HOOSIER FISH RECORD: Teen hooks top fish at Big Lake

Jaxton Orr is pictured with his record 6-pound spotted gar hooked at Big Lake last week.
Staff Writer

BIG LAKE – Jaxton Orr, a 13-year-old boy who lives in Fort Wayne, broke the Indiana size record for spotted gar Thursday night, July 28 while fishing on Big Lake in Noble County.
The size of Indiana state fish records are determined by weight.
Orr’s record fish weighed 6.0 pounds. The old record for spotted gar was 5.1 pounds, caught from Turtle Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County in 2014 by Dale Haas. Orr’s fish was 34.7 inches long and its girth measurement was 11 3/8 inches. DNR fisheries biologist Jed Pearson verified the record.
Orr caught the fish on a rod and reel using cut baits.
Indiana began keeping size records on spotted gar in 2011.
Nine-year-old Noah Smith of Delaware, Ohio, caught a 3.17-pound, 29 3/16-inch spotted gar in late June of that year from Crooked Lake in Steuben County to set the original record.
For more information on the DNR Record Fish and Fish of the Year programs, please see fishing.IN.gov/ 3577.htm.