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11-20-2018 09:57 PM
Spring Pond

Where is this pond located at? I would like to catch a pickerel and I have been trying to find a place that has them.
08-24-2012 11:21 AM
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

I have a secret little spring pond that's full of grass pickeral. Best times to catch them are early spring and fall because of weed growth. This is a tiny spring pond with gin clear water. They are very easy to catch with an ultra light, and tiny single hook jig and plastic. They will also blast a size 00 mepps or panter martin with a single barbless hook to prevent injury. Most are around 8"-10"
08-22-2012 11:24 AM
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

I have a few of each in my FREEZER as I type - lol!

Might be a moot point if you can't locate either, but I'd skip the warmouth's if I were you. At least more than one. A single warmouth would probably be fine with the larger pickerel. But, warmouth's are extremely territorial and will become very aggressive. Before you know it, you'll only have one anyway. I know a couple of taxidermists that have kept both species, but in small numbers. Wild fish for whatever reason(s) get crowded quickly and you'll need at least a 55gallon tank for only a couple/three fish.

You might want to try hatcheries. Or maybe a larger pet store might be able to get ahold of them for you. Illinois is funky when it comes to the legalities of selling fish. Lots of grey areas. That means there's fewer places where you can purchase gamefish legally because of all the goofy red tape. Good luck...
08-22-2012 05:46 AM
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

The warmouth I have encountered were from smaller ponds and they were sort of a chance catch.
Fishing for panfish and caught a few warmouth.
08-21-2012 10:25 PM
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

I know it is ok to keep fish in home aquariums as long as you dont go over state borders and keep to size and quantity limits. My question wasn't if I could it was if anyone has encountered these fish in northern Illinois and in what body of water they were found. I do not re-release my fish back into the wild the aquarium will be their home until they die. My plan is one grass pickeral and 3 warmouth. As far as I know neither have a size or amount for a limit in any body of water in Illinois since they are not "sought' after fish.
08-21-2012 10:23 PM
Zombie Fish
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

Getting closer...

It's not so much the stockings vs. putting them in your aquarium issue. It's the newer VMG emergency regulations...

designed to stop that horrible disease from spreading. There are fish you cannot tote around in a live state and there is a list. Warmouths and pickerels are not on the list, so they should be ok. But bluegills and pumpkins and rockbass are listed so make darn sure your warmouths are warmouths.

Do'nt know where to tell you to look for them. I fish more than a human being should be allowed to and have never caught a pickeral and dont get warmouths often enough to even remeber where.
08-21-2012 09:59 PM
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

Actually I believe it would fall under stocking.
Fish may be released into the waters from
which they were taken, but permission from
the Department of Natural Resources must be
secured before releasing fish in other waters,
except for private water owners. An owner of
a body of water may release fish into waters
wholly upon his or her property that are
indigenous to the State of Illinois.
An aquarium I think would fall under private waters on someone's own property.
Size and possession limits on the body of water they are taken from would have to be obeyed though.
Warmouth may not have one but I would be certain before keeping a pickeral.
08-21-2012 09:25 PM
Re: Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

See if you can find the answer here... I believe it is illegal to transport live fish from where they are caught... ... mation.pdf
08-21-2012 05:58 PM
Warmouth and Grass Pickeral

This is my first time posting here and I was looking at the topics trying to decide which one to post this in and thought this probably would be the best place for my question. I have recently set up a 250 gallon aquarium and am looking to keep native fish in this tank. I have been searching the internet for a week now trying to find out more information on warmouth and grass pickeral and where to find them. I am from the Rockford Illinois area and have never come across either of these fish. The closest I have come to a warmouth is green sunfish out of pierce lake in Rockford. I have found a few places that say you can catch grass pickeral in the fox river chain but nothing concrete. If anyone has ever encountered either of these fish in the northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin area I would love to know so I can add them to my aquarium.

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