The shad in the picture is a gizzard shad. A 7 inch fish is a great size to use for bait. These shad get much bigger than 7 inches. Here is a picture of Sam Sherwood holding the Lake Powell record shad which was 3.5 pounds.
Fish like small threadfin shad better. That is the preferred forage fish in both Lake Mead and Lake Powell.View attachment 914
Wayne, any subtle conclusions you can come to with that shad from Mead regarding mussels? Seeing a 7" shad surprise you at all? Mean nothing etc.?
I saw a work boat in Bullfrog and Halls, were they doing shad sampling? Boils in the very back of Halls close to the trees, big boil in Bullfrog in main channel in front of covered slips, boil at the Horn, boils in main channel in front of Forgotten.
Here is a descriptive article and pictures of both species - yes they both have a dot but it usually black not blue. It is located mid body behind the head not on the fin.I thought the blue dot on the fin was signature for thread fin......I take it the gizzard shad also has a blue dot on the fin??