Young-of-the-year Shortnose Gar (Lepisosteus platostomus)
I netted two juvenile Shortnose Gars (young-of-the-year) near Joliet, IL, in a lake connected to the Des Plaines River. I took these photos in a plastic bag immediately after catching them. Other photos were taken after the fish had died (unfortunately) in transit. I had hoped to keep them in an aquarium.