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MBSS Fish Information
Esox niger

The Chain pickerel is a member of the Pike family (Esocidae). This ambush predator feeds almost exclusively on other fish.

The map below shows presence (green circles) of this species in the 1995-2019 MBSS dataset.
Illustration by Dave Neely

Distribution of Chain pickerel in Maryland (MBSS data):

The MBSS has collected the following fishes in the family Esocidae:

Common Name Genus & species
Chain pickerel Esox niger
Redfin pickerel Esox americanus