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Rates
Half Day4 to 5 hrs Start time varies
One angler$ 175
Two anglers225
Three anglers275
Full Day8 to 9 hrs Start time varies
One angler$ 250
Two anglers290
Three anglers330

San Joaquin Shad Fishing

The American Shad occurs natively in the Atlantic Coast of North America. In 1871 and 1881, shad was introduced into the Sacramento River in California and is today up and down the Pacific Coast as far south as Baja Mexico and as far north as Alaska. It has also found its way into a few lakes. Mostly, by man pumping water that hold small fish or fertilized eggs into their lakes where they grow to adulthood. Like the salmon, the American Shad is an anadromous fish that ascends coastal rivers to spawn.

Millerton Lake Shad Fishing

Some say Millerton Lake in Madera and Fresno Counties in California is the only place in the world where these fish reproduce naturally. This is where San Joaquin Guide Service targets them. Most fisherman have never heard of the American Shad. When they think shad, it normally means small bait fish, but these are completely different. The California state record is 7 pounds, 5 ounces. Some people call them the poor man's tarpon by the way they look and the amount of time they spend out of water while on your line. They are great fun on light tackle from 2 lb to 8 lb test.

San Joaquin Peak Shad Fishing

Also great on fly tackle. We believe that these are some of the best sport fish in California, not only because of the great fight they put up, but also the chance at a 100 fish day. It is very possible these fish school up by the thousands. The season is short starting in April, peaking in June, and can last until September, all depending on water temperatures and flows.

What to Bring for San Joaquin Shad Fishing:

  • Fishing license
  • Sunscreen
  • Polarized sun glasses
  • Hat
  • Appropriate clothing for season
  • Food and drink
  • Sense of adventure!


  • You are welcome to bring your own tackle, but is unnecessary.
    San Joaquin American Shad Fishing San Joaquin American Shad Fishing San Joaquin River Shad Fishing
    San Joaquin Guide Service Service
    7215 Road 35
    Madera, CA 93636

    Experience is Everything Phone: (559) 351-9500
    Email: lmoosios@hotmail.com