Redfin Pickerel

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.

Redfin Pickerel Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Statewide
Abundance in Delaware Waters Common
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.
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 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 Length and Weight 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.