Top 2004 catches in the region
Written by South Bend Tribune   
Sunday, 20 March 2005 02:12
Several of Indiana's 2004 Fish of the Year awards announced recently were caught from northern Indiana waters.

The Department of Natural Resources 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 that didn't qualify as a state record.

State records are based on certified weight of the fish while Fish of the Year Awards are based on length of the fish and are given to the anglers who catch the longest fish in those categories. And while bigger fish may have been caught around the state, only those which are reported to the DNR count toward the contest.

Entries were submitted from 31 counties and Lake County had the most entries. Lake Michigan provided the largest Indiana brown trout, yellow perch, freshwater drum and Chinook salmon caught in the state last year.

Two state records were recognized, a 1.88-pound Goldeye, taken from the White River, and an 18.42-pound longnose gar, also caught from the White River.

Fish of the Year honors awarded for fish caught in northern Indiana include:

Brad Kreighbaum of Michigan City, 42 inches.


David Lawrence of Wolcottville, 17.75 inches from Adams Lake in LaGrange Co.


Ron Kotfer of Munster, 36 inches from Lake Michigan.


Allen Hope of Fort Wayne, 17.5 inches from Lake Gage in Steuben Co.


August Mauer of New Carlisle, 27 inches from Lake Michigan.


R. Wyatt Weaver III (no hometown listed), 53.5 inches from Kosciusko Co.'s James Lake.


Stuart Swink III of Ft. Wayne, 43.25 inches from Pigeon River.


Truman McClain of Montpelier, 47 inches from Loon Lake in Kosciusko County.


Bill Takacs of Hammond, 14.75 inches from Lake Michigan.


Both programs have the same fish divisions and use the same entry blank and rules. Rules and entry forms are in the free 2005 Indiana Fishing Guide, available wherever fishing licenses are sold.










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  • Channel Catfish:
  • Chinook Salmon:
  • Cisco:
  • Freshwater Drum:
  • Longnose Gar:
  • Northern Pike:
  • Tiger Muskellunge:
  • Yellow Perch:
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