The Delaware’s Shad Run

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Owl’s Nest
To get tackle and licenses, hit the Owl’s Nest (908-995-7903) Field & Stream Online Editors
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The Shad Den
To get tackle and licenses, hit the Shad Den (610-252-5469) Field & Stream Online Editors
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Bull’s Island Recreation Area
Be sure to hit the Bull’s Island Recreation Area, where wading anglers can score big along the wing dam that diverts the Delaware into a historic canal (609-397-2949). Field & Stream Online Editors
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Park Headquarters
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area; park headquarters just south of Bushkill, Pa., is a good place to start (570-426-2452; nps.gov/dewa) Field & Stream Online Editors
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Rivers Bend
Shore-based anglers should toss a shad dart at Rivers Bend. Field & Stream Online Editors
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Smithfield Beach
Shore-based anglers should toss a shad dart at Smithfield Beach. Field & Stream Online Editors
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Forks of the Delaware
Hit the famous Forks of the Delaware, where the Pennsylvania side has great wade fishing. Field & Stream Online Editors
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Delahant’s Tavern on the Square
At day’s end, watch the action at the Forks from Delahanty’s Tavern on the Square (dinners up to $12; 908-213-3500) Field & Stream Online Editors
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Forks on the Delaware Shad Fishing Tournament and Festival
The 25th annual Forks of the Delaware Shad Fishing Tournament and Festival is in Easton, May 12/19 (610-597-7423) Field & Stream Online Editors
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American Shad
Called he “poor man’s tarpon” for its athletic leaps, American shad can reach sizes of 8 pounds. Field & Stream Online Editors
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Shad Darts
You’ll want to use specialized lures called shad darts and flutter spoons, available at local tackle shops. Field & Stream Online Editors
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Shad Fest
Lambertville’s Shad Fest has shad hauling demonstrations, plus food and music. Field & Stream Online Editors