American and Hickory Shad
Georgia's Ogeechee River American Shad Run
Shad. When most Georgia anglers hear the word shad, they think of bait; they think of big catfish; and, they think of hybrids and bass. But, along the coast and in upstream towns close to the major rivers, quiet, close-knit communities of fishermen wait every spring for a different kind of shad to appear. We are talking about the American and hickory shad.
Hickory shad are making their annual spawning run, and catches of over 100 fish a day will be common over the next two weeks below the dam in Roanoke Rapids in the area of Weldon. Shad mania is in full swing.
The Founding Fish - a book by John McPhee.
The American shad, a species beloved of sportsmen since George Washington, is the remarkable focus of this book, a history and biology of this great fish.
Just as the sacred cod of Massachusetts is the accepted emblem of the Bay State, so the shad may rightly be considered the piscatorial representative of the states bordering the Chesapeake.
Fishing for American and Hickory Shad
Written by Maryland DNR Biologist, Dale Weinrich, this is an excellent article with some very good fishing tips.
Grifton, N.C. Shad Festival
The Grifton Shad Festival is the oldest festival in Pitt County and the second oldest in eastern North Carolina. It stands for fun and fellowship and working together toward a common goal. Volunteer effort is what makes it work...and what makes it fun. We have no paid employees.
The Chesapeake Bay Program
Here is this conservation program's outlook and information on the American Shad.
US Fish and Wildlife Service - Hickory Shad
Hickory shad are not very important commercially but are a popular recreational species. Hickory shad spawn in small streams as well as the mainstem and have benefited from the 925 miles of tributary streams opened by the Quaker Neck and Cherry Hospital Dam Removal Project.
Poor Man’s Tarpon
Up and down the entire Atlantic coast line, shad anglers prepare each spring for their one month of fishing. That’s about how long the shad run lasts on any river, and it can be one of the most hectic, yet productive fishing times of the year for American and Hickory shad.