Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

picture taken Thursday afternoon to show water conditions 5/26/16


How's Fishing?

The first question of the day has been "how's the water?"  I believe that many are concerned about the rain in the area and how it's affecting the fishing conditions.  The water is a bit murky in spots, but still very fish-able. Traditional lures such as black & yellow marabou and john deere mini jigs are doing well.   Not as many lunkers caught this week, but a good week for numbers of fish.
Moss cutting was done on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

  As we head into the weekend, it looks like several more days of occasional showers and temperatures in the low 80's. Beautiful for the Memorial Day Weekend.


Fishing Times
May                  6:30 a.m.      -   8:15 p.m.
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

May 25, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.06 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82 in 1936
25th percentile is 143
current level is 150
Median is 211
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 302
Max was 500 in 1991



May 25, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.20 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 362
 minimum was 52 in 2012
25th percentile is 85
Median is 362
Mean is 413
75th percentile is 419
Max was 2050 in 1995

What's Working?
From the fly box
crane fly
san juan worm - white
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, holographic green, pearl
scuds, orange or olive

Zone 1 or 2
peacock hurl mini jig
White floss
john deere mini jig
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black with gold spinner
glo ball: original tri color, jimi hendrix
black & gold or brown woolie worm with spinner, olive wooly worm
Marabou - black, red & yellow, gingersnap, yellow & brown, shell & brown
white roach

Zone 3

rainbow power bait
salmon peach, yellow - power bait.
salmon eggs



Of Interest

I'm trying a new heading.    Let me know what you think about it.  Drop an email to weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com.  thanks!

It makes sense to start at the beginning, and the first question is obviously "what is a trout?" The trout found in Missouri are members of the salmonid family, and they act very similar to salmon. We have two primary species available in Missouri: the rainbow trout and the brown trout. There are some rumors floating around about some brook trout and even a few golden trout here and there, but these fish, if they exist, are well guarded in waters without public access. All Missouri trout are restricted to cold water locations where the water temperature doesn't generally move much above 75 degrees, even in the hottest part of the summer. Since the Southern half of Missouri is so rich with springs, there are numerous cold water rivers and streams that are perfect for these fish.

The Rainbow Trout is by far the most numerous trout found here. They were first introduced in Missouri's cold water streams in the 1880's. In fact, some of the earliest stockings were accomplished by railroad workers who dumped buckets of small trout into the streams the trains crossed. Some of these original strains of trout continue to exist to this day. Although there are several wild rainbow populations that can be found throughout the state, most of the decent-sized rainbow trout you'll find are hatchery raised. Hatchery trout spend 15 months or so eating about 1-1/4 pound of trout chow to grow to 11 inches or so before being stocked into trout streams throughout the state.

Rainbow trout, once they've lived wild for a while, will feed almost exclusively on aquatic insects (mayflies, caddis, midges, etc.), and terrestrial insects (ants, beetles, grasshopper, etc.). In some waters, the trout may feed largely on small crustaceans like scud (small freshwater shrimp) and sowbugs (aquatic "rolly pollies"). Even the largest rainbow trout will continue to feed on tiny bits of food with the occasional minnow, crayfish or sculpin thrown in, if it's a fairly easy target, but extra large rainbows may also become scavengers. This gives them the great amount of protein they need to maintain their size while allowing them to conserve energy. It also offers them some protection from fisherman. Recently released hatchery fish, however, will bite on any number of items (i.e. corn, marshmallows, dough bait, etc.), mainly because they were raised on lumps of food thrown at them. After stocking, it will take some time for them to experiment with natural food sources before they give up their preference for the hand-fed cafeteria style of feeding. It seems as though all trout, however, have some genetically imprinted desire to eat fish eggs. In virtually every trout stream, a good old fashioned "glo-bug" or the more new-fangled "glu-bug" can work wonders when nothing else will.

After literally decades of trial and error, two primary strains of rainbow trout are now grown in our hatcheries and stocked in our state. These two strains are called the "Missouri Strain" and the "Missouri Arlee Strain". Yep, our state actually developed it's own strains. Cool, eh? The whole point of playing mother nature was to develop a strain of fish that grew quickly, was resistant to disease, and resilient to changing water conditions. The reason for two strains is to have a strain that will spawn in the Autumn and another that will spawn in the Spring. This, of course, increases efficiency and yield from the hatcheries. All in all, they've devised a pretty neat system.

