Chain pickerel are deep olive-green on the back, shading to a creamy
yellow on the belly, with the back and anal fin about the same size and
located far back on an elongated body. A distinct black chain-like or
interwoven marking on the sides give them their name.
Found statewide, normally in vegetated lakes, swamps and backwaters of small to large rivers.
Spawning occurs in late winter to spring among heavy aquatic weed
growth or flooded grasses, in water from a few inches deep to several
feet deep. Large number of adhesive eggs are scattered over vegetation.