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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Water Temp

Post By: strangebow      Posted: 8/30/2020 2:29:14 PM     Points: 3884    
Just wondering if anyone has been up this week/weekend. Curious about the current water temps. Hoping for some measurements more recent than last weekend., I'd appreciate knowing before heading up to find out. Thanks!
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: Aug. 30, 2:38:40 PM     Points: 118    
I saw low 60s Saturday morning. Didn't pay attention the rest of the day.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Aug. 30, 2:43:14 PM     Points: 5395    
Itís been ranging from 62-70 degrees, during the day, my sonar takes the temp about four inches under the surface. Antero has been averaging about 3-4 degrees cooler.
Take care releasing your fish as they are easily stressed with the high temps.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Aug. 30, 4:07:22 PM     Points: 59330    
fished The Mile Thursday evening and yesterday morning. Water temp Thursday evening was 66 and yesterday morning was 61. Would imagine Spinney to be close to those.
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: Aug. 30, 9:48:53 PM     Points: 3884    
Thanks for the info guys. Was up at Antero last week, did well. I try to avoid Spinney in July and August due to the heat and stress on fish. Kind of like picking a fruit before its ripe enough....64-65 is usually my cut off. I'm asking around to see if the temps are lower/low enough at Spinney to give it a shot sometime this week. There will definitely be pressure on them this coming labor day weekend....but not from me.
I measured 61 morning and 63.5 afternoon at Antero last Sunday, and we hammered em. Well, they hammered our hooks, we released them gently. I like to get them back in the water asap and hold them in the net until they're ready to go. My buddy landed this sweet brown, and was tempted to take him....I told him it's his license, his limit, his choice....but I also told him if he kept it, I'd never fish with him again and I meant it. Swam off strong too!
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Aug. 30, 10:06:30 PM     Points: 416    
Nice brown trout, love that dark golden color. Glad you convinced him to release it.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Aug. 31, 10:35:54 AM     Points: 8397    
yeah what Anteroman said. I was at Antero on Thursday and Spinney Friday and Antero started at 59 and Spinney was around 62 on the north end. I can't wait for some of the cooler weather to start to knock down the weed a bit more and even more of the tanks come up. Although I did have a blast catching pike on a whopper plopper around the weeds in the north bay. One big one around 30" and one with a blue/green mouth which I haven't seen in person before. i'll throw up a couple of pics from my phone.

Antero was kicking out a bunch of trout but I didn't find much size to them, out of the 15 that I landed only 3 were over 16".
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: Aug. 31, 11:04:39 AM     Points: 8397    
Here is the blue/green mouth pike
 Reply by: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: Sep. 6, 4:45:16 PM     Points: 23    
Went late last week. Did not take temperature. But it must have been optimal as the fish jumped and fought and would not give up. They also revived quickly.
 Reply by: devon234      Posted: Sep. 7, 9:11:26 AM     Points: 168    
I wouldn't be concerned about keeping fish from antero everything is stocked in there its not a wild trout fishery
 Reply by: strangebow      Posted: Sep. 8, 5:00:05 PM     Points: 3884    
This is why I say put the big brownies back at Antero

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 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: Sep. 8, 8:03:04 PM     Points: 6123    
My son and I love Brown Trout. He caught and released this 19Ē this weekend at Antero.
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: Sep. 8, 8:08:54 PM     Points: 118    
Neat looking Brown.
 Reply by: WapitiStalker      Posted: Sep. 8, 10:57:20 PM     Points: 0    
Both those browns are beautiful.. that pikes green mouth is really cool! Wonder if it's due to what the pikes diet consists of? Or where they reside most of their time in the lake? Or maybe something wrong with its health?
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: Sep. 9, 10:07:01 AM     Points: 811    
Great looking fish, strangebow. The brown trout gets my vote for the prettiest fish in the state!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Sep. 9, 2:22:39 PM     Points: 5395    
Good link on the brown egg gathering, Iíve been at the lake the last two years when theyíve been doing this, neat to see and yes, I donít kill browns myself other than one I had mounted back in 2009, he was gill hooked on a Panther Martin spin bait. and did not survive unfortunately.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: Sep. 10, 11:19:29 PM     Points: 416    
Jerkbait fishing for brown trout cant come soon enough. I've had a blast fishing Antero towards the end of Sept well into October.

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