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Caddo Chain Pickerel? #12532626
12/09/17 05:36 PM
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My son has become very interested in catching various different species of fish and wants to target chain pickerel. I have caught them in the past on caddo, Tyler and Hawkins but it was always on accident while bass fishing. I remember reading an article where they were specifically targeting pickerel with inline spinners on caddo and catching tons of them at a certain time of year. Does anyone know what time of year and techniques to use to specifically target these fish?

Thanks, Jason

Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12542017
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This is the time of the year to go after Chain Pickerel, they love the cooler temp, Nov-March are the best time. Caddo have a good number of Chain pickerel.
In pass years we have tripe just for Chain Pickerel only.
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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12542205
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Should be able to catch them at Mill Pond area of state park.


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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12542344
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I`ve never caught one of these Are they Good to Eat??& if so how do you cook em?

Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12542417
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My dad tried to clean a 3 pounder from Caddo several years ago. It got to smelling so bad that he did not even finish cleaning it. It was a way to fishy smell.


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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12543729
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Texas's version of Northern Pike. Fun fish, they will tear up some lures and try to rip the rod from your hands when they strike.

I've caught some in Daingerfield as well.


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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12543898
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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12549794
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Used to catch these when I was stationed in VA. Can't answer for Caddo but I'm going to put my float tube on Lake Hawkins sometime this week to try and catch some. Members of the pike family, including pickerel, are really good eating but you have to use a different method to filet them to avoid all the "Y" bones. If you take members of the pike family and chunk up the meat and put it in boiling water it comes out almost exactly like lobster. As a matter of fact it is called the "poor man's lobster" in places like MN and WI.


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Good tasting and about as many bones as a buffalo feesh.
PIA when there's other less bony feesh around.


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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: Muzzlebrake] #12552358
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Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
Good tasting and about as many bones as a buffalo feesh.
PIA when there's other less bony feesh around.


They aren't bad if you know what you are doing when you filet them.


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Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12556753
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Caught a nice Chain on fly yesterday at Hawkins. Large white deceiver pattern. First time I ever fished for these and from the bank. Also first time at Hawkins. The water is down quite a bit.



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Where on Hawkins? I want to put the float tube on it if it warms up a bit.


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Originally Posted By: rleblanc61
Caught a nice Chain on fly yesterday at Hawkins. Large white deceiver pattern. First time I ever fished for these and from the bank. Also first time at Hawkins. The water is down quite a bit.









Nice fish!

Re: Caddo Chain Pickerel? [Re: cantcatch5] #12557951
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This may be a dumb question, but here goes. The Tiger Muskie is a cross between a Muskie and Northern Pike due to the difficulty in catching plain old muskies. They seem to have lock jaw to fishing lures most of the time so this makes them more aggressive and easier to catch. I wonder if any state stocking programs have ever tried to cross a Northern pike with a pickerel? They're already aggressive enough but the size is usually too small. If they could cross these, maybe they could make a "supersized" pickerel or a warm water tolerant pike. This cross breeding is quite common--besides above example, the saugeye makes them more water tolerant too. Just a thought...

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I did a search on the internet and it showed up a few hits. they don't really mention any benefits except that it's a pickerel that grows bigger. Not much about water temp tolerance, aggressiveness, etc. Oh well

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