Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017

How's Fishing?

Fishing has really improved the last couple of days.  Earlier this week, fishing was a little less productive.  At least the 'catching' part of fishing. ( Fishing is always good!)  It seems like the heat will drive the fish down to find cooler water.  There are browns that are also trying to escape the heat of the Niangua as it gets lower, and these fish are swimming up into zone three.  Please remember the 15 inch minimum size for these fish.  If you are unsure what a brown looks like, ask for a picture at any of the places where you buy your bait or check the internet.
 The simpler lures seem to be working the best. Mega worms or mop worms, orange marabou or power bait are all working well. Salmon color is good across the board. For example, a salmon colored glo-ball with a red dot,  Salmon and brown marabou, or salmon peach power bait.
Everyone has their favorite, of course, and it never hurts to throw a black & yellow marabou.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
mega worm, white
mop worm, white, pink or chartreuse
zebra midge - olive
RGN golden olive

Zone 1 & 2
ginger marabou, unweighted or 1/100 ounce
bedspread
peacock grub
brown floss, white floss with red
John deere, gray deere
brown ghostie mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, salmon, orange & white, black, orange
salmon with red dot glo ball
Wooly, black
Brown rooster tail

Zone 3
orange extra scent, Chunky Cheese, pink glitter, or salmon peach power bait
red salmon eggs
Pink Worms


Fishing Times

June/July     6:30 a.m.      -   8:30 p.m.
August        7:00 a.m.      -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.      -   7:15 p.m.
October     7:30 a.m.      -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions

Both the Spring and the River continue to get lower, slower, and clearer every day.

July 17, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 114
Median is 134
current level is 145
Mean is 153
75th percentile is 183
Max was 330 in 2015

Niangua River conditions - If you are planning on floating and fishing this is a great time for it.

July 17, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.03 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 59
Today's reading is 67.1
Median is 94
Mean is 146
75th percentile is 168
record high max was 511 in 2015


Lunker Club

7-10-17
Garrett Niemeyer form Humble, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive leech in zone 2

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2-1/2 pounds on a black wooly in zone 1

Nick Burkart from Overland Park, KS
2 pounds on a pink & white mop fly in zone 2



7-11-17
Tracy Woodworth from OFallon, MO
2 pounds on a white worm in zone 3

Ryan Kayhill from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a john Deere mini jig in zone 1

7-12-17
Tim Fischer from Festus, MO
2 pounds on red salmon eggs in zone 3

Charles R Odell from Columbia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on sherbert  power bait in zone 3

Cameron McAtee from O'Fallon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an orange marabou in zone 1

7-13-17
Bob Wohmeyer from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a yellow & black marabou

Michael Warden from Bilozi, Mississippi
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2



7-14-17
Tracy Woodworth from St. Charles, MO
3 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3

Melissa Hayes from Pevely, MO
2-1/4 pounds on pink glitter marshmallow in zone 3

Nancy Sappington from Camdenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black marabou in zone 1

Bryan Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a crackleback

Doug Kuebler from Hermann, MO
2 pounds on a white jig with red tip

Daniel Boswell from Maryland Heights, MO
2 pounds on an orange marabou in zone 2

7-15-17

Michelle Wielms from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Austin Wiegand from Wood River, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 2



7-16-17

Larry Newell from Clinton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Briley Gregg from Bogard, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Tyler O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a white mini jig in zone 2

7-17-17

Drew Sanders from Glasglo, MO
2.4 pounds on a cream color jig in zone 2

Duane Bash from Huntsville, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
(brown 18-1/2")

Wesley Lahay from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on white marabou in zone 2

Justin Molitor from Foristell MO
2-1/8 pounds on a peach with red dot glo ball in zone 2

Richard Hunt from Manchester, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

7-18-17

Tyler O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Heather Menzel from Ottawa, KS
2 pounds on  power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events

Friday - July 21nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a basket making class in the Nature Center Classroom. $35 includes all materials to make and take one home. If anyone is interested in the class, please call the nature center to reserve a spot. It will be taught by Judy Patterson-McKinley and there is a size limit to the class.

Friday, July 21, from 11am to 1 pm Bear Aware.  Learn about watching bears safely and being bear aware.

