Record Fish Program
Two Records Set in 2019
Mooneye has joined the State Record Fish list, thanks to Gerald Gallagher.
Gallagher was fishing with a cricket in the Clark County waters of the Ohio River on Aug. 15, when he reeled in the 10 inch, 0.36 pound fish. Mooneye, and their close relative, the goldeye, belong to the “toothed herring” family. Toothed herrings are distinct from other herring species (skipjack herring, alewife, gizzard shad), which lack observable teeth along the jawbone and on the tongue.
The most frequently broken record of the past decade, lake whitefish, fell again, becoming the seventh record-breaker of that species since 2012. In early December, Brian Belke was fishing the bottom of Lake Michigan with a jigging spoon at a depth of 45 feet in Porter County when he reeled in a 7.69 pounder, beating the previous record by 1.56 pounds. To put Belke’s catch into context, the average percent increase by weight (among the 10 species that have had their records broken the seventh time in their history) is 9%. Belke’s fish broke the previous record by 26%. No other fish in the history of the program has broken the previous record by such a wide margin at the same point in their recorded history.
If you think you’ve 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 and on a scale certified by the State of Indiana to be accurate to 1 ounce.
If you can’t find a certified scale at a grocery, hardware, grain store, or propane distributor, call the Indiana Division of Weights and Measures at 317-356-7078 for the nearest location.
- Obtain and submit a copy of the Scale Inspection Report from the owner of the store where the fish is 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 (Fishing.IN.gov).
- Provide side-view photograph(s) of the fish and a copy of the angler’s fishing license, if required.
|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||7.69 lb.||Lake Michigan (Porter)||Brian Belke||2019|
|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|
|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.||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|