Fish were sampled at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve by Cleveland Metroparks staff as part of the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program.
Male found in about a foot of clear, weedy water. No nest construction noted. Detained long enough for ID photos, then released in the same location.
Following the spring rains, Spotted Gar move up in to the shallow water areas of Lake Ray Hubbard to spawn. My son and I love to go see them. Occasionally we run into other cool critters like this Bowfin.
Iknow it's not a great picture. It was tricky holding both the camera and the net.