longnose gar


The longnose gar is one of several odd-looking fish that occur in the Mid Atlantic states. This living fossil is identified by its long narrow snout, rounded tail, and armor-like scales. In the Mid Atlantic, longnose gar grow to 3-4 feet in length.

Longnose gar prefer rivers, creeks, and swamps. They tolerate brackish water well and are often found in tidal rivers. Longnose gar are usually found among aquatic vegetation, especially in areas of slow moving water.

Longnose gar prey mostly on small fish. They can be caught with live baits such as small sunfish. Gar are also taken by bow fishing, gigging, or other alternative fishing methods.

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Fish Species

Freshwater Fishing

Lakes and Rivers