Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017


How's Fishing

I have included the e-mail from Ben Havens, Hatchery Manager, in this report.  He speaks to lower numbers for last month and how the flood affected the hatchery and the fish in the stream.  This last weekend (which is after the e-mail that he had sent) was extremely busy here at Bennett.  With the good weather forecast for the area and lower water levels we should continue to see this trend.

Most anglers are still fishing deep to get the best results.  The classics always play a bit role when the water levels are in transition.  Black and gold or gingersnap marabou, jimi hendrix glo balls, and john deere and bedspread mini jigs have all been good choices.  Check the 'what's working' section for some other options.




Of Interest
The following is an e-mail sent out by Ben Havens, the Hatchery Manager.

Date:  May 10, 2017
From:              Ben Havens



Tag Sales
For the month of April, we sold 12,006 tags. Tag sales were down due to the highly unpredictable weather we had throughout the month.  We received a 4” rain event starting on the 21st, with a 1.5’ spring rise. On the 25th we received 1” of rain, and a 6” spring rise. Beginning on the 29th, we received over 7” of rain and had a spring rise of almost 5 feet. The lower ends of the raceways were flooded with 8” of water and the middle pools had 2” of water over them. There does not appear to be any fish loss at this time.


Fish Production
Things were looking really good most of the month. Once the rains started, water quality tanked and the fish responded accordingly.  Mortality has begun to creep up a bit in the hatchery building due to poor water quality and stress. Outside production continued to do well, however there have been several days we were unable to feed due to weather conditions or water clarity.
Fish Stockings
We completed the following stockings this month.
Trout Park -                        26,515 fish
Niangua River TMA –         950 fish
Total Stocked     -              27,465 fish

Spring Flow
We started the month at 170 cfs (74 mgd) and gained over 12” of rain throughout the month ending at record levels of flow, above flood stage. The spring branch has been above normal all month long.



Fish Hauls
We had no transporting of fish in or out of Bennett Spring for the month of April and so far in May.
Bennett Spring Access Maintenance
Staff cleaned and prepared the area for increased use in the coming months. The privies were pumped and trash removed. They are scheduled to be pumped again in a week or so due to the flooding.  The parking lot sustained quite a bit of damage during the flood rises and has been smoothed out. However, it will need attention in the coming months with heavier equipment to finish the job.
Outreach
We had twelve scheduled hatchery tours this month for over 600 people.  We have a stream team cleanup scheduled for May 13th. Our next big event will be Kid’s Free fishing day on June 10th.



Water Conditions

Bennett is running slightly higher than average - closer to 75% and the level is up a little bit.  We only had a minimum of rain and don't expect any amounts that will adversely affect the stream.

May 23, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.75.
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1977
25th percentile is 138
Median is 196
Mean is 237
75th percentile is 304
current level is 355
Max was 793 in 1938

May 23, 2017
Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.14 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 57.1 in 2012
25th percentile is 93
Today's reading is 369
Median is 2324
Mean is 369
75th percentile is 410
record high max was 726 in 2011

What's Working?
From the fly case

gray scud
Rust RGN's -16
brown copper hot shot
Zone 1 & 2
glo balls - chartreuse, white with pink dot, jimi hendrix
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
John Deere or gray angry Deere
Marabou - White and peach, gingersnap, shell & white, shell & brown, white, ginger
wooly bugger with gold plate head, green or grizzly
bedspread - fished deep
Zone 3
power bait: chartreuse yellow, salmon peach, lime green
Orange worms



Lunker Club

5-19-17
Ryan Sawicki from Clover Bottom, MO
2 pounds on lime green power bait in zone 3

Austin Buckallew from Terre Haute, IN
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Landen Bulman from Cole Camp, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a sculpin marabou in zone 2

Matt Maltagliati from St. Louis MO
3-1/4 pounds on a chartreuse glo ball in zone 2

5-20-17
Grant Schmitz from Jeff City, MO
black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Grant Schmitz from Jeff City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on home made bait in zone 3

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pound on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

5-21-17
Ryan Talkinton from Bowling Green, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Jacob Mueller from Plain View, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

5-22-17
Larry Smedley from Salisbury
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1



Fishing Times

MONTH               BEGIN                     END
May                   6:30 A.M.                8:15 P.M.
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
Do you like dulcimer music? Mike Pace is playing in the nature center on May 26th at 7 p.m. Feel free to spread the word!

