The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on August 7, 2016 citing that Illinois will be reintroducing this ancient river fish into the Illinois river systems. The fish have been imported from Mississippi. The Alligator Gar was a common fish in Illinois, but it gained a bad reputation that led to its destruction in our state. This fish is a highly sought after fish in the gulf states for avid bowfishers.
The Alligator Gar can grow to huge sizes. Wikipedia.com reported that, “in 2011 the largest alligator gar ever caught and officially recorded was 8 ft 5 1⁄4 in (2.572 m) long, weighed 327 lb (148 kg), and was 47 in (120 cm) around the girth.”
The Alligator Gar is infamous for instilling fear in people because of its size and teeth! Don’t worry though, the Alligator Gar is a shy creature that mainly targets fish as part of its diet. This is quite a famous fish. Check out the Alligator Gar on River Monsters | Episode 1 with Jeremy Wade.
We won’t be seeing a large population anytime soon, but you can expect to see these fish in sustainable populations within a decade.