2017 Sacramento River Shad Fishing Report & Shad Fishing Map
One of the best spring running fish up the Sacramento River is the American shad, one of the best-ﬁghting ﬁsh there is. Our Sacramento river fishing map shows shad at Woodson Bridge on the Sacramento River, Red Bluff, and all the way down to the Colusa area.
This great game fish migrates up the American, Eel, Trinity, Feather and Yuba rivers here in the Sacramento is a section of the river our fishing map this week is by far the most productive shad ﬁshing area in the state.
Shad are prominent in the Sacramento River, but focus from Grimes to Red Bluff, from Woodson Bridge to the dam, and this is the hottest shad ﬁshing section on the entire river.
Season is May through July.
Tackle: 6 pound test line, 6-foot rod and spin-cast, or Fly anglers should use 8- to 9-foot rod with a floating line. Shad Darts, Teeny Rounders, Bug Eyes, Cre Shad and Flea Flies.
Buy 1/4-ounce lead heads jigs, and a bunch of pink, chartreuse and red and white Shad Darts or Teeny Rounders. Cast ﬂies cast straight out and slightly downstream and let the lure swing downstream.
Shad seem to take the ﬂies or lures towards the end of the drift, but don't set the hook, the soft mouths and you‘ll lose the shad with a hard jerk.
Sacramento River Fishing Reports are they are just starting to bite, so keep posted here for more fishing reports as they start to show more.
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