The brown trout is a different animal altogether, of course. Obviously it looks different, but it also behaves quite differently from the rainbow. These behaviors make the brownie a bit of an enigma.

The brown trout was first imported from Europe in the 1890's, according to many accounts. It was considered a good transplant for many areas, because it was able to tolerate water temperatures warmer than the smaller and slower-growing native brook trout. To this day, the brown trout is a very popular and sought-after fish. Part of the reason is that it is considered a more selective feeder, meaning it is a greater challenge to catch than its rainbow cousin. There are also fewer brown trout out there. The Missouri Department of Conservation raises between 1.5 and 2 million rainbow trout per year, but rarely more than 300,000 brown trout.

Yes, the brown trout feeds differently than the rainbow, but there is no study we're aware of that supports the supposition that browns are more selective. In fact, brown trout feed very much like rainbows until they reach about 12" in length and a pound in weight. Shortly thereafter, their diet begins to include more big stuff -- minnows, sculpins, crayfish, etc. -- and fewer bugs. This is simple nature. The reason? No one knows for sure, but there are a few theories which still need study. One is that they are simply more aggressive by nature. Another is that they need more protein per meal in order to meet their complex energy requirements. A third theory is more complicated, stating that browns may engage in seasonal gorging to bulk up on fat, thus allowing them to survive more dormant seasons like the coldest part of winter and the hottest part of summer. We'll leave the final decision to the biologists, but the result for fishermen is the same. Instead of picking at caddis larvae all day, a brownie will chase down a couple of sculpins or crayfish and be full for hours. They're not more selective -- they're just stuffed. They'll still bite, because they're opportunistic feeders, but you'll have to drift your bait to them just right. If they've recently fed, they certainly won't chase your fly or lure, unless it looks big and meaty and appears to be an exceptionally easy target.

Brown trout spawn in the fall and begin to gorge themselves prior to spawning. This pre-spawn buffet period generally begins in early October and can stretch into mid-November. It is during this period that true brown trout trophy hunters come out. And since brown trout also tend to be a lot more active at night than rainbows, those trophy hunters will often try their hand casting a big streamer or small crankbait at night in search of that 30+ pound monster hiding out there somewhere. The world record brown trout was caught in Arkansas and weighed roughly 40 pounds. Missouri will break that record eventually.



Lunker Club

5-15-16
Bob Worley from Wildwood, MO
2 pounds on a possum hair roach in zone 1

5-18-16
Caleb Crawford from Lawson, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Caleb Crawford from Lawson, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a rainbow glo ball in zone 1

5-23-16
Paul Klausen from Blue Springs, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3

Greg Mallory from Overland Park IL
2 pounds on a chartreuse bead head in zone 1

5-22-16
Mark Lowrance from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds (c&r) on a dark olive marabou in zone 1

5-25-16
Gary Page from Maywood, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & white worm in zone 3



Fishing Times

May                6:30 a.m.                  -   8:15 p.m.
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



Weather Forecast

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

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

Memorial Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.



Calendar of Events
June 8th: Picnic in the park. Pavillion 2 across the whistle bridge. Time: 9:30 AM
June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend
June 11 (Saturday only): The Second Annual CFM Trout Fest
June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting
July 26th & 27th Moss cutting
August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting
October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting
Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
    Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017


Quote of the Week

It is the constant - or inconstant - change, the infinite variety in fly-fishing that binds us fast. It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.

Author:  Theodore Gordon
Published:  1914

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, May 17, 2016



May 17, 2016



How's Fishing?

Although fishing on Friday was a little slow, Saturday and Sunday were amazing.  Lots of people fishing and lots of fish caught in every zone. This week the anglers were branching out and trying different flies and jigs, many of which proved successful.  The possum hair roach and the bennett blue crackleback continue to dominate. One of the best that is new this week is a classic, and a favorite of mine, the white floss.  It's just a hook with a 1/100 head and wrapped in floss or thread.  The usual color is white.  I'm told that it looks like a crustacean that grows on the weeds in the water at Bennett, and when it shakes off, it drifts downstream and becomes a favorite snack for trout.  If anyone knows anything different, I'm open to a better idea. Until then... that's my story.


