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Delaware River Shad Fishing Reports - 2020


Anglers Asked to Report American Shad in the Paulins Kill and Musconetcong Rivers

Andrew and Steve Meserve mix fish roe and chicken eggs to create a unique dish (Travel Channel)

Every year American shad migrate up the Delaware River to spawn. The numbers and timing of the "shad run" vary year to year depending on water temperature and conditions. Having accurate, up-to-date information on the run can greatly impact on angling success and enjoyment. Fortunately, there are resources anglers can use to get this information.


"The Big D" - 2006 Freshwater Fishing Digest article about the river and its fisheries. (pdf, 165kb)
Why You Should Care About What Fish (Shad!) Swim With You In N.J. Rivers -, 3/24/15

3/23 Report

Lewis Fishery Report, 3/23/20
Hi Everyone,

Feels like winter never started but the calendar says spring is here. With the crazy weather we decided to try and get a crew together and get the nets in the water early this year. As it happens we were able to do that Saturday (3/21). The river was at 2.31' and 48F. We just fished 100 yards of net. A little short for the river but long enough for me and the three other crew members I had. As expected we got a bunch of tree limbs and a rock. No fish.

With the new limitations in place for New Jersey I don't know when the next time we can get out to fish will be. Above all I am looking to keep my crew and those who cone to see us fish safe. I will post as soon as I have a better idea of when we will be able to get out again. In the mean time stay safe where ever you are.

Steve Meserve
Lewis Fishery
1 Lewis Island
Lambertville, NJ 08530


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