Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 25, 2015



How's Fishing?

The fishing continues to be spotty, ranging from "this was the literally best day of fishing I have ever had in my entire life!" to a shrug of the shoulders and a "meh".
 As you can see from the pictures, there are fish, and decent sized ones at that, that are being caught.  The water continues to be very clear, especially considering the time of year.  It's running a little faster and there are a couple of storms moving in today as I write the report. That may change things up a bit, but if  your trip is planned for the weekend, the water color should return to normal and levels should be good.
The gingersnap and the olive wooly with the gold plated head have been two of the strongest lures right now.  We have also seen a strong interest in black caddis and pale morning dun.  Cracklebacks in the more muted colors such as olive or the original, have been good, as well as the renegade.  Another trend we have seen here at Weaver's is the color salmon.  Marabou, mini jig, or power bait...if it's salmon colored, it's good.



What's Working

From the fly case:
Morning Dun, Black Caddis
crane fly
original crackleback, ginger crackleback
renegade
gray scud
copper john

Zone one & two:
Bedspread mini jig, brown mini jig
Marabou : Gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, trout, buff
glo balls - white with red dot, salmon with red dot, jimi hendricks, orange, white
white floss

Zone 3:
florescent orange or white with glitter power bait
salmon & white worms, orange and white worms, brown & green worms

New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015
There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store.  It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .
The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year.  There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available.



Lunker Club

3-19-15
Brandon Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
3.5 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball

3-20-15
John Ziegler Jr. from Raymore, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a orange glo ball in zone 2

Brian Tumlin from LaPlata, MO
2 pounds on a brown mini jig in zone 2

3-21-15
Justin Perry from Sedalia, MO
2.25 on a buzbug in zone 2

3-22-15
Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a buff rooster tail in zone 1

Riley Despress (age 13) from Taylor, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with gold head

Danny Smith from Darnell, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a marabou in zone 1



Fishing Times

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



Calendar of Events

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting
April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting
May 2 - Kids free fishing day.   Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hotdogs, soda, and other free items.
May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting
June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend
June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
August 25th & 26th - moss cutting
September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting
October 10, Holland Derby
October 20th and 21st - moss cutting
October 31st - end of regular fishing season
November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16
February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Water Conditions

The water currently is running well with little color.

Bennett Spring:
March 24, 2015
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
minimum 86 in 1934
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 101
Median is 188
Mean is 219
75th percentile is 281
Max was 526 in 2013


Niangua River:
March 24, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.54
Today's reading is 168
minimum was 43 in 1996
25th percentile is 182
Median is 310
Mean is 468
75th percentile is 596
Max was 1110 in 2012

Weather Report
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 10 to 13 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.



Quote of the Week

My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.
Author:  John Steinbeck

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


How's Fishing?



There has been a hatch of black caddis recently, as well as what I think looks like a pale morning dun. Most people are fishing deeply, as deep as six feet, using zebra midges, hares ears and scuds.  We have been also selling a lot of holographic cracklebacks and brown or olive woolies.  The salmon colors work well whether you are fishing a marabou jig, a mini jig, or power bait.
The numbers of fish caught has been very good and the size seems to be just what was predicted by the Hatchery manager.  As far as size of fish, most fish are running to just under 12 ounces which is about an inch per ounce.  As summer progresses we usually see fatter fish as they put on weight from the food that becomes available in the stream.
 It's going to be a great weekend for fishing!  The temperature is going to 'soar' into the high 60's and maybe even as high as 70 degrees.  We are all so happy to see Spring this year.  It's been a long winter.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
Morning Dun, Black Caddis

.Zebra midge - red , black also

original crackleback, ginger crackleback

San Juan worm - red or pink

Hare's ear

Zone one & two:

Bedspread mini jig

Marabou : Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, white, pink & white

Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot

Brown or Olive Woolie  bugger - or woolie with spinner

Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, Orange

white floss

Zone 3:

Salmon Peach or white with glitter  power bait



Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30




Lunker Club

3-8-15

Eddie Crain from Boliver, MO
3 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-11-15

Leta Sapp from Strafford, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

3-14-15

Braden Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

3-1715

William Pry from Pleasant Hill, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a gold plated black & yellow woolie in zone 1



Calendar of Events

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16




Weather Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 18, 2015
Gage house level is 2.21 feet
minimum 80 in 1936
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 135
Median is 180
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 300
Max was 2240 in 2008


Niangua River:

March 18, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.10
Today's reading is 291
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Median is 248
Mean is 1460
75th percentile is 515
Max was 10800 in 2008



Quote of the Week

. . perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole rest of the season is to come.

Author: Arthur Ransome

Published:  The First Day At The River - 1929

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015




How's Fishing

I hope this doesn't jink us, but it seems like Spring may actually have come back again this year.  For a while I wasn't sure if it ever would.  I'm watching closely for the first flowering trees.  They are one of my favorite things about this area of Missouri.
As far as the fishing, it seems to be good.  With the extra fish put in on the opening day and the lower than expected numbers, there have been reports of really high numbers of fish caught and released and, for those that like to keep them, limiting out very quickly.
 I have also heard some grumbling about smaller fish so I will keep an eye and ear out for substantiation of the rumor.  The answer I have gotten so far is that the fish that were still in the stream from last year had so little food, that they didn't grow at all.  That answer makes sense because almost everyone agrees that the fish are 'spotty'.  (Meaning good sized ones mixed with smaller fish) .



What's Working
The standards have been the best so far.  It's not unusual for folks to start out with what they know and those would be the standards.  As we go into this next month, Morning Dun and Black Caddis should be excellent choices to tie up and have ready.

