Hi Italo, I see lots of people down in the US using shad colored lures to catch bass and I was wondering if those white lure colors work here in Canada for catching bass also? Do shad live in Canada?

Posted on August 2nd, 2021

Shad are very plentiful in some of the brackish & freshwater rivers, reservoirs and lakes in the US. For that reason many crankbaits come in “shad” colors. Threadfin shad that can migrate in large schools do provide an important food base for many predatorial fish.

Rapala Shad Rap Shad color.
The Rapala Shad Rap is one of the most popular crankbaits for a variety of freshwater piscavorial gamefish.

Yes, we do have shad in Canada. Gizzard shad are the most common shad in the Great Lakes. They can reach 3 1/2lb in size. The juvenile shad in the 3-5″ ranges are an important forage base for most Great Lakes predatorial fish. They normally feed in deeper water and only enter harbors and shallower water in the fall when water temperatures fall. The only anglers I know of that use Gizzard shad as bait are Channel Catfish anglers. They normally us them as “cut-bait” on the bottom. Shad colored crankbaits work excellent in many Great Lakes and in inland lakes where there are species of baitfish that also have shad coloration…God bless you.

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