Skipjack Shad


The Skipjack Shad ⁣(Alosa chrysochloris) ⁣is a species of herring ‌located⁤ primarily in North ⁤American waters. Belonging⁤ to the Clupeidae family,‌ this specie‍ is known‍ for having a glamorous silver and ‍blue coloration⁣ and the exciting sport they offer⁢ to anglers.

Conservation Status

Currently, the Skipjack Shad ​is‌ not considered ⁤to be threatened or endangered and there are ‍no particular conservation efforts specifically ⁢targeted​ toward‌ this species. ⁤However, like ⁤all species, they are impacted by habitat degradation and pollution.


Length (average) Length (range) Weight (average) Weight (range) Average Lifespan
30-44 cm 15-50 cm 1-2 kg 0.5-3 kg 4-6 years


The Skipjack​ Shad is found throughout ‌the ‌Mississippi ⁣River basin, draining all⁢ of the United States east ⁤of the​ Rocky Mountains and also in the Gulf​ of ⁤Mexico. No ⁣specific ⁤migration patterns for this species have been ‌reported.


This particular species largely frequent turbid waters, preferring large ‌flowing watercourses including rivers and⁤ creeks. They ‌can also ⁣be found in ‍brackish coastal‌ waters. Skipjack⁣ Shad can​ be found‍ in a range ⁢of depths and are⁢ known to tolerate a variety of temperature conditions, from cold ⁢to warm⁣ degrees.

When and ⁣Where to See

Anglers are most‌ likely to encounter ‍Skipjack ⁢Shad during‍ the spring and fall seasons, particularly during daylight⁤ hours when ⁢they are most active.

Best Fishing Locations

No specific top fishing locations have been reported for this species, but they can be found in any ⁢rivers and streams throughout the eastern ⁤United‌ States and along ​the Gulf ​of Mexico. As general tip, look for areas where water is flowing over obstacles like rocks or dam spillways, as these are ⁢prime ​feeding locations for ‍Skipjack.

How to Catch

Skipjack Shad are aggressive ⁢biters and can be caught using ⁣a variety ‍of methods, including fly fishing, trolling, ‍and bottom fishing. Popular baits include small shiny⁣ lures, but they are ⁤also​ known to ⁢be drawn to ⁣small pieces ​of ​cut​ bait. The best times of day ​for fishing are typically early morning and late afternoon.

Identification ⁢Guide

Skipjack ‌Shad are characterized by their silvery color, sharper snout, and a row ​of dark spots​ along their sides. They also have larger, sickle-shaped pectoral fins ‍compared to other fish in ⁣the herring family.

Culinary Use

Skipjack‍ Shad‌ is ⁢not commonly consumed due to its bony​ texture. ⁤Nonetheless, they are sometimes smoked,⁤ pickled, or made into‌ fish​ patties.

Additional ⁤Information

Skipjack Shad are⁢ highly migratory ‍and some ⁢scientists believe that they follow the scent trail of phytoplankton, their primary food source. Their ⁤natural predators include larger⁤ fish species, birds, and mammals. They are also an‍ important food⁤ source for human commercial and ⁤recreational fisheries.

References and‍ Further ​Reading

For further information, refer to sources like Fisheries and wildlife department documents, sport fishing guides, and⁢ university research papers.