Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 17, 2014


How's Fishing?
Despite the rain we have gotten, the water at Bennett continues to be low and slow.  This is great news for those who like to fish where they can see what they're fishing for or for those who like to fish on top water.  The down side of this is that we so desperately need the rain.   If you are planning to have a campfire, please keep it small and make sure that it's cold before you go to sleep.  And if you are planning on burning leaves, please wait a few days.  Although Friday and Saturday will be sunny and warm, there is a forecast for rain on Sunday.  
We have been seeing nice stringers this week.  Very few anglers going home empty handed, and most have plenty for dinner as well as a few to take home.  Experienced catch-and-release fisherman are talking about catching 30 fish before 10 a.m.  The size of the fish seems to be hanging in there in the range of 1-1/4 plus pounds.  
As far as what to fish with, the tiny stuff seems to be working very well right now.  A red or black midge fished two feet under the surface is a good example.  Cracklebacks in holographic red or green are working well.  We have been selling quite a few brassies - copper or red.  If you like zone 3, it seems like the yellow glitter Power Bait or mini Trout  Magnet minis are both working well. 
Just a note - moss cutting will happen next week on Wednesday and Thursday, and  Kids fishing day is May 3rd. 



Water Conditions

For this week:
minimum was 84 in 1981
Today's output is 101 cubic feet per second - slightly down from last week
25th percentile is 144
Median is 237
Mean is 267
75th percentile is 360
Max was 666 in 1941
Gage house level is 1.99 feet

Niangua River
minimum was 133 (1992), today it's 107 - that's right, today is a record low again.
Median is 592
Mean is 849
75th percentile is 1130
Max was 2500  in 2007
The discharge today is 107.  Normal discharge is closer to 600 cfs



What's Working?
Marabou: black & yellow,  white, powder pink, or gingersnap
John deere and gray deere, white mini jig
brown woolie, spinner optional
brassies are the biggest winner: red, copper brown, or candy cane
Brown roach
White Rooster Tail
From the fly case:
zebra midge, red or black
cracklebacks: red or blue holographic
pale morning dun
renegade or double trouble
white or hot pink scud

Zone 3

yellow glitter power bait
Trout Magnet mini's
red or pink plastic worms.



Lunker Club
4-9-14
Bev Phipps from Clinton, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white Rooster Tail

4-10-14
Rusty Gipson from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-13-14
Terry Bush from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds 7 ounces in zone 2 on a black wolf dry fly

Aaron Schaes from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1



Fishing Times
April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Weather Forecast

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 38 early. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

  • Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

  • Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

  • Sunday A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

  • Monday A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

  • Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75



  • Calendar of Events

    April 22-23, Moss cutting
    May 3 - Kid's Fishing Day
    May 20-21, moss cutting
    June 7 & 8, Free fishing weekend
    June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days
    June 24-25 moss cutting
    July 29-30 moss cutting
    August 19-20 moss cutting
    September 16-17 moss cutting
    October 14-15 moss cutting
    October 31 - last day of regular trout season
    November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
    February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends



    Quote of the Week
    Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
    Mark Twain

    Thanks for reading, Lucy

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    April 11, 2014






    How's Fishing?
       The wind is calm, the temperature is warm (70 degrees as I write this) and it's not raining.  Oh, and the fish are biting!  We are getting reports of catch-and-release anglers pulling in 30 plus fish before 10 a.m.  The most positive thing we have been hearing is that these fish are of an acceptable size.   Anywhere from  one and one quarter to one and three quarters seems to be the typical size.  There are still smaller fish in the stream,  but it has been very encouraging to see the larger fish in the stream and to hear the reports.
        The water is still super clear and very low.  It's been so long since we've had rain in this area that the rain that we do get soaks into the ground as if the ground were a sponge.  The weather forecast for the week calls for rain off and on, but I don't anticipate a significant change in the condition of the stream.    
    The best day of the week will probably be Saturday.  Sunny and warm with little wind.
     
