Project Description


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.


Found statewide, normally in vegetated lakes, swamps and backwaters of small to large rivers.


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.

Detailed Species Information: Chain Pickerel