The dots link to Bing maps that get you in the neighborhood, if not to the exact spot. Submissions include a link to the location the gar were caught (if known). State records are shown with a star.
Yellow Star/Dot = Alligator Gar
Pink Star/Dot = Florida Gar
Red Star/Dot = Longnose Gar
Green Star/Dot = Spotted Gar
Blue Star/Dot = Shortnose Gar
State Records (Rod and Reel):
- Gar, Longnose, 27.0lb, Bull Shoals Lake, 05/17/1999, Dale Davis
- Gar, Shortnose, 8lb-3oz, Lake Contrary, 10/12/2010, George F. Pittman, Sr. (IGFA World Record!)
- Gar, Spotted, 6lb-0oz, Boeuf Creek, 08/27/2005, Brent Meyer
March 2011, Lake Contrary
I set the shortnose gar Missouri state record and IGFA World Record 10/11/ 2010 8 lbs 3 oz in St. Joseph Missouri at Lake Contrary. In 2010, I fished every night at Lake Contrary from the first of June till the end of October. I used Ugly Stick rods and Garcia Records reels. I caught over 300 shortnose gar, including one that was 6 lbs 3oz that I gave to a person that ate gar. At the time I didn't know that it was a Missouri state record.
About a week later, I was at Cabela's talking with an employee and something was said about gar. I told him I had caught over 300 so far that year. He asked me what kind they were I said just gar. He said there were different kinds of gar and showed me the different types. I recognized mine as shortnose gar. The clerk asked how big they were and I told him the biggest was 6lb 3oz. Surprised, he looked up the state records and told me it would have set a new state record.
8 weeks later, I caught another one it looked to be about the same size so I called the Missouri state Conservation Office. They came out and weighed it - 8lbs 3oz! I submitted it to the IGFA and it was the new shortnose gar World Record!
George P, 03/17/11
June 2010, Lewis and Clark Lake
Here is a link to a gar hotspot. Lewis and Clark Lake Missouri. I had never fished for Gar before and we fished for them because they seemed to have the Catfish scared away. They are small as the lake is small. But I did see about a 4 footer swimming around. If anyone knows what they are doing, they could catch quite a few. We had beginners luck and caught 2 what I believe are shortnose Gar in 2 days since I really did not know how to get them hooked and they were less than interested in nylon rope.
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