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Trouts Journal

Special Update On The Dream Stream

Ivan Orsic / Oct 4, 2013

Below is an update from the Division of Wildlife regarding the stream flows between Spinney and Eleven Mile Reservoir. This is the Charlie Meyers State Wildlife Area (AKA "The Dream Stream"). At the time of this publication (10/4/13), this section of the South Platte River was running at 34.3 CFS well below historic averages. To track real-time stream flow on this section of river CLICK HERE.


AURORA, Colo.-- Aurora Water has reduced the flow coming out of Spinney Mountain Reservoir, and the lower water levels will affect fishing in the South Platte River.

Known as the “Dream Stream,” the area between Spinney and Eleven Mile reservoirs is a favorite Park County destination for avid fishermen. Because of the flow reduction, fishing in that area could be less than ideal. Lower flows this time of year may not bring up optimal numbers of lake-run fish from Eleven Mile reservoir.

Aurora Water typically coordinates flow levels with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to ensure they are optimal for fish habitat. However, the recent torrential storms have filled all of Aurora Water’s lower reservoirs, so there is no way to capture the standard level of flow. In addition, in most years, some of the flow is used by other water providers to fill their reservoirs. Right now, however, no one needs the water. If it is not claimed and continues downstream, it will exacerbate flooding conditions in northern Colorado.

“We do all that we can to support fish habitats – and those who enjoy fishing in that area. Unfortunately, in this case, we have no choice but to reduce the flows. The last thing we want to do is create additional problems for residents in northern Colorado who have already suffered tremendous losses,” Brian Fitzpatrick, a Water Resources Project Manager at Aurora Water, said.

It’s not clear when the flows will return to normal because it’s dependent on weather forecasts and water consumption.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

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Please take special note: brown trout have a difficult enough time reproducing on their own in normal outdoor conditions. With this radical drop in flow, we ask that you reconsider fishing this area until flows are raised and if/when you do fish here, take particular care to steer clear of any and all actively spawning fish, especially those that are on redds. If you do not know what a trout redd looks like, CLICK HERE. Actively spawning fish are much more interested in propagating their species than eating your fly – and this helps ensure a strong fishery for years to come.

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