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, Longnose, 18lb 12oz, Lake Champlain, 08/11/2007, Texas A. Aiken
December 2010, Lake Champlain
I am a gar addict from Vermont. I fish for and guide for longnose gar on Lake Champlain. As you probably know there is a good population of gar in the lake and I routinely get them to take flies. I even did a show on Vermont Public Television a couple of years ago about it. (Vermont Outdoor Journal should have it back up on their website before too long). This year I became the first person to become a Vermont Master Angler and the fifth fish I entered to get my pin was a longnose gar. The gar had to have a minimum length of 36" and I crushed it with a 46" fish. So far I am the only person to have entered a gar.
I also entered 12 bowfin and was involved in helping catch 9 other Master Class bowfin.
Right now bowfin are the most numerous fish entered in the program largely because of me. This is all on fly tackle. Check out my video of this on YouTube. To my knowledge I am the first person to guide for bowfin and gar on the fly in this area (another guide service does guide bowfin on the fly now, but they learned from me!) Please check out my website, http://www.drewpriceonthefly.com/. My guide service will be on the website shortly and I will also be offering flies to target these and other species for sale.
Thanks a million! Semper lepisosteus!
July 2010, Lake Champlain
Hey Chuck! I had one mission yesterday... That was to cure some serious boredom and give myself a challenge (and catch a suntan). So I set out for Gar and I wasn't coming back until I achieved my goal. After long hours of patience and stalking... learning and burning.. and a lot of trial and a lot of errors... I succeed in my mission and picked up about 15 or so gar. Had on one that was definitely a 4 footer but lost it at the boat. (like many others!!). Was hot for sure and 7 hours in the mid day sun was about all I could handle. Mission accomplished. May be my new favorite thing to do while soaking up the sun.... People in VT DO fish for gar!!!!! -
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