Saturday, July 22,  9 am photo walk with Al.  Walk with Al Griffin to learn  how to take photos of various subjects.  Meet at the Nature Center.
Saturday, July 22,  2 pm story time in the playground across from the Park Store.

Sunday July 23, 2pm Nature video.  Missouri's Watkins Woolen Mill.  Meet at the Nature Center

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM



Weather Conditions

Thursday   Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 100. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday    Sunny and hot, with a high near 98..
Saturday    Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Sunday    A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Monday    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday    A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.



Quote of the Day

(When wet fly-fishing) - Good fish take in the gentlest manner. It feels like somebody touching your sleeve so delicately to attract attention without giving offense. If anything happens during the drift, assume it is a fish. In Spring I hook catkins, in Autumn Willow leaves, both are easier to detect than a good brown trout.

Author:  Jim Ring

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

PERSONS OF INTEREST

Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062

Craig Fuller
Fisheries Management Biologist
417-532-7612 x 224
craig.fuller@mdc.mo.gov

Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
(: 417-532-3925| 6: 417-532-7006
www.mostateparks.com

Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111.

Dallas County Conservation Agent Matt Hitchings and Ryan Wood
Matt.Hitchings@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-3876
Ryan.Wood@mdc.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-0286.
Conservation agents for Laclede County
Jarrad.Jewell@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-718-1111
Jarad.Milligan@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-288-8744

Trout Cam At Bennett Spring State Park https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How's Fishing?

Photo by Chelsea Kirchberg

Currently the water in the Spring is fairly clear.  The Gage house is registering the stream height at 2.11 feet.  A 'normal' level for this time of year is 2.10.  The weather forecast is for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's through Monday.  Perfect!
The numbers of lunkers recorded for this year is staggering.  There have been over  308 fish weighing at least 2 pounds brought up to our store since opening day.  The season is just half over.  We're going to have to buy more buttons!

Brown or black sparkle Rooster tails continue to be a good choice for spinning rods.  John Deere mini jig, bedspread mini jig and white floss are also good choices.
For the fly rod there is a bit of top water action at this time, renegades, double trouble, and crane flies.  Nymphs, such as the olive RGN,  and scuds are still working well.  As far as Cracklebacks - Bennett Blue, red or gold are good choices at this time.

We have seen quite a few brown trout lately.  They are a feisty fish and fun to catch.  While mostly nocturnal, they will on occasion react to something brown and fuzzy during the middle of the day.  Please pay attention to the length of the fish.  It must be at least 15 inches to keep.  Try not to play it out and return it carefully to the stream if they are smaller than this size.



What's Working?
From the fly case:

crane fly
olive RGN's -16
renegade
double trouble
bennett blue crackleback, green or gold crackleback
elk hair cadis
mop flys
 Copper Hot shot

Zone 1 & 2

white floss, white brassie
white mini jig, sparkle with tail working exceptionally well
John deere
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - gingersnap, black & red, ginger, pink & white, red & white
Rooster tails - brown glitter, bumble bee, black glitter
original tri color glo ball

Zone 3

trout magnet -pink
trout nuggets
power bait: yellow, salmon peach, white
pink worms
minnows and worms



Water Conditions
July 3, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.11
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 127
Median is 152
Mean is 188
75th percentile is 202
current level is 166
Max was 811 in 2015

Niangua River conditions - If you are planning on floating and fishing this is a great time for it.
July 3, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.34 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 58
Today's reading is 101
Median is 101
Mean is 527
75th percentile is 344
record high max was 4730 in 2015



Fishing Times

July            6:30 a.m.      -   8:30 p.m.
August        7:00 a.m.      -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.      -   7:15 p.m.
October     7:30 a.m.      -   6:30 p.m.



