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Chain Pickerel on the fly

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Like 15 years ago I used to catch chain pickerel with a spinning rod and 1/8 oz rooster tails in really shallow water on a reservior. I've been thinking these fish could be really fun on a fly rod. Thought about trying a brightly coloured stream and floating line with a fast strip. Has anyone had any success doing this?

Posted on: 2009/12/14 22:54


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Chain pickeral are a fun fish to target with the long rod. Here in my neck of the woods SCPA, pickeral populations are spotty. I would think the Pocono region would have good pops in the natural lakes up there as would central NY. In MD, they're very thick in the tidal creeks and rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay. They really turn on in the cold water of winter and are widely sought by fishermen down there as light tackle gamefish.

Posted on: 2009/12/14 22:59


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Yes - they are all over the place in the poconos. I've never tried catching one on a fly rod, but grew up catching them on spinners...and now so have my children :)

I would think any flashy streamer stripped quickly would get them. They are pretty aggressive and will hit almost anything that looks like a minnow. Just be careful with size streamer/tippet as you don't want those teeth causing too many lost flies and fish.

Posted on: 2009/12/14 23:11


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I always caught them with rapalas. I would imagine a ckouser would fish similarly well.

I didn't have a fly rod the last time I fished for pickerel in NH. I will not make that mistake this year.

Posted on: 2009/12/15 5:32


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YEP.......JayL is right about the clouser , they work great for chain pickerel , beleive it or not the special regs section of Clarks creek in Dauphin county used to have quite a few in there with all those trout , in recent years their numbers have dropped off but there still are a few , the last one i caught would have been around now , right before the Holidays , of 2006 , it was right above the special regs section , i saw him move first and sight cast a clouser to him and he grabbed it on the first pass , over the years i must have caught at least a few dozen from Clarks and i saw a kingfisher kill a small one once. The Clouser pattern i'd suggest would be natural brown and white , with gold tinsel wrapped to bend and a couple peices of chrristmas tree tinsel in there for flash.....HAPPY HUNTING

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Fishidiot wrote:
They really turn on in the cold water of winter and are widely sought by fishermen down there as light tackle gamefish.


They turn active in the cold?

I know the Lehigh Canal is supposed to be stuffed with 'em, but the few times I messed around there over summer, I never saw a thing. Since everything else is largemouth or gills, I assumed there'd be no reason to go back.

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I know the Lehigh Canal is supposed to be stuffed with 'em, but the few times I messed around there over summer, I never saw a thing. Since everything else is largemouth or gills, I assumed there'd be no reason to go back.


I used to fish the canal when i was younger (before discovering fly fishing) with spinners. I caught some pretty big pickerel out of there.

Posted on: 2009/12/15 14:33


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micky finns with flash, clousers, any minnow pattern will work. Great fish on a 5 wt. any where from bucks co. to ny. and west to ohio.

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Re: Chain Pickerel on the fly

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I'm sure they'd be fun on the fly, but you gotta try ice fishing for em. Get a 4 wheeler, some beer, minnows and a few friends. Light a fire on the ice and there's no better way to get through the winter.

Posted on: 2009/12/15 18:10


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I've seen them caught below the spillway at Kettle on opening day. I understand the Sinne. was polluted with them in the old days.

Posted on: 2009/12/15 20:17


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gfen,
Pickeral do indeed seem easier to catch and more numerous in tidal waters in Maryland during the colder months. That's not to say they don't bite during the summer (they do) - perhaps folks are distracted by so many other species available during the warmer months. Whatever the case, the winter months really bring the pickeral fans out in MD.
Here's the weekly fishing report from the MD Dept of Nat Res - if you scroll down to the bottom there is some discussion of the cold weather pickeral fishery.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/fishingreport/freshwater.asp

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Pickeral to me are the closest freshwater fish to blue fish . They hit with bad intensions I usualy do good with rabitstrip paterns . I love when they chase your fly and you see the wake in the water .

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I've found them in the same areas as brown trout, so big brown trout.

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I've been up to Maine the last 3 years and the lake that I fish is thick with Pickerel. Pretty much anything that can move quickly and has some flash to it is effective. The biggest issue that I found is that they tend to live in the thickest, weediest stuff and streamers can be a real pain in the rear to fish because you'll be cleaning weeds off of your fly every other cast. I've found that a popper is the most effective pattern to fish in those thick areas. I usually try to find open lanes in the weeds or fish parallel to the weed edge and just retrieve the fly as fast as possible. 9 times of out 10, you'll see them streaking to the fly and then BAM! Pretty exciting fishing if you ask me.

Posted on: 2009/12/16 10:16


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I've seen them caught below the spillway at Kettle on opening day.


Funny you mention the spillways. My wife landed one on a spinning rod at the base of the Stevenson Dam in Cameron County. May have to take the 5wt for a walk some day when I'm up there.

Posted on: 2009/12/16 10:51



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