Fish Identification Guide

Skipjack Herring
Alosa chrysochloris
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A silvery, streamlined fish with projecting, lower jaw and teeth on jaw and tongue; triangular-shaped axillary process at base of pelvic fin; no black spot behind upper opercle; no elongated dorsal fin ray; dorsal fin far forward of anal fin; and has a saw-tooth edge on belly keel. Very active predator, moving about in schools and primarily feeding on small fish at or near the surface. When caught on light tackle or flyrod, it will leap out of the water. Intolerant of chronic high turbidity (muddy water).
Family: Herring
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Missouri River

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