Lunker Club

6-27-17
Marvin Knapp from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on his own lure in zone 1

Richard McConnell from Aldrich, MO
2-1/8 pounds on white thread jig in zone 2

Mark Clay from Weldon Spring, MO
2.5 pounds on a chartreuse jig in zone 1

6-28-17
Steve Nelson from Fairgrove, MO
3 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Terry Hendley from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white brassy in zone 2

Mary Jorgenson from Cameron, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in zone 3

John Frank from Grubville, MO
2 pounds on a black & red marabou in zone 1

6-29-17
Dale Reid from Excello, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ryan Kayhill from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere mini jig in zone 1

Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a white power bait in zone 3

Jessie Colyer from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Tom OKnich from North Branch, MN
2 pounds on cheese bait in zone 3

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow in zone 1

Todd Mildfelt from Richmond KS
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



7-1-17
Billy Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on an easter egg glo ball in zone 2

Bill Toth from Hartsburg, MO
3 pounds on a home made dry fly in zone 2

Greg Rackers from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

Megan Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2 pounds 10 ounces from black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Johnathan MItchell from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds 5/16 on a john deere in zone 2

Jenna Binsbacher from O'Fallon, MO
2.5 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2 pounds 10 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Brian ONeill from Oak Grove, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

Yvonne Garrard from Jefferson City, MO
5 pounds 8 ounces on an orange & white worm in zone 3

Caleb Crawford from Lawson, Mo
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Dave Frohwitter from Arnold, MO,
2-1/4 pounds on a bennett blue crackleback in zone 1

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2 pounds on a olive copper hot shot in zone 2

Nick Barnfield from Herman, MO
5.25 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Mitch Snow from Holts summit, MO
2 pounds on a red brassie in zone 2



7-2-17

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Gina Ruether from Beaufort, MO
4-1/8 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Jonny Mitchell from Warrenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Brian Prewitt from St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds on a pale  yellow crackleback in zone 1

Annabelle Cress (age 3)  from Godfrey, IL
2-3/8 pound on home made power bait in zone 3

Matt Berron from Beaufort, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a worm in zone 3

7-3-17

Billy Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a peach glo ball in zone 1

Mack Carter from Savanna, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Ashley Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Brier Hoffman from Glasgow, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green leech in zone 1

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2

Sean Kistner from Independence, MO
2-1/2 pounds on an apricot glo ball in zone 1

Briar Hoffman from Glasgow, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green leech in zone 2

Jerry Prewitt from Savanna, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a pale green crackleback

George Zvirgzdins from St. Louis, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Kim McMIllian from Rushville, MO
2 pounds on a cream bedspread in zone 1

7-4-17
Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg, IL
2 pounds on a black& yellow marabou in zone 2

Scott Sapp from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Trevour Sapp from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Konnor Carman (age 11) from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Brian Watson from Springfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 1



Calendar of Events

Thursday - July 6
10 am - Catch a critter. Meet Nature Center staff at the trailhead for the Tunnel Trail
2 - 4 pm - Going Batty - learn about bats at the campground 2 & 3 playground
8 pm - Beavers, Natures Engineers. Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday - July 8,
2-4 pm Explorer Program. Earn an explorer patch by participating in Interpretive programs
8-10 pm Campfire Songs, Stories and S'mores. Exclusive for Bennett Springs Campers.

Wednesday - July 12
2 pm - Amazing Armadillo. Join us at the Nature Center

Friday July 14
8:30 pm Owl Prowl . Meet at the nature center, learn to identify owls.

Saturday July 15th
9 am - Hike the Spring Trail - Meet at the Nature Center. Includes historic structures form the 1930's.
10 am - Fish Hatchery Tour
2 pm -story time . Meet Miss Becky at the playground across from the Park Store.

Firday - July 21nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a basket making class in the Nature Center Classroom. $35 includes all materials to make and take one home. If anyone is interested in the class, please call the nature center to reserve a spot. It will be taught by Judy Patterson-McKinley and there is a size limit to the class.

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.



Quote of the Day

There is a great truth in the saying that the best fly to use is the one you believe in.

Author:  Hugh Falkus

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


Monday, June 26, 2017


June 26, 2017




How's Fishing

The rumor going around is that Bennett Spring has nice fish. Check out the Lunker club section if you need any convincing that this is true.  The marabou jigs, classic black & yellow, gingersnap, red & black, all are doing really well.  Rooster Tails in sparkle brown or black are also very good.  John Deere has been a strong player as well.   White floss is a great choice right now, especially if it has a dark red head.
A new fly to use this week is the crane fly or daddy long legs.  When the fish are going after the top water, this one is the one they want.
The water is clearer and slower than it has been for quite some time.  Still some stain to it, but very fish-able.


What's Working?

