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Old 05-08-2014, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've fished Spinney for years now and I've noticed the average fish size has been dropping off. Don't get me wrong, there's still nice fish to be had, but it seems to me we are catching fewer and fewer "trophy" fish than in the past. It seem to only have cookie cutter 18-20" fish anymore. Does anybody have any input as to why? Are they stocking a different strain fish now? Is it nutrient depletion? Are the pike taking over? Are people keeping their 1 fish over 20"? What are your thoughts?
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Two many people keeping one fish over 20 inches...It's also never been the same since the flows were reduced and all of the cut banks above the lake collapsed.
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I didn't think about the bank collapsing. That's definitely a good theory.
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Two many people keeping one fish over 20 inches...It's also never been the same since the flows were reduced and all of the cut banks above the lake collapsed.
I totally disagree. It is a good size lake with tons of fish stocked.
It doesn't have that new lake effect anymore. It has been "full" of water for 30+ years now. If it was drained and refilled like Antero it would be a trophy lake for 4-5 years.

The troutfags love to blame it on pike though.
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I personally don't believe the pike theory. People have been hammering them for years now.
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It needs to be drained and refilled. Pike and perch bucket biologists are trash.
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It needs to be drained and refilled. Pike and perch bucket biologists are trash.
Troutfag alert!!!!!
We have trout everywhere man... A 20" trout isn't RARE in this state.
Yes, the perch can't be helping the filthy trout either. Would blame the perch way way before the pike.
What lakes produce 10lb+ trout semi regularly? Hmmm they all seem to have a top tier predator in them.
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Troutfag alert!!!!!
We have trout everywhere man... A 20" trout isn't RARE in this state.
Yes, the perch can't be helping the filthy trout either. Would blame the perch way way before the pike.
What lakes produce 10lb+ trout semi regularly? Hmmm they all seem to have a top tier predator in them.
Agreed. It's not the pike.
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@fishhunterdan I agree I have noticed the same thing and been going to the openers semi-regularly for 15 years now.
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I totally disagree. It is a good size lake with tons of fish stocked.
It doesn't have that new lake effect anymore. It has been "full" of water for 30+ years now. If it was drained and refilled like Antero it would be a trophy lake for 4-5 years.

The troutfags love to blame it on pike though.

It's more than that. Plenty of bugs in Spinney and the trout that reach 18 to 22 inches are fat and healthy. Just not enough of them growing past that 20 inch mark before going home..I'd also add poor handling during the heat of the summer. Also a large percentage of the large trout in Spinney during the 80's ..early 90's were Browns and Snake River Cutts..not as many of those any more.

The bio for Spinney lives next door to a friend in Denver and definitely believes in the slot limit for pike. And believes there is a place for both large trout and large pike in Spinney.
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