That looks like an alligator gar, they get scary big! They look scary!
They are protected in TN waters. They do swim where I live, and needle nose gar as well. Needless to say, its swiming pool and water parks only for us. I did grow up swimming in the lake here off of a houseboat.
Yeah, it's an alligator gar.
I was bored & was googling them.
That was the best pic I found.
They may be protected, but I'd never mess with them either way.
This may be a reason that they have to be protected:
The funny thing about them is they don't go after humans, they actually are pretty peaceful around humans.
I have played around with them while fishing on the lake throwing minnows out to them to watch them eat. I have only heard of one incident where a human got hurt from one, and they had been dangling their foot in the water where they were after small fish, and lost a toe.
We used to go to the lake all the time, We had jet skis and boats..I feared the day that my foot would get snapped off by something just like this..lol..I hated falling off the tube or ski's, I would just curl up in a ball and pray..lol..I googled it and we do have these fish in Kansas lakes. YIKES...I knew I wasn't crazy.
You know I have always said its untelling what monsters lurk in the bottom of these lakes, catfish the size of cars, gar, heck they have found 2 alligators and some pacu since I have been alive on the lake near my house.
Yea, once I learned about the alligator gar, pretty much all I do on the lake is get on a boat.