Throughout Maryland, shad migrate up rivers, creeks, and streams each spring. Hickory shad begin arriving in February or early March and usually peak in April. American shad begin appearing in March, usually reaching their peak in May.
The following areas in Maryland are famous for their spring shad runs:
In the Susquehanna River, the area below the Conowingo Dam is considered
to be one of the top spots in the state for catching American and
Deer Creek, located within the Susquehanna State Park, is a good area
for catching hickory shad by
kayak or small boat from Susquehanna State Park down to its confluence with the Susquehanna River.
Hickory shad runs occur in the Gunpowder River, from US Route 40 north
to the fall line. The river can be accessed through Gunpowder State
Hickory shad runs occur on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the Elk,
Wye, Chester, Choptank, Nanticoke, Wicomico, and Pocomoke rivers. Shad
are also caught in Tuckahoe Creek, Marshyhope Creek and other Eastern Shore tributaries.
Hickory and American shad can be caught in the Patuxent River from Queen Anne's Bridge to Wayson's Corner.