Uncle Jesse, we have American Shad that are popular in the rivers around Sacramento, including the American River. Most people think they have too many bones to eat, but I've heard some people smoke them. I tried that once but the bones got stuck in my pipe. LOL.
Any edible fish with too many bones can be minced (ground) and made into fish cakes or patties and are tasty, we did that with Tiger fish in Rhodesia ( Zimbabwe) when I was younger.