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Indiana Fishing Records - Fresh and Salt Water






Atlantic Salmon 14lbs 4oz Lake Michigan  Gene Tarrant 1979
Bighead Carp 53lbs 8oz White River  Duane Stafford 2000
Blue Catfish 104lbs 0oz Ohio River  Bruce Midkiff 1999
Bluegill Sunfish 3lbs 4oz private pond  Harold L. Catey 1972
Bowfin 16lbs 0oz Pine Lake  Barry Biederstadt 1988
Brook Trout 3lbs 15.5oz Lake Gage  Sonny Bashore 1973
Brown Trout 29lbs 03oz Lake Michigan  Glen Duesing 2006
Buffalo 53lbs 4oz Oak Hill Pond Kenneth R. Houchin 2002
Bullhead 4lbs 14.4oz Potato Creek  Darren Robertson 1994
Burbot 7lbs 11oz Lake Michigan  Larry Malicki 1990

Carp 43lbs 4oz Pine Lake  Russell Long 1989
Channel Catfish 37lbs 8oz N/A Randy E. Jones 1980
Chinook (King) Salmon 38lbs 0oz Trail Creek  Rich Baker 1980
Cisco 3lbs 12oz Cedar Lake  Phillip Wisniewski 1980
Coho Salmon 20lbs 12oz Lake Michigan  John Beutner 1972
Crappie 4lbs 11oz private pond  Willis Halcomb 1994
Flathead Catfish 79lbs 8oz White River  Glen T. Simpson 1966
Flier Sunfish 0lbs 3.5oz N/A Harold H. Otte 1983
Freshwater Drum 30lbs 0oz White River  Garland Fellers 1963
Grass Carp 65lbs 2oz private pond  David Hughes 2002
Green Sunfish 1lbs 10oz private pond  Terry Keller 1987
Hybrid Bass 19lbs 3oz Tippecanoe River  Sam Tracy 2002
Lake Trout 29lbs 4oz Lake Michigan  Harold Rodriquez 1993
Largemouth Bass 14lbs 12oz N/A Jenifer Schultz 1991
Longnose Gar 22lbs 0oz East Fork White River Mark Brittain 2008
Muskellunge 42lbs 8oz James Lake  Darrin Conley 2002
Northern Pike 30lbs 2oz Clear Lake  Jack Barnes 1992
Paddlefish 106lbs 4oz N/A John Kotter 1996
Pink (Humpback) Salmon 2lbs 12.5oz Lake Michigan  Richard J. Lisac 1985
Rainbow Trout 18lbs 8oz Clear Lake  Bill Bigger 1988
Redear Sunfish 3lbs 10oz N/A R. Peckman 1974
Rock Bass 3lbs 0oz Sugar Creek  David Thomas 1969
Sauger 6lbs 1oz Tippecanoe River  Mark Bigger 1983
Saugeye 8lbs 2.5oz Huntingburg Lake  Charles Powers 1998
Shovelnose Sturgeon 14lbs 8oz Wabash River  Mike Latoz 1999
Smallmouth Bass 7lbs 4oz Twin Lake  Dana Yoder 1992
Spotted Bass 5lbs 5oz Pond Larry Hinesley 2006
Steelhead Trout 26lbs 10oz Trail Creek  Evan Nicholson 1999
Striped Bass 35lbs 6oz Ohio River  Tony Campisano 1993
Sucker 2lbs 3.3oz White River  John Britton 1991
Tiger Muskellunge 24lbs 0oz Wolf Lake  Michael Senics 1995
Tiger Trout 3lbs 0oz Lake Michigan  Mike Ratter 1978
Walleye 14lbs 4oz Little Kankakee River  Leon Richart 1974
Walleye 14lbs 4oz Tippecanoe River  Donal Tedford 1977
Warmouth 1lbs 4oz North Dugger Pit Jack Tolbert 2002
White Bass 4lbs 3oz Lake Freeman  James Wagner 1965
White Catfish 9lbs 11.5oz private pond  Melissa Grimes 1985
Yellow Bass 2lbs 15oz Morse Reservoir  Jim Raymer 2000
Yellow Perch 2lbs 8oz N/A Roy W. Burkel Jr. 1981


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Indiana Record Fish Program
Itís FUN and FREE!  Submit your entry today!
The Indiana Record Fish program recognizes two categories of award winners:
State Record Fish
If you think you have caught a new State Record Fish, please follow the rules below for submitting your entry. The weight of the fish is required for state record fish entries. If your fish is not a new state record, submit it for Fish-of-the-Year and you may just win!  Length of the fish is required for fish-of-the-year entries and there can be a winner for each species category that the division recognizes.  Winners receive a certificate and a colorful jacket patch. Entry forms and pictures will not be returned to the angler.

Submit an entry

General Rules for Submitting an Entry
Fish must be taken legally by hook and line from Indiana waters. Fish taken from the main stem of the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana, or from the Wabash River between Illinois and Indiana will be considered for Indianaís Record Fish Program, provided the angler possessed an Indiana fishing license at the time of the catch.
A photocopy of the anglerís license must accompany an entry if a license was required to catch fish from that body of water.
Fish taken from water on artificial feeding programs are not eligible.
Entry must be postmarked by Dec. 31 of the calendar year the fish was caught.
A good-quality side-view photograph of the fish must accompany each entry. Blue catfish must be photographed from the side against a light background. For State Record Fish entries, applicants may wish to consider hiring a photographer.
Anyone can enter and multiple entries are accepted. Fish must be caught in public or private fishing waters where there is no fee for the fish taken.
Complete and mail the entry form below along with the following:
copy of fishing license
Scale Inspection Report for all State Record Fish entries only 

Rules for Fish-of-the-Year Entries
Size is determined by a total length measurement, or fork length for shovelnose sturgeon. No weight measurement is required for Fish of the Year.
One witness, who is not a relative, who observed the length and/or weight measurement must sign the entry form.
It is not necessary to report the location where the length measurement was taken for Fish of the Year entries.
Provide photograph(s) of the fish (sideview) and copy of fishing license, if required.

Rules for State Record Fish Entries
Size is determined by weight measurement first, then length, for state record fish. Both weight and length measurements are required. The weight measurement must be taken before the fish is frozen and on a scale that has been certified by the State of Indiana to be accurate to 1 ounce. If you canít find a certified scale in 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 a copy of the Scale Inspection Report from the store owner where the fish is weighed and submit the report with the entry form.
Submit a printed meat packaging label showing the weight of the fish, if available
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.
State record fish entries may require verification by a Division of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist. It is the responsibility of the angler to schedule a time to have the fish examined by a State fisheries biologist.
Two witnesses, who are not relatives, who observed the length and/or weight measurement must sign the entry form.
Provide the location information on where the fish was weighed.
Provide side-view photograph(s) of the fish and copy of fishing license, if required.

Entry Form

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