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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

Indiana Fish Records



Water, County



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.