If the fishing is slow for you, there may be other reasons for this than just bad luck.  One may be the lure you are using isn't appropriate for water conditions or time of year. Another may be that  you are getting bites and not realizing it.  Having someone more experienced tag along and fish with you can be really helpful.  And a third may be your line choice.  Line can be different colors.  An example of an obvious poor choice of line for the water of Bennett is red.  A nice soft green is a much better choice.  Heavier line does not seem to work as well as a lighter line, such as two pound.
The following is an article that presents the idea of whether to use two pound or four pound line in a different way, but there were some good points to consider and I thought it worth sharing.

This article was written by Ralph Scherder from the web site: Bait Fisherman

 The past 25 years have seen a major shift in trout fishing in terms of tackle. Ultralight rods and reels have become the norm. When I was a kid, 6-pound test was standard line weight. Now, 4-pound test is standard, but is 4-pound test light enough?
First of all, I’m referring to monofilament line here. I’ve used braided and superlines off and on throughout the years and will discuss their effectiveness in a future post For now, though, with trout season looming, I’ll talk a little about monofilament .

I like the XL (extra limp) lines for spinfishing. They have a more supple quality that casts better in spinning reels. Other, harder lines tend to tangle frequently because they have less give – those lines are primarily meant for baitcasting-type reels. So when choosing a line for a spinning reels, always go with one that has XL somewhere on the label.

I’ve been using 4-pound test monofilament for trout fishing for over 25 years, and I’ve always thought it performed the most consistently in all types of situations. However, there have been instances where I knew I could be catching more fish with a lighter line. One of those instances occurred a couple years ago when I caught a bunch of trout out of a pool on my favorite stream in early June. For about two hours straight, I hammered them until I thought I’d caught all of the biters. Then another fisherman walked down to the pool and, much to my surprise, he caught even more than I had. I noticed no obvious differences in bait or presentation, but I did notice that he was really careful with how he played each fish. When I asked why, he said he was using 2-pound test.

I’ve since added 2-pound test to my arsenal, although I only use it on rare occasions. When water is high or off-color, 4-pound test is more than adequate. During low water conditions, or when water is ultra-clear, 2-pound test is a great option.

One reason I prefer 4-pound test in most situations is that it’s thicker in diameter and will withstand the inevitable frays, scrapes and abrasions that occur when bottom-bouncing bait. I still check the line and retie hooks frequently to avoid losses, though. When using 2-pound test, I check the line and retie twice as often.

As a comparison, consider this: 4-pound test line generally has a diameter of 0.15 to 0.23 millimeters; 2-pound test has a diameter of roughly 0.10 to 0.15 millimeters.

Of course, I’m talking generalizations here. Actual diameters vary from brand to brand. Still, that’s quite a difference, and it translates into how visible line is to the fish, too. Although I believe trout have tremendous eyesight – based on their ability to pick a size 22 midge from the surface film – I really don’t think line visibility is a major factor in whether or not they strike. No doubt they have the ability to see all lines, regardless of whether it’s 4- or 2-pound test.

Where line size has its greatest effect is on presentation of the bait. Simply stated, the lighter the line, the less drag it will have on your presentation. As a result, the bait will move more naturally through the current. That alone will trigger more strikes. Also, if you’re using 2-pound test, you’ll likely feel more hits because the line is more sensitive than 4-pound.

I know from experience – we all do, in fact – that when you’re starving you’ll eat just about anything. However, when you’re not all that hungry, it takes something awfully good to spark your appetite. Lighter lines provide a more natural presentation that is more tempting to picky trout.

Assuming that your bait choice and presentation are good, though, a hungry trout will hit regardless of the line size. How else can you explain the fact that there are guys who use 8- or 12-pound test for trout and still sometimes catch fish? “Sometimes” is the operative word here. Yes, trout can be caught with 12-pound test some of the time, but definitely not all of the time.

When using 2-pound test, I’ve found that correctly setting the drag on your reel is crucial. A hefty rainbow or brown can snap 2-pound test very quickly if the drag sticks or is set too tight. I like to set mine so that the drag gives just a little bit when I set the hook, and I take my time playing out each fish. I still like a light drag when fishing 4-pound test, but I’m not as afraid to horse a fish to the net now and then.

