April 11, 2013

GO TO http://www.drsfa.org FOR THE LATEST SHAD FISHING NEWS OR WITH QUESTIONS FOR THE DELAWARE RIVER SHAD FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION

SHAD HOTLINE REPORT:

Shad are being caught in good numbers between Lambertville, and Martins Creek. When the weather warms up they will be caught in ever greater numbers. At the Lewis Fishery in Lambertville, NJ 33 shad were caught on Tuesday night April 9, 2013. The water temperature is 60 degrees - perfect for shad fishing!

The next meeting of the DRSFA will be April 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Sewyco Fire Co. social hall 1 mile south of Bethlehem, PA on Rt. 378. It will be our annual Raffle Night. We will have a speaker talking about the successful restoration of shad to two Delaware rivers, and updates on the shad run. 

 

BEST SPOTS TO GO SHAD FISHING:

Please send us email with any info: shadfisherman@aol.com.

FREE! - Youth Fishing Education Day will be held June 16, 2013. 100 youth will be accepted. It is absolutely FREE to attend. Send email to fisherman_dcarl@yahoo.com or call Dave at 570-325-4336. Or send me an email to shadfisherman@aol.com.

Call us if you have any ideas for projects or can help us on the ones we have going - We can use all the help we can get!!!



CLUB PROJECTS:

PLEASE, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR PROJECTS AND MEETINGS!!
EMAIL ME AND ASK HOW YOU CAN HELP.

 

SHAD HATCHERY:

We have obtained funding and a location for a shad hatchery in the Easton area. We have one tank set up at the Hugh Moore Park Facility for this spring's shad spawning run. Come out to the Canal Ride and see how the tank is used for collection of shad eggs for our Shad In Schools Project. Come out to the monthly meeting to find out the latest on other projects. 


SHAD IN SCHOOLS PROJECT:

This program to get more shad eggs into the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers and to educate school age children about the environment and river ecology has been a real success these last years even without being able to obtain eggs. We  set up shad egg hatching systems in fifteen local schools and  environmental venues to  raise shad fry for release into the two Rivers. This program has been very successful in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers in Washington, DC.   If you can help in any way for next year please let us know now so we can see how much we can expand in the future. We started with the five sites this year and will expand next year with five more schools. You can read about the successful Potomac River project in a book called "Let the River Run Silver Again".


We again have our shad hatcheries in 15 schools and have other areas along the Delaware River starting their own shad restoration efforts. We are still trying to get more sources of fertilized eggs for next year's school participants.


YOUTH FISHING EDUCATION DAY:


To be held at Point Phillips Rod & Gun Club June, 2013. We had 80+ youths participating in 2011. All had a great time!!  Activities for ages 8-15. FREE!! Email fisherman_dcarl@yahoo.com or shadfisherman@aol.com if interested for next year. 

 

SHAD TRANSFER PROJECT:

We have received a large tank to use to transport shad past the Lehigh River dams. Please let me know if you can help with a truck, trailer, pump, valves, engineering or construction skills. Help us make this project a reality!

 

FUND RAISING:

We need fund raising ideas to further our ongoing projects and we need volunteers. Send me email if interested.


BEST BETS TO CATCH SHAD:

Shad darts and flutter spoons of varying colors.



LEWIS FISHERY 2013:

It has started out to be a good year for the first time in awhile. They have already doubled what they caught last year. Come over to the Lambertville-New Hope bridge on the north side in Lambertville on weekday evenings around 6:00 PM or Saturday around 9:30 AM to watch them net shad the old fashioned way using a wooden boat and rowing and poling it out and around in the river to catch the fish.

 

WHAT IS A SHAD?

Check out the new page called "What Is A Shad?". It has lots of info on shad and fishing for them. Clink on the link on the side of this page.


 

LEHIGH RIVER FISH LADDERS:  

No news yet.  

  
HYDROACOUSTICS STUDY:  There will be no Hydroacoustics Study this year. The NJ Fish and Game decided to use the Lewis Fishery as their index of shad abundance.
The study estimated that 160,500 shad passed the Rt.202 bridge in 2005 and about 114,000 in 2006. In 2007 the estimate was 181,600.   


