What is the best time to fish for shad?
June and July are the best time to fish for shad. They will bite just about anything that is small and shiny. I have been known to catch them on a bare hook. They stop their feeding cycle when leaving the ocean, so the best bait for them is artificial lures like spinners and jigs.
Is shad a good fish to eat?
“Shad is a great fish to eat, it’s very healthy for you, and you’re supporting a local fishery that’s sustainable.” Shad, a large member of the herring family, are famously bony fish. Cooks get around that by baking the fish to soften the bones. But for most people, the real prize is the shad roe.
Are shad hard to catch?
Shad are known to swim pretty close to shore, often within 30-45 feet of land, making them accessible to bank anglers, although they are even easier to catch for boaters who can park in their migration lanes.