||Ocean/Delaware Bay and Tributaries/Delaware River and Tributaries/Inland Bays
CLOSED – Both commercial and recreational hickory shad are CLOSED to harvest on the Nanticoke River and its tributaries
||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
10 in any combination with Hickory Shad
||Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay, Delaware River and tributaries, Nanticoke River and tributaries
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|General Habitat and Food Preferences
||The American Shad spends most of its life at sea, but swims up freshwater rivers to spawn in the spring.
They are primarily a plankton feeder, but will eat small shrimp, and fish eggs.
|Did You Know?
American Shad are great fighters when hooked, often making long runs with aerial acrobatics. Because of this, the American Shad is known as the “poor man’s tarpon".
They are the largest of all the shads.
|Common Lures and Baits
Sinking artificial flies, small jigs, and shad darts are a favorite among American Shad fisherman.
|Typical Sizes Caught
American Shad commonly caught are in the range of 15 to 20 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
|Citation Minimum Length and Weight
Live Release Award
Adult: 23 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 18 inches minimum
Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 5 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 3.5 pounds minimum
|Delaware State Record
6 pounds 12 ounces