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Lake: Antero Reservoir

Antero tips

Post By: c0le      Posted: 5/20/2024 6:49:02 PM     Points: 0    
Hey all,

Just wanted any tips for Antero. Iím a conventional angler and spend most my time fishing for musky but Iíve been wanting to get on some big trout this summer. Been at Spinney twice this year as well with little luck, Iíve had much better success in past years but this year is probably my errors lol. I like using kastmasters, taz devils, and jerkbaits, not a fan of trolling (fyi I have a boat). Not asking to give up spots or anything but just any insight would be appreciated!

Iíll be sure to bring my musky gear as wellÖgotta give that a try if Iím fishing a musky lake!

Tight lines
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: May. 21, 6:51:46 AM     Points: 2374
My buddy uses a copper daredevil. He trolls about 2mph with a lot of line out. I don't care for trolling much either. Try casting a daredevil. I fly fish myself. Good luck!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: May. 21, 8:12:55 AM     Points: 7049
Believe it or not a huge red white Daredevil with small blades on the rear works vey well in that lake as well as a 1/4 oz red/gold Thomas Bouyant, another favorite is the Tasmanian devil in blk/red.
Keep switching lures and change speeds until you find cooperative fish.
A jointed Rapala in brown trout color works also at times.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: May. 21, 9:34:37 AM     Points: 9228
I used red and white daredevils 30 years ago when a friend took me out in his boat. It was the only thing you could get a bite on and we tried a bunch of other lures before a friendly guy in another boat tipped us off about the the red and white Daredevil. We only had two red and white Daredevils and my friend got so excited when he finally got a hit he pulled so hard he broke the lure off.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: May. 22, 2:11:15 PM     Points: 9369
Taz and jerkbaits are my go-to at Antero especially with a little chop on the water. This early I doubt the weeds are showing much but I could be wrong as I haven't been up this year, but if you find some fish around them. Look for the weeds or the depth changes where it drops a couple of feet (there's a few nice flats that drop off 1-3 feet) and play around with sitting on the flat and casting off and vice versa. I literally don't think you can reel or troll too fast for the bigger trout up there. I've been running back to my launch point in my kayak when the storms start to pick up and going 3.5mph+ and have still caught several big fish.
 Reply by: Aser720      Posted: May. 24, 4:36:39 PM     Points: 0
Get yourself a worm blower.

This is a device that inflates your crawler and makes it float up off the bottom of the lake.. like a helium filled balloon tied to a string..

I used a slip weight rig.. I tie a 3.5 - 4 ft leader with 30lb test just in case I get one of those toothy fish(walleye, pike, muskie, heck even big trout can have some chompers.)

I try to find some grass and/or some rocky structure..

This photo is from 11 mile right next door, same technique..

Try it out, u can find the worm blower at wal mart sometimes, but sportsman's warehouse carries em too.

Tight Lines G!
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: May. 24, 6:12:58 PM     Points: 61
I have had luck with the worm blower, but my favorite (if Iím bait fishing a Carolina rig) are the gulp alive 1Ē floating pinched night crawlers. Same exact
presentation with out the extra step. Iíve caught dam near everything that swims on them. At Antero the Tasmanian has always been my best producer on a spin set up. You canít beat a classic pheasant tail nymph either if your fly fishing. I definitely like to keep it simple and when I try to match the hatch it usually ends up in the old skunk. The old stand bys seem to work better for me at Antero in particular. Iím gonna try the daredevil next time tho. I love fishing spoons.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: May. 25, 8:30:43 AM     Points: 2374
I suspect a smaller red and white Daredevil would work also. They work almost everywhere my buddy fishes for trout.
 Reply by: Aser720      Posted: May. 25, 9:32:05 AM     Points: 0

Thanks for the heads up on the 1" pinched floating crawler. I didn't even know about these.They look pretty dam real!

