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 State Recognizes 22 Anglers for Outstanding 2007 Catches

February 20, 2008 - The Department of Natural Resources has recognized 22 anglers for outstanding fish caught in 2007. One state record was broken and 21 anglers were awarded Fish of the Year honors.

Each year, the DNR tracks the largest fish of more than 50 species caught with hook and line in Indiana.

The Indiana Record Fish program recognizes new state record catches, while the Fish of the Year program recognizes anglers who catch and report the largest fish of each species each year, short of a new state record.


Blue Catfish - 47 inches: David B. Mullen, Ohio River, Harrison County

Bluegill - 13 ½ inches: John Peters, Cornell Lake, Dekalb County

Bowfin - 30 ½ inches: Dane Poncsak, Hamilton Lake, Steuben County

Brown Trout - 37 ½ inches: 22.81 pounds: James Saksa, Lake Michigan, Lake County

Buffalo - 38 ½ inches: David Aquino, Lake of the Woods, Marshall County

Bullhead Catfish - 14 inches: Patrick Bates, White River, Marion County

Channel Catfish - 30 inches: Danny Kotfer, private lake, Fountain County

Chinook - 38 ¼ inches: Shaun Miller, Lake Michigan, LaPorte County

Coho Salmon - 25 inches: Michael Kotfer, Lake Michigan, Lake County

Crappie - 19 ½ inches: Scott Moore, farm pond, Owen County

Flathead Catfish - 45 inches, 56 lbs.: Scott Tallman, East White River, Lawrence County

Grass Carp - 39 inches: Garren L. Gillum, Hardy Lake, Scott Country

Green Sunfish - 7 inches: Patrick Bates, White River, Marion County

Longnose Gar - 29 ½ inches: Lindsey Fleshood, Wabash River, Wabash County

Northern Pike - 47 inches: 28 lbs, 15.4 oz.: William P. Thomas, Clear Lake, Steuben County

Pumpkinseed - 8 ½ inches: Patrick Bates, White River, Marion County

Redear Sunfish - 12 ¼ inches: Ben Stewart, farm pond, Owen County

Rock Bass - 11 7/8 inches: Donald Stafford, Richardson's Lake, Delaware County

Sauger - 26 inches: Lee Goudy, Deer Creek, Carroll County

Steelhead - 33 inches: Shaun Miller, Lake Michigan, LaPorte County

Striped Bass - 40 inches: 22 lbs., 7 oz., Matt Lomax, Cecil Harden Lake, Parke County

Sucker - 29 ¼ inches, 9 lbs., 10 oz.: Tony Forte, St. Joseph River, Elkhart County

Walleye - 31 ½ inches: John Wilson, Lake Michigan, Porter County

White Bass - 15 ½ inches: Lindsey Fleshood, Hoffman Lake, Kosciusko County

Yellow Perch - 15 1/8 inches: Bill Takacs, Lake Michigan, Lake County

Longnose Gar - 54 7/8 inches, 19 lbs, 4 oz.: Kevin Huber, Wabash River, Posey County


2007 State Record Record fish list at:


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