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Record Fish Program

Five Record Fish Caught in 2021

Five state record fish, based first on weight and then on length, were caught across Indiana in 2021.

Phillip Duracz of Chesterton set the first new state record with a lake whitefish from Lake Michigan that weighed 9.34 pounds. This broke the existing record by more than a pound and a half.

Wyatt Small of Lanesville set a record in early April with a 2.15-pound skipjack herring on the Ohio River. That record was broken 11 days later with a 2.51-pound skipjack caught on the Ohio by Gary Davis, Jr. of Florence.

The skipjack record wasn’t the only one to fall twice in 2021. Austin Gere of Washington caught a 1.69-pound shortnose gar from Veale Creek in June of 2021. Less than two months later, Fort Wayne resident Kyle Hammond’s first-ever shortnose gar out of the Wabash River, weighing 2.35 pounds, set the final state record of the year.

If you think you have caught a state record fish, follow the steps below to get it certified:

  • Both weight and length measurements are required for Record Fish entries. The weight measurement must be taken before the fish is frozen, on a scale certified by the State of Indiana to be accurate to 1 ounce. Each DNR fisheries biologist has a certified scale, or you can also find certified scales at meat markets, or farm-related retailers.
  • If a DNR scale is not used, obtain and submit a copy of the Scale Inspection Report from the owner of the store where the fish was weighed.
  • Submit a photo or printed meat packaging label (if available) showing the weight of the fish and the location where it 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 may require verification by a DFW fisheries biologist. 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 of the angler and who observed the weight and length measurement must sign the entry form, which can be found at fishing.IN.gov.
  • 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 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

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

9.34 lb.

Lake Michigan (Lake)

Phillip Duracz

2021

Largemouth Bass

14 lb., 12 oz.

Lake (Harrison)

Jenifer Schultz

1991

Longnose Gar

22.32 lb.

White River/East Fork (Pike)

Mark Brittain

2008

Mooneye

0.36 lb.

Ohio River (Clark)

Gerald Gallagher

2019

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

Redfin Pickerel

0.86 lb.

Coffee Creek Park Pond (Porter)

Dunkan Fischer

2020

Rock Bass

3 lb.

Sugar Creek (Hancock)

David Thomas

1969

Sauger

6 lb., 1 oz

Tippecanoe River (Carroll)

Mark Bigger

1983

Shortnose Gar

2.35 lb.

Wabash River (Wabash)

Kyle Hammond

2021

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

2.51 lb.

Wabash River (Carroll)

Gary Davis Jr.

2021

Smallmouth Bass

7 lb., 4 oz.

Twin Lake (LaGrange)

Dana Yoder

1992

Spotted Bass

5 lb., 5 oz.

Private Lake (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.

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