little pickerel, mud pickerel, grass pickerel, banded pickerel, redfinned pike
Redfin pickerels have 15 to 36 dark, wavy, vertical bars and reddish-orange lower fins. Otherwise the coloration is similar to that of chain pickerels. There is a dark, backward-slanting bar below the eye. The snout is shorter and broader than that of a chain pickerel. Normally there are 11 to 13 branchiosstegal rays on the underside of the lower jaw. The cheek and gill covers are completely scaled.
Usually found among heavy growths of aquatic plants in sluggish streams, in shallow coves of lakes or in ponds. Redfin pickerels may be the dominant predator fish in small creeks.
Small fish make up most of their diet, but they also eat aquatic insects and various other invertebrates.
Age and Growth
This species grows much slower than other members of the pike family. The maximum age is about 8 years, but the usual life span is 7years. There is little difference in growth between males and females, although females live longer. Redfin pickerels rarely exceed 12 inches long.
These pickerel are scrappy fighters, but their small size limits their popularity as sport fish. They can be caught on minnows, streamers, small spinners, spoons and plugs. Redfin pickerel are a lot of fun to catch on light spinning tackle.
White, flaky, sweet-tasting meat, but quite bony.
2 lbs. 4 ounces, Gall Berry Swamp, North Carolina
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I have not yet caught one of these guys so I don't know too much on them. Being part of the esox family i thought it would be cool to post. I got this article from ESPN news. Tight Lines and good luck chasing...the pickerel bite is slow right now for me due to a 2 day stint of massive downpours!!!