     

    Who's Fishing?

       I enjoy seeing the returning groups and catching up on their lives.
        One of the groups that we see this time of year is Skip Russell's family and friends who come to Bennett every year to celebrate Skip's birthday.  The group has a trophy (as several groups do) that gets passed to the team with the best stringer.  This year they decided, that because there are now so many of them, to limit each stringer to two fish. We have pictures of the event posted on our facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store.   Thanks for helping us to remember the reason we are here!  And special thanks to Chad for getting the whole group to start coming to Bennett.
     
     

     
     

    Water Conditions
    April 9, 2014 for
    Bennett Spring, MO
    Bennett Spring output is 104 cubic feet per second - slightly higher than last week
    For this week:
    minimum was 82 in 1936
    25th percentile is 130
    Median is 197
    Mean is 237
    75th percentile is 308
    Max was 740 in 1929
    Gage house level is 1.99 feet
     
     

    Niangua River
    minimum was 96 in 2007
    25th percentile is 130
    Median is 251
    Mean is 312
    75th percentile is 469
    Max was 789 in 2008
     


    What's Working?
    Marabou:  white, powder pink, or gingersnap
    John deere and gray deere
    glo balls:  tri color #4, pink lady
    brown woolie, spinner optional
    brassies are the biggest winner:  red, copper brown, or candy cane
    From the fly case:
    cracklebacks: red or blue holographic
    pale morning dun
    renegade or double trouble

    Zone 3
    salmon peach power bait
    red or pink plastic worms.


    Fishing Times
    April from 7:00 to 7:30

    May from 6:30 to 8:15

    June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

    August from 7:00 to 8:00

    September from 7:30 to 7:15

    October from 7:30 to 6:30

     
     

    Weather Forecast
    Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 76.  South wind 10 to 16 mph, gusty
    Friday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny with a high of   71.   East wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
    Sunday :   A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 69.
    Monday:  A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 56.

    Calendar of Events
    April 22-23, Moss cutting
    May 3 - Kid's Fishing Day
    May 20-21, moss cutting
    June 7 & 8, Free fishing weekend
    June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days
    June 24-25 moss cutting
    July 29-30 moss cutting
    August 19-20 moss cutting
    September 16-17 moss cutting
    October 14-15 moss cutting
    October 31 - last day of regular trout season
    November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
    February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends
     


    Quote of the Week                                                

    Now  I am . . . like anyone with a strong preference for the fly rod, totally indifferent to how large a fish I catch by comparison with other fishermen. So when a fifteen-year-old called Fred, fishing deep in midsummer with a hideous plastic worm, caught a four and a half pounder . . . I naturally felt no resentment beyond wanting to break the kid's thumbs.

    Author:
    Vance Bourjaily 1981
     
     Thanks for reading!

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    April 4, 2014



    How's Fishing? 
     As of today, Tuesday, the first of April, the water is still very low and very clear. This may all change before the weekend. The weather forecast calls for strong storms tonight and tomorrow with rain off and on all week long. By Friday the weather should be much improved and it will stay that way through the next week. There is an almost desperate need for rain in this area. Fire danger is high and there have been a number of fires that have gotten out of control.
     The hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell, sent us the tag numbers for March with numbers comparing previous years to this one. This year there were 14,182 tags sold. the number of fish per tag sold for the month was 3.16 per tag. The highest tag sales in the last ten years was 2001 with 23,730 tags compared to the lowest, which was 2013 with 13,604 tags sold. Thanks for sharing that with us, Mike. We still have the occasional angler who is unhappy with the size of the fish he is catching, but, in general, the size of the typical stringer of fish is much improved.

