Fishing Restrictions for Spawning Alligator Gar

Notice - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reopening fishing for alligator gar in portions of the river between the Highway 287 bridge near Cayuga and State Highway 7 near Crockett effective Friday, May 24th.

The TPWD Executive Director has declared that in the Trinity River and tributary waters from the U.S. Highway 287 bridge in Anderson and Freestone counties downstream to the State Highway 7 bridge in Leon and Houston counties, taking or attempting to take alligator gar is prohibited starting Monday, May 6, 2019. This prohibition can last up to 30 days and can be rescinded at any time during that period. This action to protect spawning alligator gar has been made necessary due to the presence of conditions in that portion of the Trinity River that are conducive to spawning including water temperatures between 68 to 82°F and occurrence of moderate flood levels as defined and reported by U.S. Geological Survey gauges.

During May, fishing for, seeking, or taking alligator gar is prohibited in the portion of Lake Texoma within the boundaries of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and from the U.S. 377 bridge upstream to the IH 35 bridge.

No additional restrictions for alligator gar are in effect at this time.