Record Fish Program
Indiana Freshwater Fishing
Four Records Set
Occasionally, the big-fish bite is on.
In the first two months of 2017, it was on for lake whitefish, big time.
Two records were set for the species by anglers fishing Lake Michigan.
First, Josh Pisowicz broke the record set by Dan Rostecki the year before. On Feb. 19, Posowicz was targeting whitefish on the Michigan City pier when he caught a 5-pound, 9-ounce specimen. Pisowicz promptly submitted the required record-fish application to DNR officials. The next day, his fish was certified as breaking the record by 1 ounce.
On Feb. 28, Alexander Ciesielski submitted a record-fish application for a 5-pound, 13-ounce whitefish he had caught near Portage Lakefront Park—on Jan. 21.
Ciesielski was not targeting whitefish, but said he knew as soon as he landed this one that he had a record contender.
DNR officials certified Ciesielski’s record on March 3.
The state established a category for lake whitefish in 2012. Ciesielski’s fish marked the fifth record Indiana lake whitefish.
Whitefish have long been targets of commercial fishing operations in northern Lake Michigan due to demand for their flaky white flesh. Recently, sport anglers started targeting them in southern Lake Michigan.
Whitefish are a great resource for Hoosiers because they are abundant, delicious and accessible to shore anglers, according to DNR Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert.
“And they can be caught using simple techniques, such as bottom fishing with a 1- to 2-ounce weight, a 12- to 24-inch leader, and a small hook baited with waxworms, salmon eggs or bits of night crawler,” Breidert said.
Whitefish can be caught from most of Indiana’s shore access on Lake Michigan.
Typically, the best fishing occurs between November and April, when near-shore water temperatures are below 50 degrees.
Another new species category was added to the record book last year. That happened after Joseph Bickel entered a 0.55-pound, 13-inch skipjack herring he caught on July 23 from the Wabash River in Huntington County.
The final record-breaker for 2017 was caught on Aug. 3, by Nick Waugh. He pulled in a 6.78-pound spotted gar from a gravel pit in Vermillion County.
For more information about Indiana’s Record Fish program, which started in 1963 and is based on weight, go to wildlife.IN.gov/
|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 Milicki||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., 13 oz.||Lake Michigan (Portage)||Alexander Ciesielski||2017|
|5 lb., 9 oz.||Lake Michigan (LaPorte)||Joshua Pisowicz||2017|
|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|