- Known As: Shad, Poor Man's Salmon, River Herrings, Alose
- Average Length: 20-24 in, up to 30 in
- Average Weight: 3-8 lbs, up to 11 lbs
Season: MAY to JUL, peaks JUN
World Record: 11 lbs 4 oz - Holyoke Dam, Massachusetts, 1986
- Habitat: Shads spend most of their life at sea, but swim up fresh rivers to spawn in the spring. They generally follow the contours of the surrounding banks and are most often in water 4-10 feet deep. Shads will come inside the current to swim upstream, fast current river bends and narrows will forces the fish close to shore making them easy prey.
- Diet: Juveniles feed on zooplankton and terrestrial insects. Adults feed on plankton, small crustaceans and small fish but do not feed while migrating upriver to spawn. Shads retain the ability to digest and assimilate food during the anadromous migration. However, like other fish, their feeding instinct can be triggered by a variety of factors such as turbidity and water temperature.