Shortnose Gar Added to Arkansas Record List
Lewis was fishing with a live crayfish in the Big Piney Creek arm of Lake Dardanelle when the 35-inch fish struck. It’s the first Arkansas shortnose gar record for rod and reel. The Arkansas unrestricted-tackle record stands at 6 pounds, 12 ounces, taken by Robert Perkins from Lake Conway in 1998.
Lewis weighed the fish at Four Seasons Market in Russellville. The species was verified by Frank Leone, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries biologist.
With the addition of shortnose gar, the Arkansas record fish list includes 57 species, five of which are world records.