Fishing Highlight of the Week: Shad kills are fairly common during harsh winters in some of Arkansas's northern lakes. This year's extremely cold weather produced shad kills in a few lakes that rarely see them. While it may seem catastrophic to see the dead shad floating on the surface of the lake, it doesn't mean the lake is in danger of collapsing. Most shad will survive the cold snap and reproduce to fill the void. The game fish in the lake will eat the dead and dying shad, which increases their health going into spawning season. Typically the months after a shad kill prove to be excellent fishing.