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Old 09-28-2011, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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During the Fall, are the shad present through much of the day rather than early in the morning or late in the evening?
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Last weekend the water temps were in the high 70s and the shad balls were present all day, bass were feeding and busting on them at 2:00 pm just like they were at daybreak. Seems like the cooler the water gets the more active the shad are, at least untill the water really cools into the low 60s or 50s then you wont see as much of them early, but you will later in the day.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Shad are always present somewhere in the lake unless the water is less than 45 degrees...then they die off.
Threadfin shad tend to stay in or near cover during low light hours and move out into the open water to feed on phytoplankton that comes to or nearer to the surface with sun light. Gizzard shad are usually too large this time of year to be good bass prey, however juveniles will stay in or near cover as long as the cover is green; they prefer to feed on zooplankton and other same creatures located in or near aquatic growth
Think about using structure spoons on school bass feeding on shad.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Shad are always present somewhere in the lake unless the water is less than 45 degrees...then they die off.
Threadfin shad tend to stay in or near cover during low light hours and move out into the open water to feed on phytoplankton that comes to or nearer to the surface with sun light. Gizzard shad are usually too large this time of year to be good bass prey, however juveniles will stay in or near cover as long as the cover is green; they prefer to feed on zooplankton and other same creatures located in or near aquatic growth
Think about using structure spoons on school bass feeding on shad.
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Thanks Tom, that's some great info.
Never knew some actually died off because of temps.
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