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Record Fish Program

Fishing Regulations Indiana Freshwater Fishing

State Record Fish

Two Records Set in 2018

The Lake Michigan waters of Porter County produced a state-record lake whitefish for the second year in a row. Dustin Meeter was fishing with a blade bait on April 13 when he reeled in a 6-pound, 2-ounce fish that bested the previous record of 5 pounds, 13 ounces set by Alexander Ciesielski last year. The catch represents the sixth state record for lake whitefish since 2012.

A 69-pound grass carp was the second record-breaker of 2018. This monster was caught by Daniel Goss in a Hamilton County pond on July 22. The catch ranks as the ninth largest fish ever recorded in the Record Fish program, behind two current (blue catfish and flathead catfish) and six former record-holders. The previous record for grass carp was set at 65 pounds, 3 ounces in 2002 by David Hughes.

If you think you’ve caught a new state-record fish, make sure you get the credit you deserve. Follow these steps to get it certified:

  • Both weight and length measurements are required for Record Fish entries. The weight must be taken before the fish is frozen, on a scale that has been certified by the State of Indiana to be accurate to 1 ounce. If you can’t find a certified scale at a grocer, hardware, grain store, or propane distributor, call the Indiana Division of Weights & Measures at 317-356-7078 for the nearest location.
  • Obtain and submit a copy of the Scale Inspection Report from the store owner where the fish is weighed.
  • Submit a photo or a printed meat-packaging label (if available) showing the weight of the fish. Provide the location information on where the fish was weighed.
  • After weighing, the fish may be gutted and iced, but not filleted or otherwise cut up. The fish must be available for inspection and identification, and a verification by a Division of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist may be required. It is the responsibility of the angler to schedule a time to have the fish examined by a DFW fisheries biologist.
  • Two witnesses, who are not relatives, who observed the weight and length measurement must sign the entry form (wildlife.IN.gov/3577.htm).
  • Provide side-view photograph(s) of the fish and a copy of the angler’s fishing license, if required.

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 29.3 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 69.0 lb. Pond (Hamilton) Daniel Goss 2018
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 6 lb., 2 oz. Lake Michigan (Portage) Dustin Meeter 2018
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
Skipjack Herring 0.55 lbs Wabash River (Huntington) Joseph Bickel 2017
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 6.78 lb. Gravel Pit (Vermillion) Nick Waugh 2017
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. Kakakee 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