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
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.
Another 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
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