OLYMPIA -- June is the hot month for shad fishing and the Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife has a free publication telling anglers how and where to
catch--and cook the fish.
Shad are members of the herring family and enter the Columbia River in large
numbers in late May and June to spawn. They can grow to 24 inches in length and
weigh up to eight pounds.
The publication "Shad Fishing in Washington" is available at WDFW offices. It
also can be obtained by writing to:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attention: Angler Education
600 Capitol Way N.