From the fly case:
crane flys
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bennett blue crackleback, green crackleback
red zebra midge
mop flys
pink shrimp scud

Zone 1 & 2
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , red & black, white & black, gingersnap, and, of course, black & yellow
Rooster tails - brown glitter, bumble bee, black glitter, white / black tiger

Zone 3
trout magnet - meal worm gold
trout nuggets
power bait:  yellow, salmon peach, florescent orange
Orange Worms



Water conditions

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.15
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 129
Median is 157
Mean is 186
75th percentile is 216
current level is 176
Max was 584 in 1935

June 26, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.35 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 33.3 in 2012
25th percentile is 65
Today's reading is 99.8
Median is 119
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 392
record high max was 665 in 2065



Fishing Times

June/July        6:30 a.m. -   8:30 p.m.
August        7:00 a.m.  -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.  -   7:15 p.m.
October        7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.




Lunker Club

6-21-17
Neil Gromall from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Terry Silbe from Pickneyville, IL
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ed Bain from Temple TX
2 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 1

Jonoathan Kraus from Freeburg, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

6-22-17

Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Lindsey Marcum from Lafayette, IN
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Grant Cobl from crystal beach, FL
2 pounds on a rubber leg jig in zone 2

Mark Hawkins from Indianapolis, IN
2 pounds on a black marabou in zone 2


6-23-17

David Houk from Milen, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in zone 3

Joe Nehring from Florissant, MO
2 pounds on original tri color glo ball in zone 2

Jeremy Maddox from Richman, MO
2 pounds on john deere yellow tail in zone 2

Gabe Meier from Leewood, KS
3-1/2 pounds on a crackleback in zone 1

Boston Wright from St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

6-24-17

Benjamin Lucot from Wadesville, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chad Sherman from Moscow Millsm, MO
2.5 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Andrew Clark from Hallsville, MO
2 pounds on dough bait in zone 3

Kailey Woody from Loose Creek, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Jason Vaughn from Ewing, MO
2.5 pounds on a night crawler in the River

Marvin Williams from DeSoto, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

6-24-17
Rick Doran from Overland Park, KS
2-1/16 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3

6-25-17
Mark Hawkins from Indianapolis, IN
2.25 lbs on a brown marabou in zone 1

Preston Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Preston Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Karen Whisenhunt from Scheller IL
2-3/4 lbs on a bumblebee rooster tail in zone 1



Mary B. from Winsfield, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Andrew Stewart from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 1

Corbett Shannon from Fenton, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a shrimp in zone 3

Paul Hopen from Agusta, MO
2-1/2 pounds n a white mini with red head in zone 1

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a tri color glo ball in zone 1

6-26-17

Jerry Fessler from Marceline, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Paul Hopen from Agusta, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig with red head in zone 2

Jim Kemna from Jeff City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on black & green marabou in zone 1

Ty Bruce from Shawnee, KS
2-1/2 lbs on an olive roach in zone 2

Greg Lowes from Hannibal, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Kevin Belshe from Henley, mo
2 lbs, 7 oz on salmon peach power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events
Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Friday - June 30
8 pm Beavers – Nature’s Best Engineers.
Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.

Saturday – July 1st
10 am Hatchery Tour – A guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery.
Meet at the newest hatchery building.
12-4pm Frogs and Toads – What’s the difference? Stop by the Nature Center Classroom to find out.
6 pm Nature Bingo! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on near the
playground area across from the park store.
8 pm Spider Sniff – Meet at the Nature Center. Wear appropriate clothing and Footwear. Bring a flashlight.

Sunday - July 2nd
2 pm Spring Ladies – An entertaining historic preservation program in the Nature Center Classroom. Journey back in time to hear the stories of three women who found life, hope and home near Bennett Spring. Three centuries will be presented in historic accurate clothing and Mike Pace will play the Mountain Dulcimer between stories.

Monday - July 3rd
2 pm Explosive Art at the Nature Center

Thursday  - July 6
10 am - Catch a critter.  Meet Nature Center staff at the trailhead for the Tunnel Trail
2 - 4 pm  - Going Batty - learn about bats at the campground 2 & 3 playground
8 pm - Beavers, Natures Engineers.  Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday - July 8,
 2-4 pm Explorer Program.  Earn an explorer patch by participating in Interpretive programs
.8-10 pm Campfire Songs, Stories and S'mores.  Exclusive for Bennett Springs Campers.
 
