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Hunting, shooting, fishing for Pickerel

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Spinning, Coarse fishing, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing


An American pickerel, either the grass or the redfin, or the chain pickerel, is a local favorite in eastern North America to fish for with light spinning tackle or a fly rod.

Pickerel is in the same family as the Pike and have very notable similarities. Like pike, pickerel like to hide out behind vegetation and in dark places, ambushing and startling their prey.

Although they are small, typically not weighing over 1 kilogram, they put up a good, long fight against an angler no matter what the size.

Their razor-sharp teeth make them tricky to fish for without a wire leader. Bait used for small pike and bass are also effective with pickerel; toss it in and bring it back, changing the retrieve and mimicking an injured baitfish to attract an aggressive pickerel.

Basic Info


Varieties: Grass, Chain, Redfin 

Scientific name: Esox

Size: max. 40 cm

Weight: up to 1 kg

Lifespan: 8 years

Methods: Spinning, Coarse fishing, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): North America, Western Europe, Siberia, Eurasia