Saturday 5/9 dropped the boat in the water about 1pm and started trolling. Not 10 minutes into it I have a lethargic but heavy fish on the line. A tiger muskie, 30 inches, my guess is it weighed 7lbs. Did not fight at all until it got to the boat, then it make a few dives but was pretty quickly in the net. I laid it out on top of my livewell cover in the sun to take a picture, and he was gone before I could get my phone out. Bummer, but a good 'self release.' The guy at the ANS station said that the largest he had heard about was 29" . . . but there should be some longer ones by late summer.
I caught 9 trout, including a brown and a cutthroat. All of the fish were skinny. Not skinny compared to most other lakes, but skinny for Antero. I caught a 19" bow, but I doubt if it weighed over 2 lbs. Nothing like the footballs when they reopened in 2017.
I haven't been to Antero or on this site much for a couple of years due to a move, job change, life stuff, etc. so maybe i missed the conversation. But what happened to the weeds? And does the lack of weeds = lack of bugs = skinny fish? I trolled all over the lake from the south ramp, out to the island, over to the north ramp, down to Green Lake . . . and I couldn't find much for standing weeds anywhere. Last time I was on the lake in a boat was late summer 2018, and there were weeds everywhere, even out in the deep water in front of the dam there were tall weeds in many spots. Too many weeds actually, it was hard to find large open pockets.. Now nothing. The absence of standing weeds wreaked havoc on my ice fishing strategy this past winter - I love to fish jigs around the weedbeds, summer and winter. I know it is still early and some weeds will grow, but it seems totally different from two years ago. Did Denver Water kill the weeds?
Finally, explain me this. There are almost no standing weeds to be found anywhere, but you can't troll a kastmaster for 10 minutes without picking up a hunk of floating weed. It doesn't seem fair!