How Fast Do Chain Pickerel Grow?

chain pickerel in water

The similar looking but smaller cousin to the northern pike is known in areas for being a fierce fighter and offering some tasty fillets for anglers who know how to work around the bones to get some clean boneless cuts. One of two sub-species often grouped together as “American Pickerel,” the chain pickerel can offer …

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Are There Northern Pike in California?

northern pike on the grass

Northern pike have a well-earned reputation as a hard fighting freshwater sports fish that are extremely popular with anglers. Obviously we’re big fans as my brother and I have enjoyed fishing for them for nearly three decades now. But not every angler has had that enjoyable experience. So what happens if an angler can’t find …

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How Big Do Chain Pickerel Get?

chain pickerel in water

Chain pickerel, cousin to the northern pike and the other Esox most likely to get mistaken for their larger pike cousin, is a fairly popular game fish that is found in some of the same waters as pike and muskies but also has an extensive Southern range that makes it far more common than pike …

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How Big Do Grass Pickerel Get?

3 sizes grass pickerel

Grass pickerel aren’t mentioned often by anglers and there’s a pretty obvious reason for this. The smaller of the two “American Pickerel,” the grass pickerel is the runt of the pike family and the smallest member by quite a bit. Adult grass pickerel rarely get longer than 11.8 to 12.0 inches in length, and will …

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How Long Does a Pickerel Live?

chain pickerel fish

Pickerel don’t just get the shorter end of the stick when it comes to size in the Esox family, which also includes bigger cousins like the northern pike and muskellunge. But Chain pickerel live a total of 7-9 years on average. Only the absolute oldest (and largest) pickerel live past 9 years. Grass pickerel only …

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Are Pickerel Related to Pike?

chain pickerel in water

Pickerel are a member of the Esox family, known by anglers as the pike family. This includes the chain pickerel, grass pickerel, and redfin pickerel, with only the chain pickerel likely to ever be mistaken with a northern pike. These fish are well known for their tough fight even at smaller weights and are enjoyed …

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What Is a Tiger Muskie?

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The Tiger Musky is a gigantic fish, and in fact the largest member of the Esox family. Which is double impressive when you consider they share the same family as the vaunted northern pike and muskellunge. The tiger musky is hybrid fish that results from a pike and a musky breeding. They are normally bred …

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