Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014



How's Fishing?

This summer sounds like a broken record - but one that we all like to sing along to.  The fishing is great, the water is clear and slow, and summer has arrived. 
For the fly rod angler, the black zebra midge, the dark green RGN, and the crane fly have been tops.  
Those who like to fish with a spin rod have a lot of choices - john deere is leading the pack, but anything from a brown rooster tail to a white grub to brown woolys with spinners are great choices.
Zone three has a group of classics working as well.  Salmon Peach power bait, hatchery brown gulp nuggets, and orange and white worms are all good.

The fishing is consistently good. Nice sized fish and plenty of them. 
  There are still those who are struggling.   In general the size of line - remember that the water is gin clear - matters.  It needs to be two pound line, three at the most.  That's a good first step to increasing your numbers.  There are lines that say they are clear ( not fluorocarbon) but are often more visible in the water at Bennett than some with  blue/yellow/green coloring to them.  Fluorocarbon is invisible in water and that makes it a dandy tippet material, but it has a drawback in that it doesn't cast well, so it's not great for the entire reel.  A tippet can also be used on a spin rod with good success and is a way to adapt a rod that you typically use for larger fish good for trout.



What's Working?
Fly Box
zebra midge
red or blue holographic Crackleback,
pale evening dun
tan caddis
crane fly


Zones 1 & 2

Marabou -salmon & brown, moss, white. black & yellow
rooster tail: brown sparkle body, brown tail
super duper, gold with red tip
tinsel jig
Brown woolie
white grub, white jig
brassie - red, army green
gray deere or john deere
green & white mini marabou

Zone 3

power bait - salmon peach
hatchery brown gulp nuggets
gulp florescent minnow grub

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

July 22, 2014
minimum was 78 in 1940
Today's output is 93 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 111
Median is 137
Mean is 143
75th percentile is 159
Max was 273 in 1994
Gage house level is 1.90 feet

Niangua River

July 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.54
minimum was 17 in 2012 
25th percentile is 45
Today's (July 22) reading is 46
Median is 82
Mean is 94
75th percentile is 122
Max was 276 in 2013




Lunker Club
7-16-14
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia IL
2-1/4 pounds on a carcass fly in zone 1

7-17-14
Cindy Wallcut from Deepwater MO
2 pounds on a red thread jig in zone 2

Brandon Beard (age 13) from Union City, TN
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Tammy Tate from Durham, MO
2 pounds 12 ounces on yellow cheese in zone 3



Calendar of Events
 July 22 - fly tying group at Weaver's Tackle Store. They will be typing a Disco Midge and a Mayfly Emerger. 

July 29-30 moss cutting

July 29 - Fly tying group at Weaver's Tackle Store. Learn to tie a scud and Baler boy.

August 9th 
Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will be hosting a Derby 
Entry fee is a donation that will be used to help support Project Healing Waters, and Casting for a Cure
Registration is at the Park Store beginning 7pm Friday evening - August 8.

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






Weather Forecast
Clear and hot.  Summer has arrived.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. East wind around 8 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 84.


Quote of the Week
I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it's the one thing I can think of that probably doesn't.
Author:  John Gierach
Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014



How's Fishing?

Ahhh, fishing at Bennett.  Yes, it's still good!   The water continues to be low, slow and clear.   The strong storms are tracking north or south of us so the weather here is very tolerable.  This weekend is mostly sunny again.  
The moss is being cut this week.  We are often asked how this affects the fishing experience.  I have spoken with quite a few anglers about their experiences during the cutting and generally the answer is the same.   The moss is an annoyance but the lack of  cover and the increased aquatic bug activity results in what is best described as a feeding frenzy.  So, if your tolerance for getting moss on your line is high, the fishing is great!  By this coming weekend, the moss will be primarily flushed out and the stream will be in great shape.


What's Working?
Fly Box
Olive Crackleback, chartreuse Crackleback,
pale evening dun
tan caddis
orange bunny leech

Zone 1& 2
Wooly (brown or olive) with spinnerl
Marabou - white, pink & white
rooster tail: flame dot, rusty coach dog
gold plated wooly bugger - 
bedspread with tail
peach fur bug
white grub
john deere
white floss

Zone 3
gulp bubble gum trout worms
florescent white gulp salmon eggs
power bait - marshmallow, yellow
Gulp florescent white salmon eggs
white extra scent power bait
trout magnet meal worms

Weather Conditions
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 8 mph. 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Water Conditions



Bennett Spring
June 24, 2014
minimum was 83 in 1934
Today's output is 96 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 131
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 697 in 1935
Gage house level is 1.92 feet, unchanged from last week.

