American Shad Fishing

Shad Dates are Full for 2022

Prime Time on the Delaware River for American Shad

March 15th through April

American Shad Fishing Trips

  • 4 hour trips, $425

  • All tackle and equipment is included

  • All experience levels are welcomed

  • Catch a few fish or catch the entire school, up 50 fish

  • Trips are based on two people, additional third angler $100

Fishing License and Saltwater Registry

Fishing the Delaware River either a Pennsylvania or a New Jersey License will work for the Delaware River. You can typically buy a single day, multi-day or yearly fishing license at your local tackle shop, sporting goods store or Walmart. New Jersey offers online license and Pennsylvania licensing

NJ Buddy License can save you and your buddy some money NJ Buddy License

Saltwater Registry

For all Migatory fish you NEED a Saltwater registry permit even if we are not fishing saltwater. A Pennsylvania Permit or New Jersey Permit or any states permit will work. New Jersey is FREE. You may need to have you fishing license prior to obtaining a saltwater registry.

Pennsylvania Saltwater Registry

New Jersey Saltwater Registry

2019 American Shad Trips

We Dominated the Big D when it comes to Shad

Fishing for American Shad on the Big D can range from a few fish to absolutely epic days that amount up to 100 fish. Shad fight strong and leap out of the water. Join us on the river for a day you will not forget. All experienced levels welcomed.

Warm Springs we start in March, colder springs we start in April

Ask about our split shad and striper trips

Two people max for the best experience, $100 for the additional 3rd angler.

April Catch Log

Top April and trips not including split shad and bass. This year was not as good as last year but it was on fire, we had few days that it was just tough to catch them and the conditions were poor. There is still shad in the river but we are done targeting them.

  1. 45 American Shad

  2. 37 American Shad

  3. 23 American Shad

  4. 27 American Shad

  5. 63 American Shad

  6. 75 American Shad

  7. 68 American Shad

  8. 101 American Shad

  9. 78 American Shad

  10. 67 American Shad

  11. 45 American Shad

  12. 26 American Shad

Best day was 158 AMERICAN SHAD (full day trip with a half day trip)

Striped bass have in the river but hard to get to eat, lots of success with some big fish with skilled anglers while plugging. The lower river has yielded very little bass.

What to wear

  • Dress in layers it is always cooler on the water

  • Bring Sunglasses, not just for sun protections for your eyes!

  • Sunscreen if needed

  • A hat

  • Rain Gear, if rain is in the forecast

  • Wind breaker ,if no rain is in the forecast

  • Gloves if it’s cold

  • Boots to keep your feet warm


What happens if it rains?

  • Most likely we are fishing

  • We will not fish in torrential rain

  • We will not fish in lighting storms

What happens if a lightning storm is in the forecast?

  • It is at the captain's discretion to either fish or postpone the trip

  • In the spring and summer storms move through quickly and we can be fishing with little interruption

  • After and during rain can be the best fishing

What happens if the river is blown out from rain?

      • If the river is muddy or blown out the captain will decide to fish or postpone

      • A plugging trip can turn into a bait trip

      • A shad trip can turn into a striper trip using bait

      • A spring trip and turn into a summer trip

Deposit Policy

We are very fair and honest, and we want you to go fishing and catch fish but I need to protect my business and the available slots, if I book the slot, I will return your deposit.

Every Trip requires a $100 deposit regardless if you have fished with us in the past or not. We have a strict policy to only hold fishing dates with paid deposits. During the spring we refuse customers that could have filled your spot.

What happens if I need to cancel a trip?

  • Cancelation 16 or more days, full refund

  • On and within the 15 days deposit is forfeited

  • If I can fill the trip time slot, I will return your deposit

  • Deposits can take up 60 days for returns.