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Spinney Mountain

Post By: Anteroman      Posted: 11/7/2022 7:55:55 AM     Points: 6466    
Spinney Mountain lake level is currently reported at 47% of capacity, could definitely have an effect going forward.
Bill
 Reply by: Infrared      Posted: 11/7/2022 8:25:04 AM     Points: 63
I was there yesterday. It’s the lowest I’ve ever seen it by far.

Steve
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 11/7/2022 12:51:19 PM     Points: 6466
That trout is a porker looks like several years ago at Antero.
The 47% was on Halloween so it’s more than likely lower now, I wonder how far they’ll take it down?
Bill
 Reply by: Infrared      Posted: 11/8/2022 2:33:41 PM     Points: 63
This picture is looking at the first developed parking lot as I was driving out. I can’t imagine that they’re going to let boats launch when it first opens up next Spring.
 Reply by: Artsy      Posted: 11/9/2022 2:17:33 PM     Points: 322
Geez...one of the best fisheries in the state, and CDOW just treats it like$!*!!
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: 11/9/2022 3:58:50 PM     Points: 7645
Artsy, CPW has nothing to do with the water level, it's the city of Aurora's water and they do with it as they please.I believe the management of Spinney is working as the fish there are larger then average for now but with low water who knows what effect that might have on future results.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/9/2022 11:11:30 PM     Points: 178
Yikes! Never seen it that low. Hope it doesn't winter kill.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 11/10/2022 8:24:32 AM     Points: 9422
Here's a thought,
We all know that Spinney is amazing fishery that grows 'em big and fast, but how about if we start calling it the MOST CHALLENGING FISHERY in Colorado?

With the wildly fluctuating water levels, Spinney has gotten very hard to have great results all season. And Aurora will keep growing, so I expect the big fluctuations will continue forever.

Of course, many will point out how much "better" it was in the "old days", but those are gone forever, just like The Northern White Rhinoceros, The Spix Macaw, The Thylacine, The Passenger Pigeon.Aurora didn't need to empty the lake in the 80's and 90's to keep their water taps flowing. But it has since tripled in population since the Old days", and they're running out of options.

Today we are lucky to have it for half a year at a time. If you've ever doubted that climate change is real, well Spinney Mountain Reservoir is a bellweather for all our fishing spots. At least shore fishing is less expensive than towing a boat to the lake!

Good luck out there!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 11/10/2022 9:07:37 AM     Points: 178
Marty you're so right. The climate has been changing since--------well forever-------just like the output from the sun...................
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 11/10/2022 3:47:34 PM     Points: 171
If climate change is for real at Spinney…I don’t understand why down the road it is not real upstream at Antero or downstream at Eleven Mile…

Or does the Spinney water level have mostly to do with much greater demand and water usage than ever before…
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 11/10/2022 4:26:20 PM     Points: 38
Assumptions are dangerous. They could have dam work planned. While I don’t like seeing it drawn down it’s basically the history of western reservoirs. Water demand is big but… apparently Aurora is gonna start adding treated water directly back into the system in coming years so that should help. In the past apparently treated water had to go back into a reservoir first. My guess is there is a reason for the draw down, and we aren’t in the right pay grade to be privy to that info. Sad for the fishery, but there are two other great fisheries within 30 minutes of spinney. They are also building that other reservoir close to there so it could have to do with infrastructure related to that. No answers here but maybe a few thing to consider.!
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 11/11/2022 8:10:37 AM     Points: 9422
Wild Horse Reservoir is 7-8 years BEHIND schedule as of today.
 Reply by: skunkmaster      Posted: 11/11/2022 5:56:31 PM     Points: 1038
To add to Trailerman's comment, this is a complicated situation as Aurora relies on 12 different reservoirs for water. It is counterproductive to jump to conclusions when we don't have all of the facts.

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 Reply by: chuckdeezil      Posted: 11/13/2022 10:10:39 AM     Points: 0
Dang, less water might make it easier to find them

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