yes, I believe they all do die, as a general rule. I've always wondered where they all go. It's not like you see 3 million dead ones float by. They must just sink to the bottom mostly. so much food for all the fish, a real shad buffet down there.
I cought a run-back Shad last year down at Buoy 10. I let my last hook on my mooching rig just hang free at the tail of my herring and the shad was hooked on that single nickle 5/0 hook - and that's no lie!
STGR - I like that first article where it says the American shad is "the most delicious to eat of all the shads" YUCKY!
"The anadromous American shad is indigenous to the Atlantic coast from the St. Lawrence River to Florida...."
"A female lays up to 600,000 eggs, while several hovering males fertilize them." "The young of the year remain in fresh to brackish water, feeding on copepods and insect larvae until early fall before entering the sea."
So we get a million non-native shad, laying 600,000 eggs a piece, to produce a juvenile that compete for food with salmon & steelhead?
I like catcing them and they make great sturgeon bait, but still kind of makes me think.