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Fish: Gizzard Shad

Shad fishing in CO?

Post By: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/7/2015 11:29:50 PM     Points: 62    
Anybody know how to catch shad here in CO with bait or artificial lures or fly fishing? Would love catch some for fun or for bait.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 5/8/2015 7:38:15 AM     Points: 1816    
I believe they eat plankton... not sure they would bite anything. I use a cast net for them.
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/8/2015 7:39:58 AM     Points: 62    
Are cast nests legal in co? I've seen people catching shad in CA with grubs and shad darts. Also had some bite on lures/jigs by accident a few times.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/8/2015 7:44:50 AM     Points: 184621    
The CA shad is American Shad, a different species.

Gizzard don't take lures/flies readily, but if you fish them with small nymphs (where their present in good numbers) you will pick up a few. I've caught two this year on small woolly buggers at Jackson while fishing for other species, and yes they were fair hooked.

Look for areas where their spawning for your best shot.
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/8/2015 8:09:51 AM     Points: 62    
Ah I see thanks!
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 5/8/2015 9:30:56 AM     Points: 63188    
This early in the season I use a seine because they are so small and slip right through. Later in the year as they get bigger they are to fast for my seine so I switch to a cast net. They are only legal to use in some waters so check the reg first.
 Reply by: Basschaser      Posted: 5/8/2015 10:58:54 AM     Points: 1307    
Casting net When they school up.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 5/8/2015 11:44:06 AM     Points: 3702    
Netting is only legal in certain areas.

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.

However, in most waters east of the divide you can gig shad.
 Reply by: death__from__below      Posted: 5/8/2015 5:00:04 PM     Points: 128    
Bowfishing is def the way to go. Go out at night with spotlight and they will be jumping all around boat.
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: 5/8/2015 5:09:13 PM     Points: 204    
kast master
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/8/2015 5:13:20 PM     Points: 62    
^^ that aint no kast master! Lol
 Reply by: Bobbys      Posted: 5/9/2015 3:31:39 PM     Points: 31    
Big shad are more aggressive than some would think, I hooked a shad in the lips last night on a jerkbait, the guy I was fishing with hooked one on a swimbait. Also in the mouth, both were about 15" I have also caught numerous large shad on lipless cranks
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 5/9/2015 7:15:53 PM     Points: 1682    
Bobbys
They are in spawn right now that is why they are aggressive.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 5/9/2015 7:56:46 PM     Points: 5573    
I have only foul hooked them.
 Reply by: tub      Posted: 5/10/2015 11:45:01 AM     Points: 105    
Lol really chuche...
 Reply by: ColoradoOutdoorsman      Posted: 5/10/2015 12:29:27 PM     Points: 1931    
Bowfishing for them is a real challenge because they're super fast unlike carp, I would say that was more fun than bowfishing for the carp because they're hard to shoot.
 Reply by: Luke the Dog      Posted: 5/10/2015 5:09:18 PM     Points: 34    
i catch them on flies...
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/10/2015 9:17:04 PM     Points: 62    
Sucks to say we can't snag em or carp either
 Reply by: fishyk      Posted: 5/10/2015 10:16:26 PM     Points: 177    
Prospect lake in colorado spings you might be able to catch a couple by the swim beach
 Reply by: Ch00Chee      Posted: 5/10/2015 11:08:12 PM     Points: 62    
Too far for me haha

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