During the early weeks of trout season, when water levels are higher, I use 4-pound test almost exclusively. As the season wears on and streams drop and become clearer, I gradually switch over to 2-pound test. There are no cut and dry answers as to which one is best. Usually that’s just a matter of personal preference. But each size has its place in my year-round arsenal, and I let conditions decide which one I use at any given time.


Fishing Times
May                  6:30 a.m.      -   8:15 p.m.

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.





What's Working?
Blue wing olive
Tobacco Brown copper hot shot
san juan worm - red or hot pink
cinnamon ant
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, holographic green
Black Caddis

Zone 1 or 2
White floss
john deere, or gray deere mini jig
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black with gold spinner
glo ball: original tri color, jimi hendrix, white with red spot
 possum hair roach
black & gold or brown woolie worm with spinner, olive wooly worm
Marabou - black
white roach

Zone 3
rainbow power bait
salmon peach,  yellow - power bait.
minnows or worms



Water Conditions
At this time, I am writing this on Sunday afternoon, the water is very low, moving slowly. Clarity is excellent for this time of year.  We are expecting two days of rain.  This could play out in different ways.  If the rain is a soft drizzle for a couple of days, there may be very little change in the stream.  If it comes all in a gush, we will notice clarity issues especially in zones two and three.
The Niangua River is at an all time low for this date.
If there are issues with stream discharge or clarity, I will update the report as needed.

Tuesday update:  The rain is essentially over and did very little to, as they say, mess up the stream.  The water is still lower than average but there is a slight bit more color to it.  It's not especially muddy, and I believe that by this weekend, you will never even know it rained.



May 15, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.87 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 89 in 1977
25th percentile is 143
current level is 109
Median is 201
Mean is 296
75th percentile is 337
Max was 1990 in 1967

May 15, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.83 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 62
previous minimum was 85 in 2015
25th percentile is 155
Median is 329
Mean is 746
75th percentile is 1100
Max was 2670 in 1994


Lunker Board

5-10-16
Ruth Todd from Raytown, MO
2 pounds on a black roostertail with gold spinner in zone 1

5-11-16
Karen Whisenhunt from Scheller, IL
2 pounds on a bumblebee roostertail in zone 1

Charlie Whisenhunt from Scheller, IL
2 pounds on a black marabou in zone 1
(Note: this couple caught their fish just minutes apart. Fishing on the dam)

Earl Nachtrieb from St. Charles, MO
3 pounds 12 ounces on an olive wooly worm in zone 2

Alan Wolschon from Mt. Clemens, MI
2-3/4 pounds on a white roach in zone 2

5-12-16
Doug Tepen from St. Charles, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

5-13-16
Jim Nauert from Quincy, IL
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Rick Graham from New Market, Iowa
3 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

5-14-16
Tim Borchardt from Kerney, Mo
2-3/8 pouinds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1


Trent Wilson from Edgar Springs, MO
2 pounds 1 ounce on a brown glo ball in zone 3

Trent Wilson from Edgar Springs, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a brown glo ball in zone 2

Norman Black from Edgar Springs, MO
3 pounds, 13 ounces on a brown glo ball in zone 2

Norman Black from Edgar Springs, MO
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a brown glo ball in zone 2

5-15-16
Nathaniel Lammy from Michael, IL
2-3/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Doc Amschler from Perryville, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

5-15-16
Isabelle Bruckerhoff from Gerald, MO (age 13)
2 pounds on a pistol pete in zone 2

Bob Worley from Wildwood, MO
2 pounds on a possum hair roach

Jason Dinwiddie from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3


Weather Forecast
Thursday:           Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Thursday Night   A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Friday:                A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.
Friday Night:       Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Saturday:            Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.
Saturday Night:   Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Sunday:              Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.


Calendar of Events

May 24th & 25th are moss cutting days

June 8th:  Picnic in the park. Pavillion 2 across the whistle bridge.   Time: 9:30 AM

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 11 (Saturday only): The Second Annual CFM Trout Fest

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

July 26th & 27th Moss cutting

August 30th & 31st :  Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th :  Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017


Quote of the Week

Tis the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of the sun on the blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men, for all men are equal before fish.

Author:  Herbert Hoover



Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 11, 2016

How's Fishing?



This last weekend was a great one for the kids on 'Kids fishing day'.  The weather was perfect and there were plenty of fish in the stream.  As you can see from the Lunker Club section of this report, there were a lot of big fish caught.

