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Gizzard Shad

Dorosoma cepedianum

Image of a Gizzard Shad

Gizzard Shad inhabits large rivers and lakes with associated quiet water. The young often travel in schools near the surface. It is tolerant of brackish water and it is widespread in the Lower Hudson and Long Island. Its native range is in five watersheds in the northern and western Great Lakes. It has expanded its range into ten more to the south and southeast. It has been caught more frequently in streams in recent surveys.

Fish atlas map for Gizzard Shad.