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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Gizzard Shad

Catching Shad

Post By: Topgun      Posted: 2/22/2017 11:40:56 AM     Points: 374    
Last spring there was an Oriental guy at Chatfield catching one Shad after another but he wouldn't tell me what he was using. Every cast too!
He was going to eat them, "very fishy" he said.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 2/22/2017 12:19:41 PM     Points: 8070    
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.

 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 2/22/2017 12:23:12 PM     Points: 3772    
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.
 Reply by: esoxrocks      Posted: 2/22/2017 12:28:15 PM     Points: 2498    
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?

 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 2/22/2017 12:53:17 PM     Points: 3772    
Try cutting all but 3 hooks off the sabiki, and tipping it with something like this.

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This stuff worked great in the salt. Not sure it has the same effect in fresh, particularly for shad, but I bet bluegill would go crazy for it.
 Reply by: phidoux      Posted: 2/22/2017 9:51:10 PM     Points: 6101    
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: 184621    
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.
 Reply by: tub      Posted: 2/23/2017 10:17:20 AM     Points: 105    
just match the hatch. no need to net those even if its legal. if you snag one by accident, theres a bonus right there.
 Reply by: Tooner      Posted: 2/25/2017 8:01:21 PM     Points: 3    
How big were the shad he was catching???
 Reply by: msl      Posted: 3/13/2017 7:44:30 PM     Points: 239    
The guy I saw a few times at kingfisher last spring was snagging them (not allowed)I shot a few with the bow and had my crawfish bait handled for the year
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 3/24/2017 9:25:32 PM     Points: 14933    
Small jig. Do people really eat these?