The burbot fishing record in Indiana has been broken for a third time in less than a month.
Phillip Duracz of Chesterton, a town in Porter County, caught an 11.4-pound burbot from Lake Michigan on Tuesday, Jan. 10, according to a press release issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The record-breaking catch was reeled in from the same body of water where Scott Skafar, an angler from Valparaiso, Indiana, caught two burbots (10.2 pounds and nearly 9.7 pounds) on Dec. 30, 2022, that broke the state’s 32-year-old record.
Records from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources show the state’s record-setting burbot from 1990 weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces.
“The recent warm weather coupled with light winds has provided excellent opportunities for anglers to fish Lake Michigan at a time they are usually unable to safely access the lake,” Ben Dickinson, a fisheries research biologist at Lake Michigan,…