As reliably as redbuds and daffodils, hickory shad herald the coming spring. This time of year, they migrate up eastern North Carolina rivers by the thousands, anglers in pursuit, as the fresh waters of their birth beckon them home.
Points of Pride
North Carolina’s state symbols make up a one-of-a-kind collection that tells our story. They include our native plants, the art we create, the crops we grow, and so much more.
NC Icons: The Carolina Shad Boat
This graceful, traditional fishing vessel — our state historical boat — is an embodiment of North Carolina’s maritime heritage.