The Bi State Shad Fishing Contest supports our friends in the salt.

The  Jersey Coast Anglers Association


The seven year moratorium of fracking in the Delaware River Basin has come to an end. Please follow the links to be informed of the new proposals and take steps to either attend the public hearings or to send in your comments. It is an issue all shad fishermen should be aware of and concerned with. It should require our undivided attention to keep our river clean for future generations. Thank you.



Delaware River Basin Commission|Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Hearing

Public Comment/Input Form

Scholarship Offered by the Delaware River Shad Fishermen's Association

Best Numbers of Returning Shad Fry in Many Years



Great attendance for the November meeting at Dub's on 5th. A lot of discussion on the upcoming season and of course news of the contest. The best news was that Yamaha Outboards will once again be sponsoring a brand new Jet outboard for the 2018 event while the boat and trailer are in the works through Mayberry Marine. A list of sponsors both business and individual have already stepped up to the plate. Things are off to a good start.

John Berry of the DRSFA announced that there will be a public meeting and hearing on the removal of the Columbia Dam on the Paulinskill River. The meeting is to be held on Monday, November 20th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the North Warren Regional High School Auditorium at 10 Noe Road in Blairstown, NJ 07825. The public at large is invited to attend to voice their support in the effort to remove the dam.  

John also expressed the importance of the shad restoration projects and the need for all to be involved in the effort either in support or hands on.

Eric Fistler announced that the entry fee will increase to $40 for adults and $30 for kids 15 and under. $5 of the fee will go toward membership of all entrants into the Delaware River Shad Fishermens Association to help in their continuing conservation efforts.



Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 10 for the 2nd Annual Bi State Shad Fishing Contest Banquet

Join us for a great night of great food, great fun, and some great prizes!

In Memory

A very nice time at the Riverside Barr and Grill for our 1st Annual Bi-State Clambake. Good weather along with great food and entertainment made for a successful event. There were certainly no complaints on the variety of food along with the superb steamed clams served up by Andy Barr and his son Andrew.


Eric Lear provided the entertainment with a selection of tunes recognized by all. 

4th place winner Ronnie Worman, 10th place winner Dave Marzuoli, 7th place winner Caden Dailey, and 8th place winner Dave Perruso wearing their very stylish shirts awarded for their top ten efforts. The shirts are embroidered with a Bi State Shad Fishing Contest logo along with their place of finish. Good job guys!

There are more photos of the event on the Gallery page

Tickets for the clambake are available up to the day of the bake.

Call Eric at 610-762-0440 to make your reservations


A nice turnout at our Mid Summer meeting at the Riverside.

Great discussion on the upcoming clambake, next year's contest,

and the added fees to the Phillipsburg boat launch lot.


Hats off to Sam Osmun who donated $50 to the contest at the end of this year's event.  The $50 was gas money refused by his fishing partner and event sponsor, Bob Wambold.

And now, Sam took the consolation prize money he just won and put it toward next year's contest, as well! What a great gesture! Thanks for your support, Sam!

The winners of the 10- $50 consolation prizes are:

Ed Hamlin
Cedric Benton
Ava Rose Vosper
Amanda Frey
Cody Sliker
Michael Sherrer
Cobie Bonners
Sam Osmun
Geno Catanzariti
Raymond Deemer

Congratulations to all!

Welcome New Sponsors 2017

Spruce Hollow Taxidermy Studio
Lynn's Complete Notary
Miller's Paint and Hardware
Bob Wambold
Rich Stagaard
Thatcher's Taxidermy
Concordia Maennerchor
Lehigh Valley Martial Arts
Palmer Volunteer Fire Company
College Hill Tavern
Summit Performance

Supporting our friends in the salt.....The Jersey Coast Anglers Association

The Bi State Shad Fishing Contest supports the
Phillipsburg Volunteer Fire Department

OK 4 Wheel Drive
Marshalls Garage
Brown Daub Chysler Jeep Hecktown Rd
Steckel Concrete
American Printing Unlimited
Richard L. Lachenmayr D.M.D.
Dick Frankenfield
Maury and Maury Construction
J Pips Paving Company
Leo's Barber Shop
S J Sawyer and Company
Sandor Excavating
The Ice Cream Junction



We proudly support

Olivia's 1st shad of the year with her dad Scott Moser







We Support the

Izzy Esteves of Washington, NJ took possession of the Yamaha G3 boat package he won just by entering the
Bi State Shad Fishing Contest.
Needless to say, Izzy is one happy guy as he takes the boat for it's maiden voyage

Congratulations Izzy!


