Originally Posted by EDLITE
Hi, I was a fisheries biologist for Alabama Power Company for 30 years and know most of the lakes and rivers in the state. I am sure there are many sheltered inlets on the lake to get shad but here is what I do. I have Super Bait TankII in my boat, large tank at my home and a portable take in back of my truck. I generally go to Logan Martin Tailrace or Weiss Tailrace with 5 gal bucket and cast net. Load up enough for fishing trip or stock tank at home. Although the size shad is dependent on the time of the year, you can always get some shad at these locations.
Smith is just so clear and nutrient deficient to load up like you can from waters on the Coosa River.
Thanks for the advise. I have tried to do the same. I had a 2 tanks(about 150 gal. each) at home in my shed, and I used coolers with baitwell pumps in the back of my truck. That worked good with cool water, but could'nt keep shad healthy when the water warmed up. I was spending a fortune hauling shad, buying baitsaver, and such. Not to mention all the time invested. It was just to ineficeint for me. I have heard of other people doing this, and doing it well. Are there some tricks I'm missing? like a cheap way to condition the water, or a formula for shad to gallons combined with oxygen to temp. ratios? I guess i'm stuck with collecting shad before EACH trip.