Do you love big bluegill?
Just thinking out loud, but the pickerel has to be considered an apex predator. That said, there are going to be fewer of them in a given biotope than their prey and lesser species.
I've caught them in both Minnesota and here in the South. In Minnesota, they could be depended upon to be around submerged trees and off points that drop to deep water.
In Florida, I recall catching a lot of them. They were usually in 4-6 feet of water, and almost always near weedbeds and other structure - I hung them when fishing for bass and bluegill.
I say "near," because I seemed to hook them away from the cover. I believe it was because they were waiting in ambush for their prey. It seems that the place to find the hunter is where he hunts.
My brother did great and caught about 5 Picks on a purple Flutter spoon one day and I was getting skunked with another flutter spoon .Thanks for reminding me about the color "Purple"
Yup ,brother Greg and I saw this first hand yesterday ,in terms of small baits at late year pad areas! Good advice Chris! Where ya been?
WRIST SNAPPING THE CLEO OFF BOTTOM AND LET IT FLUTTER BACK IF FISH ARE CLOSE TO BOTTOM...IF FISH ARE UP NEAR TOPS OF WEEDS ,OR TO CALL FISH UP OUT OF WOOD COVER,LONG FLUTTER SPOONS LIKE THE DARDEVLE FLUTTERCHUCK OR CHUCKLETT AND THE ACME SHAD KING
HEAVY SPOONS ,DARDEVLE,KROCODILE ETC. FOR WHEN FISH ARE SUSPENDED OVER DEEP WATER