Chain Pickerel

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  Pickerel are the lake's top fish predator.  They are very aggressive eaters, and will strike at anything that looks tasty.  They can range in size from tiny babies of one or two inches long, to more than 2 feet long.  Back in the early 70's, my brother Chris caught a 27 inch long pickerel in Upper Mimosa Lake.  We were small boys, and we could not reel it in.  We had to yell for our Dad to help!  It took a while, but we finally landed it.  

The US record Chain Pickerel was caught in Georgia, and weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces, measuring 31 inches long!  Chain Pickerel are smaller cousins of the Northern Pike, or Muskellunge, which grow much bigger!  They are larger, however than the Red Pickerel, or the Grass Pickerel.

Daredevle Fishing LureMy favorite lure for pickerel is the Dardevle spoon, a simple red striped spoon lure.  These always come with a treble hook, but I recommend using no more than 2-hooked lures (snip off the third hook on a treble lure).  You should also crimp the barbs on the hooks (smash them down a bit with pliers).  Pickerel tend to swallow the hook, and they will be killed if you take too long to remove the hook, or cause too much damage in the process.  Keep your line tight when you get a bite, and you won't lose the fish.  If there is slack in the line, they will spit a barb-less hook out.  A pair of needle-nosed pliers is a must!  The longer the nose, the better.

Mister Twister Fishing LureAnother irresistible lure is a Mister Twister wiggly-tailed grub.  These have a single hook coming out of the bottom, and if you crimp the barb, they are very simple to take out of the fish's mouth (you still may need pliers if it is in deep).  They are nicely weighted, so they are good for casting. 

Pickerel are a tasty fish to eat, but they have two rows of small bones - hundreds of them!  If you aren't going to eat them, put them back so they can finish growing up!  Catch and Release these freshwater barracuda!


Some Pickerel Links

  • Here is a good article on fishing for Pickerel in New England by Bill Clede, published in Fish and Game in June 1988. 
  • An article from Fly Fish America Online ... In Pursuit of Pickerel
  • For Fishing Gear, try

Chain Pickerel
The webmaster's son catches a nice one in the upper lake... July 4th, 2001.


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