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2018 Fish of the Year

Fishing Regulations Indiana Freshwater Fishing

Indiana’s Natural Lakes Produce 14 Big Fish

Of the 89 fish entered in 2018, a total of 36 awards were earned among 23 anglers for Fish of the Year. Several anglers won multiple categories.

Ron Anderson proved to be the rough-fish and micro-fish champion by winning eight categories. His winning fish included striped shiner and bigmouth buffalo, three species of redhorse (shorthead, silver and smallmouth), two species of sucker (spotted and white), and skipjack herring.

Mark Holbrook landed the largest golden redhorse, and for the third year in a row, he won the bowfin category. Holbrook also landed two winning largemouth bass that each measured 25.5 inches. Both bass were from Bruce Lake in Fulton County.

Jeff Armstrong won three sunfish categories: bluegill, longear sunfish and rock bass.

Curtis Mitchel won the top prize for yellow bullhead and yellow perch.

More largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass were entered in 2018 than in any other year since the program started in 1963. Twelve largemouth bass were submitted, ranging from 16.0–25.5 inches. Five hybrid striped bass between 25.0 and 32.0 inches were entered.

This past year was also a competitive one for smallmouth bass (seven entries; 17.0–22.5 inches) and walleye (eight entries; 20.0–31.25 inches).

The Northern pike category ended in a tie between Bruce Kinley and Steven Borash, each with 42.0-inch winners.

Entering the annual Fish of the Year contest is easy, and the rules are simple to follow. Visit wildlife.IN.gov/3577.htm for more information.

If you think you’ve caught a winner, there are three easy ways (online, mail, email) to enter after you measure the fish and have at least one person who is not a relative witness the measurement and include his/her contact information.

  • Online, enter the required information using the online entry form (wildlife.IN.gov/9453.htm) and submit a photo of the fish and a copy of your fishing license (if required) to recordfish@dnr.IN.gov.
  • By mail, print and complete an entry form (wildlife.IN.gov/3577.htm) and include a photo of the fish and a copy of your fishing license (if required) to Record Fish Program, Division of Fish & Wildlife, 402 W. Washington St., Room 273, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • By email, submit electronic version of the entry form and attach a photo of the fish and a copy of your fishing license (if required) to recordfish@dnr.IN.gov.

2018 FISH OF THE YEAR CONTEST WINNERS

Family

Common Name

Length (inches)

Water (County)

Angler

Black Bass Largemouth Bass

25.50

Bruce Lake (Fulton) Mark Holbrook

25.50

Bruce Lake (Fulton) Mark Holbrook
Smallmouth Bass

22.50

Tippecanoe River (Carroll) Brad Sedam
Sunfish Black Crappie

14.75

Oswego Lake (Kosciusko) Mark Buckmaster
Bluegill

11.25

Lake Maxinkuckee (Marshall) Jeff Armstrong
Hybrid Sunfish

10.00

Private Pond (Cass) George Seabolt
Longear Sunfish

6.50

Hodge Ditch (Jasper) Jeff Armstrong
Redear Sunfish

12.00

Geist Reservoir (Hamilton) Jessica Chillemi
Rock Bass

10.50

Lake Maxinkuckee (Marshall) Jeff Armstrong
White Crappie

18.00

Private Lake (Hamilton) Kyle Thieman
Catfish Blue Catfish

40.00

Rustic Lake (Spencer) Ed Leistner
Brown Bullhead

16.25

High Dive Pond (Elkhart) Mark Losee
Channel Catfish

29.50

Farm Pond (Huntington) Andrew Albertson
Stonecat

4.50

White River (Jackson) Paul D. Huber
Yellow Bullhead

15.50

Clear Lake (Steuben) Curtis Mitchel
Perch Walleye

31.25

Lake Michigan (LaPorte) Jakob Kintzele
Yellow Perch

13.25

Lake Tippecanoe (Kosciusko) Curtis Mitchel
Trout Cisco

16.25

Little Crooked Lake (Whitley) Robert Ecenbarger
True Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

32.00

White River (Lawrence) Myron J. Slaubaugh
Striped Bass

42.00

Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke) Samuel Bruce
Pike Muskellunge

50.00

Lake Tippecanoe (Kosciusko) Fred Lederer
Northern Pike

42.00

Dallas Lake (LaGrange) Bruce Kinley

42.00

Big Chapman Lake (Kosciusko) Steven Borash
Minnow Common Carp

42.75

Lake Michigan (LaPorte) Jaron Pogue
Grass Carp

31.50

Private Pond (Johnson) Owen Sawa
Striped Shiner

8.50

Clear Creek (Monroe) Ron Anderson
Suckers Bigmouth Buffalo

32.00

Beanblossom Creek (Monroe) Ron Anderson
Smallmouth Buffalo

32.00

Lake Freeman (White) Scott O’Connor
Golden Redhorse

19.00

Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Mark Holbrook
Shorthead Redhorse

17.00

West Fork White River (Morgan) Ron Anderson
Silver Redhorse

22.50

West Fork White River (Morgan) Ron Anderson
Smallmouth Redhorse

12.00

Brookville Tailwater (Franklin) Ron Anderson
Spotted Sucker

17.00

Beanblossom Creek (Monroe) Ron Anderson
White Sucker

19.00

Griffy Creek (Monroe) Ron Anderson
Other Bowfin (Dogfish)

26.50

Bruce Lake (Fulton) Mark Holbrook
Skipjack Herring

10.00

White River (Lawrence) Ron Anderson