Redfin Pickerel (Esox americanus americanus)


 

 

Northern Pike (Esox lucius)

Identification tips:  Dark green background with light, oblong, often bean shaped spots.  Only upper half of gill cover scaled.

MA state record: 35 lbs 0 oz, caught in South Pond (Brookfield) by Don Greenwood Jr. in 1988

Qualifies for the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program


 

Tiger Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy X Esox lucius)

Identification tips:  Dark, irregular, often broken vertical bars over a pale green to yellowish background.  Only upper half of gill cover scaled.

MA state record: 27 lbs 0 oz, caught in Pontoosuc Lake (Pittsfield) by James Lambert in 2001

Qualifies for the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program


 

Chain Pickerel (Esox niger)

Identification tips:  Dark chain-like pattern over a green to yellowish background.  Dark vertical bar extends from eye to bottom of cheek.  Gill cover fully scaled.

MA state record: 9 lbs 5 oz, caught in Laurel Lake (Lee) by Mrs. James Martin in 1954

Qualifies for the Freshwater Sportfishing Awards Program


Read the Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine article: History of Tiger Muskie and Northern Pike in Massachusetts pdf format of History of Tiger Muskie & Northern Pike
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