The Wall Street Journal had a story on its front page today about alligator gar fishing in Texas.
Fishing guides in Texas are getting $750 a day to chase these prehistoric monsters. Texas placed limits on the fish this year because of the growing popularity of bowfishing for alligator gar.
Here is a link to the story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124631318638370373.html
Oklahoma also placed limits on alligator gar of one per day for each angler. That rule went into effect in January.
Mostly bowfishermen go after alligator gar, but catch and release is allowed when fishing for alligator gar with rod and reels, trot lines or throw lines.
No fishing by any method is allowed on the Red River during the month of May, the spawning season for alligator gar.
State wildlife officials know little about the population of alligator gars in Oklahoma and implemented the new regulations to err on the side of caution to protect the species.
Most of the big ones in Oklahoma reside in the Red River, where anglers have caught alligator gars weighing nearly 200 pounds.
The Trinity River in east Texas is where bowfishermen shoot most of the giant ones, but Sam Rayburn Reservoir in deep east Texas also produces trophy alligator gar.
In fact, a photo that often circulates on the Internet of a big alligator gar supposedly taken by bowfishermen from Broken Bow Lake actually came from the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in 2005.