Wednesday - July 12
2 pm - Amazing Armadillo.  Join  us at the Nature Center

Friday July 14
8:30 pm  Owl Prowl .  Meet at the nature center, learn to identify owls.

Saturday July 15th
9 am - Hike the Spring Trail - Meet at the Nature Center.  Includes historic structures form the 1930's.
10 am  - Fish Hatchery Tour
2 pm -story time .  Meet Miss Becky at the playground across from the Park Store.

Saturday - July 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a basket making class in the Nature Center Classroom.  $35 includes all materials to make and take one home.  If anyone is interested in the class, please call the nature center to reserve a spot.  It will be taught by Judy Patterson-McKinley and there is a size limit to the class.

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM


Weather Forecast

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
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Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
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Friday:   Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

Saturday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.
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Monday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.



Quote of the Day

Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.

Author:  Howard Marshall

Published:  Reflections on a River 1967

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


June 24th, 2017

courtesy of Jason Krone

How's Fishing?

Although water conditions are not optimal, fishing continues to be really good.  There have been large numbers of fish caught and released as well as nice stringers.  The water is murky but not running fast or deep.  Typically the fish that we have seen on stringers weighing in at a pound to a pound and a half.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
crane flys
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bennett blue crackleback, green crackleback
zebra midge

Zone 1 & 2
white floss
white jig
Tinsel Jigs
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , red & black, white, gingersnap, olive & brown, ginger, orange & white, yellow & white, and, of course, black & yellow
white sparkle grub
Rooster tails - brown sparkle, bumble bee, black

Zone 3
trout nuggets
power bait: white, yellow, salmon peach, florescent orange
Orange Worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.25
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77 in 1982
25th percentile is 127
Median is 160
Mean is 220
75th percentile is 232
current level is 202
Max was 1240 in 1981

Photo courtesy of Jason Krone

June 12, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.66 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 70.1 in 2014
25th percentile is 118
Today's reading is 143
Median is 284
Mean is 609
75th percentile is 463
record high max was 5350 in 2015



Fishing Times

June/July   6:30 a.m.                     -   8:30 p.m.
August        7:00 a.m.                   -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.                   -   7:15 p.m.
October        7:30 a.m.                   -   6:30 p.m.


Lunker Club

6-14-17
Brad Long from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Norman Valle from DeSoto MO
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

6-15-17

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a black &  yellow marabou in zone 1

Ben Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a white floss in zone 2

6-16-17
Darrin Woodall from Concordia, MO
2 pounds on a white fly in zone 1

Joshua Balsley from Licking, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a glitter jig in zone 1

6-17-17

Lin Miles from Rolla, MO
3 pounds on a tinsel jig in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jack Kaeshoefer from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Miles Drummond from columbia, MO
2 pounds on a orange & white marabou in zone 2

Grant Hollister from Blue Springs, MO
3 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 1

Dalton Kaeshoefer from St. Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



6-18-17

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2.8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ian Daly from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a yellow & white marabou in zone 2

Ian Daly from St. Charles, MO
2.4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Jim Gallaher from Wildwood, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Nick Dierking from Marthasville, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

David Hendricks from Jay, OK
3 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 2

Will Falkoner from Lake Ozark, MO
4 pounds on a white floss jig in zone 2

Anthony Vaccaro from Winfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

6-19-17

Bryce Krone from Bonner Springs, KS
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Jason Krone from Bonner Springs, KS
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Ron Walker from Mesquite, TX
2-1/2 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1

Jonathon Bain from Houston, TX
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

6-20-17

Dan Krone from Apollo Beach, FL
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

Friday, June 23rd
                8 pm Owl Prowl – Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.  After watching a video we will hike in their night time habitat.  Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and                   bring a flashlight.

Saturday, June 24th      
                10 am - noon Missouri Fish – Today is National Catfish Day
Arts & Crafts in the Nature Center Classroom
                 2 pm Aquatic Walk – Meet at Natural Tunnel Trail Head above the head of the Bennett                          Spring.  Discover creatures living while getting your feet wet!.

Sunday, June 25th
                 2 pm Bennett Spring Bats – A presentation on current research will be presented.                                  Specimens for viewing but none are alive.  Learn more about bat habitat and  White Nose                             Syndrome.