Do they float pretty well? Lots of buoyancy? I definitely have to go get some now!!
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: May. 25, 9:57:25 AM     Points: 61
Very buoyant. I believe they make 2Ē as well, but the 1Ē has always been my go too. Walleyes love them when the bait bite is going.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: May. 25, 5:08:41 PM     Points: 73179
Spoons work really well. In the pics you'll see a red/white kastmaster in those two and have done very well with red/gold and blue/silver hammered Krocodiles. Since Antero is so weedy I tend to find holes in the weeds and jig the spoons.

Another great lure that I've had excellent success with is Mann's Baby 1-Minus.. They can be used as a wake bait or when reeled will not dive more than 12 inch.

Jerk baits like Dynamic JSpec and HD's work great as do Ito Vision 110's.

 Reply by: doodahman      Posted: May. 25, 9:50:06 PM     Points: 1436
"worm blower"? just go to the pharmacy and buy some syringes.. they're like .50 for 6. Commercial "worm blowers" make too big a hole in the worm allowing air to escape more easily.
 Reply by: GRIZ2350      Posted: May. 26, 1:06:21 PM     Points: 0
i went to the pharmacy to buy some syringes in February for my wifes sandart thing and the pharmacist said i had to have a prescription. order on Amazon
 Reply by: doodahman      Posted: May. 26, 6:44:18 PM     Points: 1436
There IS NO requirement to have a prescription to purchase syringes in Colorado. I have purchased them at CVS, Safeway, and Walgreens. Your pharmacist is bsing you.
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: May. 27, 6:47:00 AM     Points: 458
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 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: May. 30, 10:58:18 PM     Points: 3802
Alot of great tips here, but everyone is missing the best tip of them all......Don't fish Antero! LOL
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: May. 31, 6:41:49 AM     Points: 2374
Let me speak a word for the poor fly fisher. There are times during hatches I can catch fish as quickly as I can release them. There are times a red and white Daredevil kicks my butt. Worms are messy!
 Reply by: beewee      Posted: Jun. 5, 1:45:36 AM     Points: 5
I heard there was some winter kill dead crawdads everywhere not a good sign could be wrong hope not!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jun. 5, 10:12:53 AM     Points: 7049
We just arrived a week ago and in three trips to Antero I personally have not seen any indication of winter kill.
Not saying there was none but I doubt it was severe like the 2008/2009 kill.
Malty knows the lake well and he was on it shortly after ice out and he did not indicate that he saw a big problem.
 Reply by: Spanish fly      Posted: Jun. 6, 11:51:41 AM     Points: 0
So does anyone know the amount of winterkill, and how is the fishing been since it opened for boats
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Jun. 6, 12:55:15 PM     Points: 413
guys the winter kill was not bad and right now is a good time to be at antero....also remember they stock over 1 million trout a year there and they grow roughly an inch a even if there was some winter kill it really does not matter at all

the bite is always good mid may to end of june if you know how to fish the lake, its especially good for fly fishing during this time

right now is one of my favorite times of year to fish antero but I cant make the time this year due to too many pains me to see people debating whether or not they should go. the june bite at antero is one of my favorite of the year and consistently produces
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Jun. 6, 1:51:23 PM     Points: 399
Yesterday the wind was howling at dawn but I stuck it out for 2.5 hrs at the south boat launch area. Water was very churned up with very poor visibility. Had my half full bubble and some bugger/minnow patterns behind 7 ft of leader. Nothing!! So I went to the SkunkMile for 2.5 hrs. Same result. Clear water and not nearly as windy tho...........
 Reply by: doodahman      Posted: Jun. 6, 3:38:53 PM     Points: 1436
Fished Antero all day yesterday. No fish.. but judging from the whooping and hollerin from the party boaters the fish have clearly left the shallows for deep water.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: Jun. 9, 11:00:10 AM     Points: 7049
Most of the action has been in 9-13 feet depth, chironomids small 14-18 and calibaetis., in 12-14.
Iíve mentioned this in the past but it bears repeating, flyfishers, donít be shy using leaders in X or 1X size, the heavy leaders allow you to get these fish in and off the hook much faster, this becomes more critical as the lakes warm up. I do drop down to a 3X when dryfly fishing. I have not found these fish to be leader shy at any of the South Park lakes.

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