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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Spinney mountain Friday 10/13/23

Post By: Anteroman      Posted: 10/14/2023 12:11:09 PM     Points: 7050    
Fished 11 Mile today and stopped by the inspection station for a fishing report on the way home, the inspector noted most people were getting zero to one fish on an outing. The pike are destroying the trout fishery along with the large trout reaching their predicted end of life span 7-10 years.
Interestingly our group of six or so anglers have not caught many trout under 20” in the past three years, an indication that many year classes are non existent.
Aurora is drawing the lake down fairly rapidly, the last report from Oct 2 shows 80% and it looked like 75% yesterday. If they go down in the forty % area this will have major bug kill again over the winter.
I recognize Aurora is a water company and that is their business, not providing a fishery for Colorado anglers.

As a sidelight, please be aware all three Southpark Lakes will be closed to craft propelled by motors, gas electric or diesel after October 31, November 1 on, is hand launch only , paddles or flippers.

 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/14/2023 2:37:49 PM     Points: 399
Im going to run with that excuse. The Skunk Mile has been cruel to me all year--until last Tuesday that is. Actually I do believe it. I have seen some monster pike lately and rolled a few with my bugger and bubble. HUGE!!! Take em home people!!!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 10/14/2023 8:35:59 PM     Points: 7050
Some days are better than others at the Mile, we’ve been fishing it actively for about three weeks now and have had slow days and some very good days, fly fishing not spin, for your info.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 10/15/2023 8:59:45 AM     Points: 2374
It is hard to judge a lake from the fishing success at different times during the season. I wonder if quickly dropping water temperatures have an effect on the bite? Fish are cold blooded and might have to adjust. We anglers love to speculate when the bite drops.
 Reply by: Infrared      Posted: 10/18/2023 5:27:38 AM     Points: 90
Unfortunately, I think that the inspector Bill talked to is right. This year I saw way more trout with bite marks than I would have expected. I believe the Spinney trout fishery is declining precipitously before our eyes. I'd like to believe that our CPW biologists are aware and looking at ways to work with Aurora Water to mitigate this decline.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/18/2023 7:14:30 AM     Points: 4992
Well I'll do my part on the pike. I think they're a darn good eating fish.
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 10/18/2023 4:34:03 PM     Points: 2760
I've seen more huge pike caught this year than ever before. Big enough to easily eat a 20" trout.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/19/2023 1:42:34 PM     Points: 399
I did my part today. Removed a 25 pounder on 6 lb fluorocarbon!! Hooked him on the tip of the lip. Took me over 20 minutes. Oh--and a dandy 28 in bow..
 Reply by: richw88      Posted: 10/19/2023 6:47:38 PM     Points: 68
WOW! Red letter day, Greg. Congrats. Saw your post about cleaning him. I like Punch's fish patty recipe, but add sour cream and lemon. Plus some garlic and onion powders and a touch of Dijon. And use Italian bread crumbs.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/19/2023 7:23:01 PM     Points: 399
Hey thanks man. I was really hoping to find someone with experience to hold my hand. I would butcher it. Never gone the filet route and they look tricky. I've called everybody I know.-including Valley Tackle and others. Striking out. I guess it will make good fertilizer.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 10/19/2023 8:16:11 PM     Points: 2353
Bill is right Spinney is in decline. The last 4 years of drastic drawdowns have allowed the pike to get the upper hand. They have eaten everything short of 20”. The lower the lake goes the more shoal is lost. Under the shoal ice is where those smaller fish hide in the winter. That was one reason CPW started stocking through the ice. As the reservoir shrinks it. becomes more bowl like… No place to hide. The size of these pike tells you the story they are eating well for now! The old big fish will die out. I see the fishing crash when they are gone. I’m going to miss them.

This same issue happened back in 2001. Pike decimated the trout only the largest trout were left. All the new fish were eaten. Charlie Meyer’s did an article about it with Jeff Spawn..back, I’m pretty sure it was 2001.

 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/19/2023 10:30:33 PM     Points: 399
Im pretty sure 11 Mile is seeing a pike explosion too.
 Reply by: Crit      Posted: 10/20/2023 5:23:49 AM     Points: 17
Would love to see pics of the 25lber SirGreg

I fish Spinney for pike and trout, haven’t caught any trout under 20” in a number of years. Strange that the pike aren’t fatter, many are skinny
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/20/2023 7:38:47 AM     Points: 399

I may be in luck with pics this time. I generally don't get many because my sales gig dictates spur-of-the-moment trips during the week and my friends aren't interested in braving the elements before dawn or after dusk. Plus my new 4G dum fone takes worse pics than my old 3G flipper!! I head up and stay in one of the increasingly expensive cabins/motels in Lake George, rip on my electric guitar the night before and hit it very very early.

The rainbow was caught at dusk the night before and was buried in some crusty refrozen ice cuz left the cooler out in the car overnight. Wouldn't have been very good pics--but I filled 2 separate 3 lb cream cheese tubs with the meat. I'm all set for my Thanksgiving dip!! A group of boaters came clamoring as I carried the pike to my car and saw my rig--and the size 10 Pistol Pete still in its upper lip. They couldn't believe I landed it without heavy leader--on my new favorite flourocarbon line(InvisX by Seaguar in the yellow box). I fully expected to lose this fish as pike cut right through regular line. Expensive at $28.00 for 200 yards but its great. A nice lady from Divide took a bunch of pics and will hopefully email them to me today. I use the same setup every time--a chartreuse bubble 60% full of water and 8 ft of the same line on my reel as leader--and a bugger, Pistol Pete , minnow or leech pattern. Sometimes I smear the body with mealworm blood, Power Bait or the blood from a fish I just caught. Not much-just a little for scent. Now you know everything!!

I was kicking myself all the way home for not stopping at the Marina to get some good pics and possibly getting help cleaning and fileting.
 Reply by: That1guy, fishing      Posted: 10/20/2023 2:26:35 PM     Points: 62
Leave it to "reel hustle" and their videos to slay all the fish at spinney when they are spawning.. that is a reason why many fish get hurt/disturbed when spawning.. people just want views and dont care about the fish health or populations ... I know they wouldn't like it if they spouse was pregnant and people trying to catch her while she carries the FUTURE!!!!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/20/2023 3:27:11 PM     Points: 399
Oh for cry-pete. They don't reproduce successfully in waters such as Spinney.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 10/20/2023 3:42:17 PM     Points: 61
Oh this ones about to get good!
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 10/20/2023 7:34:51 PM     Points: 9979
""The last 4 years of drastic drawdowns have allowed the pike to get the upper hand. They have eaten everything short of 20”. The lower the lake goes the more shoal is lost. Under the shoal ice is where those smaller fish hide in the winter. As the reservoir shrinks it. becomes more bowl like… No place to hide. The size of these pike tells you the story they are eating well for now! ""

Very good observation! No wonder there's only big, smart trout and whopper pikes. I think this stinks, but it's teaching me tricks for the most finicky fish. 🤨

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