By Louie StoutRon Ryba with his big walleye

Five measly ounces.

That’s how close Ron Ryba came to breaking Indiana’s long-standing walleye record.

“If only that fish had eaten one more shad…” said the Michigan City angler.

Ryba caught the 13.96-pound monster walleye from Trail Creek harbor shoreline in Michigan City a week ago Friday. Had it eaten one more of the large shad schooling where Trail Creek empties into Lake Michigan, he’d have broken the record that has stood for 45 years.

The current 14-pound, 4-ounce record was set in 1974 on the Kankakee River and tied in 1977 on the Tippecanoe River.

All is not lost, however. After the official weighing and photos, the fish was released back into the creek mouth.

“I want another shot at her – when she’s bigger,” said Ryba.