Saturday, 5-27-17
10 a.m. Savanna Trail Hike, meet at the trail head above Bennett Spring.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Insects & Bug Puzzle Time at the Nature Center
8 p.m. – Spider Sniff at the Nature Center. Bring a flashlight for a night hike.

5-28-17
Sunday, 5-28-17
2 p.m. Nature Center video – The St. Francois Mountains of Missouri

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .
Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May). special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind around 6 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.



Quote of the Week

Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger.
Author:
Herbert Hoover

Thanks for reading, Lucy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017


How's Fishing?

Must be good.  Our customers have been literally dashing in the door, grabbing more lures, and dashing out. they can't wait to get back to fishing.  It seems like moss woolies and wooly buggers, and salmon and brown marabou.  The fish have stomachs full of snails, so an olive RGN should work really well right now, too.
Today the wind is the biggest challenge, and this weekend is forecast for showers off and on.  Sunday will be perfect!
Also there is the Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association annual May Tag Derby.  You can register at the Lodge from Friday, May 19th at 7:00 pm to Saturday, May 20th until 8:00 am.  Great prizes to be won for catching a tagged fish.  Contact Chris Gann for more information at 314-640-1595.  gannc113819@gmail.com


Of Interest

I've had a couple of conversations recently with anglers about catch and release fishing. It became apparent that I needed to educate myself a bit on this topic. From reading information from the Missouri Department of Conservation, looking at multiple websites that address this topic, and talking with a few people that I trust, the following information is what I came up with to share.

Originally trout were brought here to Missouri on railway cars in milk jugs from other parts of the country.  I'm making this point to illustrate that these are pretty resilient little critters.  That being said, there are certain things that they can't live through.
If you catch a trout and put it on your stringer, you can't legally take it off the stringer and switch it out for a larger one.  Once the trout is on the stringer, it counts toward your limit of four for the day.  It's possible to attach a trout to a stringer and have it survive, but most anglers are not able to do this.  They may think they can, but a trout that lives for a couple of hours is not what we are talking about here.  We want a trout that swims away and lives on for it's natural life.
Another important factor is how the trout is physically handled.  They have a mucous coating on their skin that protects them from disease.  If this coating is disturbed, they can get sick very quickly.  Using cotton gloves or cloth can help preserve this coating.  It's also important to avoid the eyes and gills.
When removing the hook, try to back it out with forceps or a hook remover.  If a fish has swallowed the hook and lure or bait, it is best to accept that fish as one of your four for the day.  A second best choice is to cut the line and leave the hook in place.
A trout that is held out of water for longer than 30 seconds has a much lower chance of survival.  It was suggested to me by Brandon, who works at the hatchery, when you pull the fish out of the water - hold your breath.  When you need to breath, the fish needs to be back in the water.  Trout cannot breath air any more than you can breath water.
 If you would like to photograph your catch, cup your hand over the eyes to calm it while it's still in the water and get a firm grip on the tail.  Move the hand covering the eyes to underneath the pectoral fin with one finger in front of the fin and the rest of the hand cradling the body of the fish - not squeezing it.  The fish's heart, gills and liver are directly above this fin so great care must be made to be gentle.
When returning the fish to the stream, continuing to support the underside of the fish, face the fish upstream to get fresh water running through the gills until it swims away on its own.
I've watched over and over the beautiful ballet that anglers at Bennett do who are good at releasing fish.  The fish is carefully drawn in without exhausting it and, when close enough, a pair of hemostats releases the hook.  The fish is never touched.  A little sore mouthed, as they say, and perhaps a little wiser, but unharmed.


Water Conditions
At this point - Wednesday afternoon,  the water clarity is much improved.  If this trend continues depends on the amount and kind of rain that we get in the next few days.

