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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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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?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2018, 10:22 PM
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Possibly a juvenile chain pickerel
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
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That would seem to be a better fit for the location. Thanks
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Looks like Northern pike
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 12:04 PM
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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
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Good to know, Northern pike is the only one I know with the same look.
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Thanks for the confirmation Gerald. I was really surprised to see something like that in a little creek.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-08-2018, 05:03 PM
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Mosquitofish are among their favorite prey, so they go where the mosquitofish go ... into little creeks and floodplain pools.
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