Shad Stardew Valley: The Ultimate Guide For Stardew Valley

In Stardew valley, a shad is a fish that can be caught while fishing in the River during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Catching this fish gives you several perks in the game which include selling it, or consuming it to get health and energy boost.

This fish can be found in quite a few sizes which range from 20-49 inches. Read on more to find out how you can catch this fish and use it to your benefit in the game. 

Properties of Shad fish in stardew valley

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  • It can be caught during the Spring, summer and fall season.
  • It is found in the River.
  • It can be caught easily during the rainy weather.
  • You can catch this fish between 9 A.M and 2 A.M. 
  • Shad fish is currently not used in any quests in the game but it serves other purposes.
  • Shad doesn’t make for a very good gift for villagers since it is not very popular among them. A large number of villagers hate it while the rest are indifferent to it so gifting it would hurt your relations with them instead of strengthening them. 
  • It can be used in recipes and hence, help you reach the further levels, deep into the Mines. 

Where to Catch Shad in Stardew Valley

Here’s what you need to keep in mind while trying to catch shad-

First, this type of fish is found is found in the rivers, lakes and ponds in stardew valley. Some locations for you to check out in this quest are The River in Pelican Town as well as the lake in Cindersap Forest. 

Second, this fish can be found only in spring, summer and fall, especially when it’s raining. If you want a chance to catch this one soon, go fishing to your favourite spot as soon as it begin to rain. These fish can’t be found during the winters. 

If you are lucky ans have a magic bait at hand, you can catch shad any time you want, bypassing all the seasonal or weather conditions. 

Shad Recipes and Crafting 

Besides selling the shad, you can also use it in many delicious recipes. It can be used to make Maki Rolls, Sashimi as well as Quality Fertiliser. 

Not only that, shad can also be used in crafting. By putting these fish in the Fish Pond, you can reproduce them and get green Shad Roe, which is an artisan level product as well as a food source. 

You can also use it to make your own Fish Shirt which will be a cool look to have. 

What Are Shad Used For In Stardew Valley?

Shad can be used to make quality fertilizer, which will give you good quality soil to grow good crops.

Besides tailoring, it can also be used as a green dye at the dye pots at Emily and haley’s house. 

It is also used in he River Fish Bundle, after completing which you will receive thirty pieces of Bait. 


Default profession(+1%)Fisher profession (+25%)Angler profession (+50%)

Frequently asked questions

Q1- What time do you catch shad in Stardew Valley?

You can catch Shad in stardew valley during the spring, summer and fall seasons, especially in rainy weather, in the River between 9A.M. and 2A.M.

Q2- What is the shad code in Stardew Valley?

The code ID for shad in stardew valley is 706.

Q3- What is the best bait to catch shad?

Magic bait is the best bait to catch any kind of fish in Stardew valley, including Shad. You can use this bait to successfully catch shad at any time, during any season or weather condition without any hassle. 

Q4- Can you catch shad in the rain?

Rain is one of the best times to catch Shad. Whenever it rains, go to your fishing spot in stardew valley to catch shad.