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Redfin Pickerel

Duane Raver, Jr.
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Abundance in Delaware Waters
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Redfin Pickerel usually occur in clear streams having slow to moderate currents and abundant aquatic vegetation or undercut banks.

They feed on large insect larvae, crayfishes, and small fishes.
General Description
The Redfin Pickerel, though a small fish, has a duck bill face full of sharp pointed teeth.

The body is brown to dark olive in color with numerous wavy horizontal bars with a white belly.

The fins are often bright orange-red to red, especially in spawning adults.
Did You Know?
The Redfin Pickerel is a small pickerel (usually less than 10 inches in length) and is a lot of fun to catch on light spinning rods.

They have orange or red fins that immediately help in their identification.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Redfin Pickerel can be caught on small lures that imitate fish or aquatic insects. Popular lures include small in-line spinners.

Small minnows are a favorite live bait.
Typical Sizes Caught
Redfin Pickerel are commonly caught in the range of 6 to 10 inches in length by Delaware anglers.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Redfin Pickerel are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award.
Delaware State Record
Redfin Pickerel are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.