Niangua River
June 24, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.94
minimum was 53 in 1997
Today's (June 24) reading is 96
25th percentile is 131
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 679 in 1935

Lunker Board

6-19-14
Conner McAteer from Dradenne Prairie, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou

6-20-14
Jo Gotcher from Broken Arrow OK
3 pounds on a red & yellow marabou in zone 1

Heath Kirchoff from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a john jDeere in zone 2

Michael Combs from Independence MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink & white marabou

6-22-14

Grace Westfall (age 12) from Higbee, MO
2 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Durke Dickey from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4  pounds on a black & yellow marabou, gold plated head in zone 2

6-22-14
Jim Capek from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Cassandra Caldwell from Olathe, KS
2 lbs on a red jig in zone 2

Randy Bennett from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events

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

Every fisherman seeks a spot, dreams of a spot, roams the waterways of the earth pursuing his personal spot
Author:   David Benjamin
Published:  The last Kid Picked

Thanks for reading,
 Lucy


Tuesday, June 10, 2014




How's Fishing?

Despite the rains we have had, the water is still amazingly clear and low.  The ground seems to be acting as a sponge and sucking all that rain up before it can get down to the aquifer or run off into the edges of the Spring branch.    
The fish continue to be reasonably sized and plentiful.  The basic stuff that we all love to use is working well. (Black & yellow marabou, renegades, cracklebacks, brassies, it's all good! )



What's Working?
Fly Box

Olive Crackleback, Blue crackleback, chartreuse Crackleback,
double trouble, renegade,
copper hot shot
Black Zebra Midge or WD40
Black Caddis



Zone 1 & 2

White Floss, White floss with red tail
Marabou - Salmon, Dark Green moss, olive,  Black & yellow, tuxedo, and white with red.
john deere and red eye gray deere
rooster tail: Yellow dalmatian, metallic gold spot

Zone 3
Cheese trout worms
trout magnet, white
gulp bubble gum trout worms
florescent white gulp salmon eggs
power bait - marshmallow.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

June 10, 2014
minimum was 79 in 1977
Today's output is 104 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 132
Median is 182
Mean is 212
75th percentile is 266
Max was 598 in 1937
Gage house level is 1.98 feet, slightly higher than last week but still very low for this time of year.

Niangua River

June 10, 2014
Gage House reading is 2.38
minimum was 41 in 2012
Today's (June 10) reading is 141
25th percentile is 144
Median is 486
Mean is 1110
75th percentile is 1010
Max was 6660 in 1995



Lunker Club
6-7-14
Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white streamer

6-7-14
Susan Morris from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a salmon peach marabou

6-8-14
Nathan Chaney from Palmyra, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on black & yellow marabou

6-8-14
Quade Hill from Cameron, MO
3 pounds in zone 3 on orange plastic worm

6-8-14
Marki Brown from Lebanon, MO
2.10 pounds in zone 2 on a pink and white marabou
(note about this fish....her first lunker AND her first fish at Bennett. Congratulations Marki!)



Fishing Times
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 Report

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

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

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.



Calendar of Events

Check out the latest issue of the Trout Talk for all the Hillbilly Days Events and Times on June 12 through the 15th.

June 13 and 14, 7 am to Noon : Garage sale at the Bennett Spring Fire Department Building on Highway 64

June 14 at Bennett Room on Highway 64, Bake Sale to benefit Bennett Spring Fire Dept.

June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days

June 17 Fly Tying Forum at Weaver's Tackle

Learn to tie the Grizzly wulff and the Soldier Palmer.

June 24-25 moss cutting

June 24 - Fly Tying Forum at Weaver's Tackle Store

Learn to tie the Compara spinner and the Stimulator (orange)

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

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

Author:

John Buchanan, Lord Tweedsmuir

Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014


How's Fishing?

   What a great weekend it was for Kid's Fishing Day.  You can see by the pictures (and by the number of lunkers caught by kids) that the Hatchery did everything it could to make sure that the kids had a chance of catching some memorable stringers of fish.
    The fishing continues to be enjoyable.  There are plenty of fish that are decent sized.  The water has been low, slow and still very clear.  This morning I had several anglers in our store buying 'bunches' of one lure - the one they were (and are) convinced is the
best one and the most fun to use.   Ironically, this magic lure has
been different for every single one of them.   This tells me that it's
a great day for fishing at Bennett, no  matter what your favorite lure is.  And the answer to the question you have in your mind:  bumble bee, deer hair food pod,  gold crackleback, copper hot shot, and a blue wing olive dun.




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
May 7, 2014
minimum was 84 in 1981
Today's output is 108 cubic feet per second 25th percentile is 160 Median is 199 Mean is 266 75th percentile is 321 Max was 1060 in 1994 Gage house level is 1.19 feet, very low for this time of  year.

Niangua River
May 7, 2014
Gage House reading is 2.03
minimum was 82 in 1992
25th percentile is 214
today's level is 93
Median is 543
Mean is 1240
75th percentile is 1250
Max was 8170 in 1994




What's working?

