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  1. Ken Kopro, Recreational Angler
  2. Towson, MD
  3. Total Reports: 23
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Posted on May 1, 2013 | Permalink

Conowingo Shad

Type: Tidal
Region: Northern
Location: Below Conowingo Dam at Fisherman's Park

The Gizzard Shad and Carp were really in thick in the muddy water below Conowingo Dam at Fisherman's Park on Thursday April 25th as I targeted American and Hickory Shad. The Gizzards generally don't bite but rather get accidentally foul-hooked. I was surprised to reel in this one legitimately hooked in the mouth. You can see the notch behind his dorsal fin where some angler hit him previously.

A few casts later I thought I was into a Carp (also, probably foul hooked) as my line peeled off drag. Surprise again! This 25-inch striper took that tiny shad dart into his big maw. I've caught bigger fish from the surf, but this was my largest ever Bay striper, safely released. That day I never did catch any of my targeted fish.

The next day at the dam was a different story. I caught about 10 Hickory Shad and my first American Shad of the season, pictured here. I had a second huge American on the line that spit the dart after a Tarpon-like leap right in front of a fellow fisherman. "That was a 5-pounder!" he declared. My disappointment was abated when I managed to land another American just before the dam's floodgates opened.

Tags: Striped Bass, Gizzard Shad, Carp, American Shad, Hickory Shad