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Friday  -  June 30
                  8 pm   Beavers – Nature’s Best Engineers.
                  Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.

Saturday – July 1st
                  10 am     Hatchery Tour – A guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery.
                   Meet at the newest hatchery building.
                  12-4pm   Frogs and Toads – What’s the difference?  Stop by the Nature Center Classroom                    to find out.
                   6 pm Nature Bingo!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on near the
   playground area across from the park store.
                    8 pm Spider Sniff – Meet at the Nature Center.  Wear appropriate clothing and Footwear.                          Bring a flashlight.

Sunday - July 2nd
                2 pm Spring Ladies – An entertaining historic preservation program in the  Nature Center Classroom.  Journey back in time to hear the stories of three women                     who found life, hope and home near Bennett Spring.  Three centuries will be presented in historic accurate clothing and Mike Pace will play the Mountain Dulcimer                       between stories.

Monday - July 3rd
                 2 pm Explosive Art at the Nature Center

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Quote of the Week

I've always been of two minds about fly-fishing. On the one hand, here's a guy standing in cold water up to his liver throwing the world's most expensive clothesline at trees. A full two-thirds of his time is spent untangling stuff, which he could be doing in the comfort of his own home with old shoelaces, if he wanted. The whole business costs like sin and requires heavier clothing. Furthermore, it's conducted in the middle of black fly season. Cast and swat. Cast and swat. fly-fishing may be a sport invented by insects with fly fishermen as bait. And what does the truly sophisticated dry-fly fisherman do when he finally bags a fish? He lets the fool thing go and eats baloney sandwiches instead. On the other hand, I wouldn't be completely happy doing any other kind of fishing.
Author:  P.J. O'Rourk, fly-fishing Primer
 Published:  Seasons of the Angler

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017



How's Fishing

The fishing this weekend was amazing,  There were good stringers as well as large numbers for catch and release.  Monday the fishing has been a little tougher for some reason. It may be the full moon, change in weather, or smarter fish!
 A couple of successful lures are the gingersnap marabou and olive crackleback or RGN.  Renegades have started working, also.
Good sized fish can be found in every zone.



Of Interest
The following is an e-mail sent out by Ben Havens, hatchery manager.

BENNETT SPRING HATCHERY HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY 2017

Tag Sales
For the month of May we sold 14,592 tags. Tag sales were down due to the highly unpredictable weather and very poor water clarity we had throughout the month. We received over 10 inches of rain for the month. We are down 16% over last May and 12.5% from last year this time. However, we are only about 5% below the 5-year avg. (44,509 tags) for Year to Date tag sales. Hopefully, things will settle down soon!  We had our busiest day of the year so far with 1,455 tags sold on the Sunday of Memorial day weekend.

Fish Production
Poor water quality has remained a problem. May was a very wet month and this kept the spring branch off color for most of the time. Due to the poor water quality, we had and continue to have issues with small chronic disease outbreaks. Staff remain on top of the situation and trying to stay a step ahead of it.  Outside production continues to do well, most of our lots for 2017 stocking are of good size and ate staged for stocking. We have surplus fish if needed somewhere in the Coldwater hatchery  system and space available to take fish for holdover if needed. The feed room is full.

Fish Stockings
We completed the following stockings this month.

Trout Park -                        26,720 fish
Niangua River TMA –         900 fish
Total Stocked     -              27,620 fish

Spring Flow
We started the month at 1,190 cfs (769 mgd) during the height of a flood and in flood stage. We ended the month at 283 cfs (183 mgd) and remain above normal flow. We gained over 10” of rain throughout the month however it came slowly and spread out.  The spring branch has been above normal all month long.



Fish Hauls
We had no fish hauls in or out of the hatchery for the month of May.

Bennett Spring Access Maintenance
Staff cleaned and prepared area for increased use now that floating season is upon here. The privies were pumped and trash removed.  The parking lot sustained quite a bit of damage during the flood rises. D&D staff has made repairs and it is looking much better.

Hatchery Maintenance
Staff has used their time cleaning on the area, mowing our site and repairing stocking points. We have painted curbs, railings, and other infrastructure. Repairs were made to the wader wash station due to damage during flooding. We added rock to several access roads on the hatchery grounds that were washed out with the heavy rains we received over the month.

