Wednesday, March 22, 2017


How's Fishing?

Early this week fishing was slow.  About the only thing working was a white floss jig or other small white jig or nymph.  You could sink a crackleback and strip it back with some luck, but for the most part it was pretty tough.  Then it started raining and it didn't matter what you threw in front of the fish's nose, he was after it!  We will continue to have rain in the forecast off and on for the next few days.  Hopefully it's enough to keep them biting, but not so much that it overwhelms those that are fishing!

Fishing Times

MONTH                               BEGIN                            END
March                              7:30 A.M.  CDT                        7:00 P.M.  CDT
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.



What's Working?
From the fly case

Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's rust or green
copper hot shot, tobacco brown
mega worms
zebra midge black

Zone 1 & 2

light brown rooster tail
john deere mini jig
Brown wooly worm
Marabou - Black or black & yellow
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
white brassie
peach glo ball
mega worm, pink or white
possum hair roach
brown roach

Zone 3
Power bait - salmon peach, white
Minnows
grubs - yellow or peach
orange worm
salmon trout magnet



Water Conditions

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for several weeks.
3-22-17

Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
current level is 113
25th percentile is 133
Median is 186
Mean is 226
75th percentile is 274
Max was 784 in 2012

Niangua River
3-22-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.92 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 40 in 1996
25th percentile is 163
Today's reading is 118
Median is 339
Mean is 657
75th percentile is 688
record high max was 3860 in 2012



Lunker Club

3-17-17

Randy Maledy from Arnold, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow  in zone 2

3-18-17
Andrea Ayers from Topeka, KS
2 pounds  on a white wire jig in zone 1

Tanner Abbott from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-19-17
Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a white floss jig in zone 2

Kim Kistner from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a ruby 2 in zone 1

3-20-17
Bryan Moore from Kirksville, MO
2  pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1

3-21-17
James Griffith from Louisiana, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a light brown rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 1am, then showers likely after 1am. Low around 53. South wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 63. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.



Calendar of Events

March 25th Winter Hike at 10 am
Staff led hike from the nature center to the Spring Head and on the Spring Trail to the fish Hatchery. Length will be 1 mile and will last an hour.

March 25th Hellbender Program at 2 p.m.
The rare large salamander called the Hellbender is being raised and placed in the Niangua River. Join staff to learn more about this conservation effort!
All are free events. call 417-532-3925 for more information.

New *** Veterans free fishing day. Friday, April 7th. No tag needed just license if required.
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

April 8 - Four free events from the Nature Center

Bridge Trail Walk - Time to be announced - call 417-532-3925 for more information. Trail has a gentle grade up and along the hillside behind the nature center then down to the CCC Bennett Spring bridge. Distance is .70 miles

Black Bear Program - 2 pm. The American black bear is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri. Participants will learn more about the increasing bear population in Missouri.

Mole, Vole, Shrew program at 4 p.m. Held at the Nature Center. These small burrowing mammals are hard to tell apart. Participants will learn the differences between these tunneling creatures.

Evening Photo Walk. 4 p.m. starting at the Nature Center. Al Griffin will meet participants in the Nature Center. Bring your camera!

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



Quote of the Week
My first question to a newbie nymph fisher is; can you fish worms? Best advice I can give someone like that is to do that same thing with a nymph. Dry flies, a different story.

Author:  Gert Jensen

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Thursday, March 16, 2017


March 16, 2017



How's Fishing?
Winter had one last chance to nip noses and he took it this week.  Even so, fishing has been reasonably good for most.  It could be said that only the experienced 
die-hards are out there fishing at this point and so, of course, fish were caught.  I will give you that point.  But this weekend will make up for it.  It could reach 70 degrees by Sunday.  Ahhh, Missouri weather.  You gotta love it!



