Sunday, May 2, 2010

Something a Lttle Bit Different...

After chasing smallmouth bass for nearly a month, I could feel my piscatorial ADD creeping up on me. Don't get me wrong... I love fishing for smallmouth bass, but every now and then it just seems like it's time to try for something a little bit different. Lately my thoughts had been wondering back to my college years, and the fun I had chasing shad around the lower Susquehanna River. Shad were great fighters, and often leaped like a mini-tarpon when hooked. So, when I finally had some time off work this past week, my Dad and I decided to pack up our shad darts and our flutter spoons and hit the road south.

Our target area was the Conowingo Dam and the flowing waters of Deer Creek and the Susquehanna River as they travel through the Susquehanna State Park in northern Maryland. We both had fished this area before, and in the past have had some very good success catching hickory shad as well as a few scattered American shad. As we traveled south on Rt 83, we hoped that the timing of this trip would be right for us to hook into a few American shad along with some of the hard fighting little hickories. Fortunately we were not disappointed.

The fishing was not grand for either of us, but there was enough action to keep things interesting. By the end of the day, we each managed to catch a few members of both shad species, as well as a couple river herring and a fat little white perch as a bonus. All in all, it was a great trip...the travel was just close enough for a nice day trip, the weather was beautiful, the scenery was different, the fish were biting (and fighting hard), and we got to watch a plethora of birds--including one beautiful bald eagle--fishing for the same fish we were after. It was something a little bit different, and it was a great day!


  1. Sounds like a summer spot we'll have to try out. ;) Nice pics....

  2. Thanks dude... Definitely! That's a great spot for just about anything--even stripers. Not that far from home either.

  3. Toby.....looks like a great fishing trip...When I was a kid, my parents took me fishing for shad at Port Deposit, then years later at the Delaware Water Gap.........I have many good memories growing up fishing for shad....Its nice to see there is still people casting shad darts......Capt. Skip

  4. Hey Skip, thanks for posting! They really are some awesome fish, and they fight hard... Love casting those shad darts too.

    There's so much history involving shad and their spawning runs in PA and MD. Definitely a very cool fish.