Monster Bream: Bluegill Record Set in Colorado

Record-holder was fly-fishing for pike when the fish struck.

Monster Bream: Bluegill Record Set in Colorado

Gregory Wallace caught this Colorado-record bluegill while fly-fishing for pike. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife — Durango image)

When does bream fishing feel like pike fishing?

Ask Coloradoan Gregory Wallace, who recently caught a two-and-a-half-pound bluegill while he was fly-fishing for pike at Totten Reservoir near Cortez, Colo.

The bass-sized bluegill easily broke the state record, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife on Facebook.

Wallace’s record fish officially weighed 2 pounds, 9.5 ounces and was 12.5 inches long, the CPW said. The weight was certified at the Durango State Trout Hatchery.


The previous record — caught in 2014 at Comanche Power Plant by Robert Castro — weighed 2-5 and measured 11.5 inches long.


In case you’re wondering, the world record recognized by the International Game Fish Association weighed 4-12. It was caught in 1950 at Kentona Lake, Ala.

Colorado keeps state records by weight and length (catch-and-release).

Click here to read about the most recent state fishing records.

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