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Lake: Spinney Mountain Reservoir

Spinney and Eleven Mile

Post By: caustin1986      Posted: 7/9/2017 10:01:43 PM     Points: 175    
Hi everyone! A buddy and I fished Spinney from 7:30AM to 5:30PM, and was disappointed because we didn't get a nibble. This was our first time up, so we didn't really know where to go. We fished the entire East face, then both parking areas near the Dam as far as we could go either way. In the shallows on the East side, there were hundreds of bugs (looked like flying ants) were blown onto the water, so there was a lot of surface action, but they wouldn't bite for us (because the bugs on the water were more accessible?) My friend was using flies of all types that the local General Store recommended, and I was using lures. I used silver Kastmasters, with blue, rainbow pattern, brown trout patterns, gold and red, etc etc. Also tried using TracDown minnow pattern and brown pattern, as well as some rattle traps. I know getting skunked happens, but does anyone have any advice? We don't have a boat, so shore fishing is the option. Also, does the fact that the moon was full (or almost full last night) have anything to do with the slow bite today?

We also stopped at Eleven Mile for a bit and same story.

Thanks so much for any advice! Beautiful country up there!
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/9/2017 10:11:45 PM     Points: 389    
I haven't been able to get anything to hit the spoons for about a month now. So I've been sticking to love baits in lakes. I haven't fished eleven mile or spinney this season either but I have been hitting the dream stream and eleven mile canyon quite a bit. Mostly using flies but I'll take out the spin gear if the fly bite is slow and have been having good luck with red and yellow Mepps spinners and a couple on an 1/8 ounce brown pattern spoon. They seem to go after the spinners more though. Maybe try the rivers for a little bit? Wish I could offer more help with the lakes though.
 Reply by: caustin1986      Posted: 7/9/2017 10:36:31 PM     Points: 175    
Thanks! We tried the Platte North of Spinney just before Hartsel, and no luck either. The water flow was intense and the water was extremely murky. We'll have to try the Stream section though next time. Neither one of us are experienced in river fishing haha. I'm a bass guy, who just switched over to trout this year.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/9/2017 11:04:43 PM     Points: 389    
Yeah no worries. I haven't fished the harstel section but the water at the dream stream and eleven mile canyon have been pretty clear and producing some amazing fish. If you do eleven mile start somewhere up the river near the dam. It's nice and wide and has a gentle flow right now. Also the water has been warm enough to wet wade if you don't have any waders. Good luck.
 Reply by: caustin1986      Posted: 7/10/2017 10:20:18 AM     Points: 175    
Sounds like a plan! I'll have to try to head back up this weekend.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/10/2017 2:29:49 PM     Points: 389    
Right on. I'll be up there tomorrow. I'll bring some spinning gear to see if I get anything working. I'll let you know.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 7/11/2017 4:00:06 PM     Points: 389    
Here's what worked on spin gear today. Didn't spend too much time with them but I caught 2 browns. One on each. 1/8oz brown pattern kastmaster. And a red/white mepps. Used the mepps earlier in the morning then the spoon around 11. Used very light action and let the river do most of the work. Sorry no pics of the fish. I forgot my lifeproof at home. Btw this also just down from the dam. The water was flowing fairly smooth and was warm enough to set wade at 730. Hope that helps you out man.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 7/11/2017 8:43:29 PM     Points: 12    
I hit Antero at 445 am today from the South entrance and drove to the corner of the dam. Waded out in my shorts and old tennis shoes with a bugger and a bubble. Had my limit in short order so I went to the skunk mile where it was dead as it has been for me the last 2 yrs. The damsels were crawling all over me as I waded in Antero. FYI my weebles.
 Reply by: Desertsky      Posted: 7/11/2017 9:20:29 PM     Points: 394    
All of those lakes are full of small crawdads. That's why jigging brown and dark green tubes off the bottom work so well all year.
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 7/16/2017 11:10:25 PM     Points: 1090    
Yes Spinney and Eleven mile have lobster sized crayfish. But I personally have not seen crayfish at Antero. Not their pinchers or the hollow body husks like at the other lakes. I'm not sure that Antero has crayfish.? Some things will work if it moves like food. Trout are aggressive to movement.