and Japanese sardine larvae accounted for 76.4% and 23.6% of clupeid larvae, respectively.
[Delta]13C [Delta]15N Species Mean Range Mean Range Blue tilapia (n = 31) -15.5 16.4 10.5 8.6 (Oreochrornis aureus) Gizzard shad
(n = 18) -8.6 1.9 8.9 3.1 (Dorosoma cepedianum) Largemouth bass (n = 19) -8.8 3.6 12.7 1.9 (Micropterus salmoides)
SPAWNING: As water temperatures rise in late spring, massive schools of gizzard shad
spawn primarily at night, roiling at the surface in tributary streams, sheltered bays, and along shorelines in less than 10 feet of water.
Other prey in order of decreasing %IRI were gizzard shad
(genus Dorosoma) with a % IRI of 6.7, and blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) with %IRI values of 3.4.
As of last Monday, fish counts included six striped bass, 11 Atlantic salmon, 264 gizzard shad
, 1,824 sea lamprey, and 77,344 shad.
If you locate an area where walleyes are feeding on large prey, such as medium-sized perch, tullibees, smelt, or gizzard shad
, the walleyes' average size will be large, too.
"My favorite baits that time of year are shad guts with a small chunk of gizzard shad
, or crappie heads with the gut pocket inside, or just crappie guts," he says.
"The stocking program has been successful because of Lake Talquin's abundant forage of threadfin and gizzard shad
, and poor natural reproduction," said FWC biologist Andy Strickland.
As of Tuesday, the Connecticut River fish lift count, nearing the end of the season's efforts, totaled only 165,191 shad, 43,367 sea lamprey, 346 gizzard shad
, 307 American eel, 278 striped bass, 92 blueback herring, and 43 Atlantic salmon, numbers far from our goal.
"What makes Lake Fork such a good lake for big swimbaits is our population of large gizzard shad
," Grills says.
Sebile's Hatt Shad is another notable imitation--a great likeness of a menhaden in saltwater or a gizzard shad