The dots link to Bing maps that get you in the neighborhood, if not to the exact spot. Submissions include a link to the location the gar were caught (if known). State records are shown with a star.
Yellow Star/Dot = Alligator Gar
Pink Star/Dot = Florida Gar
Red Star/Dot = Longnose Gar
Green Star/Dot = Spotted Gar
Blue Star/Dot = Shortnose Gar
State Records (Rod and Reel):
- Gar, Alligator, 215lb Arkansas River 07/31/1964 Alvin Bonds, Clarksville, AR
- Gar, Longnose, 35lb 12oz Taylor Old River Lake 06/28/2005 Tommy Cantrell, Dumas, AR
- Gar, Shortnose, 4lb 7oz Big Piney Creek 05/24/2008 Lindsey Lewis, Greenbrier, AR
- Gar, Spotted, 6lb 12oz Mellwood Old River 10/03/1997 Vernon Neal,Jonesboro, AR
July 2010, White River (Goshen)
From the White River in Goshen.
Alligator Gar Permit
Once a popular big-game fish on the White, St. Francis, Red and Arkansas rivers, the alligator gar is now rare in Arkansas due primarily to changes in its habitat. It is one of the largest freshwater fishes in North America, and specimens over eight feet long and up to 215 pounds have been caught in the state. The snout is very short and broad like an alligator's snout. The distance from the snout's tip to the corner of the mouth is shorter than the rest of the head.
One of the changes in fishing regulations approved at the regular monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in August 2009, was to change the daily limit from two to one on alligator gar, set a season for taking them and create a permit for alligator gar fishing.
Beginning January 1, 2010, alligator gar fishermen and bowfishers in Arkansas will be required to obtain a free permit from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The permit will help AGFC biologists gather important details on the alligator gar harvest in the state.
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