Longnose Gar


Of the species included in this item, only the longnose gar is a Minnesota native. This species, along with its close relative the shortnose gar, is a primitive fish with long jaws full of strong, sharp teeth. Though seldom caught on hook and line, they are sometimes taken by bowfishermen. Minnesota state records for the longnose and shortnose garfish are 16 pounds, 12 ounces and 4 pounds, 10 ounces, respectively (MN DNR, 2014). The other three species listed in this question (ruffe, round goby, and white perch) are all exotics and are considered harmful to native species (MN DNR, 2014).

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Photos courtesy of  Jay T. Hatch, Natural History of Minnesota Fishes. Reprinted with permission.

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