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  • n  bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast
  • n  herring-like food fishes that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn

  • April 1, 1865, Confederate General George Edward Pickett slipped away from his post at a vital crossroads in Virginia because a fellow officer had caught several shad for lunch.
  • The largest, known as "herring king," is named shad.
  • A fish becomes food for thought in John McPhee's funny and fascinating history of the humble shad.
News & Articles

  • Lower Columbia River shad return has soared to more than 1.5-million
    The Lower Columbia River shad numbers has eclipsed the 1.5-million mark, and it doesn’t show any sign of letting up producing excellent fishing. Single-day counts at Bonneville Dam on Thursday, June 6 climbed to 212,172; by Friday, June 7 it was 187,575; on Saturday, June 8 it dipped to 124,63
    June 11, 2013 - Seattle Times
  • DNREC's Shad Hatchery aids restoration of species in Nanticoke River
    The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that DNREC's Nanticoke Shad Hatchery produced and stocked more than 500,000 American shad fry this spring.
    June 10, 2013 - Dover Post
  • Shad migrating up Lower Columbia River, and huge run eclipses one-million mark
    The Lower Columbia River shad numbers keep getting higher and higher. Single-day counts at Bonneville Dam on Monday, June 3 were 94,426; Tuesday, June 4 it climbed to 218,775; Wednesday, June 5 it soared to 159,906; and then climbed to 212,172 for a season total of 1,106,241. Shad anglers below Bonn
    June 7, 2013 - Seattle Times

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