Gizzard Shad


Other Common Names:

Shad, nanny shad, stink shad, hickory shad, mud shad, Norwegian herring, hairyback, golden eyes, slicks, silver crappie, slimeball, flatfish, skipjack, eastern gizzard shad, jackshad, sawbelly


Scientific Name:

Dorosoma cepedianum



Feeds on microscopic plants and animal life



Prefers lakes and sluggish rivers



Average length is 10.5 to 14 inches



Bright silvery blue on back, silvery sides and dusky white belly; deep oblong body that is laterally compressed


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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