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  1. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
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Posted on April 24, 2013 | Permalink

Shad Run Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Susquehanna State Park

I fished the shad run for the first time this year on April 22nd in Susquehanna State Park near the mouth of Rock Run. I caught ten decent sized Hickory Shad, but this larger fish, over 17 inches long, was lacking the distinctive spots and bronze-back coloring. It doesn't appear to be an American Shad either. A nearby angler suggested it might be a giant Herring.

Later, towards dusk, I drove up Deer Creek to Stafford Bridge for some fly rod action. I managed 3 more shad before it got dark. All in all a great first day!

DNR Response:Ken, thank you for the report. After much discussion it was determined both photos are of Hickory Shad. The second photo was difficult due to angle of fish and lack of size comparison.

Tags: Hickory Shad, Alewife Herring