Don't forget that this coming weekend, May 14, the Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby.
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

The stream is very low and running slowly, especially considering the time of year.  Hopefully we will get some moisture to replenish the aquifers.  And, with any luck, all the rain will happen midweek at night!  

The fishing continues to be good.  As is usual, better for some than others and better at certain times than others.  The better choice for catching fish is with something like a scud, nymph, or roach.  Drifting along the bottom under an indicator has worked well for most.  The water is so clear that lighter line has become important.  The lighter line, especially if it's fluorocarbon, attracts less attention from the fish and allows a more natural drift of your lure.

The hatchery manager, Ben Havens, sent an update of tag sales.  For April 30, 2016, there have been 12,366 adult and 1,529 kids tags for a total of 13,895.  Last year there were 11,468 total for April.
The totals for the year so far are 30,152 for 2016 compared to 27,716 last year.
It looks like it's going to be a great year for fishing at Bennett Spring.


Fishing Times
April           7:00 a.m. -   7:30 p.m.
May           6:30 a.m. -   8:15 p.m.
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.


                                                                                                                                                                    What's Working?

Tobacco Brown RGN
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
renegade
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, green & orange, or original colors



Zone 1 or 2

john deere, gray deere mini jig
gold plated gingersnap or black & yellow
marabou:  Pink & white, gingersnap, salmon & white
rooster tail:  bumble bee, white, or yellow coach dog
glo ball:   baby pink, jimi hendrix
brown roach and possum hair roach
green & orange woolie - add spinner for flash


Zone 3

rainbow power bait
white or yellow - power bait.
minnows or worms

Water Conditions

The water is very low, moving slowly.  Clarity is excellent for this time of year.

May 4, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.92 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1934
25th percentile is 152
current level is 119
Median is 190
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 338
Max was 6765 in 2009



May 4, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.83 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 79 in 1992
Today's reading is 94
25th percentile is 140
Median is 427
Mean is 758
75th percentile is 1210
Max was 2890 in 2009


Lunker Board

5-5-16
Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 1

5-6-16
Polly Miller from St. Peters, MO
2.5 pounds on a salmon & white marabou

5-7-16
Gage Geist from Wellsville, KS
2-1/2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Jeffery Black from Kalkaska, MI
5-3/4 pounds on a green & orange crackleback in zone 1


5-7-16
Landon Geist from Wellsville, KS
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Bob Brutto from Bellville, IL
3 pound on a yellow and black marabou in zone 1

Bryna Carey from Mexico, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Samuel Jackson from Marshfield, MO
3 pounds 15 ounces on gold plated gingersnap in zone 2

Ed Linkinhoker from New Haven, MO
3 pound on a black & yellow marabou, gold plated in zone 1

Dakota Courtney from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds, 4 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Carson Witherspoon from Windsor, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Dalton Witherspoon from Windsor, MO
3 pounds on a crawdad marabou in zone 2

David A Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a white roostertail in zone 2

Jonathan Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white rooster tail in zone  2

Virgil Green from Wellsville, KS
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

5-8-16
Aaron Carter from Martinsburg, MO
4 pounds on rainbow power bait in zone 3

Tara Lewis from Moberly MO
2-1/4 pounds on minnow in zone 3

Pam Todd from Lees Summit, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 2

5-9-16
Abigail Caselman from Wheeling, MO
2 pounds on cheese in zone 3



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 64.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.




Calendar of Events

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 11 (Saturday only): The Second Annual CFM Trout Fest

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Quote of the Week
The man who coined the phrase "Money can't buy happiness", never bought himself a good fly rod!
Author:  Reg Baird

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016



How's Fishing
This coming weekend is Kid's Fishing Day at Bennett.  The weather looks like it will be cooperating for a change!  It is forecast to be sunny and warm all weekend.  The hatchery typically stocks extra fish in the kids area to insure that the kiddos have the best chance they can have of catching a fish. Anglers who may not make the under 15 age requirement can fish zones one and three.  After the kids leave the zone 2 area, there are still extra fish to be had in that zone, so keep that in mind for your weekend plans.
Events for the day include fly tying and educational booths set up down by the stream.  The Fly Tyers Association will be there as well as the Department of Natural Resources.  For more information call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.

