to go shad fishing, wanted to try this weekend, any intel on where to go ? I have a 19 ft tracker boat
cs | lk hopatcong | Thursday April 12th 3:06 pm
Need recent info shore casting around the gap.
Snizzy | | Thursday April 12th 1:47 pm
Did ok today went 4 for 5 in 2hrs wanted to make sure boat was running good landed one nice roe 4.5 lbs and lost one downrigger to the delaware water was 41. Seems real quiet on here with the tournement coming up
Shadfather | Easton | Thursday April 12th 1:34 pm
They're doing a great job of making people hate their town and never come back over there.
Ron Bauer | Phillipsburg, NJ | Thursday April 12th 10:37 am
Regarding parking at the ramp in Phillipsburg, I contacted the Phillipsburg Police and they advised me on Thursday, April 12th at 10:30 AM that the season passes have not come in and anyone using the parking area must pay for a daily pass! Being on the list for a season pass does not exempt one from paying for parking. Tight Lines!!
Rusty Balls Tackle & Guide Service | | Wednesday April 11th 8:33 am
Enter the bi state shad fishing contest for 40 bucks...you also get a chance with ur entry to win a 12k jet boat I'll be on the river fri, sat sun in Easton...if u need spoons ,darts & anchors let me know...Rusty...484-239-4723
Joseph C. | Phoenixville, PA | Wednesday April 11th 7:08 am
Hi Noobie, I'm not sure where you can catch smoked shad, though. The water temp in the Schuylkill by the Art Museum is up to 48F this morning per the Rivercast site... I wonder if there are any fish in that tributary of the Delaware.
RUSTY BALLS TACKLE & GUIDE SERVICE | | Wednesday April 11th 6:16 am
A GOOD SOURCE SAID THEY WERE SLAMMING IN THE BOATS IN TRENTON ON TUESDAY
RUSTY BALLS | | Wednesday April 11th 6:14 am
THEY SHOULD BE THER BY THE WEEKEND
Lamar Fennell | Easton | Tuesday April 10th 4:20 pm
Anybody know if the shad are in Easton yet
komar | vernon | Monday April 9th 4:29 pm
Hoping to get out this Sat. Does anyone know if there are any shad up to the Bushkill area yet?
| | Monday April 9th 3:41 pm
anyone catching in Easton today??
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Monday April 9th 1:51 pm
Noobie....anywhere from Trenton to Easton....limit is three fish.....keep only what you are going to use...Thanks
Noobie | Trentron PA | Monday April 9th 1:16 pm
I am new to the shad fishing this year. I want to try the smoked shad. Does anyone know what part of delaware river I can harvest shad? Its bit confusing on the PA web.
charlie shapiro | long branch n.j. | Monday April 9th 7:53 am
I WILL BE THERE!
saltyh2ofly | New Jersey Shore | Sunday April 8th 10:22 pm
Can't wait till spring gets here......oh it did? Well then hope to see others with the fly on the river soon. Tight lines to all you fishermen this spring.
RPS | Greeley | Sunday April 8th 11:19 am
The water temp. is staying around the 40's up here. We had 24 this morning and their calling for snow Tuesday morning the river is still high but slowly going down. Hopefully the warm at the end of the week will start some action.
HookerMan | DWG | Saturday April 7th 8:23 pm
I didn't get a line wet, but I hiked McDade with the dog and kids at Smithfield today. The river looked pretty damn cold and lonely! I think we've got a minute before it gets hot up this way. Hopefully I'm wrong.
Weo | Jamison Pa | Saturday April 7th 12:01 am
Hey frank, glade to hear you got into them at Lambertville, and yes I hooked up with my first of the season on Sat 31st. at Lambertville I boated 8 and lost 3 I was back out on Sunday but over night the water came up a good foot and there was a lot of stuff loading up the lines. I fished from 1pm to 3pm and boated 1 fish. I'll be fishing Trenton tomorrow so we will see how that goes, I know the water is running high and fast now so hopefully it won't be to bad.
| | Friday April 6th 2:25 pm
WG, you have my most sincere esteem. Good for you for making the effort. It takes true devotion tothe cause to get out in this weather. Catching anything is gravy.
Chiggy | Frackville | Friday April 6th 2:55 am
This is for my fishing buddies Howie and Spade, I have been watching the weather, looks like a week or 10 days and Smithfield should start producing.
Kevin | Bushkill PA- National Park Service Visitors Center April 18 2018- World Fish Migration Day | Thursday April 5th 8:58 pm
Please join me to help celebrate the American Shad and the Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Association at the World Fish Migration Day event at the Delaware Water Gap National Park Visitors Center located on Rt 209 in Bushkill PA. I was selected to be the keynote speaker at this event on April 21,2018 . The event runs from 1pm to 3pm and also celebrates Earth Day and Junior Park Ranger Day at the National Park Service Visitors Center located in BushKill, PA. I will conduct a seminar on Shad Fishing the Delaware River and speak on shad ecology, migration as well as tips, techniques and locations of where to consistently land shad in the Big D. Please share this with your fishing friends and bring the kids as this will be an informative day promoting fish, water, migratory fish species and the Delaware River watershed. Look forward to seeing you there and on the river this Spring chasing the elusive American Shad. Kevin Ingram, 35 year member and volunteer, Delaware River Shad Fisherman's Assocation
WG | | Thursday April 5th 2:12 pm
Fishing report 4/4/18- fished the Delaware River in bucks county section. Had about 45 minutes inthe afternoon to fish. I landed to American shad and I 20-inch walleye.... wind was brutal and lots of leaves inthe river....these cold fronts are killing the shad fishing!
Shadfather | | Wednesday April 4th 7:40 am
ShadHarris, If you're only going to fish at Easton during the shad contest you won't need a permit. Parking is free during the 4 day contest. If you want to park and fish there at any other time you either have to have a season permit, $35 for non P'burg residents or pay a daily fee at the lot every time you fish. If you don't have a permit and are parking your truck and trailer it will cost you $10 for 3 hours and another $10 for the rest of the day for a $20 max for the day. You got to figure out how often you will be there and decide what to do. If you want a permit call the Pburg municipal building 908-454-5500 and put your name and number on the list.
ShadHarris | | Tuesday April 3rd 10:12 pm
Please summarize what it would take for a non P-burg resident to legally park in the boat launch parking lot? And - would same rules apply to the bi-state tournament? Assuming fees must be paid, is there a day pass and a season pass available> What are the costs/
Shadfather | Easton | Tuesday April 3rd 9:52 pm
Attended the Pburg town council meeting with Shadster and his brother Jim tonight. The council voted to override the mayors veto and passed the parking lot ordinance becoming effective April 9th. Not sure when we will get the parking passes but if you want one call the municipal building and put your name and phone number on the list. $25 for residents and $35 for non Pburg people.