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Alligator Gar

Alligator Gar Limit and Permits

  • Alligator gar may not be taken from noon, May 1-noon, July 1.
  • Only one alligator gar under 36 inches may be taken per day by anglers and bowfishers.
  • Alligator gar 36 inches and longer may only be kept if the angler or bowfisher has an Alligator Gar Tag. Fishing license holders can apply for one of 100 Alligator Gar Tags from Nov. 1-Dec.31.
  • Alligator Gar 36 inches and longer must be tagged by an AGFC fisheries biologist before transporting the fish from the body of water where it was taken. Call 1-833-356-0824 to report your harvest.

Alligator Gar Management

The AGFC Fisheries Division has devoted a special team of biologists to study and promote the alligator gar and its potential as a trophy sportfishery. They have compiled a management plan that identifies key steps in the continued success of this prehistoric throwback.

Researching alligator gar requires much more hands-on effort than many species, simply because of the rarity of large specimens throughout the gar’s traditional range. Watch a video highlighting some of the research work AGFC biologists employ to keep tabs on this species.