Antero Reservoir is located in South Park, Colorado near by to the “Gold Medal” Spinney Reservoir, and it also has the right environmental conditions to produce “trophy trout”. Shallow average water depth allows sunlight to boost plant, and invertebrate life, which supply trout with food. However, Antero was mostly drained in 2016 to perform dam repairs. This resulted in the majority of fish population being transported to other bodies of water. Since then about 1,000,000 trout have been stocked in Antero by the CPW.
Dries to Try: Extended Body Callibaetis size 16, Parachute Adams 14-20, Brook Sprout Midge 16-20, Renegade 12-16, terrestrials
Nymphs To Try: Balanced Leech in olive/wine, Tim’s Chironomid in black size 16, Rickard's Callibaetis 14, Tung Bead CDC Pheasant Tails, Tung Bead CDC Hare's Ear
Streamers To Try: Meat Whistle in black, olive, and rust. Slump Buster in black, olive, and natural. Boogie Man in black/white/olive, various leech patterns in red/wine/purple/black.
As Antero is a somewhat shallow reservoir the temps may be a bit warmer than its neighbor Spinney. Warmer water will inspire trout to keep feeding in shallow bays rather than heading to deeper water, but come prepared to fish in both types . Leaches, smaller fish, and chironomids are good food sources to imitate at this time of year. A few Tiger Musky have been stocked in the past, which could be feeding in the shallows before winter hits as well.
Similar report to previous updates…Concentrate on fishing over weed beds or to pods of cruising fish. Expect Callibaetis to be the most prevalent hatch. Worms and leaches can always produce as well. Since Antero is an overall shallow reservoir it can get a little warm, so mornings and evenings are a good time to get out. Try fishing a little deeper if you are out during the hot hours of the day.
Antero is still fishing consistently. Aquatic weed beds are growing, which are normally associated with high concentrations of Chironomids, Callibaetis, Damsel Flies, and other aquatic insects. Chironomids are in full swing at the moment, and therefore a good bug to imitate. Look for Damsel Flies to become active next along with some Callibaetis Nymphs. Baitfish and Leaches are always on the menu as well. Keep an eye out for pods of cruising fish searching for food. Try anticipate the trajectory of the pod, and cast far enough in front of your targets so that your nymphs have time to sink to the appropriate depth.
Antero has been fishing well since it opening this spring, with healthy looking trout being taken from the shore. As of May1st the boat ramps are now open for motorized crafts. Fishing in Antero will be somewhat similar to Spinney Reservoir, featuring Chironomids, Leeches, Callibaetis, Damsels, crayfish, and smaller fish as food chain staples. Expect heavier hatches of larger bugs as water temps rise.
Nymphs To Try: Balanced Leech in olive/wine, Tim’s Chironomid in black size 16, Bubba’s Callibaetis size 16, Wilcox Rapunzel size 14-16.
Streamers To Try: Meat Whistle in black, olive, and rust. Slump Buster in black, olive, and natural. Baby Gonga in black, Rainbow, or Brown Trout color ways. Various leech patterns in red/wine/purple.