Thank You

It was another exciting year and plans are already in the works for next year. Thank you to all of our volunteers, contestants, sponsors, and especially Bob Mayberry of Mayberry Marine Sales and Service, Ron Zastocki District Service Manager of Yamaha Marine, everyone at Yamaha Outboards, Yamaha G3 Boats, and Load Rite Trailers for the beatiful boat package that was donated. It was great to see our fellow shad fishermen at the Phillipsburg Boat Launch for the awards ceremony and boat give away drawing. Looking forward to seeing them again at our clam bake scheduled for August. This contest is dedicated to being the best of its kind by, for, and of the fishermen who fish for the American Shad on the great Delaware River

A large gathering turned out for The Awards Presentation Ceremony. Phillipsburg Mayor Steve Ellis presented the checks to the winners of the 2017 event. Andy Chidsey of Easton, PA was the winner of $10,000 for the heaviest shad.

I. Esteves was the winner of the boat package donated by the  Yamaha Marine Group and sponsored by Mayberry Marine of Port Murray, NJ. Mayor Ellis had the honor of drawing the lucky ticket. 




Another outstanding turnout at the Riverside Barr and Grill for our final get together before the contest. A kickoff if you will. Once again, the entries flowed in by those wanting to have the opportunity to compete in catching the heaviest shad or to win the fantastic boat package. The announcement of holding an August clambake right there at the Riverside met cheers of approval as did the statistics of the contest as it took shape over these past months. One stat that stood out was the 20 to 29 year old age group, along with the 30 somethings, are participating in much higher numbers than in the past many years. Also, the Delaware River Shad Fishermens Association's Shad in the Schools program and their efforts to  bring shad back to their historic numbers met great applause. The contest is only hours away and the anticipation showed the shad fever in all. We are looking forward to a great event and wish good luck to all the participants. Be safe, be respectful, and have fun.

  photos by Dave Perusso

Impressive turnout tonight at Dubs. With the contest drawing closer and the shad on the bite the room was filled with anticipation to get on the water. Talk was of the big roe being caught and the hopes of the fish making a comeback from the days of old. Entries moved over the 500 mark as many turned out to register. The last chance to register in the mail is on Saturday midnight. However, you can still register in person at our Contest Kickoff night on Monday the 17th at the Riverside.  We'll be toasting the contest and all who make it happen. Looking forward to seeing you there.

photos courtesy of Dave Perusso

A good meeting at Il Gaetano as a nice group got together to discuss the event and to enjoy the fine fare of a great Phillipsburg dining spot. The contest is moving forward at a quickened pace as more and more people are getting on board. Many new sponsors and new contestants are joining in daily. The entry deadline for mailed registrations is midnight Saturday, April 15. Details are on the Application/Rules page where you can download the PDF entry form to print and mail by the mailing deadline or deliver in person up until 8:00 am the morning of the contest.

A good opportunity to enter in person will be on Thursday, April 13 at Dub's on 5th. This will be the next to last meeting

before the event. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.  

Rusty Balls goin by Rob Orchulli

 Great night at the Swap Meet at Station 75. Well over 50 people came out to share great food with friends and fellow shadmen and women. An assortment of  tackle  was available  with anchors, lures,  fishing and downrigging accessories, shirts, rods, reels, and of course lots of spoons and darts were being sold. Hats off to those vendors/fishermen who traveled a good distance to offer their wares to those in attendance. And to those in attendance a very big THANK YOU!!!  We can't wait to get back here to do this again.....                          photos by Dave Perruso


Another great showing of shad fishermen turned out for our meeting at Fat Jack's. We were joined by Ron Zastocki the District Service Manager of the Marine Outboard Field Service for the Yamaha Marine Group. Ron shared Yamaha's vision for it's participation in donating the Boat Motor and Trailer package to the contest. With an eye toward recreational fishing and conservation of the resources, in both saltwater and fresh, Yamaha is dedicated to those groups who share the same interests now and well into the future. He spoke of the merging of these groups to speak as one when issues concerning sound management of our waters and fisheries arise.

