Thursday around 5:30PM, I went down to the Appomattox on the Petersburg side close to the powerhouse dam and everyone was catching shad. I stayed about an hour and brought in about 13. Water level wasn't too high and fun was had by all.
Cal's doesn't sell then anymore. Usually there is someone at Dimmeracks to take your cash. Petersburg is free if you don't mind the extra cussin about mf this and gd that. Folks are pretty nice there otherwise.
I grew up in the Burg but haven't been to the powerhouse in almost 30 yrs. What's this with the permits on the CH side? Is it still a dirt road down to the river? Can you still park and walk down the hill from Va. State U? Does anyone dip any more on the rocks?-- sorry for all the Q's, it brings back many memories.
They aren't alewifes. They're gizzard shad.
Also, the fishing regulations state, "It shall be unlawful to fish or to collect bait from March 1 through June 15 within 300 feet of Boshers Dam Fishwayon the north bank of the James River or within 150 feet of the Harvell Dam Fishway on the south bank of the Appomattox River."
Better fishing from the Petersburg side and no special permit required. Iv'e never had any trouble and been Herring and Shad fishing there for over 25 years, Damn I'm getting........NOT...More edjucated.
Thanks Ketch69, I thought I was losing my mind since I have been calling the Gizzard an Alewife for years. Incorrectly I hate to say. The Gizzard Shad is a different creature from the "Alewife Herring" according to this link. [sad] I hate to be wrong, what's worse I am wrong in writing, so I can't deny it. [tongue]