One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs. I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.

The notice on the USGS site is as follows: NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding. For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov, 573-308-3674).

May 17, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 3.22 feet, down from over 5 feet just eight days ago.
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 87 in 1977
25th percentile is 143
Median is 180
Mean is 254
75th percentile is 330
current level is 314
Max was 894 in 1995

May 17, 2017
Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.67 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 78.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 143
Today's reading is 252
Median is 280
Mean is 619
75th percentile is 827
record high max was 2460 in 1995


What's Working?

From the fly case:
weighted ginger woolie
bennett blue crackleback
Olive RGN's

Zone 1 & 2
Brown Roach
Possum hair roach
John Deere or angry Deere
Marabou - White and red, red & black,  gingersnap, shell & white, shell & brown
brown wooly (some with spinner, some without)
bedspread

zone 3
power bait: yellow, salmon peach
florescent orange grubs, power bait
Orange & White worms

Lunker Club

5-7-17
Scott Westfall from Vandenberg Village, CA
2 pounds on a green woolie with a gold Hildebrandt spinner

5-11-17
Jason Dinwiddie from Lebanon, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Scott Westfall from Vandenberg Village, CA
2-1/2 pounds on an orange mini jig in zone 2

5-12-17
T.J. DeMore from Kansas City, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2



Fishing Times
May               6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
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
Missouri Trout Fisherman's Associtaion annual May Tag Derby.  You can register at the Lodge from Friday, May 19th at 7:00 pm to Saturday, May 20th until 8:00 am.  Great prizes to be won for catching a tagged fish.  Contack Chris Gann for more information at 314-640-1595.  gannc113819@gmail.com

Saturday, 5-20-17
9 a.m. Spring Trail Hike.  Begins at the Nature Center.
1 p.m. Eagle program at the Nature Center.
3 p.m. Hellbenders in the Niangua River power point presentation on this endangered species at the Nature Center.

Do you like dulcimer music?   Mike Pace is playing in the nature center on May 26th at 7 p.m.  Feel free to spread the word!

Saturday, 5-27-17
10 a.m. Savanna Trail Hike, meet at the trail head above Bennett Spring.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Insects & Bug Puzzle Time at the Nature Center
8 p.m. – Spider Sniff at the Nature Center. Bring a flashlight for a night hike.

5-28-17
Sunday, 5-28-17
2 p.m. Nature Center video – The St. Francois Mountains of Missouri

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .
Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May).  special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM


Weather Forecast
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 66. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near



Quote of the Week
While baseball is among the sports (some might include golf here) that inspire a certain devotion, even fanaticism, fly-fishing leads its lovers into fundamental connections, inviting a slow dance with the whimsy of the natural world, a love affair with line and rhythm and simplicity. Angling delivers the wily spiritual satisfactions that come with giving yourself to something that offers only intangible payback.
Author:  Holly Morris
Published:  1997 essay on fly fishing literature in The New York Times

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How's Fishing?
May 10, 2017



It's been a tough Spring for fishing if you don't like rain.  Every weekend has been rainy with a state wide flood thrown in to boot.  Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends and neighbors who are dealing with the aftermath of these times.  
At Bennett Spring we were spared the worst of it.  Water rose and receded.  It smacked at the edges of the hatchery pools, but the great staff we have in place in the Hatchery worked overtime and kept losses to a minimum.  We appreciate all their hard work and foresight in setting things up to minimize the brunt of the flooding.  
So the question is, how is the fishing now?  Well, I know it's not all about size, but there were twelve lunkers for the report this week.
   .
  As far as what's working now, generally four feet seems to be a good depth to start, but I have even had some people using cracklebacks on top water.  They have to be well tied and have quite a bit of hackle to use this way, but are effective when they are. 
Top water hatches have increased the interest for those that like to fish that way.  Bring your morning dun and caddis patterns to start with, and watch for what's hatching.  

