Longnose Gar

by Justin on July 20, 2007

Longnose Gar
Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus)

Range and Description:

The Gar is one of those rare fish that you don’t wanna see
dangling or fighting on the end of your line, unless your out for
an adventure! These long beaked fish look like something out of
prehistory but they are native to mainly large rivers and flowing
streams such as the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers’ and they’re
larger tributaries.

The Longnose Gar can be found in a similar range to its
cousins, the Alligator Gar, and Spotted Gar, which includes
nearly all of the southern and Midwestern States as well as the

Identifying this prehistoric looking monster fish is fairly
straight forward. The Longnose gar has a “Long Nose” funny huh?
But besides this long and narrow beak which contains many large
sharp teeth you also have a thin cylindrical type of fish. The
Longnose gar will usually be covered in sporadic diamond shape
scales. The color of the Longnose Gar range from an olive or
brownish black with a white under belly.

Identify Male / Female:
Physically identifying this fish is difficult because of a
shortened spawning season and little is known of sexing gars that
I know of, although generally females grow much larger and faster
and tend to live to an older age than males.

Weight / Size: 24-40 Inches and 1-7lbs – Occasionally 49
Inches and 25lbs

Fishing Tips:

  • Longnose Gar stay near the surface of large streams and
  • This makes Gar excellent for bow hunters, being on the
  • You must have an extremely sharp hook to catch Gar.
  • Other than curiosity or sport Gar are better of left
  • Gar feed on only small fish and minnow so use those as live
    baits on the surface.

3 comments… read them below or add one

darrell July 23, 2007 at 8:41 pm

Believe it or not, my grandpa used to catch gar by just using the huge mess of line that is created when you strip the line from your fishing reel to replace it or after a tangle. A big tangled mess of line worked great. The gar would get his teeth caught in it. I never knew what would draw him to the tangle in the first place, though.


Matt T May 12, 2009 at 9:05 am

Learn more about gar at http://www.garfishing.com Go to my website to see lots of gar pics. http://www.myspace.com/teamroughneck


Justin May 12, 2009 at 9:16 am

Hey Matt thanks for the comment! Have you connected with me on myspace or camospace? See the links under other hangouts.


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