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Indiana: Fish of the Year

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Indiana came out with its 2009 Fish of the Year. Of area note, look at the yellow perch awards.


Should be a lot of people kicking themselves, because there were quite a few yellow perch bigger than the 14.5-incher taking yellow perch fish of the year.especially late in the year near Gary Light. I don't know how many in this rack by Mike Starcevich topped 14.5 inches, but a couple were in that range. And that was just one day last fall.

Also Chicagoan Edwin Van Cleave caught the biggest Fish of the Year, a 50-inch muskie from Big Barbee on July 18.

I find it interesting to receive the 2009 Fish of the Year (by the way, I like the way Indiana does it) this morning.

Just two days ago, Scott Garrison was talking about how his friends thought he should submit his 27.28-pound brown trout for Indiana's Fish of the Year program.

Here is the word on the 2009 list:

2009 Record Fish

There was only one Indiana state record broken in 2009. Paul Huber of Seymour caught a 32.25-inch bowfin that weighed 16.52 lbs. in Mutton Creek in Jackson County. The previous state record bowfin was caught in 1988 and weighed 16.0 lbs.

2009 Fish-of-the-Year

There were 54 entries for 2009 Fish-of-the-Year, of which 27 were accepted. The smallest was a 12-inch bluegill caught by Abby Byrer of Warsaw in Crystal Lake, and the largest was a 50-inch muskie caught by Edwin Van Cleave of Chicago in Big Barbee Lake. Bill Hudock of Michigan City and Joe Tackett of Claypool tied for the walleye Fish-of-the-Year, each catching walleyes measuring 31 inches. Also, Chris Terry of Noblesville caught a 22.75-inch smallmouth bass while fishing a retention pond in Hamilton County. River fishing accounted for eight of the 27 entries, six came from Lake Michigan, eight from other lakes, and five from private ponds.

Species Length Angler Name Body of Water County Angler's Hometown Date

Blue Catfish 44.5 David Ben Mullen Ohio River Harrison Central 10/5/2009
Bluegill 12 Abby Byrer Crystal Lake Kosciusko Warsaw 8/4/2009
Bullhead 15.5 George Morris III Pond Boone Jamestown 4/19/2009
Brown Trout 31.5 Ron Kotfer Lake Michigan Lake Munster 3/6/2009
Buffalo 40 Bryan Kapke Lake of the Woods Marshall Bremen 8/30/2009
Channel Catfish 24 Patrick Bates White River Marion Indianapolis 6/1/2009
Chinook Salmon 39.5 Bob Tortolano Lake Michigan Lake Crown Point 8/14/2009
Coho Salmon 29 Michael Kotfer Lake Michigan Lake Munster 7/20/2009
Carp 29 Lindsey Fleshood Wabash River Wabash Wabash 6/17/2009
Crappie 17 Chris O'Brian Pond Daviess Montgomery 1/27/2009
Flathead Catfish 45 Jackie Reynolds Cagles Mill Reservoir Putnam Poland 9/2/2009
Freshwater Drum 30 Mike Berg Lake Michigan Lake Cedar Lake 7/12/2009
Goldeye 14 Lindsey Fleshood Wabash River Wabash Wabash 8/7/2009
Grass Carp 47 John Pitcher Pond Sullivan Dugger 3/21/2009
Hybrid Striped Bass 26.75 Marietta Strange Ohio River Clark Louisville, KY 11/10/2009
Largemouth Bass 25.5 Bryan Hanson Pond Lake Hobart 4/25/2009
Gar 36 Lindsey Fleshood Wabash River Wabash Wabash 7/24/2009
Muskellunge 50 Edwin VanCleave Big Barbee Lake Kosciusko Chicago, IL 7/18/2009
Northern Pike 30 Mike Berg Tippecanoe Lake Kosciusko Cedar Lake 8/31/2009
Smallmouth Bass 22.75 Chris Terry Pond Hamilton Noblesville n/a
Steelhead Trout 30 Steve Berg Salt Creek Porter Cedar Lake 4/1/2009
Striped Bass 40 Gary Lewis Cecil M Harden Res. Parke Indianapolis 6/8/2009
Sucker 28 Stacy Boik Ohio River Union Evansville 11/22/2009
Walleye 31 Bill Hudock Lake Michigan La Porte Michigan City 4/2/2009
Walleye 31 Joe Tackett Pike Lake Kosciusko Claypool 4/15/2009
White Bass 17.5 Kevin Lawence Jr. Winona Lake Kosciusko Warsaw 9/27/2009
Yellow Perch 14.5 Ron Kotfer Lake Michigan Lake Munster 11/22/2009

To find more information about the state record fish or Fish-of-the-Year programs, go to

Need to know where to fish? Go to and click on the interactive "Where to Fish Finder" link.

Get your Indiana fishing license online at

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"Walleye 31 Bill Hudock Lake Michigan
La Porte Michigan City 4/2/2009"

Monster of a walleye.

That fish reminds me of the saying...
"We'll need a bigger boat..."

what I like even more is that 31 inch walleye came from LAKE MICHIGAN!! I'm suprised the IN DNR even recognized that. They get real nervous when you start talking about walleye's in the big lake, and the potential for their success. Sad too, because it should be on the agenda to add to the lake...

Tom and Rob
Yes. Oh, those fish are coming. And I am beginning to think I will long enough to see them regularly on this side of the state line too.
At least I hope

Those are some pretty perch!

Nice picture of Mike from Mic-Lurch. Expect to see A LOT more big perch from the big lake this year. By the way, I do not see the Asian Carp listed?????????

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