Colorado Reservoir Dogs

By Anthony Bartkowski

Labor Day Weekend was uneventful in Colorado. I took some time for myself last Friday to have an easy day of fishing. I decided to toss the single-man pontoon into the truck and try our Antero Reservoir. This reservoir has been the talk of the state since it reopened earlier this summer. I have not had a chance to try my skill at it until the other day.

I remember fishing it before it closed several years ago and it was always good. The fishing was a little below average. Of all of the fish I hooked it was a good sign to see the healthy well being and fight of all. The largest was a rainbow about 17” and a good solid girth.

The fish were keying in on green scuds, Quill Body Emergers, and BWOs. The bug activity was outstanding from the time I arrived. I decided to depart from Antero when a large lighting bolt crashed to the west. It was only 2:00 p.m. and I was far from done soaking a line. I was still in search of a good bundle of trout before calling it quits for the day.

I was headed back towards Colorado Springs and had a chance to turn off Highway 24 into Spinney Mountain or Eleven-mile Reservoirs, but in the nature of Labor Day weekend warriors I pushed the gas a little harder to venture into the Catamount Reservoirs up Pikes Peak Highway.

This was a great choice on a Friday afternoon. The fee to fish up on Pikes Peak is $4.00 per angler, a nominal fee when you think about it. The traffic was light and the Catamount parking lots even more quiet. This was the right choice upon entering the water and pushing away from the shore.

It was about two minutes from putting in my line I was hauling in a strong little rainbow of about 12 inches. The size does not matter as I was just wanted to have a lazy fishing day.

The rest of afternoon was spectacular before being pushed off the water with rain and lighting. The day concluded in the South Catamount with double digit landings on a smorgasbord of flies.

The Pikes Peak solitude provided PMD emergers, BWOs, Slumpbusters, Princes, and a smackering of Parachute Adams.

If you are in need of a quick fix from Colorado Springs, take a moment to visit the Catamount Reservoirs. The hours on the Peak for fishing is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.