Copper Hot Shot, brown or olive
 Black caddis
olive hermit
john deere
ginger grub
gingersnap marabou, black & yellow - gold plated head rooster tails: coach dog, black, white,  yellow with dots white marabou, black & white marabou zone 3 orange extra scent power bait, orange mice tails.
orange (do we see a theme?) minnow grubs




Lunker Club
5-2-2014
Tim Thomason from Vandalia, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white RoosterTail

5-3-13
Payton Selby, age 5 from Trenton, MO
3 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Claire Russell, age 11, from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Michael Schultz from Lebanon, MO
2-3/4 pound on a black & white marabou in zone2

Ty Evans from Vadelia, MO
2 pounds  on a black & yellow marabou in 
zone 2

Devon Goshorn, age 9, from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Stephen Taylor from St.Joseph, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

Tyler Emmons, age 4, from Washington, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & white jig  in zone 2

Grant Tribley, age 11, from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on gold & pink power bait in zone 3

John Lewis from Moberly, MO
2-1/2 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow.

Payton Witherspoon from Windsor,  MO
2-1/2 pounds on an olive & brown maraobu in zone 2

David McNutt from St. Louis,  MO
5.5 pounds on a black & gold plated head marabou

5-4-14
Andrea Selby, age 9, from Trenton, MO
3 pounds on orange power bait in zone3

Stephanie Circle from Ottawa, KS
2-1/4 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3





Fishing Times

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

Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.



Calendar of Events

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

There will be no end to angling controversies for there is no one best way for everyone to fish.
Author:
Lee Wulff

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

























M 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May 1, 2014



How's Fishing?


Fishing continues to be great.  We just haven't had enough rain,
despite the storms passing over,  to make a significant difference in
the Spring's fishability.  As far as what to bring  in your tackle
box, it's the same classics that you love. John deere, cracklebacks,
renegades, black & yellow or gingersnap marabou are all working their
magic.  Small black - ants, caddis and gnats - are also doing very
well right now.  Fish size continues to hold, it's still good.
The main subject for this weekend will be Kid's Fishing Day.  I'm
going to let Mike MItchell, the hatchery manager speak from an e-mail
that he sent out.  One more thing....no snow this year!  It's an
almost perfect weekend forecast.
The following is the email from Mike Mitchell:

Bennett Spring State Park is a popular place to fish, but did you ever
wonder what happens to rainbow trout before they’re released into the
stream? You’re invited to two special events that will provide
behind-the scene looks at the raising of the trout and will also show
trout fishing’s popularity.

At 2 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s
Bennett Spring Hatchery; you’re invited to take a behind-the-scenes
look at how the hatchery operates.  This will be a great opportunity
to learn how trout are raised, how stocking sites within the park are
chosen, and how hatchery staff raises nearly a half-million trout
annually for Bennett Spring and other sites around the state. This
special event is for media, local businesses and organizations
involved with the park.

As a follow-up, please plan to return the next day – Saturday, May 3 –
to see the fruits of this work at Bennett Spring’s Kids Free Fishing
Day. This annual free event is for children 15 years and younger.
There will be a specially stocked area for children to fish. Lunch
will be provided from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for children (15 and younger) and
there will also be educational activities from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At 2 p.m.
that day, Bennett’s Hatchery staff will further explain trout-rearing
procedures at the hatchery. They will discuss the process of how we
select fish for stocking (we don’t just lower a dip net into a pool
and hope for the best!), but feel free to ask questions about any part
of our hatchery operation. We hope these efforts help to inform you of
the procedure Missouri Department of Conservation hatchery staffs
across the state follow to ensure quality fishing for the public.
I appreciate your time and effort in attending this demonstration and
I look forward to seeing you on May 2 & 3, 2014.
Michael J. Mitchell
Bennett Spring Hatchery
phone 417-532-4418
cell 417-718-3000
email: Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov



Water Conditions:

Bennett Spring
April 28, 2014
minimum was 118 in 1984
Today's output is 158 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 166
Median is 224
Mean is 253
75th percentile is 284
Max was 919 in 1994
Gage house level is 2.26 feet,up, for the first time in a long time.

Niangua River
April 28, 2014
Gage House reading is 3.18
minimum was 124 in 2012
25th percentile is 244
today's level is 313
Median is 494
Mean is 1190
75th percentile is 2220
Max was 3894 in 1994



Lunker Club

4-26-14
Otto Seebold from Overland Park, KS
3 pounds in zone  2 on a white rooster tail


What's Working

Zone 1 and 2
Marabou: peach or creamsicle
John deere and gray deere, white mini jig with red tail or collar
brown  roach, bedspread
bumblebee grub
brassies : red
Red glo balls
White Rooster Tails are still working well.
From the fly case:
copper hot shots
black caddis
black ants
cracklebacks: holographic red or black
renegade or double trouble

Zone 3
Orange power bait
salmon eggs, red
Pink Worms



Fishing Times

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  -  a just about perfect weekend!

Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 55.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Friday    Partly sunny, with a high near 68
Friday Night    Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Saturday      Mostly sunny, with a high near 76
Saturday Night    Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Sunday     Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday Night      Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Monday      Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.



Calendar of Events
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

What are more delightful than one's emotions when approaching a trout
stream for the initial cast?
Author:
T. Nash Buckingham

Thanks for reading,
Lucy