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What about chain pickerel? #13521657 04/17/20 04:03 AM
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I dont see any mention of chain pickerel on TFF? Lake Hawkins caught about 5 of these fun fish..fall 2019..anybody else have any chain pickerel pics? Jerk bait around the grass....has anyone tried eating one of these? I was tempted...


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Re: What about chain pickerel? [Re: Go-N-Slow] #13521692 04/17/20 04:58 AM
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Nice fish! I've yet to catch one - when the water is colder is supposed to be the best time.


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well Pike is a Delicious fish. In Europe we have hundreds of recipe to prepare.

In general the colder weather is better to catch one like all predators. I prefer to fish for this with a float next to reed.

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Caddo Lake has some nice pickerel in it. Years ago I tried to clean one to see what they tasted like. It smelled so fishy and nasty that I did not cook it.

Re: What about chain pickerel? [Re: Go-N-Slow] #13521950 04/17/20 01:39 PM
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I always called them Jackfish. Caught a ton of them bass fishing when I lived in Louisiana. Tried to eat them a couple of times. Full of bones. Would just throw them back.


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Have caught one as a bycatch on a couple of occasions. Cool looking fish, would like to chase them on superlight tackle. That's a pretty big one too.

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I have caught several pickerel on lake Caddo. I never tried to eat one.

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All members of the pike family are good eating. But they have a lot of Y bones that get all into the meat if you try to fillet them like a normal fish. To do it right you actually end up with 6 pieces that will be boneless. There are videos on youtube that show how to do it. It isn't difficult but if you want to eat them it is good to know.


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Have caught a few at Hawkins...they destroy bass baits, I mean like physically, they ruined my baits lol.

Fun fight for the first half, they give up pretty easy after a min. in my experience.


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Re: What about chain pickerel? [Re: Go-N-Slow] #13539587 04/29/20 10:05 PM
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Catching them is definitely on my list of things to do sooner rather than later. Went out to Daingerfield State Park in early 2019 to try for them but the water was really high and I struck out. Haven't been back to try again.

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We have a very limited numbers of lakes that have chain pickerel up here in Quebec, most Northern pike and big muskies. Caught my first chain pickerel ice fishing a few weeks ago, was jigging for perch with a tiny i inch spoon.

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Re: What about chain pickerel? [Re: Go-N-Slow] #13545769 05/05/20 12:44 PM
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Love some chain pickerel. Grew up catching them on the flyrod in Virginia. Looked like jaws showed up on the bluegill beds when they attacked a little popper. Would love to do them here in Texas. And yes they eat good. Need to find my pickling recipe for them they are awesome that way on some Norwegian flatbread.

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