Of Interest

There is a new group in town.  It's called the Bennett Spring Stream Team and their goal is to improve the Bennett experience for everyone.  If you would like to a founding member of this group, sign up at the Shelter House A by the Spring at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 13th.  . 
This will also be a clean up day for those that are able to help.  There are no dues or fees, just a bunch of people who love Bennett.



Water Conditions
Still cloudy, running high and fast.  Fishing the edges and eddys will bring the best results.

One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs. I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.

The notice on the USGS site is as follows: NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding. For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov573-308-3674).
May 8, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 3.22 feet, down from over 5 feet just eight days ago.
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 154
Median is 190
Mean is 305
75th percentile is 331
current level is 559
Max was 2440 in 2009



May 8, 2017
Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.54 feet.  
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 79 in 1992
25th percentile is 123
Today's reading is 492
Median is 524
Mean is 1400
75th percentile is 2310
record high max was 5820 in 2008



What's Working?

From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
morning dun

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - red & black,  gingersnap, black
angry deere
brown wooly (some with spinner, some without)
bedspread

zone 3
power bait: yellow, salmon peach
florescent orange grubs, power bait
power bait cricket



Lunker Club
5-5-17
Kyle Aukamp from Vandalia, IL
2 1/8 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

5-6-17
Hunter Wilson from Bonne Terre, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

5-7-17
Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on home made bait in zone 3

5-7-17
Brad Benne from Kingdom City, MO
2 pounds on a black & red marabou in zone 2

Larry Stater from Quincy, IL
2-3/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Scott Westfall from Vandenberg Village, CA
2 pounds on a gold hildebrandt spinner and green wooly

Rhett Cook from Lancaster  MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jack Eichenlaub from O'Fallon, MO 
2-1/8 pound on a black & brown woolie in zone 2

Ryder Stevens from Grain Valley , MO
2  pounds on doughbait in zone 3

Kaden Borchardt from Keaney, MO
2 pounds on a brown roach in zone 1

Jeff Zink from Iberia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

5-8-17
Austin Knight from Cosby, MO
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2



Fishing Times
May               6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
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

Sat. 5/13 Photo Walk with Al Griffin, meet at nature center at 5 p.m. and it will last until about 7 p.m.  He is a professional photographer.  It will begin with a discussion of techniques and principals followed by going on a hike and taking pictures.  Bring a camera or cell phone camera.

Bennett Spring Stream Team meets for the first time. Sign up to be a founding member at the Shelter House A by the Spring at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 13th.  There will be an opportunity to join in to help clean up the stream, as well.  

Sunday, 5-14-17
2 p.m. Nature Center video – Lead, from Mine to Metal.
Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, 5-20-17
9 a.m. Spring Trail Hike.  Begins at the Nature Center.
1 p.m. Eagle program at the Nature Center. 
3 p.m. Hellbenders in the Niangua River power point presentation on this endangered species at the Nature Center.

Do you like dulcimer music?   Mike Pace is playing in the nature center on May 26th at 7 p.m.  Feel free to spread the word!

Saturday, 5-27-17 
10 a.m. Savanna Trail Hike, meet at the trail head above Bennett Spring.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Insects & Bug Puzzle Time at the Nature Center
8 p.m. – Spider Sniff at the Nature Center. Bring a flashlight for a night hike.
 
5-28-17
Sunday, 5-28-17
2 p.m. Nature Center video – The St. Francois Mountains of Missouri

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .
Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May).  special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. South wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. .

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.



Quote of the Week

The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.
Author:
Gladys Taber - 1941

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

Wednesday, May 3, 2017



May 4, 2017
Picture taken in Bennett Spring outlet by Mike Sapp in a early spring dive

How's Fishing?
As always, people are catching fish!  The water has been high, but not as bad as most places in the state.  Our hearts go out to those who have been hit hard with this last round of storms.

The water is running fast and high.  There is a lot of run off making the water anything but clear.  Most places you can wade, but you need to keep your head up and pay attention to the conditions even more than you usually do.

Our facebook friend, Adam, posted a comment in that made me laugh.  He was asking what I was going to say in the fishing report and suggested that I add "Fishing in the parking lots of Zone 3 has been GREAT this week..."  It's funny because it's true.

Tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday) we are expecting another round of rain.  Hopefully this will not impact the stream too heavily.  If there is a major effect, we will try to update you.
 And, on the up side....the weekend is dry sunny and a warm 70 plus degrees.

Also please be aware that Kid's fishing day has been postponed until June 10, 2017, to give the park and hatchery workers time to regroup and clean up from the high water.

A big thank you to Ben Havens and staff for all the hard work they have been putting in this week to keep the fish alive and everything going in the right direction.  It's no easy task and we appreciate all you do!

What's Working?
From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
mega worm

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - shell & white, black & yellow, black
angry deere
white grub with tail
brown glo ball, easter egg glo ball
peacock mini jig

zone 3
power bait: yellow, salmon peach
florescent orange grubs, power bait
florescent pink worms

Lunker Club

4-28-17
John Seyler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a brown glo ball in zone 1

Jason Dane from Parkhills, MO
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 1

Kylr Patrick from Moberly, MO
2 pounds on a white grub with tale in zone 1

Joey Perkins from Clark MO
2-1/8 pounds on an Easter Egg glo ball in zone1

Ben Lambert from Troy, MO
2 pounds on a peacock grub in zone 1



Water Conditions

Water Conditions
One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs. I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.

The notice on the USGS site is as follows: NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding. For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov, 573-308-3674).



Spring Branch
HIgh water,  murky, and will probably rise in the next few days, depending on how the weather plays out.

4-26-17
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 3.58 feet, down from over 7 feet just three days ago.
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
current level is 741 down from almost 4000 just 3 days ago
25th percentile is 159
Median is 212
Mean is 288
75th percentile is 360
Max was 1000 in 1970

4-26-17
Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.66 feet.  Over 20 feet just 3 days ago
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 105. in 2015
25th percentile is 184
Today's reading is 972
Median is 357
Mean is 731
75th percentile is 1120
record high max was 3660 in 1995

Photo by Mike Sapp from an early spring dive in the Bennett Spring outlet

Fishing Times
May               6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
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

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

Do you like dulcimer music?  We are going to have Mike Pace playing in the nature center on May 26th at 7 p.m.  Feel free to spread the word!

June 10th,11th Free Fishing and Kids Fishing Day
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .
Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May).  special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM



Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. North wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. .

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 71..

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 75.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

This was the condition of the water earlier this week - amazing what a difference a few days makes.

Quote of the Week


Even if you've been fishing for 3 hours and haven't gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you're still better off than the worm.
Author:  Pithee Scryb

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Wednesday, April 26, 2017



April 27, 2017

How's Fishing?

You know you live in Missouri if fishing in the rain is just another day.
There have been lots of nice sized fish being caught.  The only trick is dodging the raindrops and occasional lighting!  The water is up a bit at this time, but not terrible.  There may be more water to deal with this weekend.  It often goes around the Bennett Spring Park area, but not always.  We'll try to keep you updated.
There have been a couple of camps on the best way to fish the murky water.  Most are using something like a possum hair roach, heavy marabou, or large gray scud and tumbling it along the bottom.  Zone two spin rod fishermen are using the super dupers.  Lots of flash and noise.
A florescent orange power bait grub, or any florescent worm -such as florescent pink,  has  been great for the third zone.
.  We  have also been selling quite a few of the Bennett blue cracklebacks, but haven't heard a definite report on how they are currently working.


 
What's Working?
From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
red crackleback
Chartreuse with yellow hackle crackleback
Renegade
gray scud
RGN Olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - shell & white, black & yellow, black
angry deere
glo balls - peach, jimi hendrix, or pink
peacock mini jig
olive wooly
rooster tail - white & black

zone 3
power bait: yellow, salmon peach
florescent orange grubs, power bait
florescent pink worms



Lunker Club

4-20-17
Gayle Siezcinski from Marceline, MO
2.7  pounds on a green spinner in zone 2

4-22-17
Cael Kreitler from St. Genevieve, MO
2.5 pounds on a brown marabou in zone 2

Teresa LoGrasso from Springfield, IL
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Josh Albert from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a pink marabou in zone 1

4-23-17
Bud Eberhardt from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 1

4-25-17
Connie Harms from Lenexa, KS
2 pounds on doughbait in zone 3

Bennett Johnson from Minneapolis, MN
2.25 pounds on gulp cheese in zone 3

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2.5 pounds on mystery lure in zone 1

4-26-17
Steve Harms from Lenexa, KS
2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3


Water Conditions
One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs. I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.

