Photo Gallery: Whitetails Unlocked
Terry and Sherry Bolding

In the sprawling, high-mountain basin known as South Park, you’ll find a string of angling jewels, about 60 miles west of Colorado Springs. At its head is Spinney Mountain Reservoir, linked to Eleven Mile Reservoir by 3 miles of spring-creek-like, ranch-meadow water on the South Platte River that locals call the “Dream Stream.” Eleven Mile Reservoir has always produced hefty rainbows, cutt-bows, and browns, along with kokanees and a scattering of big northerns. A bonus this year is the addition of more than 10,000 lunker trout trucked over from Antero Reservoir when it was drained. Trollers do best, trailing lures or crawlers behind cowbell flasher strings. Sweet Spots: At the dam and inlet of Spinney Reservoir; from Goose Island to the inlet of Eleven Mile Reservoir What’s Hot: Tube jigs, Kastmasters, Woolly Buggers at Spinney. Brown or black Gitzits, Pop Geer at Eleven Mile Local Advice: “Get to Spinney Mountain Reservoir early after ice-out and fish tube jigs in pumpkin color when the big trout are prowling near the shore,” says Edwin Borchers of the Chaparral General Store. Prime Time: May through July More Info: Eleven Mile State Park, 719-748-3401