From what little has been published about this geographically displaced cousin of the famous northern pike, we knew chain pickerel are found statewide in Florida.
As might be expected, pickerel are ambush feeders, and while they are thought to be more active in warm waters, 75 to 80 degrees, they are eager and well-equipped to savage baits throughout Florida's (usually) mild winters.
Soon a writhing, somersaulting pickerel was doing its darndest to intimidate us.
Chris Christian put me in mind of the fact that in many circles the pickerel is still commonly referred to as a jack.
Research on grass pickerel habitat has been primarily limited to three biogeographical ecosystems: lakes in Wisconsin (Klienert and Mraz, 1966), streams and artificial lakes in Oklahoma (Ming, 1968) and ponds in Canada (Crossman, 1962; Foster, 1980).
Information on specific grass pickerel habitat in the Midwestern U.S.
Our objective was to determine whether grass pickerel catches were related to available habitat in streams and rivers throughout Indiana.
One hundred and twenty five stream sites in Indiana with drainage areas ranging from 0.75-750 [km.sup.2] were sampled for grass pickerel from 1990-2005 (Fig.
Microhabitat evaluation was performed at each site where a grass pickerel was found for the May to Aug.
Grass pickerel were assumed to be associated with some type of habitat.
A total of 111 species was observed from 107 sites where grass pickerel were observed.
However, there was no linear relationship between grass pickerel catch and QHEI ([r.sup.2] = 0.008, df = 123, P = 0.334), or the six QHEI metrics and grass pickerel catch ([r.sup.2] < 0.023, df = 123, P > 0.09 for all six comparisons).