Record Fish Program
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
|Atlantic Salmon||14 lb., 4 oz.||Lake Michigan (Lake)||Gene Tarrant|| |
|Bighead Carp||53 lb., 8 oz.||White River (Pike)||Duane Stafford|| |
|Blue Catfish||104 lb.||Ohio River||Bruce Midkiff|| |
|Bluegill||3 lb., 4 oz.||Pond (Greene)||Harold L. Catey|| |
|Bowfin (Dogfish)||16.52 lb.||Mutton Creek (Jackson)||Paul Huber|| |
|Brook Trout||3 lb., 15 1/2 oz.||Lake Gage (Steuben)||Sonny Bashore|| |
|Brown Trout||29.03 lb.||Lake Michigan (Lake)||Glen Duesing|| |
|Buffalo||53.9 lb.||Oak Hill Pond (Gibson)||Kenneth Houchin|| |
|Bullhead||4.9 lb.||Potato Creek SP (St. Joseph)||Darren Robertson|| |
|Burbot||7 lb., 11 oz.||Lake Michigan||Larry Malicki|| |
|Channel Catfish||37 lb., 8 oz.||Lake (Vanderburgh)||Randy E. Jones|| |
|Chinook Salmon||38 lb.||Trail Creek (LaPorte)||Rich Baker|| |
|Cisco||3 lb., 12 oz.||Big Cedar Lake (Whitley)||Phillip Wisniewski|| |
|Coho Salmon||20 lb., 12 oz.||Lake Michigan (LaPorte)||John Beutner|| |
|Common Carp||43 lb., 4 oz.||Pike Lake (Kosciusko)||Russell Long|| |
|Crappie||4 lb., 11 oz.||Private lake (Jennings)||Willis Halcomb|| |
|Flathead Catfish||79 lb., 8 oz.||White River (Lawrence)||Glen T. Simpson|| |
|Flier||3 1/2 oz.||Stream (Jackson)||Harold H. Otte|| |
|Freshwater Drum||30 lb.||White River (Martin)||Garland Fellers|| |
|Goldeye||2.3 lb.||Wabash River (Vermillion)||Brock Marietta|| |
|Grass Carp||65.2 lb.||Private pond (Morgan)||David Hughes|| |
|Green Sunfish||1 lb., 10 oz.||Pit (Fountain)||Terry Keller|| |
|Hybrid Striped Bass||22 lb., 2 oz.||Tippecanoe River (Carroll)||David G. Coffman|| |
|Hybrid Walleye||8 lb., 8 oz.||Scottsburg Reservoir (Scott)||Doug Young|| |
|Lake Trout||37.55 lb.||Lake Michigan||Tyler Kreighbaum|| |
|Lake Whitefish||5 lb., 8 oz.||Lake Michigan||Dan Rostecki|| |
|Largemouth Bass||14 lb., 12 oz.||Lake (Harrison)||Jenifer Schultz|| |
|Longnose Gar||22.32 lb.||White River/East Fork (Pike)||Mark Brittain|| |
|Muskellunge||42 lb., 8 oz.||James Lake (Kosciusko)||Darrin Conley|| |
|Northern Pike||30 lb., 2 oz.||Clear Lake (Steuben)||Jack Barnes|| |
|Pink Salmon||2 lb., 12 1/2 oz.||Lake Michigan (Lake)||Richard J. Lisac|| |
|Rainbow Trout||18 lb., 8 oz.||Clear Lake (Steuben)||Bill Bigger|| |
|Redear Sunfish||3 lb., 10 oz.||Lake (Brown)||R. Peckman|| |
|Rock Bass||3 lb.||Sugar Creek (Hancock)||David Thomas|| |
|Sauger||6 lb., 1 oz.||Tippecanoe River (Carroll)||Mark Bigger|| |
|Shortnose Gar||1.58 lb.||Wabash River (Wabash)||Lindsey Fleshood|| |
|Shovelnose Sturgeon||14 lb., 8 oz.||Wabash River (Fountain)||Mike Latoz|| |
|Silver Carp||15 lb., 8 oz.||White River/West Fork (Greene)||Daniel Keller|| |
|Smallmouth Bass||7 lb., 4 oz.||Twin Lake (LaGrange)||Dana Yoder|| |
|Spotted Bass||5 lb., 5 oz.||Vigo||Larry Hinesley Jr.|| |
|Spotted Gar||6 lb.||Big Lake (Noble)||Jaxton Orr|| |
|Steelhead Trout||26.62 lb.||Trail Creek (LaPorte)||Evan Nicholson|| |
|Striped Bass||39.08 lb.||Cecil M. Harden Lake (Parke)||Jonathan VanHook|| |
|Sucker||12 lb., 3.3 oz.||White River (Bartholomew)||John Britton|| |
|Tiger Muskellunge||24 lb.||Wolf Lake (Lake)||Michael Senics|| |
|Tiger Trout||3 lb.||Lake Michigan (Lake)||Mike Ratter|| |
|Walleye||14 lb., 4 oz.||Kankakee River (Lake)||Leon Richart|| |
|14 lb., 4 oz.||Tippecanoe River (Pulaski)||Donald Tedford|| |
|Warmouth||1.4 lb.||North Dugger Pit (Sullivan)||Jack Tolbert|| |
|White Bass||4 lb., 3 oz.||Lake Freeman (Carroll)||James Wagner|| |
|White Catfish||9.72 lb.||Pond (Wabash)||Melissa Grimes|| |
|Yellow Bass||2 lb., 15. oz.||Morse Reservoir (Hamilton)||Jim Raymer|| |
|Yellow Perch||2 lb., 8 oz.||Gravel pit (Vigo)||Roy W. Burkel Jr.|| |