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Coatesville Angler Reels In New State Record Buffalo Fish From Cagles Mill

Staff Report


Coatesville area resident Brian Waldman was one of just two Indiana fishermen to set two new state records with the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2014. (Courtesy Photo) Coatesville area resident Brian Waldman was one of just two Indiana fishermen to set two new state records with the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2014. (Courtesy Photo) A Coatesville man is eager for the start of another Indiana fishing season after reeling in a pair of Indiana Department of Natural Resources “Fish of the Year” state records in 2014 from lakes in Owen and Putnam counties.

Brian Waldman’s first record catch of the year – a 29-inch hybrid striped bass – was reeled in on June 26, 2014 at Heritage Lake in Putnam County. A few short weeks later while fishing for crappie, Waldman landed a 30.5-inch Buffalo fish at Cagles Mill Lake (Cataract Lake) on July 20. He’s was just one of two Hoosier anglers to set two new records in 2014.

“Cataract is one of our favorite crappie lakes, so we’re there quite a bit and do some bass fishing, too,” Waldman said. “Crappie and occasionally walleye is what we fish for over there. (Buffalos) are common, but they’re not that common anymore. They’re kind of forgotten about to a certain extent, but Cataract to my knowledge is one of the few lakes that has a pretty strong population of them.”

Waldman said he and his friends catch several each season, without specifically targeting the Buffalo.

“We catch most of ours while we’re crappie fishing, using crappie jigs or small jigging spoons. Surprisingly, they actually eat those pretty well. We usually get them out in the deeper water and it seems like you need to keep your bait down, closer to the bottom,” he explained. “Which is why I think most people don’t run into them, because they’re fishing with a bobber and their bait is suspended. We’re usually bumping our jigs right on the bottom, so they’ll see something that looks like a food source, kicking up little silt clouds. We catch several by accident every year. Sometimes they’ll run in little groups, and if that happens we’ll try to target them. They will eat artificial lures and I think Cataract is one of the better lakes in the state for guys that want to fish for them. It’s got some giant Flathead catfish, so for guys who like that type of fishing it might be an overlooked lake, but it’s a really good lake for that type of fishing.”

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