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Missouribassman95

Are They Shad?

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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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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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they are probably golden shiners

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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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Try a cast net after the bread.

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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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Pretty sure shad couldn't live in there

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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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Pics from yesterday.. From a golden Phoebe

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

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