Florida gar

The Florida Gar, scientifically known as Lepisosteus platyrhincus, is found in the eastern regions of the US.

This species is the smallest among the Gar family, with an average length of 34 inches and weighing up to 9lbs.

It is also a popular sport fish and is often found in lowland streams, muddy lakes, and canals.


Unlike other Gar species, which have markings only on their lower body and fins, Florida Gar has markings all over its body.

The back of this fish is olive green, and the upper part is covered with black round spots. Its belly underneath has yellowish coloring and has a broad and short snout.

Its eye distances are close to each other, which is 2/3 of its snout length. This fish also has sharp teeth both on its lower and upper jaws.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Florida Gar mostly habitats in ditches of river drainage, lakes, canals, and lowland streams. It is native to Lake Okeechobee in Florida and the Savannah River, the southern part of the US.

This fish prefers sunken objects, rocky areas, inlets and outlets, spring holes, etc. It is often found in shallow or medium waters.

In poorly oxygenated water, it uses an air bladder to breathe and survive.

Finding and Catching

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

Florida Gar prefers to live in areas with dense vegetation. They like to dwell in muddy lakes and lowland streams. Adult Florida Gar feeds on crustaceans, fish, and insects.

Juveniles feed on small fishes, zooplankton, and insect larvae. Some of the best techniques to catch this fish are still fishing, bait casting, fly fishing and drift fishing.

Peak Season

Florida Gar is found throughout the seasons in canals, lowland streams, lakes, etc. The summer season is the best time to catch this fish.

Best Bait

These are the best baits, fishing lures, and tackle to catch Florida Gar:

  • Spoons
  • Flies
  • Cut bait
  • Minnows
  • Jigs
  • Spinnerbaits