Record Fish Factoids
The heaviest Indiana record fish is a 104 lb. Ohio River blue catfish caught by Bruce Midkiff in 1991.
The lightest Indiana record fish is a 3.5-ounce flier. Fliers are tiny sunfish found in a few southern Indiana rivers and swamps. Flier record holder Harold Otte of Greenwood boasts, "It's not the biggest, but it's the smallest."
The wiper record is Indiana's most often broken record. The record has been broken more than 20 times since Jamey Spinks of Shelbyville set the first record in 1985 with a 3.25-pound Monroe Lake fish.
Tom Berg of Dyer, Ind. holds the record for most appearances in the state's record fish program. Berg has twelve Fish-of-the-Year awards since 1994. Tom's brother, Mike Berg, can strut proudly about his boat knowing he holds the lightest official world record - a one-pound grass pickerel plucked from Dewart Lake in Kosciusko County.
A steelhead trout state record once stood for only 45 minutes. On June 11, 1981, Morton Kaplan of Michigan City ran into the DNR Lake Michigan office with a steelie weighing nearly 21 pounds, which beat the previous record set nine years before by 3 ounces. Kaplan then sprinted off to the Michigan City newspaper for photos. A few minutes later, Michigan City angler Henry May strolled in with a 22-pound steelie.
Indiana's 2-pound, 15-ounce yellow bass record, caught from Morse Reservoir near Cicero, still stands as a world record.
Garland Fellers from Loogootee has Indiana's longest held record. Garland entered a 30-pound White River freshwater drum during the program's first year in 1963.