Alligator gar

The Alligator Gar is one of the largest species of the Gar family and gets its name from the gator-like mouth and the razor-sharp teeth. Its scientific name is Atractosteus Spatula.

They are freshwater fish that belong to the Gar family. It stands out from other fish because of its long snout, long body, and diamond-like dotted scales.

It does not look like the average fish and can grow up to 10 feet long with an average weight of around 300 pounds when fully grown. Its body has a contrast of brownish and white colors.


This species is not among the most good-looking fish you can find in freshwater bodies. The Alligator Gar has a long snout with sharp teeth.

Its body is slender and cylindrical in shape with ganoid scales on its body. Its fins are also spotted. The color of their bodies is slightly olive-colored, with it getting brighter around the belly.

Habitat and Lifestyle

The Alligator Gar can be found in slow-moving water bodies like lakes, ponds, small rivers, marshes, etc. It can also be found in saltwater, sometimes along the coastal regions.

The Alligator Gar feeds on smaller fish that comprise most of its diet. However, it can feed on anything when necessary. The Alligator Gar is a stealth species, which is how they catch their prey.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

You can find the Alligator Gar in the coastal areas of Florida to Texas. You will notice a good population of gars in the South of the US, although they have recently become a rare sight.

It is not an easy task to fish out these gars. You can use methods such as bow fishing, reeling, baits, etc., to catch them.

Peak Season

The peak season for catching Alligator Gar is during the months of June, July, and August.

Best Bait

  • Carps
  • Tilapia
  • Smallmouth Bufallo