New Colorado State Record Bluegill Caught

An angler caught a giant bluegill in Colorado this week to set the state record.

Angler catches record fish on fly rod

Gregory Wallace set out to catch some pike on a fly rod the week of June 12, 2019 at Totten Reservoir in the Southwest corner of the state. He unexpectedly tied into a Colorado state record fish in the process, although not a pike. 

Wallace now holds the state record for bluegill with a fish that measured 12 3/4 inches long and weighed 2 pounds, 9 1/2 ounces. He caught the fish on a sculpinator pattern while targeting pike. 

Passes former record by 4 ounces and 2 inches

The fish was verified by Colorado biologists at the Durango State Trout Hatchery.The previous state record bluegill was caught in 2014 at Comanche Power Plant and weighed 2 pounds 5 ounces at 11 1/2 inches in length.

The all-tackle world record for bluegill is 4 pounds, 10 ounces caught in May of 1947. No picture exists of the world record.