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.
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