The Deal: While the Delaware—which is the last major undammed river east of the Mississippi—is a hot bed for smallmouths, walleyes, muskies, and trophy trout in the branches, there are new players in town come spring. Some of the biggest American shad in the country make a massive run up the D to spawn...and smash flutter spoons along the way. Herring follow behind the shad, and spawning striped bass fresh from the salt are in hot pursuit. The action with migrators only lasts for a few short weeks depending on conditions, which is why the locals want to get rods bent as often as possible during this window. Of course, the usual players are still there for the catching. In fact, if you're willing to work a little harder in the higher, colder flows of early spring, you've got a good chance of scoring a smallmouth or walleye at the top size mark for this river.