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Redfin Pickerel

Esox americanus

Pike Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Redfin Pickerel

Common Name(s):
Barred pickerel, little pickerel
The grass pickerel has the same long, slender body as a grass pickerel, but its snout is generally slightly shorter and convex. They have an olive-brown to green color on the back, blending to a white belly. The gill covers and cheeks are fully covered in scales. There are usually 11-13 branchiostegal rays, about three fewer than the larger chain pickerel. Dark, wavy vertical bars cover the sides.
Similar Fish:
Grass pickerel, chain pickerel
Feeding Habits:
The young feed mostly on crustaceans, insects, and algae. Adult redfin pickerel eat mainly fish, but also eat insects and larvae.
The redfin pickerel stays in the Atlantic drainage system, from Maryland south to Florida. They also extend west into eastern Texas.
They stay in slow moving to still waters in streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Soft bottoms that allow for heavy vegetation is preferred.
Typical Size:
Similar in size to a grass pickerel, they live about 7 years and reach full maturity at 7-10 inches. They rarely exceed 12 inches.
World Record:
2 pounds, 4 ounces (Source - IGFA)