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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir
Fish: Yellow Perch

Could I perch fish from my SUP if I stay in South "Finger"?

Post By: Suesun      Posted: 7/30/2022 10:46:08 PM     Points: 0    
So...please be kind...I live in Summit (and I know many of you love to trout fish), but I love to perch fish from my SUP. I usually go to Rifle, which is about a 2.5 hour drive, but I thought I might try Spinney as it's about 1.5 hrs.

I've never been to Spinney but living on Lake Dillon and watching idots way out on the lake when microbursts come up, I do realize I would never go out "on the big lake"...what I am wondering, if I stay down on the south end in what looks like some smaller fingers (from looking at the Google Earth map")...I always stay super close to shore...wear my PFD, leash my paddle...bring a spare paddle and usually anchor (and try for awhile)...move and anchor. My husband also usually comes along because we have two older pups, and he kinda gets to watch the pups and read while I fish.

So...any thoughts about if I could possible catch Perch in those few fingers? Thanks
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: Jul. 31, 7:16:51 AM     Points: 157
Other than most likely not catching any perch your plan may well work out.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: Jul. 31, 8:54:43 AM     Points: 223
Yeah Iím not sure there will be deep enough water but I would bet you could catch some trout and small pike. Just watch the weather and use your head. Life jacket, whistle and all your safety equipment!
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: Jul. 31, 10:09:39 AM     Points: 28
I haven't heard of a perch seen in Spinney in many years. Here's the latest (that I have) CPW Spinney fish population report:

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Shows the perch population to be less than tiny.
My advice would be to stick to lakes that 1) have perch, 2) allow bait, and 3) are more receptive to SUP users and loose dogs.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Jul. 31, 11:05:23 AM     Points: 9118
Richw88 has it right on the head- the perch population crashed in Spinney, and without bait, it will be a fools errand to try. I last landed a perch there about 5-6 years ago.

It is a great lake tto fish from a SUP, though. If the breeze blows you across the lake, yer spouse can just drive over to pick you up! The breezes are no joke, but usually predictable, that's why I usually see SUP's there on the north shore.
 Reply by: Suesun      Posted: Jul. 31, 12:09:08 PM     Points: 0
I do thank those of you responded...made me laugh too. Basically I just looked at the lakes that were closer to me that CPW show as having perch. Obviously those of you who fish there would know, which is why I reached out. I don't use bait on Rifle and catch a ton...but I know that lake and areas to go to.

There are many lakes in the high country with trout that I could go to, but I really am not a trout again...thanks for the heads up about not really having perch in Spinney.

Tight lines...
 Reply by: Lund aka Dingo Man      Posted: Jul. 31, 12:09:56 PM     Points: 98
Wow! A lot of debate on pike vs trout. It's good both types of fisherman
can participate in sport there. Personally, I would not fish if pike were all
there was to catch, but I don't wish to impose my views on others.

I was surprised to see the low population of perch in the most recent DOW survey. I think everyone agrees that the lake is better off without them there.

I can't help but speculate the pike are keeping the perch in check. Probably keeping the suckers down too. I think we can also all agree that we would rather catch pike or trout over suckers.

I know Delaney Buttes and Lake John in North Park have in the past became so crowded with suckers the trout fishing suffered terribly. I recollect times when the DOW eradicated ALL fish in these lakes to get a fresh start, but the suckers always came back. There are no pike in any of these lakes, which to me is telling. That said, it appears the last efforts of the DOW to eradicate the suckers from these lakes and keep them from recurring have been successful.

I am not a fisheries expert. That's why we have them at DOW. I would hope
they know what is best for the lake - for all fishermen.
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