Indiana has a new record spotted gar.
We’re now in the dog days of summer and the record fish catches are starting to slow down a bit. But the new state record spotted gar proves there’s still some great fishing to be had this time of year.
This newest record came out of Big Lake in Noble County last Thursday. The six-pound gar was caught by 13-year-old Jaxton Orr of Fort Wayne. Orr used cut bait to catch the 34.7 inch long fish. It breaks the 5.1 pound record from Sullivan County’s Turtle Creek Reservoir back in 2014.
One traditionally doesn’t think of gar when they think of Indiana fishing. In fact, records for gar in Indiana have only been kept since 2011 when a 3.17 pound gar was caught in Steuben County’s Crooked Lake.
It seems catching large gar is a youngster’s game in Indiana. That original record was caught by then nine-year-old Noah Smith of Ohio.
Even though most record fish catches tend to come in the spring spawning seasons when the fish are at their largest, Orr’s catch proves you can still land the big one even during the hottest parts of the year!