Shad Fishing on the James River in Richmond

Shad: Where to go and what to do when you get there


*the high water has the river a little off but with a little luck there may still be a week or two of shad fishing toward the end of the month. 

The run of Hickory and American shad up the James to the fall line in Richmond is truly something special.

With spring finally starting to show herself a bit, the next couple weeks is the prime time to head down to the river and wet a line, whether you have five minutes or five hours.

Shad are a wonderful species for anglers young and old.

Get in the right spot with the right rig and you should soon be in business.

When fishing conventional tackle, the best bet is shad darts or spoons.

Use a ¼ or ½ oz sinker with a 14-16", 10 to 12 lb. test leader and a shad dart or spoon on the end. Pick a spot. Throw it out, reel it in, and hang on! 

We have created this MAP to help you access the best spots for shad and stripers on the James


A variety of colors of spoons is helpful
As is a variety of shad darts
Use a 12 to 14" leader between sinker and spoon or dart
Pumphouse Park to South of the James Farmers Marke...

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