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Fish: Gizzard Shad

Snagged two gizzard shad!

Post By: Colorado Bass Man      Posted: 2/24/2014 3:19:07 PM     Points: 4    
Well I believe they are gizzard shad! I have never caught any of that species before! They where in a natural are in Fort Collins. I fish those areas a lot never caught any thing but the usual suspects.
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 2/24/2014 3:38:09 PM     Points: 2755
CAtfish bait!
 Reply by: alanlf5280      Posted: 2/24/2014 4:04:47 PM     Points: 461
Hope you had gloves on that you tossed afterward or you washed your hands with gasoline. Must have ran that lipless right through the middle of a school. Good spot to have a lure in the spring and summer.
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: 2/24/2014 6:20:23 PM     Points: 3940
That's a sweet catch.. I don't suppose you kept them? I sure could use about ten of them.
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 2/24/2014 7:16:02 PM     Points: 17861
That's a pretty good sign the bait fish are moving and becoming active. All good signs if you ask me regarding sport fish. Pretty cool
 Reply by: FishDr      Posted: 2/24/2014 9:22:08 PM     Points: 52
How big (inches) would you say they are?
 Reply by: Colorado Bass Man      Posted: 2/25/2014 5:12:18 AM     Points: 4
I would say one was 8 inches the other was about 6
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 2/25/2014 11:44:45 AM     Points: 82
I try to load up on gizzard shad every spring, what pond did they come out of?
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 2/25/2014 11:54:42 AM     Points: 3482
Yup, two gizzard shad.
The south pond of Prospect Ponds has a very healthy population of even larger gizzard shad. My personal best being an 11" female.

They do make good cut bait. However, as suggested, handle with gloves. :)

Good catch!!

 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 2/25/2014 12:55:32 PM     Points: 82
FishSeal, no kidding about the S Prospect pond...always good to know where those gross catfish lovin slimers are...thanks for the post.
 Reply by: Colorado Bass Man      Posted: 2/25/2014 3:42:22 PM     Points: 4
Well these where caught at a different natural area. It's a good find makes me rethink how to fish these ares now that I know there are gizzard shad in them. Fish seal you think they reproduce in the ponds they are in?
 Reply by: alanlf5280      Posted: 2/25/2014 3:57:51 PM     Points: 461
Find one shad, you are guaranteed to find thousands more. They are rapid reproducers meaning they lay a crap ton of eggs.
 Reply by: Tubejig      Posted: 2/25/2014 5:04:11 PM     Points: 434
fry those up with peanut oil and a thin coating of flour, lemon pepper, pepper, and a pinch of Old Bay.
 Reply by: cmarbles      Posted: 2/25/2014 8:19:51 PM     Points: 2635
Haha Fishdr
 Reply by: FishDr      Posted: 2/26/2014 9:32:29 AM     Points: 52
@ Marbles…you know *exactly* what I'm talking about. The HPH glide gizzard and the 8" and 6" Bull Shad will be doing some work!
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 2/26/2014 9:35:41 AM     Points: 3482
Colorado Bass Man,

Yes, they do successfully spawn in the ponds. :)

 Reply by: FishDr      Posted: 2/26/2014 10:36:51 PM     Points: 52
The bottom lure is a dead ringer for the gizzards, while the top two, while not quite as aesthetically similar, have worked over many bass in Front Range lakes that are rife with gizzard shad. And now they've got more spots to play!
 Reply by: Colorado Bass Man      Posted: 2/27/2014 6:06:22 AM     Points: 4
Fish dr and cmarbles where did you get your gizzard shad swim baits ? I like when I can have a wider selection of lures to get after the bass!
 Reply by: FishDr      Posted: 2/27/2014 10:12:47 AM     Points: 52
The lowest lure in my picture is a glide gizzard by High Power Herring. You have to order them directly from the maker at:

The other two lures are Bull shad's, made by HPH's main competitor (they are most definitely not friends). You can order those directly from the maker at:
[log in for link]

You can also get Bull Shads at the usual online dealers.
 Reply by: Colorado Bass Man      Posted: 2/27/2014 10:25:51 AM     Points: 4
Cool Thanks fish dr. What kind of line and knots are you guys using with these high priced swimbaits?
 Reply by: FishDr      Posted: 2/28/2014 11:34:02 PM     Points: 52
I throw the smaller Bull Shad on 20 or 25-lb mono. The bigger Bull Shad is thrown on 25-lb mono and the HPH is going to get thrown on 25-lb or 30-lb mono. I use an improved clinch or a Fish-N-Fool knot [log in for link] on the lures (actually, on the Lure Jensen Duo Lock snaps that I clip the lures on with) and I retie a lot.
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 3/1/2014 8:17:21 AM     Points: 447
Ahaha. Nice, except one failed to live I think. It was probably the fish I stumbled upon.. the pond with the small island? It was a massive fish, and to be in that location was interesting to me too. I was at this pond yesterday if it's the same one.
 Reply by: BullShad      Posted: 3/1/2014 11:30:23 AM     Points: 0
Hi Guys, IF I can answer any questions you might have with my baits (Bull Shad) be glad to be of help to ya..

Mike Bucca
Bull Shad Swimbaits
 Reply by: Sleazy E      Posted: 3/3/2014 7:43:22 PM     Points: 447
Mike, thanks for chiming in. You have a cool website. I don't have any rod/reel setups to cast something worth that coin but I'm working on it. Those Bull Shad baits look really good and I've wanted to toss something identical for the wipers around here.

I chimed in to this thread because the shad in that pond was kind of a surprise. Normally I see them cruising, dead around shore, or schooling around the surface so the dead on I saw was the first in this pond and especially so large. We had a flood that might had displaced and replaced a lot of life in this area so I was chalking that dead fish up to washing in from a different location and then failing to survive.

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