     Last week, our friends, Tim and Janet, were here visiting from Colorado. Tim is an avid fly fisherman and he was totally blown away by Bennett Spring. It reminded me of my first visit to the Spring. I remember thinking "oh, now I get it.' I could see why people, even those that don't fish, keep coming back. Mike Perry, the Assistant Hatchery Manager, was kind enough to stop working in the pools to take us on a tour of the new hatchery. Even though I had been through the new hatchery a couple of times, our friends asked questions that I hadn't thought of (for example - if the fish have to be given antibiotics are they safe to eat? answer: they are isolated in the hatchery pools until the medicine is out of their systems) . They were only able to stay for a day but I feel pretty sure that they will be back, and next time Tim will have a fly rod in his luggage.



     Who's Fishing? 
    The best catch and release story that I've heard happened this week. Mike Richardson was fishing on the top of the dam. He raised his line to be cast at the same moment that a robin flew over his head. The robin flew right into the line and was tangled in it. Mike scrambled in his vest for something to cut the line, but before he could do that the bird landed and somehow worked himself free. In case you were wondering, the lure he was using was a salmon colored marabou I offered to give him a lunker button, but he acknowledged that the bird probably didn't make the two pound requirement. Even so, nice catch-and-release Mike! FYI - to figure out how much a fish weighs that you release, measure the girth and length. Multiply the girth times the girth times the length and divide by 800. That will come very close to the fishes weight in pounds.
     (girth x girth x length over 800. )



     Fishing Times
     April from 7:00 to 7:30
     May from 6:30 to 8:15
     June/July from 6:30 to 8:30
     August from 7:00 to 8:00
     September from 7:30 to 7:15
     October from 7:30 to 6:30




     Water Conditions
    Most Recent Instantaneous Value on March 24, 2014 for Bennett Spring
     Spring output is 103 cubic feet per second - down again from last week
    Minimum for this date was 80 (in 1936)
    25th percentile is 141
    Median is 195, the mean is 271.
    The 75th percentile is 289 and the Max was 1450 in 1983.
    The water level at the Gage House is 1.96 feet. A very typical reading for August

     Most Recent Instantaneous Value on March 24, 2014 for the Niangua River
     Cubic Feet per Second is 113. This is a new record low for this date.
    Minimum was 127 in 1995
    The 25th percentile is 207, the median is 378, and the mean is 431.
    The 75th percentile is 485 and the max was 1120 in 2008,
    Gage house reading is 2.20.



     Lunker Board
     3-28-14 Kirt Lueders from Imperial MO
    2 pounds on a john deere in zone2

     Lance Myers from Lebanon, MO
    4-1/8 pounds on a yellow jig in zone 2

     3-30-14
     Mike Mathis from Moberly, MO
    2 pounds on a rabbit hair in zone 2 

    3-31-14
     Jeffrie Smith from Columbia, MO
    2-1/4 pounds on a white zonker in zone 2



     What's Working?
     Zone 1 or 2 white zonker
    salmon, red & white, white, or creamsicle marabou
    gray scud
    john deere, gray deere
    red holographic or gold crackleback
    snow rooster tail, blue rooster tail
    Black ants
    red brassie
    multi colored or gold tinsel mini jig

     Zone 3
     salmon peach power bait
    gold power bait dust

     Weather Forecast 
    Thu Apr 03 Strong Storms 78°/41° 80 %
     Fri Apr 04 Partly Cloudy 53°/32° 0 %
     Sat Apr 05 Partly Cloudy 62°/40° 0 %
     Sun Apr 06 Mostly Cloudy 61°/40° 10 %
     Mon Apr 07 Mostly Cloudy 60°/37° 20 %
     Tue Apr 08 Few Showers 58°/37° 30 %
     Wed Apr 09 Partly Cloudy 64°/40° 10 %
     Thu Apr 10 Sunny 68°/46° 0 %
     Fri Apr 11 Partly Cloudy 69°/46° 10 %



     Calendar of Events 
    Moss Cutting March 25-26,    
    April 22-23.    
     May 20-21,  
      June 24-25,    
    July 29-30,    
    August 19-20
     Sept. 16-17
     October 14-15
     Kids Fishing Day is on May 3, 2014 
    Free fishing weekend is June 7 & 8, 2014
     Catch and Release Season begins on November 14, 2014
     Catch and Release Season Ends on February 9, 2015

     Quote of the Week
    “Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.” – Herbert Hoover Thanks for reading! Lucy


    Saturday, February 8, 2014

    How's Fishing?




