New state record beats the old one by more than a pound.
Dan Rostecki was fishing for brown trout a couple of weeks ago, but he ended up catching a very large lake whitefish, a new Indiana state record in fact. Rostecki was fishing from a Michigan City pier when he hooked what he initially thought was a brown.
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“I was out there brown trout fishing on the bottom and thought I had one,” Rostecki said. “It ended up being a whitefish. It’s the first one I’ve ever caught. It was really, really a bonus.”
The record fish weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces. and beat the previous state record of 4 pounds, 6 ounces caught in 2012. Lake whitefish generally run in the two-pound and under range, although the current IGFA all-tackle world record is listed at 14 pounds, 6 ounces, caught in Ontario in 1984 by Dennis Laycock.
The week before Rostecki caught his big whitefish a friend had caught one weighing 3 pounds, 6 ounces. Rostecki’s preferred bait for brown trout, a squid and nightcrawler combination, apparently is also very effective for whitefish.
As for the unusual bait combo, Rostecki explained, “It’s a good combination for brown trout. The squid has a nice oil smell, and the brown trout kind of dial in on it. My friend caught a couple last week using it and a couple more this week.”
DNR State Record Fish Program coordinator Jamie Smyth, who certified Rostecki’s record whitefish, gave props to the angler: “Congratulations to Dan on his record catch. Since this one came so early in the year, perhaps it’s a sign that we’re in for a great year of fishing in Indiana.”
The IGFA indicates that, “The lake whitefish is more highly regarded as a game fish than the other whitefishes. The flavor is considered supreme.”