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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Gizzard Shad

Ref. catching Shad

Post By: Topgun      Posted: 2/22/2017 1:11:42 PM     Points: 101    
The fish the Oriental guy was catching were not bait they were 10" or so. Caught on rod using an unknown bait.
 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 2/22/2017 1:47:37 PM     Points: 12028
I've caught them with minnow baits up to 14". They are not very hearty and don't survive long.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 2/22/2017 4:00:18 PM     Points: 184622
When they're concentrated in a prespawn mode, which is in a few weeks, they will slap/strike brightly colored jigs and flies. Much like during a kokanee run.

I ran into schools of them last weekend, and quickly tired of them on the 7 wt I was using to chase carp. A 5 wt would have been a blast.
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