• Family: Clupeidae (Herrings and Shads)
• Other Names: Shad, saw bellies
• Ohio Status: No special status
• Adult Size: Typically 10-15 inches, can reach 20 inches. Usually weighs 1 pound or less, can reach 3.5 pounds.
• Typical Foods: Feeds by filtering microscopic animals and algae (plankton) by passing water through their gill rakers. Can also feed on detritus (organic ooze) off the bottom when plankton abundance is low.