THE LAKES | FEATURED SPECIES | PHOTOS  | ARTICLES / TIPS
Lakes found in:
Cayuga LakeCross LakeSodus Bay

Species:
Smallmouth Bass
Landlocked Salmon
Bluegills/Sunfish
Black Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Brown Trout
Northern Pike
Longnose Gar
Yellow Perch
Lake Trout
Rainbow Trout
Rock Bass
Freshwater Drum
Walleye
Bowfin
Carp
Chain Pickerel
Tiger Musky
Channel Catfish
White Perch

Longnose Gar

These primitive fish are found in pockets throughout the Finger Lakes region. Gar jump and are capable of putting up a good battle. If you like to sight-fish to numbers of large fish, gar may be for you. Talk about a neglected species, next to nobody fishes for gar! These fish have scales that form armor and are basically a throwback to the Jurassic period. Gar love flies and stickbaits. They are super active during the hottest part of the hottest days of the year. This makes gar fishing a great way to break up a day spent fishing for bass or other species. I’ve converted many a trout and bass fisherman into a part-time gar fanatic!

Most gar I encounter in Western NY run from 30" to 40" long. Occasionally I'll see some big gar in Sodus Bay and on Cross Lake, but that varies from year to year. I haven't encountered any monster gar in a while in the region. 

Here's a solid gar from Sodus Bay caught by John a few years back.  
 

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