Post By: Anteroman Posted: 1/6/2020 10:43:52 AMPoints: 4595
GUESS THE OFFICIAL OPENING DAY OF FISHING AT SPINNEY MOUNTAIN. Most of you are familiar with this, you can pick one day that you think Spinney will open 2020.. Winner will receive a nice rod and reel outfit AKA a rocket launcher. Contest starts with this post and ends APRIL 1, your selection must be made by 4/1/2020.
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Jan. 9, 11:23:28 AM Points: 4595
I hear you goose, maybe this year will be your time? Fun way to get folks cranked up on ice out, and amazingly Spinney is at 81% full at the latest report, Antero is dumping 13-14 cfs right now, thatís the highest volume Iíve seen this time of year, itís usually 5 cfs +/-. The 81% is the highest Iíve seen Spinney in January in the past twelve years Iíve been plotting it. Good for the bug population. Bill
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 19, 10:25:42 AM Points: 4595
Interesting with the Covid19 outbreak I begin to wonder if the CPW will allow anyone on the lake until this whole thing settles down? There's always a possibility that they would not be in favor of having inspections which could expose the employees to the virus? It's a wait and see for now and our plans to travel to Colorado the end of April might just be a pipe dream? Time will tell, the fish are in there, it's just a matter of when we can get to them. Bill
Reply by: idlerick Posted: Mar. 19, 10:56:54 AM Points: 4
Bill- You guys fly back or drive? We've always driven, but the thought of staying in even clean motels, eating meals in restaurants, etc has us spooked. Hate to leave our best vehicle here, but I need a new truck anyway. Looking at flying out of Tampa or Ft Myers. Cheap seats these days - TPA to DEN is $15 on Frontier! (Plus all the add-ons.)
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 20, 9:19:54 AM Points: 4595
Rick, We've never driven to Colorado, just too time consuming and our Fl. cars are not what we'd want out there. We usually fly Palm Beach to DEN or Colorado Springs. . We keep a Jeep out there which works out fine. Travel this year may present some challenges? Stay healthy and wash your hands. Bill
Reply by: idlerick Posted: Mar. 20, 8:45:15 PM Points: 4
They will drill a large (12-18"?) hole and actually pump a fish/water slurry into the frozen lake through a flexible pipe. They used to stock in fall, just before ice-up, but now apparently they're doing it in March. Can't tell you why the change. They also used to stock 12-15" fish, to make it easier for them to avoid the pike, but it's very expensive to raise them to that size. So, hatchery budgets being what they are, they're smaller now, and both the pike and the cormorants enjoy them before they can grow up.
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 21, 8:48:22 AM Points: 4595
Along the same lines it was interesting to watch the stocking operation at Antero last summer. I was at the lake one day when an 18 wheeler with 12 huge tanks on it pulled up to the North ramp. The operators had a 20' or so flat bottomed boat with three huge water tanks as well as full aeration systems. The 18 wheeler was also equipped with large oxygen tanks at the rear. They hand dipped fish from the tanks into the waiting boat then drove the fish to various parts of the lake. Talking with the new lake biologist I found out they stock 3-4" fingerlings only in Antero as there isn't a pike predation problem. They put 150,000 fish in that day and I was told they had the same operation on the South side of the lake, 300,000 fish total. He noted that typically Antero gets over a MILLION fish per year. Amazingly I watched them empty the entire truck and I did not see one dead fish anywhere in the area, also with this method there was no pelican or sea gull activity at the ramp. My only regret looking back was I didn't film or take pictures of this, it just didn't feel appropriate at the time. Bill Wash your hands!
Reply by: idlerick Posted: Mar. 21, 9:57:32 AM Points: 4
That's good to hear, Bill, how they spread the stocking out. I was always irritated when I'd see the little newbies hanging around the north ramp and pelicans and gulls leisurely chowing down. Then there were the "sports" who'd stand on the dock and toss mini-spinners out to catch these tiny fish. Some thrill, huh? I know the loss percentage was small, but it was, I thought, unnecessary. A guy has to wonder how there could be a million fish a year put in there and still have days when he couldn't buy a bite. Ditto at Spinney. Back when they stocked larger fish in Nov the fishing the next year would be fantastic. You could have 50-fish days on 16" fish, but 20-inchers were hard to come by. Now it's a (small) handful of nice fish and almost nothing under 19". Pike and cormorants, I'm guessing. I guess we'll fly back in April. They just closed the beaches here, following museums, galleries, etc. But if we're gonna be bored we might as well do it in 80-degree weather rather than 40. Stay safe.
Reply by: skunkmaster Posted: Mar. 21, 10:08:19 AM Points: 1017
Thanks for the great information. With no successful spawning possible in either lake, we'd have nothing without stocking by CPW. Incredible quality large fish opportunities for the very minor cost of a fishing license. We need to show more gratitude to CPW, IMHO.
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 21, 10:18:34 AM Points: 4595
Well stated Skunk, I too feel the CPW does an amazing job, my biggest gripe is they don't, each year, increase fees to cover the costs associated with maintaining the resource. No one likes a 100% increase that happened once in the last ten years, I'd much rather see a 5% annual increase every year, that is how most businesses operate. JMHO, Bill
Reply by: skunkmaster Posted: Mar. 21, 11:24:41 AM Points: 1017
Amen to that, Bill. I expect CPW managers and leaders themselves would strongly support such a practice of gradual fee increases, but it's the Legislature or the CPW Commission that prevents that from happening, most likely because there are too many members of the public who complain about any license increases.
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 21, 12:47:49 PM Points: 4595
Skunk, I immediately think about computers, "garbage in and garbage comes out"
Also a line I used to use as a sales tool with my boat sales company, "if you want clean sweet good tasting oats you have to pay a premium, if you want cheap oats, get the ones that come out of the horse"
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 23, 9:46:38 AM Points: 4595
Skunk, Generally speaking if you want quality you normally have to pay a bit more whether it's a piece of fishing tackle a gun or running the CPW, if they don't have enough to operate or try to cut too many corners, the end product, our fish and game resources ,suffer the consequences. Don't want to sound "Preachy" but I personally want CPW to have enough money to maintain and improve our wonderful resources. Bill
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Mar. 28, 9:12:21 AM Points: 4595
Not that it matters now, April 6 was taken on January 6th at 1:50pm by Myanke.
The contest is now closed, a bit early, as it wouldn't be fair at this time to allow new picks.
May is looking more competitive than ever before, all of the May dates from 1-26 are taken. Good luck to all, tight lines and smooth drags, stay safe wash your hands, hopefully see you sooner than I expect . Bill
Reply by: HOWLERADO Posted: Mar. 29, 8:39:46 AM Points: 0
Does this change things for the opener..... from CPW website. "Spinney Mountain State Park was already COMPLETELY closed for the winter season. Afterwards, work will be done on the reservoir before opening for summer." I sure hope not. I'm going with June 24.