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How big do gar get in the river? I caught one on Sat. that was pushing 30". I tried my best to get a pic of it, but if you can imagine trying to set the camera on the back of the front seat with a fish flopping around and a dog trying show it who's boss, not to mention this fishes mouth looked like a crosscut saw. Well, I don't have to tell you how it turned out grin.gif

Anyways how big do these things get. I gotta think this thing was 7-9 lbs.

On another note, I went through my whole stock of cut bait trying to hook these things. There were some choice words between the dog and I regarding circle hooks, until this thing finally came in and I figured out what was going on blush.gif

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Not sure how big they can get either. But back in 97 on the Miss under the Hastings Dam. Someone had caught and killed a huge Gar. When I say huge this thing measured at 47" and was super fat. They had crushed it's skull and stabbed it numerous times. Some people's kids I tell ya.

Later

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Well, the state records for both species were out of the rivers. Here are the stats

Gar, Longnose 16-12 Croix River Washington 05/04/1982

Gar, Shortnose 4-9.6 Mississippi River Hennepin 07/22/1984

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It's not the size that matters. Or at least that's what she keeps telling me.

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If you look on the DNR website they also list length and girth.

Gar, Longnose 53" long/ 16.5" girth St. Croix River Washington 05/04/1982

Gar, Shortnose 34.6" long / 10" girth Mississippi River Hennepin 07/22/1984

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Are there a lot of gar reports out there? I might have to make a trip down to the river now that it is low. The gar usually are easier to locate then. They are fun critters to catch and take pics of.

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a co worker of mine speared a 51" 11years ago. He mounted it to prove it.

gar should be going strong just fish with a chub for cats in slack water.

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angler903, you been seeing much gar action down by the #6 bridge?

I might be hitting that area this next sunday night or if I can talk the wifey into letting me go on Saturday night.

It would be fun to get into some gar action again this year.

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