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Susque shad report Fri 4/15

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I looked around the Susque below the Conewingo yesterday (Friday 4/15). Susque was raging. Only saw one boat & he was nuts! Guys on Deer creek were catching but further up. I wonder how far up they catch them? Only place I saw anyone caching on the river was at & right below Deer creek. They were doing well but shoulder to shoulder! Man that didn't look like fun. I couldn't believe how crowded it was & it was only a Friday w/ poor conditions! The guys who were scoring were using a combination of silver spoon and dart. Easton's nearly a two hour drive for me but I consideing that it might be worth it to avoid those crowds.
JD
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Jjdbike – Yeah, when the conditions on the whole Susky, Deer Creek, Octorara Creek complex are as they are now, fishing for hickory shad is a trying ordeal indeed. When the Conowingo is muddy and at full generation plus several floadgates open, the main part of the Susky is pretty much unfishable for shad. As you saw, shad fishermen are concentrated in a relatively few spots. Definitely not my cup of tea either… not by a looong shot.

Right now, under current conditions, the only shad action to be found in this complex is right at the mouth of Deer Creek, well up Deer and well up in Octorara Creek. These few, relatively small, areas concentrates the fishermen bigtime, as you witnessed.

During normal flow years when the Dam is at full generation, clearer, (but no floodgates) a lot more locations on the Susky mainstem are available for shad fishing. The number of access points increases 50 fold which helps immensely to spread out the fishermen.

During drier years when the Dam is running only half their generators then an additional LOT MORE areas on the Susky become fishable. At such times access increases 100 fold, (just a wild guess, but you get the picture). Soooo... the degree of flow from Conowingo Dam is the main factor that controls where fishermen can fish for shad.

With today’s expected heavy rain I don’t expect it to get better anytime soon. Most likely Deer Creek and Octarora Creek will probably blow out and turn muddy and high by late today16 or tomorrow17. (Saturday/Sunday). This is a super bummer year for shad fishing in the whole Susky complex.
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HJS
Thanks for that insite.
Helps put things in perspective.
Looks like it will be a while before we get another shot & I will take your advice and wait till it gets alittl dryer & hope it won't be too late for shad.
Tight lines!
JD
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