    This winter has been a long cold one.  In spite of this, there have been some really nice weekends that some dedicated Bennett Spring anglers took advantage of.   Our photographer, George Sharon, caught some of this action fo share with those who weren't able to be here.  
    I have posted information about the upcoming annual pre-season meeting.  I will update this report after the meeting on Monday night.




    Opening Day Dreaming

    The following is an email I received from Mike Mitchell and is an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend.:

    You are invited to our annual Pre-season Meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
     It will be held at the Bennett Room (formerly Gaston’s Tackle).  This invitation is not limited to you only.  If you know of interested individuals who would benefit from the information being discussed, please invite them.
    We will discuss issues regarding Bennett Spring State Park such as hatchery and park improvements, enforcement issues, and fishing on the Niangua River.  If you have any questions about the topics covered or would like another topic addressed please call me at 417-532-4418.
    I look forward to seeing you on Monday, February 10, 2014.  If you would like to discuss anything before the meeting, you can stop by the hatchery office or give me a call at 417-532-4418.

    BENNETT SPRING TROUT PARK
    PRE-SEASON MEETING
    THE BENNETT ROOM
    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014

    6:30-9:00 pm
    6:30pm – 7:00pm                    Welcome and Hatchery update – Mike Mitchell
    7:00pm – 7:30pm                    State Park update – DNR staff
    7:30pm – 8:00pm                    Niangua River and Brown Trout update – Craig Fuller
    8:00pm – 8:30pm                    Fishing Regulations – MDC
    8:30pm – 9:00pm                    Questions and Answers – All

    Michael J. Mitchell
    Bennett Spring Hatchery
    26142 Hwy 64A
    Lebanon, MO 65536
    phone 417-532-4418
    fax 417-532-5507

    cell 417-718-3000
    email: Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov





    Fishing Times  

    Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November - November 8th this year, through the 2nd Monday in February - February 10, 2014. Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.



    Water Conditions for Bennett Spring

    Most Recent Instantaneous Value on February 8, 2014

    Spring output is 110 cubic feet per second
    Minimum for this date was 77 (in 1977)
    25th percentile is 109, Median is 141, the mean is 167
    75th percentile is 223 and the Max was 364 in 1995.
    The water level at the Gage House is 1.99 feet.

    Water Conditions for the Niangua River

    Cubic Feet per Second is 77

    Minimum is 77 in 1977 (and today)
    The 25th percentile is 108, the median is 183 and the mean is 253.
    The 75th percentile is 329 and the max was 674 in 2008.



    Calendar for 2014
    Readers: Please feel free to e-mail me at weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com with any upcoming events your group may have.

    Moss Cutting Schedule
    I am reminded by Mike Perry that the moss cutting machine has quite of few parts and that parts will break.  So, subject to the fickle moss cutting machine, here is the schedule for this  year.
    March 25 & 26
    April 22 & 23
    May 20 & 21
    June 24 & 25
    July 29 & 30
    August 19 & 20
    September 16 & 17
    October 14 & 15

    Quote of the Day

    The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a Y.

    Author:  George Carr

    Thanks for reading!  Lucy

    Saturday, November 2, 2013

    Fishing Report for 11-3-13




    How's Fishing?

    The catch and release season starts on November 8th.  The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p,m.from Friday to Monday each week.  Hopefully we will have a winter with warm weekends to enjoy casting a line.

    I got an e-mail from Mike Perry, the new assistant hatchery manager.  He wanted me to let you all know that there will be trout stocked in some of the urban lakes of St. Louis and Kansas City sometime during the week of November 4th to November 8th.   Great fun for those who may not always have the opportunity to spend time at the Missouri trout parks.



