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Are They Shad?


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#1 Missouribassman95

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Posted March 13 2012 - 08:36 PM

At the farm I work at they have this sweet 5 acre lake that is full of big bass. Well I went fishing there and I would know whenever a fish would be following my lure because a bunch of little fish would jump out of the water. Like they thought the bass was going for them. They didn't look like bluegill at all. I think maybe they're shad, but the owners didn't stock it with shad. Maybe someone put them in or the eggs hitched a ride on a bird or something? I think they are thriving in there cause the bass are sure fat!

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#2 NCbassmaster4Life

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Posted March 13 2012 - 09:25 PM

It's always possible, the main habbitat for shad usually has a stream or river running through it. Migration pattern for shad.

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Posted March 22 2012 - 11:37 PM

they are probably golden shiners

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Posted March 23 2012 - 02:36 AM

I would guess some type of shiner as well. They swim in huge schools. Bring some bread next time you go and chum the water. You should be able to get a better look at them.

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Posted March 23 2012 - 05:10 AM

Try a cast net after the bread.
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Posted March 23 2012 - 07:00 PM

It only takes one person dumping a bucket of shiners in a pond for it to get a permanant population of them. They jump out of the water a lot like shad and are similar colors/shapes but if you can net a couple you'll be able to tell what you're dealing with.

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#7 Ozarksman

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Posted March 24 2012 - 03:51 PM

Pretty sure shad couldn't live in there

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Posted March 24 2012 - 04:07 PM

Wow. Just had this problem yesterday, huge schools of fish in the lake I live on, didn't know what they were.. Me and my friend caught 2 and they were shiners the size of your hand! So crazy, bass and pickeral must love those. Didn't know shiners were in schools either.

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Posted March 24 2012 - 04:12 PM

Pics from yesterday.. From a golden Phoebe

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#10 Missouribassman95

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Posted March 24 2012 - 05:22 PM

Wow. Just had this problem yesterday, huge schools of fish in the lake I live on, didn't know what they were.. Me and my friend caught 2 and they were shiners the size of your hand! So crazy, bass and pickeral must love those. Didn't know shiners were in schools either.

Ya I bet the Shiners are really good for the fish population. They're food for just about everything!
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#11 BuoyFrenchy

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Posted March 24 2012 - 08:07 PM

Ya I bet the Shiners are really good for the fish population. They're food for just about everything!



Yeah for sure man! Just cast my lure a bit beyond the schools of them, and bass are all over it. It's a massive feeding frenzy of basically every fish in my lake haha!

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Posted March 26 2012 - 11:13 PM

Saw schools of gold shiners bustin' up like crazy the past week, unfortunately, there were about a dozen snapping turtles in the cove causing the commotion!! :mad5:

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Posted March 29 2012 - 08:16 AM

Deep strip mine pits around here contain shad, some get huge.

This might help: http://www.dnr.state...dherringid.html

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Posted March 30 2012 - 12:10 PM

Were they winged shad possibly? Maybe the queen flew in and set up a new nest in your pond.