Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 Sacramento River Shad Fishing Map and Where to Fish, Best Spots

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Where to fish for Shad on the Sacramento River. We list the best spots to catch shad.




Reservation Road

Angling is good during the early season for fly and spin anglers. This area is located
seven miles north of Colusa off Highway 45. Turn east on Reservation Road and
drive to the river.
Princeton Gravel Bar
Angling is good during the early season for fly and spin anglers. lt can be reached by
turning east of Highway 45 in Princeton and driving up over the levee. The turn is
marked by a burnt-out service station. .
Road 48
Good angling during the early season for fly and spin anglers. Road 48 is located off
Highway 45 just north of Glenn.
Hawaiian Gardens
Good angling for spin fishermen. Located north of Glenn on Highway 45 about a
quarter-mile below Hawaiian Gardens reservoir.
Ordbend
Good angling throughout the season for fly and spin anglers. This area is located
just south of the Ordbend Bridge on the east bank of the river. it can be reached
from Highway 45 by turning toward the river on the main intersection in Ordbend.
Boat launch available.
Road 29
Good angling throughout the season for fly and spin anglers. it is located about ten
miles south of Hamilton City off Highway 45.
The "Washout“
Good angling throughout the season for fly and spin fishermen. Located on the east
bank, it may be reached by taking the river road south from Highway 32. There are
two resorts, Scottie's and Pine Creek Landing between the "Washout" and Highway
32.
Woodson Bridge
Good angling during middle of season for fly and spin anglers. Woodson Bridge can
be reached via the Gardiner Ferry Ftoad from Highway 5 at Corning or from Highway
99 north of Chico.
Tehama Bridge
Good angling from middle to late in the season. Majority of angling is done from
boats, although, shore angling occurs on the east bank about 150 yards south of the
Tehama Bridge. Tehama Bridge is located south of Los Molinas at Tehama.
Hunters Resort (Tennyson Riflle)
Good shore angling late in season. To get to this location, turn west off Highway 99
on Le Claire Avenue (seven miles north of Los Molinas) and drive to metal gate at
road's end. The name of Le Claire Avenue changes to Decker Avenue and then to
Bryne before road's end. Good only if water is down.

Red Bluff Dam
Good angling late in season. Majority of angling is done from boats, although, shore
spin casting is possible. River access is located off Highway 99 at the salmon
viewing plaza. Turn south from Highway 99 on Williams Drive and continue to
Gilmore. Turn right on Gilmore and drive to salmon viewing plaza. Boat ramp is just
downstream.

When Shad Arrive in the Sacramento and Best Times to Fish

Towards the middle of May  the shad are in the valley rivers. The shad run will be in full swing by Memorial Day weekend, through most of June and there will be fish in the valley river systems until September.

Typically shad move into the lower Sacramento in April but do not move up above the Freeport reach until the raised water flows.

Water Conditions to watch for

The problem in recent years is  the low water flow.  Shad do not do well moving up river at vertical drops. They tend to stack up below fish ladders and other similar obstacles. The conclusion is that due to low water, the base of rapids will produce most of the local shad action.
A general rule is that in low water years the Sacramento River will get the bulk of the run.  The fishing will be slow on the Yuba or the Feather near Oroville, unless Feather River flows increase. As always if you go out to fish for shad be prepared with a number of alternate destinations in mind.


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