Colorado’s Biggest Bluegill EVER
Russ Chastain 06.19.19
When fishing, it can sometimes pay to expect the unexpected. So when Gregory Wallace went fly fishing for pike last week and hooked a blonky bluegill, he held onto that huge panfish.
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.
This huge bream topped the old record by 4 ounces in weight, and a full two inches in length!
Although this is a huge bluegill, it’s still two pounds shy of the world record bluegill, which weighed in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces and was caught back in 1950, according to the International Game Fish Association. Sadly, there are no known photographs of that big slab.
Congrats Greg! Hope you caught up with some pike too.