Due to the rarity of this species, the shad (Alosa fallax) is subject to substantial legal protection.
British record: 2lb 12oz (British record committee 2015)
Lifespan: four to seven years
Appearance: Twaite shad are very similar to Allis shad. They are members of the herring family and enter freshwater only to spawn. They have a silvery flattened typical fish-shaped body. The Twaite shad has a more darkened back than the Allis shad. A thin fatty membrane covering the front and rear parts of the eye and the lower jaw fits into a notch in the upper jaw. They have a deeply forked tail with large scales at the base. Twaite Shad have a number of dark spots behind the gill cover, sometimes up to 10 spots. They have an anal fin ray count of 19-23.
Last date edited: 18 February 2020