Outreach
We had twelve scheduled hatchery tours this month for over 904 people.  We held a stream team cleanup on May 13th. It was attended by over 25 people. We picked up a fair amount of trash and everyone had a good time.  Our next big event will be Kid’s Free fishing day on June 10th.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
chartreuse or gray mop fly
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bead head crackleback, golden olive crackleback

Zone 1 & 2
glo balls -  white with pink dot, white
white floss with red head
peach floss
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , peach, gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, and, of course, black & yellow
bedspread - fished deep
Rooster tails - brown sparkle, bumble bee, brown

Zone 3
power bait: sherbet, yellow, salmon peach,
salmon eggs
Orange Worms



Water Conditions

June 12, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.32
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1977
25th percentile is 129
Median is 189
Mean is 207
75th percentile is 253
current level is 222
Max was 499 in 1995

June 12, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.67 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 52 in 2016
25th percentile is 128
Today's reading is 145
Median is 307
Mean is 572
75th percentile is 666
record high max was 2210 in 1993



Lunker Club

6-4-17

Johnathan Block from Frankenstein, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Donald Asher from Brookfield, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Joe Searcy from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 2

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white & peach marabou in zone 2

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
4 pounds on a home made bait in zone 3

Mike Mildfelt from Winfield, KS
2-1/2 pounds on salmon & brown marabou in zone 2

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1

6-6-17

Morgan Houston from Farmington, MO
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

Jackson Forck from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Don Harris from Lee's Summit
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a white jig in zone 1

Tracy McCann from Centralia, MO
4-1/2 pound brown on home made dough bait in zone 3


6-7-17

Collin Voyles from Festus, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a orange worm in zone 3

Dillon Voyles from Festus, MO
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

6-9-17

Connor Bailey from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on an orange & brown rooster tail in zone 1

Tim Berchardt from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

6-10-17

Deb Ellis from Shawnee, OK
2 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a olive marabou in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a olive marabou in zone 1(second fish)

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Easton Holloway (age 4) from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Derek P. Hubler from Pinckneyhville, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a bead head ginger wooley in zone 1

Grant Ruediger from Harmon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a green/pink spinner in zone 2

Alexandria Tan from Overland Park, KS (age 9)
2 pounds on pink power bait in zone 3

Kingston Tan from Overland Park, KS ( age 7)
2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3



6-11-17

Scott Veeck from Wadesville IN
2-1/4 pounds on red & white marabou in zone 2

Nat Stoebe from Higbee, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
3-1/4 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

Anthony McElroy from Troy, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a roe glo ball in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Frankie Hungerford from Jacksonville, IL
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds

6-12-17

Chase Bresler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Don Ohler from Urich, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive marabou in zone 2

Wanda Ohler from Urich, MO
2 pounds on a yellow and black rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Matthew Bellew from KC, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

6-13-17

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Allington Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from Wright city, MO
3 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

Ashley Sommer from Wright City, MO
3 pounds 10 ounces on homemade bait in zone 3



Fishing Times

June                       6:30 A.M.     8:30 P.M.

July                        6:30 A.M.     8:30 P.M.

August                    7:00 A.M.     8:00 P.M.

September               7:30 A.M.     7:15 P.M.

October                   7:30 A.M.      6:30 P.M.




Calendar of Events
Friday, June 16 - Furbearer & Tracks, 1 to 4 pm in the Nature Center Classroom
                          Spider Sniff- Nature Center Classroom Video and Hike, Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a flashlight.
Saturday, June 17 - Hike around the spring trail - 9 am
                              Fish Hatchery Tour - 10 am
                              Fish Art - Nature Center Classroom at 2pm to 4 pm
Sunday, June 18 - Prehistoric Missouri - Nature Center Classroom

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM
Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM
Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM



Weather Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84.



Quote of the Week
'Limititis" is the affliction, endemic within our sport, which causes anglers to misread 'limit' as 'target'. It is probably the sport's greatest cause of stress, frustration and unhappiness, and it matters not how often anglers are told that the limit is simply the maximum number of fish they are allowed to catch during a session, there will always be those who see it as target and feel inept or cheated whenever they fail to achieve it.
Author:  Peter Lapsley
Published:  Fly-Fishing and Fly-Tying Magazine (UK) - July 2011
Thanks for reading!  Lucy