I catch shad every time I go to EM. The last 4 trips there, I have caught more channel cats then the sand bass or hybrids I am looking for. Last Monday, Wednesday, and Friday was all the same. Channel cats from 1.5 lb. to 8 lb., on shad, every where I stopped.
Dam hump, mid lake humps, and east to south of the island. Look for depths of 14 ft. to 32 ft. and they will be there, especially, 18 to 26 ft.