There is also a rod give away that will be happening.  After his passing, Lawrence Murphy left a sum of money that was earmarked for this. There is a very nice story about this man and his legacy in the Trout Talk this month.

Fishing Times

May              6:30 a.m.                  -   8:15 p.m.

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.



What's Working?

Tobacco Brown RGN
Copper john
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Copper hot shots
Possum hair roach
Gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2

john deere mini jig
plated white woolie bugger
Pink & white, gingersnap, black & white marabou
bumble bee, black, or yellow coach dog rooster tail
glo ball - baby pink, original tri color, salmon with red dot
brassie - copper
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3
salmon peach power bait
white or yellow - power bait.
minnows or worms



Water  Conditions

May 4, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.99 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1934
25th percentile is 149
current level is 134
Median is 207
Mean is 259
75th percentile is 320
Max was 680 in 1983

May 4, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.41 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 96 in 2015
Today's reading is 180
25th percentile is 149
Median is 417
Mean is 582
75th percentile is 939
Max was 1430 in 1995



Lunker Club

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

Clinton Niere from Union, MO
2 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1

Tony Maucelli, Jr from Platte, City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Bennett Spring for Kids
See link above.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 11 (Saturday only): The Second Annual CFM Trout Fest

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Wind chill values as low as 44 early. West wind 3 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.


Quote of the Week
A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child fish.
Author:  Jim Porter

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Friday, April 29, 2016

April 25, 2016



How's Fishing?

At Bennett it has been, and continues to be, a very mild spring. As I am writing this, there are storms to the north and south of us. We could use some rain in this area, it's very dry.  The stream reflects this as it is very low and clear for this time of year.  There has been quite a few anglers fishing top water using renegades, double trouble, or pale morning dun.
 The biggest action has been on the very ugly little possum fur roach.  It can be used on fly rod or spin.   Put it two and a half to three feet under an indicator.  Fish it right off the bottom, let it tumble along.  Our friends from Kansas, Mike and Keith, were having a friendly competition using the ugly bug and both pulling in over forty in an afternoon. (They always catch-and-release, of course.)  Keith graciously admitted that Mike has out-fished him since they were kids, but we are pretty sure Keith does a little better than just okay himself.
This coming weekend, the first Saturday in May, is kids fishing day.  There are tons of activities and fun for all.  In addition to the great events the Missouri Department of Conservation and Bennett Spring Park Hatchery has planned, there will be 110 poles given away in a random drawing.   Larry Murphy is donating these in memory of his father. (A link for more information is: http://www.lebanondailyrecord.com/news/local/article_6ee03902-0808-11e6-9925-57ae039265db.html  )
Tents will be set up in zone 2 for these events.  Adults can help kids with their lines, etc. but are not allowed to fish in this area themselves during the event.  Zone 1 and Zone 3 are both open to all.



Fishing Times

April           7:00 a.m.                  -   7:30 p.m.
May           6:30 a.m.                   -   8:15 p.m.
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.



What's Working?

Fly box

Pale morning dun
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Chartreuse mega worm- new color at Weaver's Our tier swears by it.  If you try it, let me know how it does!
Walt's worm - 2 feet drift, under an indicator
Peacock Crackleback
Copper hot shots
Possum hair roach
Gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2

john deere mini jig
white, gingersnap, black & yellow marabou
bumble bee, or brown glitter rooster tail
glo ball - original tri color
brassie - red or pink
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3

orange egg - power bait.
minnows or worms

Water Conditions

April 29, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 88 in 1981
25th percentile is 160
current level is 115
Median is 217
Mean is 289
75th percentile is 289
Max was 2240 in 1983

April 29, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.34 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 122 in 2015
Today's reading is 168
25th percentile is 199
Median is 401
Mean is 1240
75th percentile is 1350
Max was 6930 in 1996



Lunker Club

4-20-16

Scott Taylor from Waynesville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

4-23-16
Joel Rivard from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

4-24-16
Nate Atkins from Savannah, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait egg in zone 3

Jake Guthrie from St. Clair,MO
2 pounds on a peacock crackleback in zone 2


Calendar of Events

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Bennett Spring for Kids- more details to follow.
See link above for more info.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Weather Forecast

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.



Quote of the Week
I got 99 problems and fish'n solves all of 'em
Author:  Earl Dibbles Jr.

