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#11577852 - 05/02/16 09:30 AM Shad spawn
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How much longer until the shad spawn should be in full swing? If memory serves me right I think 2nd to 3rd week of May?

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#11577861 - 05/02/16 09:36 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Been going on for at least 2 weeks around the DFW area.
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#11577864 - 05/02/16 09:37 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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It's been on at Lavon for a month
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#11577866 - 05/02/16 09:38 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Two weeks ago the shad were all up in the moss edge on my favorite lake, near Athens, and I assume they were spawning judging by the huge numbers. Thinking it depends on the lake and water temp?? Pretty sure somebody on this forum will know more about it.

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#11577874 - 05/02/16 09:44 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Water temp and moon i believe. They were on at Ray Roberts last weekend.
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#11577875 - 05/02/16 09:45 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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#11577876 - 05/02/16 09:45 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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#11578005 - 05/02/16 10:45 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Shad are spawning now.

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#11578022 - 05/02/16 10:50 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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going strong at Roberts
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#11578332 - 05/02/16 12:37 PM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Went to PK this past Saturday & saw some shad activity in shallow water temps were 71-74 degree, not sure if shad spawn has started there. I did not get there until midmorning.

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#11578342 - 05/02/16 12:38 PM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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shad will spawn the rest of the year until the water cools down, it's not a 1 time deal
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#11579778 - 05/02/16 10:47 PM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Good info , I saw them large groups early morning around rocky banks , water temp around 71-74 .

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#11579838 - 05/03/16 01:09 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Gizzard shad spawn once a year normally in April.

Threadfin spawn during late April into May, they spawn again in mid-July, and again in September or early October

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#11579858 - 05/03/16 04:35 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Thank you Fast Lane, that is awesome information! I appreciate all the responses.

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#11580036 - 05/03/16 08:02 AM Re: Shad spawn [Re: Bonedoc]
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Originally Posted By: Bonedoc
How much longer until the shad spawn should be in full swing? If memory serves me right I think 2nd to 3rd week of May?


Of course, there are some differences in timing with respect to location, water body and weather, but generally speaking....

Gizzard shad, as mentioned above, tend to spawn once a year in the spring. The other common shad, Threadfin (these are closely related both belonging to the Genus, Dorosoma) tends to spawn continuously throughout the warmer part of the year with peak periods in the spring and again in the late summer. The early spawn being temperature, daylight length and climate related, the late peak period being more related to the maturation of the young of the year, spring spawned, shad. once started the Threadfin spawn will continue, at a reduced rate every night into morning, all summer long.

It is the spring peak spawning period when the shad are most noticeable as they seek the sunlight warmed shallows with newly flooded vegetation for egg laying. The spawn becoming so frenzied at times that some of the shad flop out of the water and die. The later spawns happen in deeper, cooler waters as surface waters become too hot and are not as noticeable.

Newly hatched gizzard and threadfin shad are perfectly timed to coincide with the need for the earlier hatched bass fry to make the important transition from planktivore to piscivore (zooplankton based diet to fish based diet).

So...on almost any given summer night, a large, live gizzard shad on an 8/0 hook by a drop off.....ain't no tellin'.

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