I haven't fished for shad in a gazillion years.I think the last time I went was 1976, but I did find the same place where I used to fish. For those interested, it's called Harrington Access. It's off American River Dr on Harrington Way. Between Watt Ave and Sunrise Blvd. Closer to Watt. It's a Parks and Recreation river access and costs $5.00 to park. The access is about 200 ft from the parking lot. I suspect this weekend the place will be packed.
So, to verify shad were in the river, I asked seven guys that were fishing when I got there, if they had caught anything. One guy said he caught one about 14" early this morning and nothing since. A report from one of the other guys was that the shad were as far as Sunrise Blvd, although no one had caught any today.
I tied on one of my 48 shad darts and started fishing. Now one would think, one could catch a shad with 48 shad darts. Nope. Not a shad to be found. 48 shad darts, only 4 colors. You can only buy them online by the dozen per color. I think it's just a little too early for that far up the river. As I recall the last time (a gazillion years ago) that I was there more toward mid-June. I guess I'll just have to make another trip down the hill when I get back from LA. After all, I have 48 brand new shad darts to try.
Till next time, remember: "A bad day fishing is better than any day at work" unless, as Zach J says, you are a professional fisherman.