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Fish Identification

Hickory Shad

Hickory shad

Hickory shad are gray or green above with a silvery side, large prominent scales, a horizontal row of dark spots behind the gill cover, and a deeply forked tail. They are most similar to American shad and blueback herring, which have a lower jaw that is equal or only slightly projecting beyond the upper jaw. Gizzard and threadfin shad both have an elongated ray in the dorsal fin.

Scientific Name:  Alosa mediocris

Adult size: 13-24 inches

Distribution: Runs up Atlantic coast rivers to spawn in the spring; an introduced population exists in Lake Hartwell

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Image: DuaneRaver/USFWS