Of Interest
There are two new events this year at Bennett Spring.  The first is a free fishing day for veterans. This event is coming up soon.  April 7th. No tag for Veterans on this day needed, just a fishing license if required.  Be sure to mention it to anyone you know who loves to fish and has served, or is serving, our country.  Our thanks to all of you for your service as well as to your families for the sacrifices they have also made.
The second is the Ladies Free Fishing Day in September.  September 30, 2017 there is no charge to fish at Bennett Spring for the ladies.  You do need to have a current fishing license, but no tag is required.  



Fishing Times  

MONTH            BEGIN END

March               7:30 A.M.  CDT 7:00 P.M.  CDT
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.



What's working?

From the fly case:

Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's dark brown or green
mega worms
 Chamois worm 

Zone 1 & 2
bumble bee rooster tail 
Brown wooly worm
Marabou - Black or black & orange, peach & brown, olive & black or white
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
ginger woolies, ginger woolie buggers
mega worm, orange or white
possum hair roach
brown roach

Zone 3

power bait - salmon peach, yellow, cheese
minnows










Water Conditions

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for a couple of weeks. 
3-16-17
Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1936
current level is 113
25th percentile is 133
Median is 174
Mean is 239
75th percentile is 272
Max was 750 in 1973

Niangua River
3-16-17
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 48 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Today's reading is 102
Median is 253
Mean is 299
75th percentile is 446
record high max was 1110 in 2011



Lunker Club

March 11, 2017
Ed Evers from Orlando, FL
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

March 12 
John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2

March 13
Pam Todd from Lee Summit, MO
2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 67. South wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. 

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. North wind around 7 mph. 

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.



Calendar of Events

March 18th - Staff led tour of the Trout Fish Hatchery
Meet near the raceways across from the Park store.

March 25th Winter Hike at 10 am
Staff led hike from the nature center to the Spring Head and on the Spring Trail
to the fish Hatchery. Length will be 1 mile and will last an hour.
March 25th Hellbender Program at 2 p.m.
The rare large salamander called the Hellbender is being raised and placed
in the Niangua River. Join staff to learn more about this conservation effort!
All are free events. call 417-532-3925 for more information.

New Veterans free fishing day. Friday, April 7th. No tag needed just license if required.
Time:   7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

April 8 - Four free events from the Nature Center
Bridge Trail Walk - Time to be announced - call 417-532-3925 for more information.  Trail has a gentle grade up and along the hillside behind the nature center then down to the CCC Bennett Spring bridge.  Distance is .70 miles
Black Bear Program - 2 pm.  The American black bear is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri.  Participants will learn more about the increasing bear population in Missouri.
Mole, Vole, Shrew program at 4 p.m.   Held at the Nature Center.  These small burrowing mammals are hard to tell apart. Participants will learn  the differences between these tunneling creatures.
Evening Photo Walk.  4 p.m. starting at the Nature Center.  Al Griffin will meet participants in the Nature Center.  Bring your camera!
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 :)
 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



Quote of the Week

It is just as well to remember that angling is only a recreation, not a profession.  We usually find that men of the greatest experience are the most liberal and least dogmatic.

Author:  Theodore Gordon

Thanks for reading!  
Lucy

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017


How's Fishing?

It was a great opening day this year.  The crowds were a bit lighter than expected - there were 1290 adult tags sold and 76 kids.   The weather forecast, although it turned out to be a mild morning for March first, may have scared some anglers or the fact that it was a Wednesday opening could also play into it.  When you have work and school schedules, it's often hard to coordinate a trip, even for something as important as opening day!
Governor Eric Greitens surprised us with an opening day visit.  He seemed to enjoy his visit and for us, well, it's always fun to hob nob a bit.
 There were 50 lunkers put in for opening day weighing in at three pounds or more.  The lunker club is back in business!

Governor Eric Greitens and Gary Modale, the whistle blower for 2017, share a light moment

Fishing Times

MONTH                                 BEGIN                    END
March                                6:30 A.M.  CST 6:00 P.M.  CST
March  Daylight Savings Time 7:30 A.M.  CDT 7:00 P.M.  CDT
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.

Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Conservation Department with local fly tyer, Kay Crabtree

What's Working?