The notice on the USGS site is as follows: NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding. For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov, 573-308-3674).

Spring Branch
Average water, a bit murky or stained .will probably rise in the next few days, depending on how the weather plays out.

4-26-17
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.64 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
current level is 145
25th percentile is 159
Median is 218
Mean is 259
75th percentile is 310
Max was 1200 in 2011

4-26-17
Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.17 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 90.7.1 in 2016
25th percentile is 161
Today's reading is 737
Median is 447
Mean is 1320
75th percentile is 815
record high max was 12900 in 2011



Fishing Times
April                 7:00 A.M. 7:30 P.M.
May           6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
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

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th.  special area stocked just for the kids :).
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM



Weather Forecast
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Friday Night: Showers. Low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. High near 67. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 57.
Sunday: Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.


Quote of the Week
No angler merely watches nature in a passive way. He enters into its very existence
Author:  John Bailey
Published: Reflections On The Water's Edge



Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Monday, April 10, 2017

4-11-17


How's Fishing?

The First Annual Veteran's-Fish-Free Day was a great success.   Friday was a perfect day.  There were anglers connecting for the first time as well as those getting an opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Comments on fish size have been very positive, some small fish in the stream, but plenty of good sized ones to catch and release or to keep for a fish fry.  (see 'Of Interest' following 'How's Fishing')
The best fishing has been sub-surface.  Cracklebacks, for example, are working very well.   Rooster Tails, White or bumble bee, have been very popular this weekend for those with a spin rod. The bedspread as well as the little gray deere, or angry deer, has also been popular.


Of Interest
Greetings-
For the month of March, we sold 15,344 tags. Tag sales were down 1,013 tags or 6.1% compared to a year ago, and were only 110 tags less than the five year avg. All the trout parks saw a decline in attendance this month, however here at Bennett we had the smallest decline. Although we have had fairly good weather, I believe with school spring breaks spread out over 6 weeks and having the Easter holiday later in April has brought our monthly numbers down a bit. I wouldn’t be surprised to have a bigger than normal April.. We shall see.

Things are shaping up well for the 2017 fishing season. Fish are growing well thanks to good water quality and we have had an good stocking avg. size of 13.4” so far this year. Well above the 12.5” avg. we aim for.  We continue to have good success in the hatchery building.  We have had very low mortality and disease issues thus far thanks to improvements we made last year. Our new fish loading tower has been put into use and is proving to be a very useful tool for loading fish onto our stocking trucks.
I encourage everyone to come out to one of our hatchery tours we provide on Saturday mornings, we would be glad to show you around!

This past month we completed the following stockings: The numbers shown include any lunkers that we stocked.

Fish Stockings
Bennett Spring Trout Park -         37,930 fish
Niangua River TMA –                      906 fish
Urban Kansas City Stockings -    3,875 fish
Total Stocked     -                       42,705 fish

If you are wondering, the stocking rate for March was 2.47 fish per tag…This is more than the 2.25 fish/tag avg. we aim for. This simply means there’s few more fish in the stream, about 3,400 extra!

Fish Hauls— As shown in the stockings above, staff worked in cooperation with KC regional staff to complete the last urban stocking for this winter. We stocked the monthly commitment of 900 fish for the Niangua River TMA. These stockings normally take place on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. We will be stocking another 900 during April.  We took delivery of 275 “lunker” cull brood stock from SOH hatchery in Branson, along with 300 fall replacement brood stock. These will be used to stock our areas as well as diversify our brood stock genetics.

