Alligator gar may be responsible for depleting Falcon Lake bass population

By: Valerie Bragg Email
By: Valerie Bragg Email
Alligator gar have invaded Falcon Lake and is rapidly depleting the bass population, which is what Falcon Lake is known for nationwide.

County commissioners and local fishers want the limit of alligator gar to be lifted by the Texas Department of Wildlife so the population can go back to normal.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Falcon Lake is known nationwide for it's bass fishing.

But now, because of a fish known as the Alligator gar, the bass population could be in danger.

The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife is conducting a four part study on Alligator gar in Falcon Lake.

The study is supposed to answer some questions about how fast the Alligator gar are reproducing, about how many are in Falcon Lake, and how many fish they are eating.

The Alligator gar is a large fish that can weigh hundreds of pounds.

They have no natural predators and are eating many of the fish in Falcon Lake, including bass

Falcon Lake tackle store owner James Bendele hopes something can be done before it's too late.

Zapata county commissioners voted to work with the Texas Department of Wildlife earlier this week to try to temporarily remove the limit of one Alligator gar per day.

Part of the study they will do on the Alligator gar will take place the second week in June.

The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife put a limit on catching Alligator gar state-wide, in 2009.

Since then, the population has been rapidly growing.

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