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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Chironimid Hatch--Not Yet

Post By: Infrared      Posted: 5/15/2019 4:32:27 PM     Points: 8    
A few were flying around, but the big hatch hasn't commenced yet. I'm guessing another week or two...

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 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: May. 16, 10:15:43 PM     Points: 5758    
Wednesday was glorious boating weather on Spinney. Didnít see many midges flying around, but the trout and pike really were eating them! Yes, I managed two hammer handles on chironocones (snow cones?) and well over a dozen trouts. Tim had the biggest of the day, around 23Ē.

It took us a couple of hours to find a fishy area, most fish holding tight to the bottom, but feeding 3-5í above the bottom. When the bite was hottest, fish would take any reasonable midge pattern, but when the bite slowed down, we kept changing flies to find the best size and color.

There are very few weeds around, and we caught several more trout and pike while trolling small spoons later in the day.
 Reply by: VINNIE      Posted: May. 17, 7:47:45 AM     Points: 730    
I've seen very few fish shallow so deep is the key.. Thanks for the report and pics.. Very healthy.. Antero is different where the fish are 3-4 fow and taking chiros.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: May. 17, 8:05:03 AM     Points: 1783    
Chiromomids... they should be happening any day. I'm counting on it. I here of strong hatches at 11 mile and Antero. My guess is they will really pop on the next sunny day. That looks like next Thursday or Friday. Unfortunately I have family coming to fish on Monday from Michigan. They will be here the whole week to fish, as my saving grace. The pressure is on me to find fish...Oh boy, I hope I can getter done.
The upside is they are bringing pontoons. That will give me a few more options and mobility. My cousins wife will be fishing too... She doesn't want to venture too far out though. I was hoping the fishing will be good at Cheerio Beach. ANY updates or info would be greatly appreciated...I just want to show them a good time.
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 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: May. 17, 12:42:19 PM     Points: 5758    
Always baffles me that three lakes along the same river can fish SO differently! We expected the fish at Spinney to be shallow as well, considering that warmer water produces hatches earlier, but the shallows at Spinney were pretty empty. Thanks to a good sonar, though, we found 'em!
 Reply by: stillwatertrout      Posted: May. 17, 4:54:29 PM     Points: 1    
dont you guys take water temps, that tells you when they hatch
 Reply by: Infrared      Posted: May. 17, 5:08:16 PM     Points: 8    
Malty--Were you closer to the dam? In my experience at Spinney, it seems that the hatches gradually move from the dam side of the lake westward toward the river inlet.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: May. 17, 6:19:08 PM     Points: 5758    
I was closer to the inlet, I haven't noticed hatches moving west, actually I think they move from Shallower water towards deeper water.

If only it was so easy to take water temps and decide when to fish! I go fishing when I can, not when water temps change!
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: May. 17, 8:44:34 PM     Points: 1783    
Thanks for the in put Malty. Lol, I like the water to be above 40 degrees and below 62.... yep you fish what you get.! To answer the question. Absolutely I take temps when I need to. Usually my eyes tell me what to use. Just need to find fish ..hey Iíll go slip bobber and drop flies 20+ feet or throw dry flies, what ever it takes. As long as I got fish around typically Iíll figure them out.

Crawfish mate and sucker spawn when the water temp is at or near 50 degrees. If I were trying to dial in the crawfish bite. Thatís where thermometer would be used. But if Iím fishing chironomids I wonít need it.
 Reply by: taylinloop      Posted: May. 21, 12:21:33 PM     Points: 29    
Just spent 4 days at Spinney in the tubes. Thursday the water temp had risen to 54 degrees and we saw a few of the big midges coming off before the wind blew us off. Thursday the winds were terrible at daylight and then the cold front showed up and the water temp dropped to 50 degrees. The trout fishing really slowed down and the pike took over constantly biting off our woolly buggers. Friday was even colder with less action. I think the next warm spell around or after Memorial day will be when to be there.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: May. 21, 2:27:22 PM     Points: 579    
I have been catching fish on chironomids for a week in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Dries and pupa. The temps have been 50 to 54 on the surface.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: May. 22, 5:27:34 PM     Points: 1783    
We have been fishing the chironomids since 4-25. Because that was my first day fishing the any of so park lakes. Good hatch today at Antero however the wind kind of kept the fish off of them. Today the SW nymph and the brown leech were my best bugs. The fish are spread out from what I could tell. I marked very few fish.


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