Angler catches two fish in Lake Michigan that break Indiana state record

VALPARAISO, Indiana (WANE) A man from Valparaiso, Indiana caught two fish on the same day while fishing Lake Michigan; both broke the previous state record.

Scott Skafar caught a 10.2-pound jellyfish on Lake Michigan in Porter County on December 30, beating the previous record set in 1990 by 2.5 pounds. He also caught a second burbot that same day, beating the old state record by nearly 2 pounds.

Scott Skafar of Valparaiso caught two burbot on Lake Michigan in Porter County on December 30th.

Burbot is a unique species native to Lake Michigan as they are the only freshwater fish in Lake Michigan gadidae, or cod, family. Adult tadpoles feed mainly on other fish species such as round goby, bullhead and yellow perch. Sometimes called eelpout, lawyer, or poor man’s lobster, tadpoles have a single goatee or mustache, similar to catfish whiskers.

Burbots of Lake Michigan are typically found on the lake bottom in deep water. Anglers wanting to target burbot should focus their efforts between November and April, when water temperatures are cold enough for them to move close to shore to feed. Burbot are good to eat. They have firm, white flesh and a large liver, similar to cod. For more information on fishing Lake Michigan, visit on.IN.gov/lakemichiganfishing and learn more about purchasing a fishing license at on.IN.gov/huntfishlicenseretailers.

For more information about the Indiana Record Fish program, visit on.IN.gov/recordfish

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Dais Johnston

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