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Bow fisherman nabs rare alligator gar in Indiana’s White River

A bow fisherman recently caught a rare fish in southwestern Indiana.

The fisherman harvested an alligator gar on the White River on June 1, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Officials say it measured 63 inches and weighed 55 pounds.

DNR says the catch is the first alligator gar verified by state biologists in recent history. Indiana is at the northern edge of the historic range of the species, so they are rarely encountered in the Hoosier state, DNR says.

Biologists are trying to determine the fish’s age and whether or not it was tagged and released by another state. A tagged fish would indicate it was stocked, most likely by Illinois or Kentucky.  Read full article and photos…