    Lunker Club

    Larry Teel from Springfield MO
    10-29-13
    2-1/4 pounds on black wooly with spinner in zone 1

    Bradley Harris from Raymore MO
    10-29-13
    2-1/2 pounds on a brown nymph in zone 1

    Scott Taylor from Waynesville MO
    10-30-13
    2-1/2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

    Terry Klamert from Imperial MO
    10-30-13
    2-1/4 pounds on glitter black rooster tail in zone 1


    Fishing Times

    Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November - November 8th this year, through the 2nd Monday in February - February 10, 2014. Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.


    Quote of the Week

    This one is one that has been on this report before, but George Sharon, our photographer, sent it to me and I think it is a great one for this time of the season.

    With rivers as with good friends, you always feel better for a few
    hours in their presence; you always want to review your dialogue,
    years later, with a particular pool or riffle or bend, and to live
    back through layers of experience. We have been to this river before
    and together. We have much to relive.
    Author:
    Nick Lyons


    Thanks for reading!  Lucy

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    October 31, 2013



    How's Fishing?

    October has been a fabulous month for fishing at Bennett Spring.  The weather held out until Tuesday of this week and the fish are some of the largest we have seen all year.  In fact, one fourth of all lunkers caught in 2013 were caught in the month of October.  What I would forecast from this, for the winter catch-and-release season, is that it could be one of the best we have seen in several years.   A lot of people have asked if Weaver's will be open this winter.  We will not, but please feel free to call us and, if we are able to, we will open the store for you to shop.  
    This fishing report will be random during the next few months, but I will attempt to bring you updates and fresh photos when I can.  Also, I will continue the tradition of mentioning the friends of Bennett who have passed away this past year.  If there is someone you would like to add, please e-mail (weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com) the name as well as a little bit about this person and I will include them in a future report..  



    Water Conditions

    Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 29, 2013:
    Spring output is 120 cubic feet per second
    Minimum for this date was 68 (in 1935)
    25th percentile is 94, Median is 114, the mean is 126
    75th percentile is 138 and the Max was 363 in 1971.
    The water level at the Gage House is 2.01 feet.




    Fishing Times


    Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November - November 8th this year, through the 2nd Monday in February - February 10, 2014.   Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

    Lunker Board

    Ernie Cole from Waynesville MO
    10-23-13
    3-1/4 pounds on pink power bait in zone 3

    Raymond Stroppel from Excello, MO
    10-24-13
    2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

    Linda Wilhite from Springfield MO
    10-25-13
    2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

    Ron Wahlgren from Louisiana MO
    10-26-13
    2 pounds on a black & yellow wooly bugger in zone 1

    Tim Bennett from Jefferson City, MO
    10-26-13
    2-3/4 pounds on peach salmon power bait in zone 3

    Mark Nelson Jr. from Lexington KY
    10-26-13
    2-3/4 pounds on a yellow & orange marabou in zone 1

    Terry Rager from Evansville IN
    10-26-13
    4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

    John Aufderbeide from Columbia MO
    10-26-13
    2-1/2 pounds in the river on a rapala

    Alexander Hink from Gardner, KS
    10-27-13
    2.9 pounds on a renegade in zone 2

    Mitchell Graeler (age 15) from O'Fallon MO
    10-26-13
    3-1/2 pounds on a yellow & white glo ball in zone 2

    Greg Hink from Gardner, KS
    10-26-13
    3 pounds 10 ounces on a pheasant tail nymph

    Dennis Pinero from Madison IL
    10-27-13
    2 pounds on a white & chartreuse marabou in zone 1

    Milt Barr from Jefferson City, MO
    10-28-13 
    3-1/2 pounds on a cinnamon marabou in zone 2




    Quote of the Week

    Fish slowly and thoroughly. Haste never paid dividends. Never worry about the fellow ahead of you. If you start racing to get ahead of him, he'll probably try to beat you, and from then on it will be nothing but a foot-race instead of a contemplative and inspiring recreation.
    Author: Ray Bergman
    Published:  Trout




