I have seen him . . . .I can't tell what he's using,but as thick as the shad are,why not try a casting net? I've been on the fence about buying a cast net for a few yrs now and last yr. saw a guy at Boyd throw his net 1 time at the boat ramp . . .bang! a livewell of bait.I'd check out the regs to make sure your not going to get into trouble 1st,but the way shad are triple hatching at Chatty you should have no problem.
Unfortunately casting nets are not allowed at CC or Chatfield.
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.
If I could use a cast net around here I would never buy another minnow...just throw a little fish food on the surface at dawn...wait, wait ... then bam... a full bait well...nothing to it (yea right, well, maybe a little more to it than that).
Not to be, however.
...anyone try a Sabiki rig around here...what bait will a shad take?
The last I talked to the guys at Boyd and Union they both said that you could use a cast net to gather bait you just couldn't transport it live from the water it was taken in. I would double check as it has been a couple years ago.
Reply by: Flyrodn Posted: 2/23/2017 9:55:02 AM Points: 184622
When the shad are concentrated, prespawn, spawn, which we see this time of year, they will strike, slap at brightly colored small jigs, flies. Think techniques you'd use for kokanee, or ice fishing. Working them below a float/casting bubble can also be effective at times.
Ran into them recently at Jackson, and they were darn near a nuisance as I was fishing for carp.
Also, google fishing for American Shad. I those techniques have a solid chance of working.