Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2067 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
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