About the river

Poor man's tarpon: the Rappahannock River shad run

Rappahannock Shad
By Henry Hoffman and Dan Hoffman

Late in March, you may find yourself stuck in traffic on the Chatham Bridge looking out onto the river flowing over the rocks of the fall line, and you may notice an unusual number of blue herons standing in the river. Every once in a while, a beak will flash like lightning into the river and come out with a shiny fish that goes rapidly down the heron’s gullet.
The spring shad run is on!