Not overkill for a 24" pickeral! Or a 25"er!Probably overkill for pickerel and perch, but it's one less thing to have to worry about.
I got out for an hour yesterday to almost no water. I could barely get my boat out of the slip! The headwaters of Back Creek are nicely iced w/ a good solid 1/8" layer of ice. Much to sharp and hard for me to ice-break thru it with the boat, so I headed to some alternate spots and ended up w/ a whole bunch of nothin! I canonly hope that this freeze holds up for a few more weeks!