April 26, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - On a warm, sunny day in late April, it seems the whole city of Richmond has gone fishing on the James River.
As the rapids through the city smooth and widen below the falls, the river that transported the first Europeans who settled Jamestown has all the appearance of a big-stakes fishing tournament.
People with poles are hunched over the lattice-work of bridges spanning the river, a flotilla of fishing boats bob below the rapids and knots of anglers with coolers and beach chairs line the wooded shore, concrete piers and green expanses.
The attraction is silvery shad on their annual March and April spawning run from the sea 100 miles away, but many other species draw the rod-and-reel set.