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    RE: What is it?

    I could be very wrong, but I'm thinking it could be a Pickerel...

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    RE: What is it?

    I'll say Eastern Chain Pickerel.I've caught some, looks similar.
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    RE: What is it?

    I wonder what a pickeral/musky hybrid would look like if it is possible. The other thing looks like a giant letter opener.
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    Which end is the sucker on?

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    RE: What is it?

    I'm hoppin in Todd's boat for this one. I am suspicious of a pickerel musky cross. I would start there. This thing looks like nothing I have ever seen before. Just about has to be a cross, imo.

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    RE: What is it?

    That doesn't look like any pickerel I've ever caught. I doubt it's a pure pickerel, but I could be wrong. I've never seen markings like that before. It's beautiful whatever it is!!!

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    RE: What is it?

    Plain and simple, red fin pickerel or chain pickerel......or maybe not

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    RE: What is it

    A Red fin pickerel and/or grass pickerel it is not. They only have a max of 16 inch in length and have red in the eyes.
    The chain pickerel has white spots same as a northern pike.
    I'm thinking a possible hybrid also. It sure is a beautiful fish.

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    RE: What is it

    looks like one to me, just very pronounced lines ?????

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    RE: What is it?

    Thanks for all your input. I send the same pic to a Wisconsin DNR fisheries
    bioligist (Ben) who worked with the Milwauke Chapter of Muskies Inc on a muskie
    rearing project last fall/winter/spring and he responded with a couple comments;
    one from himself and another from a colleague:

    From: Heussner, Benjamin M - DNR
    Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    Subject: FW: Ben's e-mail

    Thanks for the picture. I have seen some rare markings on pike before, but this one is a little more extreme than usual. I sent the picture to John Lyons, (see his comments below), and he sent a photo which is attached entitled "Pike Four Phases". This is a rare pigment pattern for northern pike, but not a hybrid. Very interesting.

    Thanks,
    Benjamin M. Heussner
    Fisheries Biologist
    WDNR Waukesha Service Center

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    From: Lyons, John D - DNR
    Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 9:13 AM
    To: Heussner, Benjamin M - DNR; Beyler, Susan M - DNR; Motl, Travis A - DNR
    Subject: RE: Ben's e-mail

    Hey Ben,

    This is a rare but regularly seen pigment pattern for northern pike. I've been collecting photos of odd-looking pike for several years now, and I have seen fish that look like this from a number of places around Wisconsin as well as Minnesota and Canada. Attached is a nice photo of variation in pike appearance that I got a few years ago from Mike Sullivan, a fisheries biologist in Alberta.

    John

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    RE: What is it?

    Not sure what happened to the attachment pic from the WI DNR. It should be attached here...

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