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Monday, April 18, 2016



Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report 
April 18, 2016




Springtime in Missouri.  I believe that all weathermen should do their internship in Missouri so that they can get used to being wrong.  The weather changes so quickly and there are a lot of days where you wear a coat in the morning and shorts in the afternoon. The rain that was forecast for today did not materialize.  As the week goes on, we may get some rain, but nothing like what was originally forecast.  The weekend should be sunny, in the mid 70's and just about perfect.
The fish have not been hitting well this weekend and the question has been, " why not?"   One maybe not so obvious answer:  the weather.  So what part does this play?  Not being a meteorologist myself, I turned to someone more knowledgeable than myself.
The following is from an on-line class by Jerry Maslar which I pulled up from the Trout Pro website.  Some of you know all of this, of course, so, if you do, please scroll down.

The effects of weather on trout fishing:

Sunshine vs. Overcast
Both trout and aquatic insects tend to be more active in low light, and cloudy conditions spread these light conditions over a longer part of the day. This behavior reflects one of the most basic generalizations about weather and that is that clouds are an angler's best friend. Both trout and aquatic insects tend to be more active in low light, and cloudy conditions spread these light conditions over a longer part of the day. The fish are afforded better protection from aerial predators in low light, making them feed more confidently in the clear waters of a trout stream or tailwaters. In addition, the eyes of trout are capable of relatively rapid adjustment to changes in light intensity, so they have an advantage over their prey in low light. (For a very informative account of the senses of gamefish, see Through the Fish's Eye by Mark Sosin & John Clark.)

The timing and density of hatches also favors the angler on overcast days. On warm, bright days, hatch activity usually starts earlier in the day but will be shorter in duration, often producing brief but very intense activity. Conversely, on cloudy days, hatches show a later onset, but will produce steady numbers of bugs for a longer period of time. This information is key for an angler planning the day's tactics based on weather conditions.

Longer hatches give the angler a better opportunity to make some mistakes and still have a chance to catch a good number of fish. During very intense hatches, the angler sometimes struggles to get his fly noticed among a raft of naturals. The time taken to change flies or untangle a leader may also burn up a large portion of the trout's feeding activity. The wings of mayfly duns dry more slowly in the cooler air temperatures and higher humidity of an overcast day. The result is an emerging insect that stays on the water longer, making them more vulnerable to the fish — this often allows the angler to switch to more visible dun patterns, rather than relying on emergers through most of the hatch.

The one advantage to bright conditions is that it makes spotting fish below the surface much easier. Of course, in many cases, hatches will be heavy enough on cloudy days that spotting fish will be no more difficult than looking for rise forms.

Rain and Snow
Precipitation can have a positive effect both on hatch activity and the fish's willingness to feed. A number of reasons can be given for this. One obvious reason is that rain or snow comes on days with overcast skies. The mixing action of rain hitting the water's surface also oxygenates the water, which may raise the activity level of the fish. Rain can also moderate extreme water temperatures, warming cold flows early and late in the season, while an afternoon thundershower can cool warm flows in mid-summer.

Often times the best hatch activity and fishing is not during the precipitation itself, but immediately after it. The high humidity associated with precipitation is also conducive to hatch activity and fishing success for the reasons noted above.

Wind
Of all of the vagaries of weather, wind is probably the one most dreaded by anglers. In a game that places a premium on casting accuracy and spotting the quarry, wind can create serious problems. All the same, wind is an almost constant companion to the fly fisher, so strategies for dealing with windy conditions are an important part of angling tactics.

The first problem with wind is that for most anglers even a light breeze destroys casting accuracy. This is a particular problem in spring creek and tailwater situations because placement of the fly in a narrow feeding lane is crucial to success. A further complication is the fact that drag may be caused not only by current acting on the leader and fly, but also by wind pushing the fly and tippet across these currents.

Wind can also indicate other weather changes that have adverse effects on fishing. Summer afternoon winds caused by temperature gradients can be annoying, but the fish are still willing to eat in these conditions if the angler can get the fly to the target. Winds caused by large scale barometric pressure changes as a storm front moves in can put a complete damper on the feeding activity of the fish.

