Saw this fish in a creek in Durham. It swam into some rocks when I tried to get a better pic. It was about finger length. Looks like a pike to me, but I didn't think they were native this part of NC. Nose looks to short to be a gar. Anyone have any other ideas?
Redfin pickerel and chain pickerel are the two pike family species in eastern & central NC. Could be either one of those. Northern pike and Muskellunge need colder water and occur only in our mountain rivers and lakes. In the Piedmont, Redfin is the one I see most often. On the Coastal Plain Redfin and Chain are about equally common. Esocidae ? Fishes of North Carolina