Spinney Mountain Reservoir
The lake is only open from ice-off in the spring to ice-on in the fall (typically about the beginning of May through sometime in November), and some very specific regulations apply. Only one trout 20 inches or longer may be kept, and fishing is restricted to artificial flies and lures only. There are no size or possession limits on northern pike. For the latest Spinney Mountain fishing report, click here.
Private boats are allowed on the lake, with two lauch ramps available for anglers' use. Float tubes are also permitted, although no body contact with the water is allowed. Float tubers like to hit the points and coves along the north and south shores of the lake. Fishing from shore in these areas is productive as well.
Parking and picnic areas are available along both the north and south shores of the reservoir, and a small store is located on County Road 59 near the main entrance to the state park.
Spinney Mountain Reservoir offers easy access to the South Platte River, which flows into it at its northwest corner and flows back out again at the east end on its way to nearby Eleven Mile Reservoir. Both these sections of the Platte offer some very good fishing, although special regulations apply as outlined below.
To get information on the latest trout plants by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, call (303) 291-7531, or click here for more information.
Spinney Mountain Weather
Always check the weather forecast prior to going out, and be prepared for inclement or changing weather with a raincoat and warm clothing to layer if the need should arise.
Click here to see current weather conditions and forecasts for the city of Hartsel.
Lodging is available in Colorado Springs, about 60 miles from the reservoir.
Fishermen must have a valid Colorado fishing license to fish in the reservoir, and only artificial flies and lures are permitted. Anglers may keep one trout with a minimum size limit of 20 inches. There are no size or possession limits on northern pike.
Special regulations for those stretches of the South Platte River adjacent to the reservoir are as follows:
Upstream from Spinney Mountain Reservoir to the confluence of the Middle and South Forks of the Platte, fishing is permitted with artificial lures and flies only. All trout between 12 and 20 inches in length must be released, and two trout may be kept in possession. No more than one trout possessed may be over 20 inches in length.
That portion of the Platte downstream from Spinney Mountain Reservoir to the inlet of Eleven Mile Reservoir is catch-and-release only, and only artificial flies and lures may be used. The stretch of water from County Road 59 downstream to the Eleven Mile Reservoir inlet is closed to all fishing from September 15 to December 31.
To see all the latest Colorado fishing regulations, click here.
For more information on Spinney Mountain State Park, check out the Colorado State Parks website.