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Old 05-21-2008, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's the word? My neighbor wants to head up there this weekend, but I'm not so sure it's all that hot right now. Or is it?
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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go to spinny or the mile!
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Had a little time and wanted to see for myself, so I went to Antero today. I hiked and fished around the whole reservoir, and that's not a good idea -- huge muddy marshes, stream crossings, barbed wire fences (wasn't sure at the time, but parts of the west end are privately owned -- my bad). The worst was that in about six hours of hiking/fishing, not a hit, not a follow, didn't even see a fish -- a live fish that is. I saw over a hundred dead trout -- all sizes, but a lot around 20-22". A lot of them are just gone now -- just scattered bones somewhere, but there are plenty still there to see. Saw two rainbows right near one another, 26 inches a piece. There was not a single person besides me at the lake. No trailered boats are allowed. There was also a sign that no watercraft are allowed -- kinda confusing -- float tube? The DOW needs to do some big-time work and we have to give it some time before that fishery is even close to the way it was. How do you replace a bunch of 20"+ trout? Do what you want, but I'm giving it a year at Antero and hoping for a better winter.

Stopped at Spinney to try to get rid of the skunk and I did catch a nice rainbow, but a lot of them are spawning, and you can see 'em well but they aren't thinking about eating. In an hour or so I didn't see any other trout caught. It didn't stink of dead fish at Spinney, which was nice.

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Old 05-22-2008, 12:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ive herd 90% kill there
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That's insane. I only went there twice last year before it froze, the action was slow, but the fish were big. I was pullin' for Spinney anyways! I always have a good time there. Thanks for the info guys.
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What a sad thing!
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the winter kill was 53% . the dow has put 38,000 rainbows in and 100.000 brown fingerlings, these will be catchables by fall and by spring the fishing should be good again, weather permiting.
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe DOW should learn from their mistakes and save all those fingerlings for the Mile or Spinney..................poor little fish are doomed. Antero will always stand a higher than normal chance of winterkill................whether the lake grows fish fast or not.........it will never be a great fishery. (unless global warming really takes hold) I say drain it............dredge enough of a hole to allow for winter survival..........then fill it and hope for the best.
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I say just stock it with browns and let it be, from what I hear browns have a higher tolerance than rainbows.
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I say just stock it with browns and let it be, from what I hear browns have a higher tolerance than rainbows.
Not sure about 02 levels but for sure to temperature. Seem to be a much tougher and better looking fish.
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