Alligator Gar

Texas' largest and most misunderstood freshwater fish

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Most people remember their first encounter with an alligator gar. In the world of fishes, their appearance is striking.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing new alligator gar regulations for 2019-2020. Public input on the proposals will be accepted at public hearings in Athens, Conroe, Livingston, and San Antonio. Interested parties may also comment online or via a live webinar. Read details in this news release.

Alligator gar get big — really big — and they look like something that should be swimming around with dinosaurs, not bass and crappie. But it is not just their looks that are unique. Alligator gar are like few other fishes that swim in our rivers, reservoirs and estuaries. Even among the four species of gar that occur in Texas — longnose, spotted, shortnose and alligator gar — this species is unique.