NANFA-- Longnose Gar Spawning

Rick Phillips (
Wed, 9 Apr 2003 14:41:10 -0400

About this time last year I went fishing down the road on the Holston River at
John Sevier Steam Plant, Hawkins Co, northeast Tennessee. There is an outflow
of warm water from the plant where tasty fish (such as channel cats) abound.
This outflow runs for maybe a quarter of a mile before joining the main
channel of the Holston River. As I approached the outflow I saw hundreds, was probably thousands...of Longnose Gar lined up along the edge
of the outflow for the entire length of the channel. What a sight! You could
walk down to the edge of the water, squat down and reach out and grab one of
these toothy 3 or 4 foot fellows (if you dare!) by the tail. Quite an
experience to sit down there with things playing around at your feet by the
hundreds. Anyway I just remembered it and I knew I had some photos I took
with a camcorder. I found em and have posted them to my Yahoo Photos at in the folder marked fish. Enjoy!

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