From the fly case
Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's dark brown or green
mega worms
midges, black or olive

zone 1 & 2
Brassie - red or red & white
Marabou - classic black & yellow, pink & white, moss, gingersnap, green & black, olive, ginger,
tinsel jigs
Rooster Tails, pink & white, bumblebee, brown
peacock mini jig
white floss
ginger woolies, ginger woolie buggers
mega worm, orange or white

zone 2
spoons, silver or gold small sized

zone 3
power bait - salmon peach, yellow, cheese
trout magnet- salmon or white


Water Conditions

March 5, 2017

Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 85.6 in 2015
25th percentile is 129
Median is 177
Mean is 206
75th percentile is 245
current level is 113
Max was 930 in 1984



Niangua River
3-5-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.58 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 70 in 1996
25th percentile is 120
Median is 208
Mean is 379
75th percentile is 596
Today's reading is 77.1
record high max was 1220 in 2008



Lunker Club

3-1-17
Zach Hagadon from Walnut Iowa
4-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black & yellow marabou

Lindy Wood from Louisiana, MO
2 pounds on cheese bait in zone 3

Dino Nolte from Ft. Worth TX
6 pounds on a black & yellow gold plated marabou in zone 1

Dylan Witherspoon from Windsor, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Mike Hamilton from ST. Charles, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Adam Bradley from Odessa, MO
2-1/3 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Bellew from Kansas City, MO
6.2 ounces on a black & green marabou in zone 2

Justin Schroeder from Marshall, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jeff Huffman from Warrensburg, MO
7-1/2 ounds on a salmon trout magnet in zone 2

Stephen Stacy from Ellington, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a pink & white rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Bellew from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Joshua Broderick from Kansas City, Kansas
3.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jacob Ley from Collinsville, IL
3.25 on a red brassie in zone 2

Gene Huelskamp from Raytown, MO
5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Dallas Smith from Mexico, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 2

Joshua Broderick from Kansas City, MO
4.5 pounds on a black & yellow fly in zone 1

3-2-17

John Schaaf from Buffalo, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Jim Lucas from OFallon, MO
3 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Jim Lucas from OFallon, MO
5 pounds on a home tied jig in zone 2

Tom Flamm from Bowling green, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a worm in zone 3

3-3-17

Kenny Verser from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

3-4-17

Tommy Doellman from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black & brown marabou jig in zone 1

Jake Crawford from St. Charles, MO
4 pounds, Catch & release, on an orange mega worm in zone 1

Kyle Cullifer from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-5-16
Matthew Johnson  from Nixa MO
4-1/2 pounds on white trout magnet in zone 3

Susan Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a pink worm in zone 3




Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Saturday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Quote of the Week

The dream is everything in the sport of fishing. You dream with every cast of your fly that the shadowy form will finally rise to your fly. You dream as you drop off to sleep at night about the lunker that got loose just as you were about to net it.

Author:  Christipher Lehmann Haupt

Published:  The Ultimate Fishing Book

Thanks for reading and welcome to the 2017 season.
Lucy

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017


How's Fishing?
Of course, fishing is not allowed in the Spring branch until the first of March, but with the weather being so amazing, people are flocking to the area to hike, picnic, and let the kids play and feed the fish.  Fishing has been reported to be really great on the Niangua.
The gravel removal project was completed over the winter.  Some of the old areas that were nice deep pools are there again.  Be cautious about where you step. especially in zone one.   One of the most noticeable improvements are the rebuilding of the handicap accessible jetties.


Of Interest
The annual pre-season meeting was held on February 16 in the Bennett Room at Family Crossing Park on Highway 64.  There were over 50 people that attended.  It was informative on several levels.  The presenters were very positive about the upcoming year.   The fish in the hatchery are growing nicely and there will be plenty of lunkers for those that enjoy the lure of the big fish.  I will have some more statistics for the next report.
The last four openings that occurred on a Wednesday were 1989 with 2197 tags sold, 1995 with 2071, 2000 with 2377, and 2006 with 2107 tags sold.  The official guess for opening this year is 2100.  I'm going out on a limb and saying that this number is too low.  I'm guessing we will have even more than the 2377 number that was in 2000.
There will be 7000 fish put in the stream for opening with 50 lunkers.  One with your name on it, I'm sure!