The contest is ahead of last years numbers in both entrants and sponsors with the announced prize monies within easy reach. A number of new sponsors are on board and with the success of the banquet it looks to be above and beyond anyone's expectations.


Thanks to everyone for making the 1st Annual Spring Banquet a great success. From the superb, excellent, fantastic menu served up by Rob Orchulli to the donated and awarded prizes for the Tricky Tray and Silent Auction. A video was presented on the old school methods of shad fishing to scenes from past contests as was a fine presentation by John Berry of the DRSFA. John encouraged all to get involved in the efforts to bring back the American Shad to their historic numbers.

Bob Mayberry also spoke to the donation of the boat package to the contest and what it involved. Major sponsors, Yamaha, G3 Boats, and LoadRite are committed to helping the contest move toward the ultimate goal of conservation of the resource to the benefit of all.

Dave Au spoke to the dedication and drive of founder and manager Eric Fistler to which there was great applause. A great kickoff to the season ahead. Looking forward to doing this again next year. Thanks again!

Banquet Pictures


Take a Kid Fishing

A fantastic turnout at the Riverside Barr and Grill with an even more fantastic announcement from contest sponsor Bob Mayberry of Mayberry Sales and Service Marine.  Bob announced that Yamaha Outboards, G3 Boats, and Load Rite Trailers has stepped up to the plate and are sponsoring a BOAT, MOTOR, and TRAILER to be awarded to a lucky contestant entered in the contest.





A big shout out to Shad Fishermen, Dave Au, Pat Lilly, Fritz Boettger, and Rich Stagaard for stepping up and sponsoring the contest. Thanks for your dedication, guys. Your contributions go a long way toward the success of the event.


Good night at the Riverside Barr and Grill. A great showing of shad fishermen and a major boost to the contest from Mayberry Marine with a donated boat, motor, and trailer from G3 Boats, Yamaha Outboards and Load Rite

Another great turnout at Dub's on 5th. A lot of old faces returned with a lot of new. Much talk about the upcoming season and a good number of people signing up for the contest and the upcoming Spring Banquet on March, 11. Please take note that there will be tickets at the door. We are looking forward to a great night out with good food, fun and prizes


Great gathering at IL GAETANO 'S tonight for our January meeting. The excitement level is high with the mild temperatures lately. I think we will be catching shad in mid March this year. Everyone seems to be getting their gear ready for the upcoming shad run. I hope to see you all at our February meeting..... Eric                                              

     all meeting photos courtesy of Dave Perusso


Another good turnout at our meeting at contest sponsor Pints and Pies. A lot of sign ups and talk of the  dinner banquet and shad coming in March. Stay tuned for details and plans for what looks to be a great night out just before the shad season kicks into high gear. Mark your calendars for March 11


