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Fish Identification

Chain pickerel

Chain pickerel have an elongated torpedo-shaped body with a long, pointed snout. They have dark greenish backs, pale bellies, and a bright green chain-like pattern on their sides, with yellowish-green spots within the chains. There is a conspicuous vertical dark streak through the eye. The similar redfin pickerel has wavy bars rather than a chain-like pattern, and the bar through the eye slants toward the rear.

Scientific Name:  Esox niger

Adult size: 8-39 inches

Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state

Current State Record Information

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