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Redfin Pickerel

Esox americanus

Pike Family

Freshwater Fish Identification

Redfin Pickerel


Common Name(s):
Barred pickerel, little pickerel
Description:
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.
Range:
The redfin pickerel stays in the Atlantic drainage system, from Maryland south to Florida. They also extend west into eastern Texas.
Habitat:
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)