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Now that I'm at the point in my life were I'm teaching my grand kids to fish. I've reflected on all those years of wetting a line. That's when I discovered that I never caught a gar! As a teenager, I've stumbled across them suspended at the surface calmly avoiding what ever I nervously tossed at them with no luck. I've even missed plenty with a bow as a kid along the shores of Lake Erie. However, I never intentionally drove to a location with the goal of catching one. Until now, It's on my bucket list. How many of you out there have had the good fortune of actually landing one of these prehistoric fish? Any thoughts, locations, set ups or forget about its would be appreciated.
 

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Thanks for all the info about gars! I did a google search and saw a post from Chicago Land Fishing dated back in August 2011. The post suggested two best areas to catch gars would be Rock Run Rockery and the Des Plaines Conversation area. I agree RonG that all fish are prehistoric but I was referring to gars as being called living fossils due to their primitive anatomy of having diamond shaped scales and a vertebrate that extends into the tail. Even though they have gills, they have a swim bladder that functions much like human lungs which allows them to breath air. By having this feature, they can live in water that would suffocate most other fish.
 
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