Spinney Mountain

Spinney Mountain Reservoir (created by the city of Aurora) is one of Colorado's finest lake fisheries. It has given anglers many rewarding days for over ten years, although recently the lake's production has declined somewhat. All things considered, however, it's still a very good place to fly fish. On any given summer weekend the lake is covered with boats and float tubes filled with anglers catching and releasing fish.

Despite this popularity and heavy pressure, production remains generally good and one should not be discouraged by what appears to be a crowd. Spinney is one of the few reservoirs in Colorado designated a Gold Medal water.

This is the place for consistently large rainbows (16-inch plus), browns and Snake River cutthroats. The best fishing is right after the April ice-out. There is excellent belly boat or shore fishing, and trophy northern pike can be taken. The best time is in June. A State Parks pass is required.

Fishing! When it's good at Spinney Mountain State Park, you'll have to look hard to find any better. Home to trophy-sized cutthroat trout, as well as northern pike, rainbow and brown trout, Spinney provides excellent belly boating, shore fishing and boating opportunities. This 2,500 surface-acre reservoir serves as an isolated retreat for visitors seeking beautiful views of the Collegiate Mountain Range and a little solitude from city life. The park is open seasonally from approximately May 1 through Nov. 15, and is a day-use area only. Camping is available at nearby Eleven Mile State Park.

Entrance Fees: $4 for a daily vehicle pass or $40 for an annual vehicle pass.

This lake has been given the designation of Gold Medal by the Colorado Wildlife Commission.

Contains: Rainbows, Browns, Snake River Cutthroats, and Northern Pike.

DOW information on stream improvements below Spinney

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