Wind also diminishes hatch activity, although it is not clear whether the insects are reacting to changes in air pressure or sudden changes in light intensity (from wind chop on the surface of the water). It is not unusual to see the start of a good hatch and then watch the activity dissipate as the wind picks up. Similarly, evening falls of mayfly spinners are dependent on gradient winds dropping in the evening to allow the bugs enough mobility to form a mating swarm — if the wind stays up, the spinner fall just won't happen.

If there is decent hatch activity in the wind, the fish grow accustomed to the hatching insects skittering across the surface, movement that is mimicked by the drag of a less than perfect drift. In extremely flat water, a breeze can produce a riffle where one didn't exist before. The broken surface of the water in wind chop prevents the fish from getting a good a look at the fly or its drift, and although fish are harder to spot in these conditions, and it is also harder for the fish to spot the angler The fish also recognize that hatching bugs in these conditions are often ripped away from them quickly, so they may become more aggressive in their feeding habits, slashing at the insects (and your artificial fly) before it can get away.

Casting and Presentation in the Wind
Accuracy is at a premium, get as close as possible and let the wind hide your approach. Try to drive the forward cast low and allow the loop to unroll just above the target. Driving the forward cast too high puts the loop into a zone with more wind and also gives the wind more time to act on the cast before it can drop the fly to the target.

If the wind is blowing directly upstream, don't try to present the fly downstream with a reach cast. You may be able to make the reach with the line and butt of the leader, but the wind will invariably kick the tippet and fly back upstream, leaving a downstream belly in the tippet that will cause drag on every drift. With upstream wind, rely on a traditional upstream cast, and hope that surface chop will hide small amounts of drag that come with this style of presentation.

If the wind is blowing downstream, you may be able to make a reach cast by simply holding the line out in the wind (on a slight upstream angle) and hovering the fly slightly above the target. Drop the rod tip quickly to put the line, leader, and fly on the fish's feeding lane, and then reach downstream to allow the fly to drift naturally.

Barometer
Barometric pressure has a complicated interrelationship with other the weather factors we have discussed so far. However, most fishermen will agree that rapidly changing barometric pressure is usually a problem, but a steady or slow change in barometric pressure provides good fishing.  On days when small fronts are all over the weather map, gusty winds change direction constantly, scudding the clouds preclude either good spotting light or steady overcast, and a changing barometer seems to keep both bugs and fish at minimal levels of activity.



Fishing Times

April       7:00 a.m.                   -   7:30 p.m.
May         6:30 a.m.                     -   8:15 p.m.
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.



What's Working?
Fly box
pale evening dun
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Walt's worm - 2 feet drift, under an indicator
RGN's and zebra midges
Copper hot shots
possum hair roach
gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2
woolie with spinner, brown or black/brown
john deere or bedspread mini jig
gingersnap, ginger marabou
bumble bee, brown, or black glitter rooster tail
glo ball - original tri color, jimi hendrix, pink or salmon with red dot
brassie - red or pink
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3
orange xtra scent power bait.
salmon peach or white power bait
minnows or worms

Water Conditions 
April 18, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1981
25th percentile is 141
current level is 132
Median is 232
Mean is 260
75th percentile is 332
Max was 1310 in 1994

April 18, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.12 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 92 in 2014
Today's reading is 132
25th percentile is 204
Median is 391
Mean is 408
75th percentile is 540
Max was 1890 in 2013



Lunker Club
4-13-16
Joshua Marcus from Lake Ozark, Mo
2-1/2  pounds on a pink & white mega worm in zone 2

Tressa Reagan from Lebanon, MO
3-1/2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

4-14-16
Tim Doyle from St. Louis, MO
5 pounds on a black & gold marabou with a red collar

4-15-16
Bernard Crews from Ballwin, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 2

Scott Mogelnicki from Florissant, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

4-16-16
Chris Musk from Belleville, IL (age 12)
2-1/2 pounds (c&r) on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Kevin Bolen from Rantoul, KS
2 pounds+ (c&r) on a pink globall in zone 1

4-17-16
Natalie Dixon from Fayette, MO
2-1/2 pounds on glitter orange power bait in zone 3

Bill Moeller from Fenton, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

4-18-16
Nick Garvey from Brookfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. SW wind 7 to 9 mph.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.



Quote of the Week
This one is for my son, Matthew. An average fisherman, perhaps,  but an extraordinary father.

It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
Author::  John Sinor

Thanks for reading.
Lucy