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Good place for gar in Illinois?

Old 06-21-2006, 06:35 AM
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Does anyone have any idea where someone could go for decent gar hunting? Good meaning 4'-plus.
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Old 06-21-2006, 10:00 AM
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Default RE: Good place for gar in Illinois?

Shelbyville has some big (for IL) longnose. Kendall and I saw one roll that looked to be at least 15lbs. At least. (it was also out in the middle of the lake and rolled when we were not expecting it in the least bit [:@])



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Old 06-21-2006, 01:14 PM
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Christine, I have consistantly seen the largest gar rolling out in the middle of the lake over the deeper water down at Shelbyville. On the northern part of the lake near Wilbourn access area used to hold some bigguns. The largest longnose I personally have ever taken was on the Sangamon River and it went 19 lb + change, of course Uncle Dave's was bigger on that dayby just hitting 20 lbs [:@]
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:19 PM
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Yep Rob's right but that place is special and it may never be bowfished again id love to see the bigheads by now they were hittin 15 plus last time we were there.....this will be the 4th summer no one has been in there.
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:20 PM
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I also need help with my avatar Christine or Rob someone pleaseeeeeeeeeeee......
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:31 PM
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Anything North of Blomington ??
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Old 06-23-2006, 11:55 AM
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Anything North of Blomington ??
Didn't think so.

Do I hear crickets?

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Old 06-23-2006, 01:48 PM
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...chirp...chirp...chirp....

Most all the big gar are downstate where the weather is nicer.
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Old 06-23-2006, 02:45 PM
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We had a couple in our sites last summer on the Desplaines that were pushing 40. Saw one swim under some pads that we thought was huge, but nothing in the boat to prove our story.
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Old 06-23-2006, 03:13 PM
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Christine thanks for fixing my avatar....
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