BEST BETS FOR SHAD FISHING: Studies have shown that a flow of 14,000 cfs at Trenton is good for shad migration and a flow of greater than 30,000 cfs will stop the shad migration. 

   I have set up a new service that can be accessed from this page - a blog for your fishing reports.  Please check it out and let me know any suggestions for improvements.   
You should be able to click on the BLOG link to the side of this page to go there.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AND NEWS:

Get your new club hats either through the mail for $16 or come on out to a meeting and pay $12. New patches are out and cost $5 through the mail or $3 at a meeting.

DRSFA STORE:
                          Mail    Meeting
Hats                     16       12
New Patches          5         3
Decal-boat              4         2
Decal-window          4         2
Shad book-Kasper  10         7
Pewter shad pin      10      7.50

MEETINGS IN 2012:


JANUARY - 

FEBRUARY    - 
  
MARCH 

APRIL  - Annual Raffle.

MAY  16 - Talk about shad restoration efforts in Delaware.

JUNE   - .

SEPTEMBER   - 

OCTOBER  -

NOVEMBER - Elections.

   
All meetings start at 7:00 PM.
Directions to the meeting are below.

Activities in 2011:  Youth Fishing Education Day were  held June 19 at Pt. Phillips Rod and Gun Club. We had a very good turnout again this year.   This program is free for students ages 8-15. For information contact Dave Carl at 570-325-4336 or email him at: fisherman_dcarl@yahoo.com.  . We will be looking for a lot of volunteers to help us make this another success in 2011.  We hope to get 100 youth to come out and learn about the sport of fishing.  Please email me and let me know you will help.

All of our activities to help the shad and youth require volunteers and money, both of which seem to be in short supply the last few years.  If you can help in any way or know of some good fundraising activities PLEASE let me know!! The club would really appreciate it.  Thank you.


Result of hydroacoustic studies at Rt. 202 bridge:
2001 - 417,200 shad
2002 - 399,300 shad
2003 - 296,600 shad
2004 -
2005 - 160,500 shad
2006 - 114,000 shad
2007 - 181,600 shad

LEHIGH RIVER FISHWAYS REPORT:

Shad Going Thru Fishways:

Year:    Easton:    Glendon:
1996   1141     496
1997   1428     126
1998   3293     694
1999   2346     479
2000   2094     645
2001   4740    2057
2002   3314    1479
2003    422        40
2004    754  
2005    675     324
2006   2023     588
2007   1397     215
2008

2009

2010
 

 
   The phone hotline is being updated by Keith Wolf.  Shad fishing reports and other news can be phoned in at 610-791-0987 or email  at ronaldmarks2@aol.com. Also please email me your info at shadfisherman@aol.com.  Keep checking this page for the same info you get on the telephone shad hotline numbers (610-954-0577 or 610-954-0578)( the 0578 number tends to be the easiest to access ).  Check out page 2 of the hotline by clicking on the link at the side of this page.

We are still trying to develop a base of fishermen to keep us up to date on shad fishing in the river, particularly upriver.
  
Please email me with any suggestions for future meetings. 
We also support the Northampton County Junior Conservation School in July. It is a full week of environmental and nature experiences. Check out their website at http://www.ncjcs.org.  

Our meetings take place at the Sewyco Fire Company on Rt. 378 near Black River Road just over South Mountain about a mile south of Bethlehem. It is on the west side of the road.  Or, it is a few miles north of Rt. 378's intersection with Rt. 309 in Center Valley. Meetings are at 7:00 PM.

Please try a new website I am starting: www.orgsites.com/pa/shad.

Also go to the Club's new website: www.drsfa.org

Remember to practice "Catch and Release". Thanks.

The Delaware River Shad Fishermen's Assoc. is dedicated to the preservation of the American shad and the Delaware River Basin Environment. The Association was responsible for leading the push to get fish ladders built into two dams on the Lehigh River to return historic runs of American shad to a river system that had been blocked off for decades.

Membership is available for $10 - Donor, $25 - Patron, and $150 - Lifetime by emailing shadfisherman@aol.com.