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.
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.