Chesterton man catches state record whitefish

Phil Duracz of Chesterton broke the state record for whitefish while fishing on Lake Michigan near Portage on March 6. His catch weighed 9.34 pounds, besting the previous record from 2019 by 1.65 pounds. Lake whitefish records are the most frequently broken in Indiana in the past decade – this was the eighth time since 2012. Prized as excellent table fare, whitefish are becoming more sought after by anglers, since they can be caught near shore from November to April, typically when water temperatures are below 50 degrees. “Whitefish are usually caught by pier anglers using simple techniques, such as bottom fishing with a slip sinker rig with a short leader, small hook, and single salmon egg or piece of night crawler,” said Ben Dickinson, DNR Lake Michigan biologist. “As the ecosystem changes due to invasive species, whitefish are switching from eating mostly invertebrates to incorporate more small baitfish such as invasive round gobies. We’re also seeing more boat anglers targeting them successfully using jigging spoons or small swimbaits worked slowly on the bottom.”

Chesterton man catches state record whitefish

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