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.