Post By: Infrared Posted: 9/13/2020 5:57:23 PMPoints: 17
Spinney was tough today. The lake level is really low, with about 40 yards of beach out in front of the first main parking lot. Where I fished 14' deep this Spring, I fished 8' deep today. The weeds are everywhere and all the way to the surface. Plenty of bugs, but It's hard to find a hole in the weeds large enough to hook and land a fish. I won't be back until I read on here that the weeds have died off.
Reply by: spicyhombre Posted: Sep. 14, 11:32:17 AM Points: 6123
Anyone boat Spinney this week? I am wondering how things went with ability to move around the lake. Some of the best fishing I have ever had at Spinney was in conditions as described. I have churned my little boat through some thick weeds to get to little pockets. So thick that you are pulling the mat off your motor once clear of the sea of weeds.
Hey Spicyhombre, I fished spinney from a boat Friday and Saturday. The action was very good. haven't had a weekend like that since June. I spin fish with tube jigs mostly and noticed the fish transitioned between preferring a slow presentation down near the bottom, and very fast presentation right above the weeds. Please be careful with the fish though. They are definitely fragile right now. I opted to keep all fish in the water to remove the hook and revive until the fish swam away on their own.
I boated Spinney on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Docks are in the water, but just barely. If it gets windy, with much wave action, your boat WILL NOT contact the top of docks. You'll be banging against the metal structure underneath the planks.
Reply by: idlerick Posted: Sep. 21, 11:03:17 AM Points: 7
The rule there (either CPW's or Aurora's) used to be that if the water was so low that Parks couldn't launch a boat for Recovery Operations, they'd close the lake to all boating. I can remember it being that low a couple of times, about 2005 and 10 yrs later. Once they arranged to borrow the use of a big inflatable from someone if they needed it, so kept the lake open. Is the lake getting that low yet? I'm remembering they extended the north ramp one year maybe that solved the issue. I guess it's late enough in the year that if they did close it it wouldn't be that big a loss, but in spring 2021 ...
Reply by: strangebow Posted: Sep. 26, 7:39:02 AM Points: 3884
They said they pulled the docks, but north ramp is still open, they closed south over a month ago. Made it easier for launching boats without the docks in the way. Some guy got a big ole pontoon boat out there no prob on Tues.
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Sep. 26, 10:31:44 AM Points: 5395
Iíve been fishing Spinney normally three to four days a week recently. As reported the docks were pulled and they rearranged the breakwater so you go out one end. Iíll post a picture below. As several have noted the weeds are to the surface in many areas and the key to success is finding the spots between the weeds where you can land a fish. With the average fish being between twenty and twenty four inches they can be a challenge in the weeds. Iíve noticed they seem to be going away much stronger now after ďswimmingĒ them for twenty to thirty seconds and wait until they pull away and swim toward the bottom. The water temps have been in the 54-56 degree range this week, my sonar takes the reading about an inch under the surface. I have only been fly fishing so not sure whatís working on the Rocket Launcher. Leech patterns and Stillwater nymphs have been working under a bobber about a foot off the bottom. No big numbers but generally five to ten fish per half day outing. The ramp with a real boat is a pain but simple with the toon. Your launching in soft mud and just about off the concrete pad. Iíve tried trolling intermediate line which I like to do this time of year with various leeches but with the weeds trolling is tough. Yes the waters is as low as Iíve seen it in at least 12 years. Bill
Reply by: Anteroman Posted: Sep. 26, 10:36:24 AM Points: 5395
More Spinney fish porn. The last pic is a double header, I fish two rods normally and so far this year have had four double headers , fun stuff. All fish are released so we can catch them tomorrow. Bill