Sacramento River shad fishing 5-22-2016 Dave Jacobs May 22, 2016 Recent Catches Sacramento River shad fishing 5-22-2016. The best shad fishing on the Sacramento River is still to come as the weather warms into June and July. The best shad fishing has been lower in the Sacramento River where the river water temps are warmer. The shad are biting small jigs tipped with a one inch curly tailed grub with chartreuse working best. Best fishing has been downriver of Chico and will improve up into Woodson Bridge and Red Bluff in June and July. Anglers can expect to hook 15 to 30 shad at this time with most shad averaging one to two pounds. The larger female shad are running four pounds with smaller males making up the majority of the catch. Look for catch number to drastically increase as larger spawning schools of shad move upriver as river temperatures warm in the coming weeks as reported by Sacramento River shad fishing guide Dave Jacobs. Pictured is John Rinaldi from Mountain View Ca. holding a couple of the many Sacramento River shad he hooked while out with Sacramento River fishing guide Dave Jacobs this past week.