Colorado Game Fish Records

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The following are the heaviest game fish caught in the state of Colorado and officially confirmed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Colorado also has a program awarding records by length, although it recently transitioned to a new set of guidelines. See more information about the new program and the previous length records at the bottom of this article.

Colorado Fishing Records

By Weight

Bass, Largemouth
11.38 pounds
Echo Canyon Reservoir,
Archuleta County
Jarrett Edwards,
1997
Bass, Rock
1.08 pounds
Ramah Reservoir,
El Paso County
Timothy Fisk,
1979
Bass, Smallmouth
6.69 pounds
Aurora ReservoirRaymond Ong,
2011
Bass, Spotted
4.492 pounds
Valco Ponds,
Pueblo County
Michael Hardin,
2005
Bass, Striped
29.31 pounds
Arkansas River,
Bent County
Harvey Shade,
2017
Bass, White
4.44 pounds
Blue Lake,
Bent/Kiowa County
Pedro Martinez,
1963
Carp, Common
35.31 pounds
Glenmere Park,
Weld County
Adam Wickam,
2001
Carp, Grass
57.8125 pounds
Cottonwood Park Lake,
Jefferson County
Brian Husmann,
2013
Catfish, Black Bullhead
5.06 pounds
Farm Pond,
Delta County
Uldene Kuretich,
1993
Catfish, Blue
29.13 pounds
Pueblo Reservoir,
Pueblo County
Randy Stillwell,
2019
Catfish, Channel
43.38 pounds
Aurora ReservoirJessica Walton,
2010
Catfish, Flathead
30.6 pounds
Pueblo Reservoir,
Pueblo County
Michael Flock,
2017
Char, Arctic
4.15 pounds
Dillon Reservoir,
Summit County
Lindsay Regali,
2017
Crappie, Black
3.48 pounds
Frank State Wildlife AreaFesstus Stalder,
2017
Crappie, White
4 pounds
Northglenn Lake,
Adams County
Daryel Thompson,
1975
Drum, Freshwater
17.1875 pounds
Lonetree Reservoir,
Larimer County
Faye Lancamp,
1978
Eel, American
3.06 pounds
Flagler Reservoir,
Kit Carson County
Juergen Kernel,
1996
Grayling, Arctic
1.63 pounds
Lower Big Creek Lake,
Jackson County
Derik Drinnen,
2002
Muskie, Tiger
40.13 pounds
Quincy ReservoirJason Potter,
1994
Perch, Sacramento
1.875 pounds
Banner Lakes,
Weld County
Dana Wilfong,
1974
Perch, Yellow
2.56 pounds
Seaman Reservoir,
Larimer County
Justin Allbrandt,
2007
Pike, Northern
30.69 pounds
Stagecoach Reservoir,
Routt County
Tim Bone,
2006
Salmon, Chinook
11 pounds
Williams Fork Reservoir,
Grand County
Helen Eaton,
1989
Salmon, Kokanee
(angling)
6.81 pounds
Spinney Mountain Reservoir,
Park County
Will Arduino,
1986
Salmon, Kokanee
(snagging)
7.31 pounds
Blue Mesa Reservoir,
Gunnison County
Lee Cox,
2002
Sauger
3.38 pounds
Horseshoe ReservoirJeff Riddle,
2011
Saugeye
10.88 pounds
John Martin Reservoir,
Bent County
Rocklyn Beise,
2001
Splake
18.94 pounds
Island Lake,
Delta County
Robin Perkins,
1976
Sucker, White
5.42 pounds
Aurora ReservoirJay Grupp,
2011
Sunfish, Bluegill
2.59 pounds
Totten Reservoir,
Montezuma County
Gregory Wallace,
2019
Sunfish, Green (tie)
1.31 pounds
Gravel Pit,
Larimer County
Joshua Robinson,
2001
Sunfish, Green (tie)
1.31 pounds
Big Thompson Pond,
Weld County
Justin Evans,
1997
Sunfish, Hybrid
1.531 pounds
Gravel Pit,
Larimer County
Jeff Robinson,
1986
Sunfish, Redear
0.95 pounds
Stalker LakeCraig McNitt,
2015
Tench
5.375 pounds
Home Lake,
Rio Grande County
Craig Curtis,
1998
Trout, Brook
7.63 pounds
Upper Cataract Lake,
Summit County
George Knorr,
1947
Trout, Brown
30.5 pounds
Roaring Judy Ponds,
Gunnison County
Alan Schneider,
1988
Trout, Cutbow
18.5 pounds
Antero Reservoir,
Park County
Frank Stack,
2007
Trout, Cutthroat
(Native)
16 pounds
Twin Lakes,
Lake County
George Hranchak,
1964
Trout, Cutthroat
(Snake River)
17.16 pounds
Blue RiverRob Peckham,
2005
Trout, Golden
3.75 pounds
Kelly Lake,
Jackson County
Donald O’ Leary,
1979
Trout, Lake
(Mackinaw)
50.35 pounds
Blue Mesa Reservoir,
Gunnison County
Donald Walker,
2007
Trout, Rainbow
19.63 pounds
Morrow Point Reservoir,
Gunnison County
Lee Cox,
2003
Trout, Tiger
8.23 pounds
Upper Dome Lake,
Gunnison County
Anthony Janssen,
2017
Walleye
18.81 pounds
Standley Lake,
Jefferson County
Scott Regan,
1997
Whitefish, Mountain
5.13 pounds
Roaring Fork River,
Eagle County
Richard Sals,
1982
Wiper
(Striped x White Bass)
26.94 pounds
Pueblo ReservoirKevin Treanor,
2004
Source: Colorado Parks & Wildlife

More Fishing Record Information

Colorado’s record game fish by weight must not be cleaned, frozen or otherwise altered before they are weighed on a certified scale and confirmed by a CPW official, among other rules that you’ll find on the Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s Records by Weight page.

Note that in January 2020, CPW launched a new length record program that allows anglers to catch, photograph while measuring, and release their record fish.

At last check, only a couple of fish have been approved for inclusion on the new list, so we haven’t yet included those records on this page. To see the first few records and the minimum fish lengths required to land this type of recognition, plus other rules, go to the CPW’s Records by Length page.

The new program replaced an older catch and release program with less stringent rules that the agency said called some records into question. To see the older list, go to the Heritage Master Angler Fish Awards page.