Shad General Information

Shad were introduced to the west coast by Seth Green, a fish culturist, who released 10,000 fry into the Sacramento River near Tehama in 1871. An additional 800,000 fish were released over the next ten years.

Shad have established populations in over a dozen California rivers, including the Russian, Klamath and Feather as well as the Umpqua, Coos, Suislaw and Coquille rivers in Oregon.

Male shad mature in three years and the females in four. Shad are an anadromous species but unlike salmon do not necessarily return to the stream of their birth. The spawning runs begin in March or April with the bulk of the run following in June or July. Mature shad weigh 3 to 6 pounds.

Recent Shad Articles & Reports

Bureau Raises Nimbus Releases To 1,000 Cfs

Written By: Dan Bacher,
May 15, 2015

(Sacramento) The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation increased releases from Nimbus Dam into the American River from 500 cfs to 1000 cfs. on April 29. This increase in flows is expected to bring more shad and striped bass into the river.



Low Water Conditions Challenge Anglers

Written By: Dan Bacher,
May 1, 2015

(Sacramento) The Bureau of Reclamation continues to release only 500 cfs from Nimbus Dam into the lower American River and only a few anglers are fishing the system.   

“A few guys have been out trying, but the stripers are nearly...


Anglers Gear Up For Salmon Opener

Written By: Dan Bacher,
July 12, 2014

Fishing pressure has been very light, but that will all change when the Feather River opens to salmon fishing on July 16. Combined releases into the Feather River are currently 3,500 cfs, so this should draw increasing numbers of salmon...


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A Dismal 8 Days For Shad And Stripers

Written By: Bill Adelman

Last time we checked out the early shad season at Verona, and the report is dismal. As unsuccessful anglers, it is often easy to point out...


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The Shad Are Here And They’re Biting

Written By: Bill Adelman

Last time we managed to catch a few bass, (we did, didn’t we?), but now it’s time to move on to some really important fishin’ news…SHAD. more ››

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