The siren ringer will be Gary Modale, a well liked and respected person on the stream.  His first visit to Bennett was in 1957.  He and his wife of 52 years have been coming to Bennett every year since then.  They moved to this area permanently in 2007 from Windsor, Missouri.  Congratulate him when you see him!

What's Working?
Every year anglers start out with their favorite 'go to' lures.  These include the black & yellow marabou, John Deere, white floss, gingersnap marabou, and possum hair roaches.  Then there is a switch to fly rods and the standard cracklebacks and renegades are first out of the box.  From there, you tell me what's working!  Game on!



Fishing Times

Month                          Begin                   End

March                           6:30                     6:00
March daylight savings   7:30                     7:00
April                             7:00                     7:30
May                             6:30                      8:15
June/July                      6:30                      8:30
August                         7:00                      8:00
September                   7:30                      7:15
October                       7:30                      6:30



Water Conditions
Bennett Spring
February 17, 2017

Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76 in 2015
25th percentile is 121
Median is 180
Mean is 199
75th percentile is 247
current level is 123
Max was 1020 in 2008

Niangua River
2-17-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 57 in 1996
25th percentile is 104
Median is 238
Mean is 749
75th percentile is 411
Today's reading is 102
record high max was 7490 in 2008



Weather Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 11 mph.

Washington's Birthday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.



Calendar of Events

March 1st         Opening Day for catch and keep
April 7th           Veterans Free Fishing Day
May 6th            Kids Free Fishing Day
September 30   Ladies Free Fishing Day

Quote of the Week

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish...feed yourself. He's a grown man and fishing is not that hard.

Author:  Ron Swanson - 2011

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 25, 2017



How's Fishing
Last Saturday I drove down to the park to see how things were.  There were so many people there that it looked - and almost felt like - July!  The fish were biting, the sun was shining, and there was no wind.  The water was very clear and flowing well.  It was an amazing day, probably the nicest one all winter.
We had quite a bit of rain on Sunday and the stream rose to over three feet, but it's coming down nicely.   The Niangua River rose to six and a half feet on Sunday, but today is down to four.
By the way, there are only three more weekends to enjoy the catch and release season.



Of Interest

This is an e-mail that Ben Havens, the hatchery manager, sent out to local businesses on January 6, 2017.  I've copied it for you all to read.

Hello all-

I hope everyone is staying warm now that winter has finally found us here at Bennett. The snow has fallen and so have the temperatures. It’s a great time here in the park!

The winter C&R season is in full swing and be it cold, there are still a handful of fishermen out finding a quiet place to relax and wet their line. The C&R season will continue through Monday February 13th.

This leads us to our next order of business, the annual MDC Hatchery Pre-Season meeting. This year the meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be located at “The Bennett Room” on Hwy 64 just as it was last year. I will present a summary of 2016 and a forecast of what to expect in 2017.

In addition to MDC Hatchery staff, Craig Fuller, Fisheries Biologist for our area, will be available for questions. The Dept. of Natural Resources state park staff will also be on hand to introduce some of their new staff and answer questions about the park, camping, facilities and improvements they have going on.

If you have any questions you would like answered, please forward them on to me and I will be sure they get addressed. Or you can just bring them along with you that night.

Please feel free to print out the attached flyer and post it for your patrons to see.

As always, my door is open for visitors anytime. Feel free to stop by to chat or take a peek in the hatchery building. It’s a bustling place these days!

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Thanks-

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



Fishing Times

Catch and release began on November 11, 2016 for the trout parks of Missouri
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only
The last day for catch and release in the trout parks of Missouri is February 13th.

