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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 American Shad Run in Pennsylvania's Lehigh River

Between April 7 and June 28, 2010 The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) counted no less than 1,935 American shad as they passed through the Easton, PA spillway on the Lehigh River.  Good news for shad and shad fishermen. This is a good jump in numbers from that observed in recent years.

What still has the biologists scratching their heads is the low passage of fish through the Chain Dam fishway.  One thought is since some shad use the pool below the dam as a spawning area not too many fish feel the urge to venture further.  This is a little offset by the fact that a few hundred fish were observed in the fishway, but never exited at the end.  For the shad, that seems like a lot of work for nothing.

Overall, it's good news.  More American Shad in the Lehigh River thanks to the hard work by the folks at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

You can read the complete report with all the charts and graphs and some interesting information on the age of returning fish including how many came to the dance for the second time at http://www.fish.state.pa.us/images/reports/2010bio/lehigh_shad2010spawn.htm