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Old 08-21-2019, 06:59 PM
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Hey guys first post on here and Iím trying to find any places in middle Tennessee that have any of the three pickerel that inhabit the southern us ie Redfin, grass, and chain. I believe the chain pickerel is the most prevalent of the three in the state, mainly inhabiting the west. So far my search has only led me to one lake close to Jackson which is nearly 4 hours from my home. I have been wanting to Mark pickerel off the list for a while now and have been more interested recently. I have also heard they make great table fair. If anyone knows any ponds, rivers, or lakes In my general region that have any of the three I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:21 PM
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Hey guys first post on here and Iím trying to find any places in middle Tennessee that have any of the three pickerel that inhabit the southern us ie Redfin, grass, and chain. I believe the chain pickerel is the most prevalent of the three in the state, mainly inhabiting the west. So far my search has only led me to one lake close to Jackson which is nearly 4 hours from my home. I have been wanting to Mark pickerel off the list for a while now and have been more interested recently. I have also heard they make great table fair. If anyone knows any ponds, rivers, or lakes In my general region that have any of the three I would greatly appreciate it.

Pickerel is more of a northern fish, but I was able to find this for you...



https://www.aa-fishing.com/tn/tennes...r-fishing.html


As far as eating them ??? They're not all that good to eat, they will have a weedy taste to them... so its said.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:21 PM
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Oh and welcome to the board
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:16 PM
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KY Lake has pickerel if that's close enough. Welcome!
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Old 08-22-2019, 12:13 AM
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I have caught a couple musky in KY Lake but not a pickerel. I hear Florida is a good place to catch pickerel. I use to catch grass pickerel in Ohio as a kid. I don't think they inhabit the stream anymore. To much agriculture runoff. Be sure to post you catch .
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Old 08-22-2019, 08:23 AM
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I caught a nice 24" pickerel in Ky Lake last year but it is a kinda rare catch would think it be hard to target just catching them.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:47 AM
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I have caught a couple musky in KY Lake but not a pickerel. I hear Florida is a good place to catch pickerel. I use to catch grass pickerel in Ohio as a kid. I don't think they inhabit the stream anymore. To much agriculture runoff. Be sure to post you catch .
Are you sure they were musky?
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Old 08-22-2019, 09:52 PM
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Are you sure they were musky?
I am positive they were musky. It was probably 10 years ago in Harmon creek.
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Old 08-22-2019, 10:12 PM
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Are you sure they were musky?
I am positive they were musky. It was probably 10 years ago in Harmon creek. I have caught Chain and grass pickerel. I have caught and seen a ton of gar. The one thing that confused me as this being a musky, it didn't have any marking along the sides. The color was right for a musky but there were no bars or any markings at all. I remember finding some pictures of musky on the internet that was like the ones I caught. As I recall it was said to be a subspecies found in western Tennessee. I wish I still had the pic.
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Old 08-22-2019, 11:20 PM
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I am positive they were musky. It was probably 10 years ago in Harmon creek. I have caught Chain and grass pickerel. I have caught and seen a ton of gar. The one thing that confused me as this being a musky, it didn't have any marking along the sides. The color was right for a musky but there were no bars or any markings at all. I remember finding some pictures of musky on the internet that was like the ones I caught. As I recall it was said to be a subspecies found in western Tennessee. I wish I still had the pic.
It could have just been the temperature and water color. It amazes me sometimes when I put an old ugly brown smallmouth in the livewell and then it has the most beautiful markings when I pull it out
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:25 AM
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I'm pretty sure that the Duck river used to have pickerel. Maybe still does. Might give TWRA a call and ask. Good luck.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:20 AM
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White Oak creek(ky lake) has Plenty of them in it..We used to wear them out..Trouble was getting them in before line snapped..
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:16 PM
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A buddy of mine had a camp on Crooked Creek and he used to catch pickerel regularly while bass fishing.
Also, TWRA stocked musky in the Duck river maybe 15-20? years ago. The Duck dumps at Cuba Landing, so for sure musky could be in Kentucky lake.
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:28 PM
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Duck River has Tiger Muskie in it for sure...fought one for some time before she won the battle before I landed her.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:08 PM
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I'm pretty sure that the Duck river used to have pickerel. Maybe still does. Might give TWRA a call and ask. Good luck.
About 20 years ago or so TWRA stocked some muskies in the Duck. There were some nice ones caught several years later. I haven't heard anything in years about them. I guess they didn't spawn successfully.
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