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Fish Identification

Redfin pickerel

Redfin pickerel have an elongated torpedo-shaped body with a long, pointed snout. They have dark backs and pale bellies with olive green to brownish wavy bars on their sides that may be indistinct; they may or may not have reddish fins. They have a dark bar beneath the eye that slants backward. The similar chain pickerel has a distinct chain-like pattern on the sides and a vertical bar through the eye.

Scientific Name:  Esox americanus

Adult size: 6-16 inches

Distribution: Found throughout most of the state, except for the mountains, but most abundant in the southern half.

Current State Record Information

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