North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Hickory Shad

Scientific Name: Alosa mediocris
Classification: Game Fish
Abundance: Coastal rivers during spring spawning runs.

Hickory Shad Profile (pdf)


Additional Information

Native to the Atlantic coast, hickory shad are anadromous fish, spending the majority of their life at sea and entering freshwater only in the spring to spawn. Each spring, hickory shad ascend the Roanoke, Chowan, Neuse and Tar rivers in North Carolina.


North Carolina offers some great fishing opportunities. If you are a resident or visitor to the state, please review the links below to ensure that you understand the rules, regulations and other guidelines.

The following fishing regulations are effective August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

Inland Fishing

Inland Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Regulatory authority between the Wildlife Resources Commission and Division of Marine Fisheries. Inland game fish regulations include Manner of Taking, Seasons and Using Trotlines and Set-hooks.



Saltwater Fishing


There are no closed seasons on inland game fishes with the following exceptions (PDF).