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Lake: Jackson Lake
Fish: Gizzard Shad

Catching shad at Jackson Lake

Post By: Fiddler1986      Posted: 5/31/2011 11:41:41 PM     Points: 9809    
I was wondering if any one had any tips for catching shad at jackson. I don't have a boat, so I was thinking a cast net early in the morning off the boat ramp or dam. Or does any one know where I can get some? I rerember the bait shop by the lake having some frozen stuff, but it's been a while and I don't rerember. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
 Reply by: Badfish II      Posted: 6/1/2011 4:43:26 AM     Points: 8254    
I don't know if the Shad are gonna be close to shore nowadays or not. Right after ice off, they run close to shore and you can dip a net in catch dozens at a time. The Shad at marina are actully freeze dried (?) or however they do it, but they aren't frozen. I think you can get the same thing at walmart and the big outdoor stores. I've tried them outta the bag up there with know luck though.

It might be a better idea to have some Shad imitation lipless cranks. Try a rattletrap in silver. If you do see the Shad pooling up at the surface (which is pretty common), throw the rattletrap to the middle of them.
 Reply by: fish fear me      Posted: 6/1/2011 7:07:57 AM     Points: 44    
a cast net will work, it sure does for me at cherry creek. My friend has caught 14 inch shad from shore at random spots.
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 6/1/2011 9:01:21 AM     Points: 1515    
if you wanted shad you should of went to boyd, this pas two weeks the inlet has been running and the shad as well as everyother game fish were at the inlet off of the marina, there were numerous schools of 30 or more along with whitebass beeing followed by the shad, not that the inlet is closed off the shad are back in to the deep
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 6/1/2011 2:58:29 PM     Points: 168    
Hate to be "that guy", but Rule #104H says you can't use dip nets or cast nets in Cherry Creek.

1. The seining, netting, trapping, and dipping of fish is prohibited statewide in all natural streams, springs, all waters in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Elbert, Jefferson, and Park counties, and all public standing waters in Rio Grande, Saguache, Conejos, Costilla, Alamosa, Mineral and Hinsdale counties in the Rio Grande drainage.

Jackson, I think is okay since it's in Morgan County.
 Reply by: Fiddler1986      Posted: 6/1/2011 11:45:59 PM     Points: 9809    
Yeah I believe i've tried those preserved shad. They reek of formaldihyde and don't work well at all. I guess I will bring the net just in case. I have a few lip less cranks that immitate shad i'll toss and see if I can get anything. But thanks for the info every one!