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Florida Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

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FishExplorer Lakes with Florida Gar
Lake Alfred
Alligator Lake
Lake Apopka
Lake Baldwin
Bear Lake
Lake Beauclair
Big Sand Lake
Black Lake
Lake Blue Cypress
Lake Bryant
Butler Chain
Lake Cannon
Lake Carlton
Cat Lake
Center Lake
Clear Lake
Lake Conlin
Lake Conway
Crescent Lake
Cypress Lake
Lake Denham
Lake Dexter
Lake Dias
Lake Disston
Lake Dora
Lake Dorr
East Lake Tohopekaliga
Ella Lake
Lake Eloise
Lake Eustis
Lake Fairview
Lake Gentry
Lake George
Lake Griffin
Lake Haines
Lake Hamilton
Lake Hancock
Lake Harney
Lake Harris
Lake Hart
Lake Hartridge
Lake Hatchineha
Lake Hellen Blazes
Holly Lake
Lake Howard
Lake Ida
Lake Ivanhoe
Lake Jackson (Sebring)
Lake Jackson (Tallahassee)
Lake Jesup
John's Lake
Kenansville Lake
Lake Kerr
Lake Kissimmee
Lake Lawne
Little Lake Harris
Lake Livingston
Lake Lizzie
Loughman Lake
Lake Louisa
Lake Marian
Lake Mary Jane
Lake Mattie
Merritts Mill Pond
Lake Minnehaha
Lake Minneola
Lake Miona
Lake Monroe
Lake Okeechobee
Lake Osborne
Lake Panasoffkee
Lake Pierce
Lake Poinsett
Puzzle Lake
Lake Reedy
Lake Rochelle
Rodman Reservoir
Lake Rousseau
Sawgrass Lake
Sellers Lake
Lake Seminole
Shipp Lake
South Lake
Starke Lake
Stick Marsh
Lake Summit
Lake Talquin
Lake Tarpon
Tenoroc Lakes
Lake Thonotosassa
Lake Tibet
Tiger Lake
Lake Tohopekaliga
Lake Trafford
Trout Lake (Osceola Cty)
Turkey Lake
Lake Underhill
Ward Lake (Bill Evers Reservoir)
Lake Washington
Lake Weir
Wildcat Lake
Lake Winder
Lake Woodruff
Lake Yale
FishExplorer Rivers with Florida Gar
Only lakes in the Fish Explorer database are included in this listing. Lakes we feature on this website are hyperlinked.
Florida Gar
The Florida Gar is found from the Savannah River and Ochlockonee River watersheds of Georgia and throughout peninsular Florida.  They inhabit streams, canals and lakes with mud or sand bottoms near underwater vegetation. They're often found in medium to shallow waters. They use an air bladder to breathe air which helps them survive in poorly oxygenated water.
Gars are covered with hard, thick, diamond-shaped plates called ganoid scales, producing a “armored” covering. Florida gars lack bony scales on the throat. They round, black spots on the top of the head, body, and fins. Coloration is olive-brown along top half shading to a white-to-yellow belly. They are distinguishable from other gars by the distance from the front of the eye to the back of the gill cover, being less than two-thirds the length of the snout. It is longer in other gars. Adults are typically 12 to 34 inches long, rarely weighing much more than a few pounds.
Spawning occurs winter/early spring (April-May) when they gather in shallow weedy areas. The females discharge adhesive eggs which attach to vegetation and are fertilized by two or more males. The eggs are greenish-colored and toxic. Newly hatched fry remain attached to the vegetation via an adhesive organ on the end of their snout until they are ¾ of a inch long.
Young feed on zooplankton and insect larvae. As they grow the convert to a diet primarily of fish, shrimp and crayfish. Gars typically hunt by floating silently until a suitable prey is near.  They then slowly position themselves to where they can take the prey with a sideways snap of the head. 

Florida Gar in Florida

Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Appearance: Prehistoric fish with ganoid (bony) scales that have peg-and-socket joints forming a hard armor. Irregular round, spots occur on top of the head, all over the body and fins.
Habitat: They are found in the Ochlockonee River and waters east and south in peninsular Florida where they inhabit streams, canals and lakes with mud or sand bottoms near underwater vegetation.
Behavior: They use an airbladder to breathe air in low-oxygen water. Spawning occurs in late winter and early spring when both sexes congregate in shallow weedy waters where the females discharge adhesive eggs. Newly hatched young possess an adhesive organ on the end of their snout and stay attached to vegetation until 3/4-inch long. Adults primarily feed on fish, shrimp and crayfish.
State Record: 9.44 lbs. Big Catch: 28 inches or 5 lbs.
Fishing Tips and Facts: Gar are sporty fighters and can be taken with minnows, artificial lures or frayed nylon cord that entangles the gar’s teeth. They are also taken with bow-and-arrow, gigs or snag hooks.
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by Knot Tied - Son helped me land this guy.  Fun catch & release!