    Thank you all for helping to make this a great season.   Lucy

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    October 22, 2013\



    How's Fishing?
    Fishing has been not just good, but super good.  There may still be smaller fish in the stream, but the amount of fish over a pound and half has everyone talking.  This is the time of year that we see primarily experienced anglers revisiting the stream.  There's a little more top water action and a little less pressure on the fish.
    I did have an interesting question posed to me recently.  It was about spawning fish in Bennett Spring.  A reader wanted to know if the fish he had seen spawning recently could be rainbow trout.
     That's a great question.
     In Missouri, Brown trout spawn in late October and early November.  The browns go through the spawning act, (the females dig redds, the males fertilize the eggs) but the eggs die about 12 days later because the water temperatures aren't cold enough.  If the observed behavior was in zone three or the river, it could be a brown.
     The rainbows typically spawn in the spring time, however the Missouri Dept of Conservation has developed a strain of rainbow that spawn in the fall to improve hatchery efficiency.  These eggs have a chance of survival, but not nearly enough to replenish the stream.   We can enjoy fishing for trout in this area only because hatchery raised browns are stocked in the Niangua and the rainbows are stocked in the Spring branch.
    So, in answer to the question,he may very well have caught rainbow trout in spawning behavior this time of year.



    Water Conditions

    Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 16, 2013:
    Spring output is 149 cubic feet per second
    Minimum for this date was 80 (in 1938)
    25th percentile is 94, Median is 111, the mean is 134
    75th percentile is 150 and the Max was 407 in 1984.
    The water level at the Gage House is 2.02 feet.



    What's Working
    Zone 1

    kapok
    Glo balls:  tricolor #4 flame, roe with red dot, dark roe, or peach
    marabou:  gingersnap, moss , black & yellow, gold plated ginger 1/80 for fly rod
    pale evening dun
    black caddis and elk hair caddis
    Rooster Tails:: black & yellow, olive may fly, brown trout
    bedspread, white thread jig
    Renegade
    red sparkle grub
    double trouble
    crackleback:  blue or red holographic or gold

    Zone 2
    rattle traps - lemon shad

    Zone 3
    power bait in salmon peach,  florescent white salmon egg,  yellow chunky cheese
    trout magnet - white, bubblegum
    plastic minnow



    Lunker Club

    Owen Snyder from Kansas City, MO
    10-17-13
    3 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail

    Jim Gallaher from St. Louis, MO
    10-18-13
    3-1/4 pounds on a moss marabou  in zone 1

    Shane Stone from Hallsville, MO
    10-18-13
    2.5 pounds on a peach glo-ball in zone 1

    Matthew LeDue from Joplin, MO
    10-18-13
    2 pounds on a Rooster Tail in zone 2

    Lydia Collins from Olathe, KS
    10-19-13
    3 pounds on a meal worm fly pattern in zone 1

    Betty Roberts from Macon, MO
    10-20-13
    2 pounds on a yellow trout magnet in zone 3

    Ron Tilson from Wichita, KS
    10-20-13
    2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

    Steve Lowry from Moro IL
    10-20-13
    3-1/2 pounds on a plastic minnow in zone 3

    Russ Struttmann from St. Peters, MO
    10-20-13
    3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with a gold head in zone 2



    Weather Forecast

    Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
    Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.



    In Remembrance

    Jim (To My Jim) Dodson of Bethalto, IL, 73, passed away on June 4, 2013.
    He loved fishing in the park, and especially helping with the kids free fishing weekend.   He loved play8ing cards, cooking biscuits over an open fire with friends, and neighbors.
    When a friend or neighbor needed help with raking leaves, cleaning gutters, painting or what ever the need may be, he was alway there to help.
    Jim is greatly missed by those who loved and knew him.



    Fishing Times

    Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

              October: 7:30 to 6:30

    Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the 2nd Monday in February. Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.



    Quote of the week

    Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time.


    Thanks for reading!  Lucy