Antero Reservoir – CANCELLED due to Covid-19

Date/Time
Date(s) - Friday, Jun 26 - Sunday, Jun 28
6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location
Antero Reservoir

Region


Address
Hartsel
Hartsel
CO
80449

Categories


Trip Captain:   Dwyne Combs >> Contact: dwynecombs@yahoo.com

MeetUp:

I will be working till 12:00 on Friday and then will plan to meet up at the Wolly Mammoth parking area about 1 pm with plans to leave there by 1:30 pm.

What to Bring:

A bonus at Antero is FREE camping, yes, free. The campground is located on the south shore within 100 feet of the lake. There are 38 campsites, a restroom, and some sites have picnic shelters. No reservations – first come, first served, but it seems like the campground is rarely crowded. Bring bug spray! The trouts’ eventual food proliferates in the area.

The South Fork of the South Platte, upstream, can be loads of fun to fish. Public access is available on almost 4 miles of the stream at 63 Ranch and Knight-Imler SWAs (State Wildlife Areas). In the fall, brown trout migrate up the stream for spawn, and some of them are huge.

Site Information:

South Park weather is fickle – calm and sunny can turn to thunderstorms and wind within, seemingly, minutes. Be prepared if in a hand-propelled craft by staying close to shore when storms appear, and know where to get off the lake. Lightning can be an issue – in this area of few trees and high elevation, you may be one of the taller objects near or on the water.The South Fork of the South Platte, upstream, can be loads of fun to fish. Public access is available on almost 4 miles of the stream at 63 Ranch and Knight-Imler SWAs (State Wildlife Areas). In the fall, brown trout migrate up the stream for spawn, and some of them are huge.

 

Antero Reservoir is a shallow reservoir with healthy plant life and more scud shrimp than you can shake a hook at. Because it is so loaded with these protein rich shrimp the trout feed on, their growth rate is significantly higher than fish in most other reservoirs within a reasonable driving distance. So if you have an appetite for catching large and beautifully colored Rainbows and Browns consider Antero. Flies of choice are as follows: Scudzilla’s, Olive or Black streamers such as a Wooly Bugger, red or black Tungsten Rojo Midges, Beadhead Hare’s Ears, Egg patterns, and Schroders Callibaetis.

 

Directions

Directions to the fishing: Take 285 south to Hwy 9 ( turn South, left) just outside of Fairplay.  Turn right onto Hwy 24, go about 5 miles and look for the signs that say Antero south shore.  Everyone will be parking at the campground at the South end of the dam.

 


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