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pickerel fishermen

for those who want to catch more and bigger of this overlooked species

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Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2020

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favorite lures 20 Replies

my favorites are small jerk baits spoons and poppers.Continue

Started by chris. Last reply by John Sheehan Jul 20, 2020.

Ice Fishing For Pickerel 5 Replies

 I have only caught Pickerel  and lost suspected Pickerel on clean breakoffs using  Tipups.I am anxious to try dead salted shiners on spoons for them at a local lake in a few days. Any one here have…Continue

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Jan 28, 2019.

Pickerel on the Fly 5 Replies

Researching using a Fly rod for Pickerel . I know where to find them and get plenty on spoons , Crank baits ,Spinnerbaits ,Sluggos and Live bait so I want to change it up for fun .8 wt Rod/Reel  and…Continue

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Jan 23, 2019.

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Comment by John Sheehan on August 9, 2018 at 6:09am

John-Going up to Black Lake September  12-16 about 5 weeks away ,cant wait .I need to talk with you man , any advice or knowledge you could pass on to me would be much appreciated .I'll be up there with Brother Greg ,his son Orrin and  our nephew Tim . We are staying at Black Lake Marine Cottages on the West side of the lake about 3 or so miles North of  the bridge.It would be great if we met face up to face up there .Thanks for your reply!

Comment by John Foro on August 7, 2018 at 4:41pm

John...yes i fish black lake couple times ayear usually for crappie and gills....in fact my son and i were talking about going in sept. never fished it then but understand it can get good...let me know when you're going.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 7, 2018 at 8:13am

John , did I ask you if you've fished Black Lake NY? I am going up there mid September for the 1st time .Hoping for good Pike Fishing as well as Largies and Smallies! AND eater Perch, Walleye Crappie

Comment by John Sheehan on August 7, 2018 at 8:10am

I gotta learn too Dick , thanks John ! What I usually do is get the back strap and two fillets from tail to back of Dorsal fin .A lot of boneless  meat on those three pieces off a 22" Pickerel. The sides I don't mind at all making Fish Cakes out of by crunching in a blender . Still I gotta learn to fillet the bones out or I won't feel like a real Fisherman!

Comment by John Foro on August 6, 2018 at 4:04pm

Check youtube....many different ways to fillet northerns..i fillet them..cut mest off skin then trim y bones out...that method works for me. pickerrel same but few extra bones near tai....both are awesome eating.

Comment by dick tabbert on August 6, 2018 at 8:17am

They taste good but like I said the bones and since I never learned how to fillet one properly I sorta stay away from then all together now.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 6, 2018 at 8:06am

I have never eaten Pike , and only caught three in my life.

Comment by dick tabbert on August 6, 2018 at 7:48am

I can't speak for the taste of Pickerel but look so much like northerns and they are a great tasting fish can't help but wonder if they don't taste the same since diets are similar. My only negative on pike I never learned how to fillet one out to get rid of that infamous Y-bone.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 6, 2018 at 6:53am

Yes John they can be frustrating when they bite ya off but I love their nature. I'll keep them from certain waters sometimes but if they are 24" or more I definitely release .I have only caught three or perhaps a few more over 25" Ever see a 30" in your parts? I have not around here in NENJ. BTW-Ever fish Black Lake NY? I am going up there 1st time mid September .

Comment by John Foro on August 6, 2018 at 6:41am

nice...makes me want to go after those pickerel around here in upstate ny...cayuga lake and oneida lake are loaded with them. i usually keep them if over 22" little tougher filleting than northern pike but worth the effort...great tasting.

 

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