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Chain Pickerel

Image of a chain pickerel
Esox niger
Elongated body, snout shaped like a duck’s bill, large mouth with many sharp teeth. Back and sides olive or yellowish brown with a chainlike pattern of dark lines. More

Form, Function, and Fishing

Pickerel Fishing
Last week the ice thawed out and temperatures rose briefly to tease us about the coming of spring. With that reminder, I thought I’d touch on another public use at Duck Creek that should be heating up. More
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Grass Pickerel

Color illustration of grass pickerel, a long, narrow fish
Esox americanus
The most common and widely distributed pike in Missouri is also the smallest. Adults seldom exceed 10 or 12 inches in length. More

Northern Pike

Color illustration of the northern pike, a long, narrow game fish
Esox lucius
The largest pike native to Missouri, the northern pike can be more than 4 feet long and weigh more than 40 pounds. Missouri is on the southern edge of the range of this species. Because of its rarity here, it is of little importance as a game fish. More

Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie)

Color illustration of the tiger muskie, a long, narrow game fish
Esox masquinongy x E. lucius (a hybrid fish)
Tiger muskies, being the hybrid offspring of muskellunge and northern pike, are sterile and unable to reproduce. They sometimes appear naturally in waters inhabited by both parent species, but they are also produced artificially in hatcheries for stocking purposes. More

Triggering Chain Reactions

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Chain pickerel lurk beneath the surface of a few southern Missouri streams and lakes. More