Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.
That proverb, often attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, holds a lot of truth.
That is unless you’re strictly a catch-and-release angler, for whom there’s always the option of buying dinner at the drive-thru window.
Indiana truly is a land of fishing opportunity, from small streams to big rivers and from private ponds to large freshwater lakes. Let’s not forget one of the Great Lakes — Lake Michigan.
And the types of fish are just as diverse. Just take a look at the record list, with 51 species on the roster. It even includes some fish we’d rather not have — bighead carp and silver carp, a pair of imports that invaded Indiana’s rivers in the 1990s.
Check out some of the sizes on the record fish.
Imagine what it must have been like for Sonny Bashore to hook a brook trout weighing almost four pounds out of Lake Gage in 1973. Or for Bruce Midkiff, who muscled a 104-pound blue catfish out of the Ohio River in 1999.
Harold Otte surely was surprised that his prize catch — a flier weighing less than a quarter-pound hamburger — made the record book, but it did.
Whether your personal fishing quest is for records or relaxation, I hope this guidebook helps you find your way to a fulfilling experience, not just for a day but for a lifetime.
State of Indiana Governor
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.