In may and june over a milion shad come up the Columbia river.These shad are fun to catch on light tackle, I like to call them pour man steelhead.
Pound for pound they are one of the best biting fish the Columbia river can offer.
Shad fishing is a great time for kids because there is alot of action, Although i dont care to eat shad, I like to fill me freezer with them for Sturgeon bait and Crab bait.
To fish for the shad you fish in about 10 – 15 feet of fast moving water.I like to use a little tiny spinner for these shad. It is amazing we can put a 5lb shad on hold to use for Sturegon bait.
I use a 10 odd hook right through the middle of the shads head when fishing for Surgeon.
So if you are looking for excitement on the Columbia river may and june is the time to do so.