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

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...


Shad, Bass And Steelhead Battle Umpqua Anglers

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
July 10, 2014

Fishing on the Umpqua isn’t red hot for any single species, but when you factor in the shad bite, the bass action and the chance of hooking a big bad summer run steelhead it becomes clear that the Umpqua is a great destination for early...


Deep Water Channel Yields Stripers

Written By: Dan Bacher,
June 30, 2014

The Sacramento Deep Water Channel is yielding some decent-sized striped bass for anglers fishing in the early morning hours.

“The stripers run from 24 to 35 inches and are hitting pileworms,” said Jimmy Perez of Broadway Bait Rod and Gun....


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For Sale Fish Sniffer 2013 Willie Raptor

Written By: FishSniffer Staff

Once again, the Fish Sniffer is prowling the waters of Northern California in a beautiful 21’ Willie Raptor.  The Raptor is an...


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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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