Annual Migration of American Shad up the Delaware River

By Sam Miller
The annual migration of the American Shad has begun, a prime opportunity for anglers to come to the Delaware River. The Delaware historically has the largest run of the fish in the country as they return from the ocean to spawn. According to the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, ppstream migrating shad are also often visible off some of our area’s bridges. Bridges suitable for viewing, with pedestrian walkways and shallower water beneath, include the Pond Eddy Bridge, the Barryville/Shohola Bridge, the Roebling Bridge, the Damascus/Cochecton Bridge, the Callicoon Bridge, and the Route 97 Bridge over the East Branch of the Delaware River. This is also a good chance to spot predatory birds as raptors will come to snatch the shad from the river.