Bennett Spring Access Maintenance
Staff cleaned and prepared the area for increased use and also trimmed branches and brush damaged during wind and ice events. The privies were recently pumped and trash removed.  The parking lots were graded by regional staff.

Spring Flow--We started the month at 115 cfs (74 mgd) and gained 3” of rain throughout March ending at 170 cfs or 110 million gallons/day. The spring branch has raised about 5” over the month. We are about average for the month and the extra water is helping fish production.

Outreach--We had six scheduled hatchery tours this month for over 550 people.  Our next big event will be Veteran’s Free Fishing day on Friday, April 7, 2017 followed by representing the Hatchery at the Bennett Spring Earth Day festivities on April 22nd. Don’t forget about Kid’s Free Fishing coming up on May 6th. I would be glad to have some volunteers to help the kids untangle lines and catch fish! Let me know if you are interested in helping out!

As always, if you have any questions please stop by, give me a call or send me an email. And if you want to share the location of your secret mushroom patch, I’m all ears!

Thanks-
Ben

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


What's Working?

From the fly case
Bennett Blue crackleback is still the winner this week
red crackleback
black zebra midge
mega worms - white or pink

Zone 1 & 2

green wooly worm with red tail
john deere mini jig
angry john deere or gray deere
bedspread
Marabou - shell & white, gingersnap, black & yellow - expecially eighth ounce gold plated head
glo ball - pink, peach, original tri color

Zone 3

power bait  -Hatchery pellet
trout magnet, gold glitter
Power bait - rainbow or florescent orange


Water Conditions
One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs.  I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.
The notice on the USGS site is as follows:  NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding.  For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov, 573-308-3674).

Spring Branch
Average water, clearing daily, a bit murky or stained .
4-11-17

Gage house level is 2.23 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82 in 1936
current level is 197
25th percentile is 128
Median is 189
Mean is 233
75th percentile is 303
Max was 740 in 1929

Niangua River
4-11-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.93 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 88.9 in 2016
25th percentile is 122
Today's reading is 313
Median is 248
Mean is 284
75th percentile is 367
record high max was 789 in 2008


Lunker Club
4-7-17
Brett Heath from Dittmer , MO
2 pounds on Tiger tail wooly in zone 1

Cassie Allen from Canton, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Zach Jagow from Lee's Summit, MO
3+ pounds, catch and release, on a black & yellow gold plated jig

James Lakey from Warrensburg, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gray zebra scud in zone 2
4-8-17
Darth Muncy from St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds, 10 ounces on a black & yellow marabou

Dave Stewart from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a shell & brown marabou in zone 2

Charlie Whisenhunt from Scheller, IL
3 pounds , catch & release, on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

4-9-17
Patrick Meyer from Basehor, KS
2-1/2 pounds on orange & white glo ball in zone 1


Calendar of Events
Weed cutting April 12,13 @ 8:00 AM

Free Events from the Nature Center on Saturday, April 15th.
April 15th at 9 a.m. there will be a Spring Trail Hike. Meet at the Nature Center. This hike will go to the Spring then along the stream branch to the fish hatchery. Distance is one mile
Fish Hatchery tour begins at 10 a.m. Staff led tour will meet at the hatchery building across from the park store near the raceways.
The Bat Program will meet at the Nature Center at 2 p.m. Video, games, and activities will follow a presentation about Missouri bats.

April 22 - Earth Day Activities. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited - all free events. Meet above Bennett Spring near Pavilion/Shelter A
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Free Tree Seedlings. Build a Birdhouse. Leaf Rubbing Activity, Woodpecker Craft, Try a kayak on land! Water Exhibit, Stream Team Display. Soil Exhibition. Wildlife Activities. Games & Crafts.
At 2 p.m. There will be a bicycle class followed by participants joining the Park Ranger in a bicycle parade to the Nature Center.

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th. We stock special area just for the kids :).
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.


Quote of the Week
Normally people learn to cast, then to cast really far, and finally to cast short and actually fish.

Author:
Normann Kotzurek

Thanks for reading!  Lucy