State Record Bluegill

The Record Bluegill Sunfish For Every State In America

Bluegill are the one of the most accessible, popular, and best tasting freshwater fish in North America. And pound for pound, they might be one of the hardest fighting.

Part of the Sunfish family, bluegill prefer warm water lakes, rivers, creeks, and ponds. Bluegill are opportunists when it comes to feeding and will commonly eat things like plankton, insects, worms, and small minnows.

State Record Bluegill

Bluegill often swim in shallow water areas littered with grass, wood, or structure. These shallow water dwellings provide bluegill with both food and protection from other fish.

Bluegills have small mouths so use downsized tackle to target these spunky panfish most effectively.

State Record Bluegill

Most of my fishing experiences are in the north where we consider any bluegill over 8 inches to be a fatty. In fact, it may take bluegill in Wisconsin over 5 years to grow 8 inches.

Below is the list of the largest bluegill ever recorded for every state in America (except Alaska)

StateWeightAnglerWaterbodyYear Caught
Alabama4 lbs 12 oz (World Record)T.S. HudsonKetona Lake1950
AlaskaN/AN/AN/AN/a
Arizona3 lbs 15.68 ozChristopher MapesGoldwater Lake2004
Arkansas3 lbs 4 ozAlbert SharpFulton County1998
California3 lbs 14 ozMichael HoloubekRancho Murieta Reservoir2008
Colorado2 lbs 9 ozGregory WallaceTotten Reservoir2019
Connecticut2 lbs 4 ozDaniel GesnerPrivate Pond1996
Delaware3 lb 10 ozClifford SnyderDiamond Pond2001
Florida2 lbs 15 ozJohn LeMasterCrystal Lake1989
Georgia3 lb, 5 ozP.F. GummShamrock Lake1977
Hawaii8 ozJune MaedaLake Wilson2000
Idaho3 lbs 8 ozDarrell GrimC.J. Strike Reservoir1966
Illinois3 lbs 8 ozDarren MayFarm Pond1897
Indiana3 lb. 4 oz.Harold L. CateyPond1972
Iowa3 lbs 2 ozPhil AlgreeFarm Pond1986
Kansas2 lbs 5 ozRobert Jefferies, ModocFarm Pond1962
Kentucky4 lbs 3 ozPhil ConyersStrip Mine Lake1980
Louisiana1 lb 10 ozMike LambN/A1999
Maine8 ozLiam ClaytonKnight Pond2008
Maryland3 lbs 7 ozSarah BrennemanDeep Creek Lake1998
Massachusetts2 lbs 1 ozHeather BulgerSouth Athol Pond1982
Michigan2 lbs 13 ozN/AVaughn Lake1983
Minnesota2 lbs 13 ozN/AAlice Lake1948
Mississippi3 lbs 7 ozFarm PondGerald Thurmond1995
Missouri3 lbsPrivate PondRobert Giovanini1963
Montana2 lbs 10 ozPeterson’s Stock DamBrent Fladmo1983
Nebraska2 lbs 13 ozGrove LakeGary Ralston1977
Nevada4 lbs 12 ozColorado RiverMike Tahash2010
New Hampshire2 lbs 1 ozGoodwins PondJustin Therieau1992
New Jersey3 lbsFarm PondDom Santarelli1990
New Mexico3 lbs 2 ozLovington LakeThomas Smith1963
New York2 lbs 8 ozKohlbach PondDevin VanZandt1992
North Carolina4lbs 5 ozHenderson County LakeDanny Case1967
North Dakota2 lbs 12 ozStrawberry LakeBudd Hystad1963
Ohio3 lbs 4 ozSalt Fork LakeWillis Nicholes1990
Oklahoma2 lbs 6 ozKay Co. PondTom Shorter1987
Oregon2 lbs 5 ozFarm PondWayne Elmor1981
Pennsylvania2 lbs 9 ozKeystone LakeTom Twincheck1983
Rhode Island2 lbs 1 ozN/AC. Rizzo1987
South Carolina3 lbs 4 ozLancaster County LakeJ.P. Hegler1973
South Dakota3 lbs 4 ozStanley Co. Stock DamScott Sanner1980
Tennessee3 lbsFarm Pond + Fall CreekBrad Pendergrass + Thelma Grissom1987, 1977
Texas2 lbsLampasas RiverGibbs Milliken1999
Utah2 lbs 7 ozMantua ReservoirJack Rask199
Vermont2 lbsMiller PondJohn Konya2020
Virginia4 lbs. 8 ozPrivate PondThomas Jones1970
Washington2 lbs 5 ozTampico ParkRon Hinote1984
West Virginia2 lbs 12 ozPondMark Lewis1986
Wisconsin2 lbs 10 ozLake MichiganTom Glafcke1995
Wyoming2 lbs 15 ozPondStock Pond, Niobrara County2008

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