shad fishing on the Columbia rivershad fishing on the Columbia River Starts in mid May. There are lot of places to shad fish on the Columbia River.
Lets talk about a few. You can fish just above the mouth of the Sandy River. The water is fast, but that makes for good fishing. I prefer a depth of 12 to 20 feet of water.

You can also fish on the Washington side of the Columbia River just above the Washougal River, Again in 12 to 20 feet of water.

My favorot spot on the Columbia River is up by the Dam ,where the locals call the “shad Rack” The water is is very fast,but I believe this just might be the best place on the Columbia River to fish for Shad.

I like to use light gear for shad, they range in size, from 2 pounds all the way up to 5 and even 6 pounds..
I anchor my boat in the current, and then i tie my line up with a spreader and a Tripleteaser.
Just let it out and let the current do the work.

When the Shad hits it like having a salmon or Steelhead hit, they are great fighting fish for there size, some people call them the “poor man Steelhead”.

Shad fishing is great for kids because there is plenty of action in May and June.

I don’t like to eat Shad. Some people might but not me. I use the shad for Sturgeon bait. I think shad is the best bait you could have. I also use Shad for crab bait it is great.

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