How to Remove Gar Fish From a Pond

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Gar fish are carnivorous, often enormous, fish known to inhabit ponds in the southeastern United States. Though desirable by some as a showcase fish, these animals can ravage an ecosystem if they aren't welcome, eating smaller fish and even small mammals and birds that inhabit the ponds. Many are harmless, but those that get too large (as much as three feet on occasion) require special care when removing them from a pond.

Things You'll Need

  • Large cooler
  • Cup
  • Large fish net
  • Raw chicken
  • Fishing wire
  • Wooden stake

Gar Removal

  • Wrap the raw chicken in the fishing wire, leaving about ten feet of slack.

  • Wrap the other end of the wire tightly around the wooden stake and stick it securely into the mud or dirt near the shore of the pond.

  • Throw the chicken, attached to the stake, into the pond.

  • Using the cup, fill the large cooler about a third of the way with water from the pond.

  • Wait for the gar to approach the chicken. When it begins eating and is distracted, scoop it up with the net and quickly place it into the cooler.

  • Close the lid and transport the gar to its new location, which can be a bay, river, or larger body of water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gar like to thrash about, so take good care when scooping them up with the net so as to not get bitten. Keep the net at a safe distance from you or anybody else and close the lid quickly. Make sure to consult your local fish and wildlife services for instructions as to where to place the animal, and they may even assist you in the capture. Gar cannot survive too long in the cooler, so plan your travel route beforehand.

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