Spinney Mountain State Park is opening to boating on 04/29/20 at one half hour before sunrise. Both the North and the South Boat ramps will be opened. Boating is allowed one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. Chironomids and Leeches in the size #10-16 range should be the patterns of choice, and be prepared for heavy crowds during this time.
The reservoirs are filling quickly and fishing has really picked up. At the time of this posting, here are the current water levels: Antero - 101% capacity / Spinney - 90% capacity / Eleven Mile - 106% capacity / Cheesman - 92% capacity / Rampart - 90%. In addition to the chironomids that have been catching fish since opening day, callibaetis nymphs, scuds, and hare's ear patterns are also working well. Throwing a large streamer from the shoreline has been a proven technique. The fish now have more room to move around and locate food, so covering a lot of surface area in a float tube is a good idea. Vary the depth of your rigs and look for where the birds are feeding to help locate fish. Below are some of our recommended patterns.
All the reservoirs in the area are fishing fantastic right now. The fish are cruising close to the shore, about 4-6 feet below the surface making fishing from shore just as effective as out of a boat. Chironomids, Scuds, Hare's Ears, and Leeches are the patterns you need right now on the stillwaters.
Spinney and Rampart Reservoir are now closed for the winter. Eleven Mile and Antero Reservoirs are open year round. In another week or so, it should be frozen enough to start ice fishing.
Both Spinney and 11 Mile Reservoirs continue to fish good, particularly early in the mornings up until the 1-2pm time frame. Visibility in the water is relatively clear and is approximately 4 feet. The water temperature at mid-day is around 52 Degrees F. the better fishing has been along the South Shore. Some recommended patterns to have in your box are Chironomids, Callibaetis, Damsels, Scuds, and Leeches.
No changes in the stillwater report. The Reservoirs continue to fish well right now with the best fishing occurring from 8am-12pm. Damsels, Callibaetis, Craneflys, and scuds are all proven patterns right now. Fish are being taken about 6-7 feet below the surface on nymph rigs and anglers are also fooling trout on top with large #12-14 parachute dries.
The Reservoirs continue to fish well right now with the best fishing occurring from 8am-12pm. Damsels, Callibaetis, Craneflys, and scuds are all proven patterns right now. Fish are being taken about 6-7 feet below the surface on nymph rigs and anglers are also fooling trout on top with large #12-14 parachute dries.
Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoir are fishing good right now, especially in the early mornings. Anglers can have success both fishing from boats as well as from the shoreline. Most hook-ups are occurring right below the surface to 6 feet below. Effective patterns being black/red Chironomids, damsels, callibaetis, scuds, and leech variations.
Both Eleven Mile and Spinney Reservoir are now open and are fishing great. Anglers can have success both fishing from boats as well as from the shoreline. Most hook-ups are occurring about a foot below the surface with effective patterns being black/red Chironomids, leeches, scuds, and egg variations.
FROM: Colorado Parks and Wildlife
The Ice at Spinney Mountain State Park went from 75% yesterday to zero today! We have had a ton of wind yesterday afternoon and today. (Previous reports of ice off were incorrect, as they drove by they were seeing dark gray ice and people thought it was open water.)
SPINNEY MOUNTAIN STATE PARK OPENING DAY IS APRIL 1ST, 2017 ONE HALF HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE (6:14 A.M.).
The North Boat Ramp will be the only Boat Ramp open at this time due to water level at Spinney Mountain State Park. The water level is at 66% full as of 03/16/2017 according to the City of Aurora's website.
Eleven Mile State Park will be opening to boating at the North Shore Boat Ramp ONLY on April 1, 2017 at 6:14 a.m.
Eleven Mile Reservoir is open to ice fishing. Spinney Reservoir is currently closed for the season.