Although thousands of gizzard shad died this winter in northern Indiana lakes, DNR biologists say the loss of the unwanted fish is a good thing.
Shad are not targeted by anglers because of their foul flavor, and they compete for habitat and food with popular sport fish. Where shad are abundant, corrective steps are often needed to control their population.
“Controlling gizzard shad numbers is one of our biggest fish management challenges,” said Jeremy Price, DNR regional fisheries supervisor.
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Indiana Department of Natural Resources (INDNR), April 7, 2014
Shad die-offs in northern Indiana lakes common