Every Colorado State Fishing Record

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For many anglers, Colorado is a trout fishing paradise!

The state is home to over 6,000 miles of streams. It also houses over 1,300 lakes and reservoirs. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the state also holds approximately three-dozen warm-and-cold water fish.

Colorado also contains some of the top waters in the country. Gunnison County, for instance, offers incredibly fishing and scenery. Gunnison Lake offers some of Colorado’s premier brown and rainbow trout fishing. Other sites, like Blue Mesa Reservoir, features some of America’s best cokanee salmon fishing.

But you can find excellent fishing outside of Gunnison, too. Top waters like the Animas and Roaring Fork River both have excellent trout fishing.

Colorado Master Angler Program

Like many other states, Colorado offers a recognition program for successful anglers. The state’s master angler program, however, keeps fishing conservation in mind.

To ensure that fisheries remain healthy and well-stocked, Colorado Parks & Wildlife encourage anglers to catch-and-release their trophy fish. They also provide a downloadable brochure of qualifying sizes and regulations.

To qualify, anglers must catch fish of a certain length. While Colorado fishing state records are based upon weight, the master angler program only looks at the length of the qualifying fish.

Colorado State Fishing Records

Below, you will find a list of the Colorado state fishing records.

Species  WeightLengthLocationAnglerDate
American Eel3 lbs 1 oz35.25″Flagler Reservoir unknown1996
Arctic Char3 lbs 12 oz20.5″Dillon Reservoir Marshall Brenner1994
Arctic Grayling1 lbs 10 oz17.25″Big Creek Lake Derik Drinnen2002
Black Crappie3 lbs 4 oz17″private pond Clint Couch1990
Blue Catfish20 lbs 1 oz32.75″private pond Joe Poss1976
Bluegill Sunfish2 lbs 4 oz11.5″Hollenbeck Reservoir Nicholas Toczek1988
Brook Trout7 lbs 10 ozUpper Cataract Lake George Knorr1947
Brown Trout30 lbs 8 oz36.4″Roaring Judy Ponds Alan Schneider1988
Bullhead5 lbs 1 oz23″private pond Uldene Kuretich1993
Carp35 lbs 5 oz38.75″Glenmere Park Lake Adam Wickam2001
Channel Catfish43 lbs 6 oz40.5″Aurora ReservoirJessica Walton2010
Chinook (King) Salmon11 lbs 0 oz28.5″Williams Fork Reservoir Helen Eaton1989
Cutthroat Trout16 lbs 0 ozTwin Lakes George Hranchak1964
Freshwater Drum17 lbs 3 oz32″Lonetree Reservoir Faye Lancamp1978
Golden Trout3 lbs 12 oz22.5″Kelly Lake Donal OLeary1979
Grass Carp51 lbs 0 oz42″Prospect Park LakeCody Moreland2010
Green Sunfish1 lbs 5 oz11.6″N/AJoshua Robinson2001
Hybrid Sunfish1 lbs 8.5 oz10.75″N/AJeff Robinson1986
Kokanee Salmon6 lbs 13 oz27.5″Spinney Mountain Reservoir Will Arduino1986
Lake Trout46 lbs 14.6 oz42.6″Blue Mesa ReservoirLarry Cornell2002
Largemouth Bass11 lbs 6 oz22.5″Echo Canyon Reservoir Jarrett Edwards1997
Northern Pike30 lbs 11 oz46.5″Stagecoach ReservoirTim Bone2006
Rainbow Trout19 lbs 10 oz34″Morrow Point ReservoirLee Cox2003
Rock Bass1 lbs 1.25 oz10.6″Ramah Reservoir Timothy Fisk1979
Sacramento Perch1 lbs 14 oz13.25″Banner Lakes Dana Wilfong1974
Sauger3 lbs 6 oz21.5″Horseshoe ReservoirJeff Riddle2011
Saugeye10 lbs 14 oz28.5″John Martin Reservoir Rocklyn Beise2001
Smallmouth Bass6 lbs 11 oz21.5″Aurora ReservoirRaymond Ong2011
Splake18 lbs 15 oz32″Island Lake Robin Perkins1976
Spotted Bass4 lbs 7 oz16″Valco PondsMichael Hardin2005
Striped Bass15 lbs 11 oz34.25″CF&I Reservoir #2 Manuel Aguilar2009
Tench5 lbs 6 oz20″Home Lake Craig Curtis1998
Tiger Muskellunge40 lbs 2 oz53″Quincy Reservoir Jason Potter1994
Tiger Trout4 lbs 6 oz21.5″N/ABen Kraft2000
Walleye18 lbs 13 oz34″Standley Lake Scott Regan1997
White Bass4 lbs 7 oz18″Blue Lake Pedro Martinez1963

While we check periodically for updates to record fish for every state, sometimes new records slip through the cracks. If you see any stats that need updated, please let us know in the comments below.

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