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Schooling shad mean biting bass

September 21, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Shad are schooling and bass should be biting writes Dave Shadow, an outdoor columnist for the Charleston Times-Courier. Shadow makes the same point others have made on this site in recent weeks: now is not the time to stop fishing.

To read his column, Click here. Here’s a brief excerpt.

“The shad are schooling up now, and that is the secret to finding the game fish. As is true with almost all of nature, the food source is second only to water in the list of necessities for survival. With most any wildlife, if you locate a favorite and abundant food source, you will have also located the quarry. In the fall the shad move up the creeks and into shallower haunts, and the game fish of almost all species follow them to feed up for the coming winter.”

In east-central Illinois where Shadow fishes, one of the primary destinations for fall angling is Lake Shelbyville. And this time of year the white bass do feed voraciously on shad. When fishing, if you find seagulls, you can usually find schools of shad and predator fish chasing them.

Shadow suggests buzz baits or other topwaters and said spinnerbaits will also work well.

 

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Carlyle Lake has steadily gone downhill with Whitebass for the last 8 years. I fished the lake for probably 20 years. Years ago, it was absolutely on fire with white bass. Seagulls bombing the shad schools, shad busts everywhere you look, etc. The lake has been fished to death. I cannot tell you the last year that I actually seen a shad bust on Carlyle lake, or caught doubles, which means you are on a school of white bass. The few singles you do catch are too small to keep and if you get a dozen keepers to take home, you had a great day. If you’re looking for white bass fishing, scratch Carlyle lake off your list! Its finished!

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