Opening day for the catch and keep season is March 1, 2017


Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
1-24-17

Gage house level is 2.76 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 73 in 1940
25th percentile is 100
Median is 148
Mean is 168
75th percentile is 198
current level is 364
Max was 676 in 2010


Niangua River
1-24-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.04 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49 in 2013
25th percentile is 60
Median is 181
Mean is 422
75th percentile is 484
Today's reading is 629
record high max was 4170 in 2010



Weather Forecast

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 3I. West wind 8 to 11 mph.

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Sunday:   Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday:    Sunny, with a high near 42.



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

Dredging has been done in this area.  Watch your footing


Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report



December 21, 2016

How's Fishing

We continue to get great reports on fishing conditions, both for the catch-and-release weekends in the Bennett Spring Park Branch and for the Niangua River.  For those that love the top water action, this is a great time of year.  While the classic renegades and cracklebacks will work well, this is a great time to try out that new fly that just came off the bench.
Dredging of the stream has begun by the roller dam.  As I have said before, fish safely and give that big dredging machine a wide berth.  There are good fish to be caught in the Spring Hole and in Zone Two.
The stream is changing, but hopefully this time it will be for the better.

Fishing Times
Catch and release began on November 11, 2016 for the trout parks of Missouri
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only



Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
12-21-16

Gage house level is 1.76 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 73 in 1938
current level is 88
25th percentile is 94
Median is 127
Mean is 169
75th percentile is 193
Max was 673 in 1988



Niangua River
12-21-16

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.42 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 45
Minimum was 45 in 2013
25th percentile is 71
Median is 165
Mean is 411
75th percentile is 341
record high max was 2910 in 1992



Weather Forecast

Friday: A chance of rain before 8am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 8am and 9am, then rain likely after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Wind chill values as low as 26. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind 5 to 9 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Christmas Day: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 62.

Sunday Night: Rain likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.

Winter Competition


Quote of the Week

The first principle in all fishing is simple: never let the fish know he's being fished for.

Author:
Havilah Babcock



Thank you all for reading.  It's been a great year, for sure!
From all of us at Weaver's Tackle Store, have a blessed Christmas and the best of everything in the new year.
Lucy



Sunday, November 6, 2016


November 6, 2016 



How's Fishing
It's quiet in the stream this week.  Catch and Release season begins on Friday, November 11.
There are a generous amount of good sized fish, both rainbow and browns, still in the stream.  It's recommended that you try by the hatchery roller dam or at the Spring head first.  Zone two also has a good amount of fish.

For those of you that would like a few fish to keep, the Niangua has been stocked recently, also.

Dredging of the stream will begin next week.  The crew will not work on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but may occasionally be working on Monday, so be sure to keep a safe and respectful distance from the machines.  

The weather continues to be unseasonably warm.  Enjoy!



Fishing Times
Catch and release will begin on November 11, 2016
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only

Water Conditions - I added this primarily for those that fish the river.


For Bennett Spring
11-6-16
Gage house level is 1.90 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66 in 1938
current level is 80
25th percentile is 94
Median is 118
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 160
Max was 814 in 1995

Niangua River
11-6-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.16 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 26 in 2008
25th percentile is 43
Median is 56
Today's reading is 113
Mean is 569
75th percentile is 137
record high max was 5230 in 1995

Lunker Club



10-30-16
Dawn Atkinson from Olean, MO
3-1/4 pounds on garlic power bait in zone 3

Lydia Hees from Eldon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
6.25 pounds on secret bait in zone 3

10-31-16
Dale Davidson from Springfield, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1


Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60..

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Veterans Day: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 58


Of Interest

To those in our Bennett Spring Family who have lost friends or family members this year....please accept our condolences.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you.



Quote of the Week

The trout that seem to stick in my memory the finest aren't the big ones, and maybe it's because I have't visited all the corners of the globe, but my most unforgettable trout all lived close to home. In fact, when I take out my pouch of trout memories and spill them all on the table, it seems that the smaller ones shine the brightest.

Author:  William G. Tapley

Published:  Those Hours Spent Outdoors

Thanks for reading!
Lucy