Rare Hybrid Fish Caught On Tape

Tune in for an unbelievable episode of Outdoor Passion on Sunday, May 20 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT as host Ray Carignan and guests catch one of the rarest fish ever seen on a fishing show in North America: a hybrid pike-pickerel.

It was supposed to be a show about chain pickerel on Lake Champlain, highlighting the different techniques and hottest lures for this often neglected sportfish.

But it turned into something more when two hybrids were caught during filming.

A cross between a northern pike and a chain pickerel, these hybrids take on the best genes of both species, with the unmistakeable spots of a pike, mixed in with the chain-like pattern of the pickerel. The result is a rather beautiful fish that packs a wallop.

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Bob Gauthier holds a hybrid (left) and chain pickerel up together. Bob caught the fish in practice a day before shooting.

Northern pike get more attention due to their greater range and larger size, but chain pickerel hold their own as a sportfish. You'd be hard pressed to find a better catch when fly fishing, as pickerel will attack your streamers with rage. They can be caught a number of different ways, and since they are big feeders all year round, can be fished for through the ice as well.

Chain pickerel thrive in swamps, marshes, ditches, ponds, oxbows, sloughs and backwaters throughout much of Eastern United States and Canada. While hybrids may be hard to find, if you do land one, be prepared: they have tremendous power and are very energetic fighters.

To see just what kind of spirit these toothy critters have, you'll have to check out the exclusive look on WFN this Sunday, May 20. This episode is one of the most informative ever made on chain pickerel and hybrids - you'd be sorry you missed it!

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