Fishing for American shad

Alosa sapidissima
5K logged catches • 66K followers

Shad live in the Atlantic ocean and migrate up rivers to spawn. The annual shad spawning "run" upriver occurs during spring and brings thousands of fish into into freshwater rivers on the east coast of the U.S. and Canada.

The most popular recent American shad catch on Fishbrain
Bassman1506, Fishbrain angler since 2016

Recently caught American shad

Recently caught American shad
Recently caught American shad
Recently caught American shad
Recently caught American shad
Recently caught American shad
Recently caught American shad

Detailed Information

Fishing forecast

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Water type

Saltwater / Freshwater / Mixed

Common depth

? - 820 ft

Common length

20 in

Maximum age

13 years

IUCN Status

Least concern

Source: Fishbase

Top Baits

According to catch data from over 15 million anglers on Fishbrain, these are the top baits used to catch American shad. Click on a bait to learn more, or buy it directly from our shop.

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