Alligator gar are the largest freshwater fish in Texas, with recorded specimens reaching over 300 pounds. Fish over 200 pounds have been landed by rod and reel anglers, and fish over 100 pounds are common. Catching an alligator gar on rod and reel is a unique experience, well worth the time and effort. Alligator gar angling opportunities are best in the hotter months, however they can be caught throughout the year. The best alligator gar fishing is found in areas that are far from easy access. Another difficult factor encountered on alligator gar fishing trips is that sections of river favored by alligator gar are also littered with snags of all shapes and sizes. Those who willingly brave these tough conditions are rewarded with the chance of landing the fish of a lifetime. An alligator gar measuring over six feet is a trophy, and there is a good chance of landing one of these 100# plus fish on each trip. Because of the nature of the fish, I am not able to offer a 100% guarantee on catching a trophy alligator gar, however I will do everything in my power to make sure your trophy alligator gar trip is a success. I do offer a guarantee of at least catching an alligator gar. I strongly urge clients to book at least two days in order to give the best opportunity at a fish over six feet. A typical day of guided alligator gar fishing will begin shortly after safe light and will continue until around 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. provided clients do not wish to return sooner. On an average day one can expect 5-15 alligator gar bites, and 3-6 fish landed ranging in size from four to six feet. Occasionally more than 10 alligator gar can be landed in a day. On a slow day there may be 2-5 bites and only 1 or 2 fish landed. Other species that may be encountered during your trophy gar trip include longnose gar which can reach weights exceeding 50 pounds, flathead catfish, blue catfish, channel catfish, and freshwater drum. All fish caught will be released in the same area they are caught in. If a replica is desired measurements and photographs can be taken and sent to a taxidermist. Please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail for more information about trophy alligator gar fishing trips.
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Dawson Hefner @ 903-721-4296
ALLIGATOR GAR FISHING INFORMATION