Herring are illegal. whats plan B? Gizzard shad is 1st thing on my list of herring alternatives. We can keep an american shad too, If I catch any of those this year Ill surely stash 1 for chunkin. Always catch on plugs and jigs, but usually smaller fish <36". Herring got a lot of big boys for me and my fishing partners last year, hopefully they like the gizzard shad.