Hats off to three time prize winner and life long shad fisherman Bob Wambold for stepping up as the first sponsor of the 2017 Bi-State Shad Fishing Contest. Bob was the 2nd place finisher in 2011, while claiming a 4th place daily prize in 2015. Bob claimed 6th place overall in 2016. Many thanks to Bob for getting 2017 off to a great start
It must be contagious, contestants George "Shadpappy" Magaro and Tom Lynn stepped up at our Fat Jacks meeting and also sponsored the 2017 contest. Thanks again guys
I stand corrected on Bob Wambold being the only three time prize winner, Russ Wildrick is also a three time winner claiming a 1st place daily prize in 2014, 5th place overall in 2013, and 2nd place overall in 2012. Russ also won a senior bonus prize in 2016 which i was not including, which makes him our only 4 time winner. Congratulations Russ
How about Kyle Hockman, he won three prizes in the same year. In 2015 Kyle finished 7th place overall and won a 2nd place daily prize on day 1, and a 4th place daily prize on day 3.   Awesome Kyle
Steve Kollar from Washington Crossing finished 5th place overall in 2016 and 2015  Way to go Steve
Our 2016 and 2015 champions both had trees fall on their boats right before the contest the past 2 years. This is one stat that i hope never repeats itself
For those unable to attend monthly meetings:   In order to reach our goals for this years contest, we have put 2 plans into action to raise money.
1. We have raised the entry fee from $30 to $35 dollars
2. We are organizing our 1st annual dinner banquet and fundraiser 
It is our hope to exceed our goal of a $7500 grand prize with $10,000 as our ultimate goal
Its official:  We will have our 1st annual Mayoral fish off in 2017. Easton mayor Sal Panto and Phillipsburg mayor Steve Ellis are going to go head to head to kick off this years contest. A friendly Easton - Phillipsburg rivalry
Great gathering at our meeting held at Fat Jack's. A discussion on planning the upcoming banquet and other ways to raise funds for the contest was the order of the night.
We had a very nice turnout at Jimmy's Doggie Stand for our October meeting. Items on the meeting's menu after absorbing Jimmy's fine food  included plans for growing the contest now and in the future. There are definite plans for a BiState Shadfishing Banquet which are in the works and will be announced when a venue and date are finalized. Other items to raise funds and prize monies from those funds were also brought forward with some very insightful ideas to help formulate a sound plan. Stay tuned! Thanks to all who showed up and shared their thoughts and to Jimmy's for hosting the very productive event.

Rules Changes for 2017

New weigh station hours will be 8AM to 9PM. The extra hour will give contestants time to make it to the scale if traveling from a distant river location
Due to feedback from many contestants and starting in 2017, every angler in the boat must be registered in the contest. A non fishing companion is acceptable. I will leave it up to the contestants to police this rule. If a contestant is caught with a non registered angler, or anglers on board, all will be banned from fishing the contest in the future, and the registered angler will be disqualified. We have volunteers up and down the river. I encourage everyone to mindful of who is fishing in your area. Ask other anglers if you are not sure.

A letter from the DRSFA to all interested in preserving the shad runs up the DelawareHi Everybody,  As many of you already know, the Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association (DRSFA) with help from the Lehigh River Stocking Association (LRSA) has dedicated almost $17,000, so far, towards the construction of a permanent home for the Shad Tank at Hugh Moore Park.  This 44’ x 24” building will provide a secure enclosure for the Shad Spawning Tank and allow us to have a permanent set up for the tank as well as all of the pumps, piping and equipment connected to the tank.  In the past, we have had to assemble and then disassemble all of the pipes and pumps before and after each Shad season.  This building will enable us to be ready each season with minimal delays in preparation due to weather or lack of manpower and will also provide adequate room for storage of all the transfer tanks and other tools and equipment used in the program.Our goal is to provide all of the shad eggs necessary to the various Shad in Schools programs in the area and to provide an educational program at the Shad Tank with live video of the fish as they do their thing.  Each day the water is tested for temperature and dissolved oxygen and the eggs from the tank are collected and put in McDonald Jars for observation and testing.  Local high school and college students are encouraged to take part in this program, especially the lab work, which could lead them to a career in various aquatic fields.  All eggs and fry end up in the Lehigh or Delaware Rivers to help ensure the success of future Shad runs.

All of this is possible, but we need your help.  We need at least another $5,000+ to install a concrete floor and complete this initial phase of construction.  Additional money will be necessary for shelving, electric and other improvements, but first we need to prepare the site and erect the building.  Anything you can do to help in this effort would be greatly appreciated.  Donations should be sent to:  DRSFA, 2240 W. Columbia Street, Allentown, PA  18102-5220.

Thanks,  Mike Topping, President, DRSFA



The future Bi-State Shad Fishing Contest Manager with his 1st shad at age three-Aden







Time to shine those spoons and refresh the line on your reels

Good things come to those who wait!

Mr. Moser comes to Easton

Bringing one to the net

 Shad.Com taking a break

Dollbaby flying her flag

Shore chuckers working it