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A quick overview of state record bluegill.

State Weight Length Location Angler Date
Alabama, 4 lbs 12 oz , Ketona Lakes by Birmingham T.S. Hudson 4/9/1950
Arizona, 3 lbs 15.68 oz, 15.75" ,Goldwater Lake Christopher Ray Mapes 5/2/2004
Arkansas, 3 lbs 4 oz , N/A Albert Sharp 8/7/1998
California, 3 lbs 8 oz, Lower Otay Reservoir Davis Buckhanan 7/10/1991
Colorado, 2 lbs 4 oz, 11.5" Hollenbeck Reservoir Nicholas Toczek 1988
Connecticut , 2 lbs 4 oz , private pond Daniel Gesner 1996
Delaware, 2 lbs 10 oz, 13" Diamond Pond Arnold Harmon 6/10/1998
Florida, 2 lbs 15 oz, Crystal Lake John LeMaster 4/19/1989
Georgia, 3 lbs 5 oz, Shamrock Lake P. F. Gumm 7/3/1977
Hawaii, 0 lbs 8 oz, Lake Wilson June Rae Maeda 6/9/2000
Idaho, 3 lbs 8 oz, C.J. Strike Reservoir Darrell Grim 1966
Illinois, 3 lbs 8 oz, private pond Darren May 5/10/1987
Indiana, 3 lbs 4 oz, private pond Harold L. Catey 1972
Iowa, 3 lbs 2 oz, 12.875" private pond Phil Algreen 7/1986
Kentucky, 4 lbs 3 oz, Strip mine lake Phil Conyers 8/5/1980
Maryland, 3 lbs 7 oz, Deep Creek Lake Sarah Brenneman 8/9/1998
Michigan, 2 lbs 12 oz, 13.75" Vaughn Lake Gary Saylor 1983
Minnesota, 2 lbs 13 oz, Alice Lake Bob Parker 1948
Mississippi, 3 lbs 7.2 oz, private pond Gerald E. Thurmond 2/2/1995
Missouri, 3 lbs 0 oz, Private Pond Bevier Robert Giovanini 6/8/1963
Montana, 2 lbs 10.24 oz, 11" Petersons Stock Dam Brent Fladmo 6/3/1983
Nebraska, 2 lbs 13 oz, Grove Lake Gary Ralston 4/26/1977
Nevada, 2 lbs 3 oz , 13.5" Colorado River Mike Scott 6/14/2004
New Hampshire, 2 lbs 0.64 oz, 11.25" Goodwin Pond Justin S. Therieau 6/18/1992
New Jersey, 3 lbs 0 oz , private pond - in Pennington Dom Santarelli 1990
New Mexico, 3 lbs 1.5 oz, 11.75" Lovington Lake Thomas Smith 6/10/1963
New York, 2 lbs 8 oz, Kohlbach Pond Devin C. VanZandt 8/3/1992
North Carolina, 4 lbs 5 oz, N/A Danny Case 7/27/1967
North Dakota, 2 lbs 12 oz, Strawberry Lake B. Hystad 1963
Ohio, 3 lbs 4.48 oz, 12.75" Salt Fork Reservoir Willis D. Nicholes 4/28/1990
Oklahoma, 2 lbs 6 oz, 12.75" private pond Tom Shorter 5/8/1987
Ontario, 1 lbs 8 oz, N/A 0
Oregon, 2 lbs 5.5 oz, private pond Wayne Elmore 1981
Pennsylvania, 2 lbs 9 oz, Keystone Lake Tom Twincheck 1983
Rhode Island, 2 lbs 1 oz, 12" N/A 0
South Carolina, 3 lbs 4 oz, N/A J.P. Hegler 1973
South Dakota, 3 lbs 4 oz, Stock Dam Scott Sanner 5/24/1980
Tennessee, 3 lbs 0 oz, Fall Creek unknown 6/27/1977
Tennessee, 3 lbs 0 oz, pond unknown 12/19/1987
Texas, 1 lbs 13 oz, 11.5" Purtis Creek James Sides 6/12/1993
Utah, 2 lbs 7 oz, 11.5" Mantua Reservoir Jack Rask 1993
Vermont, 1 lbs 5 oz, Connecticut River John Regan 2000
Washington, 2 lbs 5.3 oz, Tampico Park Pond Ron Hinote 6/10/1984
West Virginia, 2 lbs 12 oz, 11.7" unknown pond Mark A. Lewis 1986
Wisconsin, 2 lbs 9.8 oz, Lake Michigan unknown 8/2/1995
Wyoming, 1 lbs 7.5 oz, 10.3" Lake View North Pond Brad Artery 1988

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Comment by Walt Foreman on May 9, 2010 at 8:29pm
The Fall Creek Falls bluegill, the earlier Tennessee record, was caught by Thelma Grissom. The later tying fish was caught by Brad Pendergrass.
Comment by Howard Webster on July 29, 2009 at 4:25pm
oh and by the way thanks Bruce
Comment by Howard Webster on July 29, 2009 at 4:05pm
I can only speak for Vermont I think bigger Blues and sunnies have been caught that were never reported. Where Vermonts record gill is reported to have come from is a huge part of the river. I have toured the area but never fished there.
Our state record sunnie is only 14 oz, How ever there were two men that i know very well were fishing for bass in lake champlain in about 30 feetof water they spoke with disgust about the huge pumpkinseeds that keep as they called it grabbing there bait. They both at different accounts refered to these fish as being larger than dinner plates. This fishing trip happened over 30years ago I called the living one the other day his story was just the same as it was years ago they were using nightcrawlers and minnows. He could not recall if any of the sunnies bite on the minnows or not the gentalman turned 83 last december. He stated that these darn fish would make you think you were pulling a huge bass in. He thought they were using 8 or 10 pound test eagle claw #2 hooks. He and his partner fished many times after that and never caught that sized again. He would not guess if they would make a pound or not he said they were big for pumpkinseeds
Comment by Greg McWilliams on July 29, 2009 at 3:06pm
You go into someones house and see large bass, walleye, but you never see record blue gill. But of course record blue gill are harder to catch. Look at the dates on those records. Most folks cuss them around here, throw them back. Good for me.
Comment by John Sheehan on July 29, 2009 at 11:57am
Sorry Bruce...I went astray..Dont really know if N Jersey makes a distinction.
Comment by John Sheehan on July 29, 2009 at 11:47am
I wonder how many of these state records were caught in some reservoir that is off limits people snuck into and reported a different water ...like a private pond! This sort of thing happens and I dont really care except when someone tries to dupe folks who do. I live near a border lake and I've heard it has happened before where someone will catch a fish on the NY border and verify it in NJ as a record and vice versa. If this is true ,what an immature thing to do!
Comment by Bill Cody on March 22, 2008 at 1:50pm
I wonder how many of these state records were some sort of hybrid bluegill (HBG) ? For me the pre 1980 records as suspect regarding pure stain BG. Does anyone know if some states consider HBG and BG the same when it comes to a state record?

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