Re: NANFA-- Redfin pickerel

Ty Hall (
Fri, 26 Mar 2004 09:03:03 -0600

I'll agree with Wally on this one. I have also kept several Pickerel and I have
never been able to get them to eat anything but live minnows. Another good source
for feeders is a bait shop. You can usually get small fatheads, cheaper then
Rosy's. Just make sure the bait shop has a good clean tank. If the tank is dirty
or the water cloudy then don't use them for feeders, unless you can quarantine
them for a few weeks first.


Wally Billingham wrote:

> Hello,
> Grass/redfin pickerel will only eat live fish. I have been keeping them for
> several years now and they will eat nothing but live fish that move. Mine is
> about 10 inches long and eats about a dozen or so 1-2" feeders a week each.
> They have to be alive and they have to move, I have tried to fake them out
> before with other stuff but it never works. They wont even eat feeders that
> they hit and stun if they are not moving.
> If you get one make sure that you can feed it. I have a deal worked out with
> my local pet shop to buy my feeders in lots of 100 at a time for cheap
> several days a week. Between my pickerel, rockbass, bluegills, crappie,
> yellow perch, and bullheads I use a lot!
> Wally
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