In the hierarchy of the Esox family, chain pickerel sit squarely at the bottom. Most won’t get as heavy as a mediocre pike, and even a trophy pickerel is snack-size for the average muskie. What pickerel lack in size, however, they make up for with tenacity and abundance. If you’ve got an ultralight spinning rod, chains can make it bend before all the more glamorous species wake up. The time to strike is right after the ice melts in the shallows, or if you didn’t get any ice, during that first noticeably warmer week in March. Here’s the attack plan.