A 14-year-old fisherman from Sacramento caught what is believed to be a Clear Lake record for bluegill on Monday while fishing off a dock at Library Park in Lakeport.
Josiah Pickett reeled in the 3.8-pound fish early Monday afternoon, making it a Memorial Day to remember for the teen. The fish was weighed on two different digital scales to guarantee accuracy. The old lake record for bluegill is believed to be 3 pounds, 4 ounces and was set many years ago, according to Record-Bee outdoors columnist Terry Knight. The state record is 3 pounds, 14 ounces.
Pickett's bluegill measured 14.5 inches long and had a girth of 17 inches. The state-record bluegill was 14.3 inches long and had a girth of 18.5 inches.
Pickett used a red worm as bait.