\ ˈshad How to pronounce shad (audio) \
plural shad

Definition of shad

: any of several fishes (especially genus Alosa) of the herring family that differ from the typical herrings (genus Clupeus) in having a relatively deep body and in being anadromous and that include some important food fishes of Europe and North America

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Swimbaits and swimjigs also do the job, and these become even more effective in May as the fish start feeding heavily on spawning shad. Frank Sargeant,, "Time for post spawn bassing on Alabama lakes," 25 Apr. 2018 The challenge in some dense bait populations is picking out the gamefish from the shad--the masses around some bridges like the one on Highway 69 on the west side of town sometimes extend from the surface to the bottom in a seemingly solid target. Frank Sargeant,, "Bridgework for winter angling action," 10 Jan. 2018 Drifting fresh shad on the flats is a good tactic this time of year. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Holiday week brings plenty of hits, some misses," 4 July 2018 At Lewis Smith, the striper spawn is ending, and the fish are moving back out of the creeks and rivers toward the main lake--a return to standard tactics of slow-trolling live shad at 40 feet and more is now the best bet. Frank Sargeant,, "Friday Fishing Report," 12 Apr. 2018 An expected boost in flows this week should draw in some shad, as well as more stripers. sacbee, "Fishing line: Sacramento River sees plenty of stripers and shad | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 Lake Conroe - Catfish action has been the best bite lately on cheesebaits and shad. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: Jan. 26," 25 Jan. 2018 Their diets are the fish that people don't care about like carp, gizzard shad, and others. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' own 'Fish Whisperer' catches an 8-foot alligator gar in the Trinity River," 18 June 2018 From the Interstate 5 bridge upriver to the Oregon/Washington border, all salmon and steelhead fishing is closed until further notice, although shad, walleye, bass, etc. are legal to catch. Bill Monroe,, "Columbia River spring chinook salmon run prediction downgraded," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of shad

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shad

Middle English *shad, from Old English sceadd

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\ ˈshad How to pronounce shad (audio) \
plural shad

Kids Definition of shad

: a silvery ocean fish that swims up rivers to lay or fertilize eggs and is often used for food

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