Shad follow seams (trails) in the river. That's one reason certain areas of the river, Sacramento or American are more conducive To holding and producing fish. Find those seams and fish them and you will get fish!
The area below the bridge at Freeport has a bottom structure which is conducive to holding fish, thus it is a productive area, as is the area around and along Miller Park and at and below the American on the Sac. It's the same with Salmon. That's why those areas are producers.
You may and will get stragglers in other areas, but these areas are tried and proven to be productive! Good Luck .....
One would think you should be able to! Its weird how everyone fishes there at freeport and the american and you dont hear much about them anywhere else south of sac.
Exactly what I was speculating on. I think it might be because the majority of guys who fish Freeport come from Sacramento and the city limits, as opposed to living in the Delta or don't know much about all of the acces south. Freeport is crammed all parts of the day, with quite a massive number of boaters all anchored in the prime spots and a host of urban city fishermen. It's not my ideal place.
In my belief, every migratory fish that is caught at Freeport has to pass under the walnut grove bridge, and right by my house along Hood.