Chain Pickerel


Appearance:Chain pickerel are deep olive-green on the back, shading to a creamy yellow on the belly, with the back and anal fin about the same size and located far back on an elongated body. A distinct black chain-like or interwoven marking on the sides give them their name. Habitat:Found statewide, normally in vegetated lakes, swamps and backwaters of small to large rivers. Behavior:Spawning occurs in late winter to spring among heavy aquatic weed growth or flooded grasses, in water from a few inches deep to several feet deep. Large number of adhesive eggs are scattered over vegetation. State Record:6.96 lbs. Big Catch: 27 inches or 4 lbs.

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