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Record Fish Program

Fishing Regulations Indiana Freshwater Fishing

Record Book Adds 2 Fish in ’16

Last July, Jaxton Orr was night fishing from his grandparents’ pier at Big Lake in Noble County, hoping to catch a spotted gar.

“I think they are really cool fish,” he said.

He’d caught one earlier in the summer. It was a big fish, he said, but he let it go without weighing it. Later, he looked up the state record for spotted gar, a species the DNR began keeping size records for in 2011. It was 5.1 pounds, caught from Turtle Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County in 2014 by Dale Haas.

Nearing midnight on July 25, while his grandfather was watching TV and his grandmother was in bed, Jaxton’s glow bobber went underwater.

“I just knew it was a gar from the way it acted,” said Jaxton, who was 13 at the time. “I just waited for it to start running and then I set the hook and then I could tell it was pretty big, fast. It took about 10 to 20 seconds to get it in. I was horsing it in. I didn’t want it to take any line.”

Jaxton’s scale showed his fish at 6.2 pounds, bettering Haas’ catch by more than a pound. The next day he took it to the local DNR office to have the weight verified by two different official scales, a requirement for a state record.

DNR fisheries biologist Jed Pearson verified the new record at 6.0 pounds. The length of Jaxton’s fish was 34.7 inches. Its girth measured 11 3/8 inches.

Tyler Kreighbaum also put his name and a 37.55-pound lake trout into the record book, shattering the previous mark by about 8 pounds.

Kreighbaum, who operates a charter boat service in Michigan City, said: “I caught it by accident. I thought I was hooked on the bottom. I was trying to break the line off. … I had no clue it was a record. It was a big fish, but I didn’t know it was that big.”

Biologists believe it was lake trout stocked in the 1970s because it had a clipped fin, a common practice at the time for research purposes. The average lake trout caught in southern Lake Michigan is 8 to 10 years old and weighs 7.5 to 8 pounds.

The DNR’s State Record Fish Program was started in 1963 to honor the biggest fish caught based on their weight.

For more information on entering the DNR’s Record Fish Program, visit Wildlife.IN.gov/3577.htm

Indiana Fish Records

Species

Weight

Water, County

Angler

Year

Atlantic Salmon 14 lb., 4 oz. Lake Michigan (Lake) Gene Tarrant

1979

Bighead Carp 53 lb., 8 oz. White River (Pike) Duane Stafford

2000

Blue Catfish 104 lb. Ohio River Bruce Midkiff

1999

Bluegill 3 lb., 4 oz. Pond (Greene) Harold L. Catey

1972

Bowfin (Dogfish) 16.52 lb. Mutton Creek (Jackson) Paul Huber

2009

Brook Trout 3 lb., 15 1/2 oz. Lake Gage (Steuben) Sonny Bashore

1973

Brown Trout 29.03 lb. Lake Michigan (Lake) Glen Duesing

2006

Buffalo 53.9 lb. Oak Hill Pond (Gibson) Kenneth Houchin

2002

Bullhead 4.9 lb. Potato Creek SP (St. Joseph) Darren Robertson

1994

Burbot 7 lb., 11 oz. Lake Michigan Larry Malicki

1990

Channel Catfish 37 lb., 8 oz. Lake (Vanderburgh) Randy E. Jones

1980

Chinook Salmon 38 lb. Trail Creek (LaPorte) Rich Baker

1980

Cisco 3 lb., 12 oz. Big Cedar Lake (Whitley) Phillip Wisniewski

1980

Coho Salmon 20 lb., 12 oz. Lake Michigan (LaPorte) John Beutner

1972

Common Carp 43 lb., 4 oz. Pike Lake (Kosciusko) Russell Long

1989

Crappie 4 lb., 11 oz. Private lake (Jennings) Willis Halcomb

1994

Flathead Catfish 79 lb., 8 oz. White River (Lawrence) Glen T. Simpson

1966

Flier 3 1/2 oz. Stream (Jackson) Harold H. Otte

1983

Freshwater Drum 30 lb. White River (Martin) Garland Fellers

1963

Goldeye 2.3 lb. Wabash River (Vermillion) Brock Marietta

2008

Grass Carp 65.2 lb. Private pond (Morgan) David Hughes

2002

Green Sunfish 1 lb., 10 oz. Pit (Fountain) Terry Keller

1987

Hybrid Striped Bass 22 lb., 2 oz. Tippecanoe River (Carroll) David G. Coffman

2005

Hybrid Walleye 8 lb., 8 oz. Scottsburg Reservoir (Scott) Doug Young

1999

Lake Trout 37.55 lb. Lake Michigan Tyler Kreighbaum

2016

Lake Whitefish 5 lb., 8 oz. Lake Michigan Dan Rostecki

2015

Largemouth Bass 14 lb., 12 oz. Lake (Harrison) Jenifer Schultz

1991

Longnose Gar 22.32 lb. White River/East Fork (Pike) Mark Brittain

2008

Muskellunge 42 lb., 8 oz. James Lake (Kosciusko) Darrin Conley

2002

Northern Pike 30 lb., 2 oz. Clear Lake (Steuben) Jack Barnes

1992

Pink Salmon 2 lb., 12 1/2 oz. Lake Michigan (Lake) Richard J. Lisac

1985

Rainbow Trout 18 lb., 8 oz. Clear Lake (Steuben) Bill Bigger

1988

Redear Sunfish 3 lb., 10 oz. Lake (Brown) R. Peckman

1974

Rock Bass 3 lb. Sugar Creek (Hancock) David Thomas

1969

Sauger 6 lb., 1 oz. Tippecanoe River (Carroll) Mark Bigger

1983

Shortnose Gar 1.58 lb. Wabash River (Wabash) Lindsey Fleshood

2010

Shovelnose Sturgeon 14 lb., 8 oz. Wabash River (Fountain) Mike Latoz

1999

Silver Carp 15 lb., 8 oz. White River/West Fork (Greene) Daniel Keller

2003

Smallmouth Bass 7 lb., 4 oz. Twin Lake (LaGrange) Dana Yoder

1992

Spotted Bass 5 lb., 5 oz. Vigo Larry Hinesley Jr.

2006

Spotted Gar 6 lb. Big Lake (Noble) Jaxton Orr

2016

Steelhead Trout 26.62 lb. Trail Creek (LaPorte) Evan Nicholson

1999

Striped Bass 39.08 lb. Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke) Jonathan VanHook

2010

Sucker 12 lb., 3.3 oz. White River (Bartholomew) John Britton

1991

Tiger Muskellunge 24 lb. Wolf Lake (Lake) Michael Senics

1995

Tiger Trout 3 lb. Lake Michigan (Lake) Mike Ratter

1978

Walleye 14 lb., 4 oz. Kankakee River (Lake) Leon Richart

1974

14 lb., 4 oz. Tippecanoe River (Pulaski) Donald Tedford

1977

Warmouth 1.4 lb. North Dugger Pit (Sullivan) Jack Tolbert

2002

White Bass 4 lb., 3 oz. Lake Freeman (Carroll) James Wagner

1965

White Catfish 9.72 lb. Pond (Wabash) Melissa Grimes

1985

Yellow Bass 2 lb., 15. oz. Morse Reservoir (Hamilton) Jim Raymer

2000

Yellow Perch 2 lb., 8 oz. Gravel pit (Vigo) Roy W. Burkel Jr.

1981