Connecticut State Fish

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Connecticut State Fish: American shad

Scientific Name: Alosa sapidissima

State Fish Description: The American Shad is primarily a saltwater fish that spends much of it's time at sea, however when spawning they run up freshwater rivers for very long distances. Adult American Shad grow quite large for shad, and get up to 8 lbs. American Shad are sought after by fisherman in rivers where they run, they can be caught with shad darts or flutter spoons and are quite tasty.

Where It's Found: American Shad can be found all along the eastern coast of the United States where any major river empties into the Atlantic Ocean, huge populations of shad run up the Connecticut river.

Arizona State Fish Dedication: 2003