Marabou :  Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, green & yellow, pink & white, red
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white or Easter Egg
Brown Woolie - spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, fire tiger
Zebra midge - red primarily, black also
San Juan worm  - red or pink



Fishing Times
March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Lunker Club
3-5-15
Ken Atchison from St Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a John Deere in zone 1

3-7-15

John Clay from Columbia MO
2 pounds on an olive wooley in zone 1

Vince Campbell from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red marabou in zone 2

John Mitchell from Cabool, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Austin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white puff ball in zone 1



Calendar of Events

March 24, 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day

May 19 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Weather Forecast

Wednesday...Warmer. Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs around 70. Light wind.

Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Light wind.

Thursday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows around 40.

Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows around 40.

Monday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 10, 2015
Gage house level is 2 feet
minimum 84 in 1936
Current level is 99
25th percentile is 126
Median is 191
Mean is 288
75th percentile is 267
Max was 2270 in 1974


Niangua River:

March 10, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.61
Today's reading is 180
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 111
Median is 261
Mean is 439
75th percentile is 561
Max was 1980 in 2013



Quote of the Week

Even as a child back in Indiana, whenever I took a Butterbelly off the hook I used to ask myself, "Does this fish think?" I would even ask others, "Do you suppose this Butterbelly can think?" And all I would get in reply was a look. At the age of eighteen, I left the state.

Will Cuppy

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Sunday, February 22, 2015


February 22, 2015



How's Fishing?

I attended the annual pre-season meeting last night.  The good news is that there won't be any changes to the rules, limits, or costs for you in 2015.  No bad news.  Even opening day is forecast to be almost 40 with a low of 27 with a low chance of precipitation.  I have lived here long enough to realize this could change hourly, but it's a warming trend, and I have found that a trend is more likely to be an accurate forecast.  Keep your fingers crossed.  Based on this information and tag sales history, the opening tag sales for opening weekend could reach 3500.  

The siren ringer for 2015 is Chet Snyder from Grandview, MO.  Chet has been to a consecutive 60 Trout Season Opening Days.  An amazing record.  Congratulations, Chet.

For opening day there will be 9000 fish released with up to 150 of those being Lunkers .  The average size fish for 2015... drum roll please...12.28 inches. This size will be slightly better for the early part of the summer and slightly lower for the fall months.

 Didymo continues to be a threat.
A reminder that porous soled boots have been banned from Missouri trout streams. 17 states have banned this type of sole so far, with more to follow. Please be especially careful if you fish both in Arkansas streams and Bennett Spring. Didymo has been found in streams in our neighboring state, the White River being the closest infestation.

After fishing:

Check all gear and equipment after use and remove any visible algae. If you notice algae on your equipment at a later time, do not dispose of the algae by putting it down a drain. Dispose of it in the trash.

If you fish in any stream other than Bennett Spring, you need to wait 48 hours before fishing at Bennett to allow all of your tackle to dry thoroughly. If it's not possible to allow everything to dry (wader cuffs, fly line, shoelaces, nets, etc) it should all be washed in a salt solution. You can make your own 20% salt solution by dissolving 2 pounds of salt per gallon of water. When using a 20% salt solution, soak your equipment for 3 minutes. A 5% solution can be made with 7 ounces of salt per gallon. When using a 5% salt solution, soak for 20 minutes. This does the same thing as putting salt on a slug. Bleach solutions can also be used, but it can ruin the fabric of waders so It's not recommended for this use.



A reminder that you need to have a valid fishing license from the State of Missouri to fish the streams. If you are in doubt if you need to have a license or not, please refer to the Missouri of Conservation Web site.  https://www.mo.wildlifelicense.com/start.php
In addition to your license, to fish in the Trout Parks you also need a daily tag.  To keep trout that you catch in the Niangua River you must possess a trout 'stamp'.
The daily limit is four, no matter where you catch them.  When the fourth fish is put on your stringer, you are finished fishing for the day.  You may have in your possession eight fish total - keep the daily tag with them according to the Missouri State fishing regulations.  Always refer to the Conservation website or ask a Conservation agent if you have questions.



Fishing Times
March from 6:30 to 6:00 ( (7;30  to 7:00 pm after March 8, daylight savings time)
April from 7:00 to 7:30/
May from 6:30 to 8:15
June/July from 6:30 to 8:30
August from 7:00 to 8:00
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30




Calendar of Events

February 28th - Chili/Soup Supper at Bennett Spring Church of God on 64A Highway in Bennett Spring Park. All are welcome.  There is a suggested donation of $5.  Chili or soup, crackers, dessert, tea, lemonade or coffee.  For more information call 532-7531.
March 1st - All you can eat pancake breakfast.  7 to 10 am.  A $5 donation supports the Bennett Spring Fire Protection District, an all volunteer group that consists of first responders and fire fighters.  The firehouse is located at 11626  highway 64. The event is being catered by Chris Cakes of St. Louis.  All the pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice that you want.
June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend
June 6th and 7th - June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest.
This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation.  There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
August 25th & 26th - moss cutting
September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting
October 20th and 21st - moss cutting
October 31st - end of regular fishing season
November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16
February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Weather Forecast

Sunday: Scattered flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. North wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Thursday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.



Water Conditions
The water is very low, very clear and slow.

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
February 20, 2015
minimum 80 in 1936
Current level is 75
25th percentile is 119
Median is 176
Mean is 191
75th percentile is 240
Max was 488 in 1988

Niangua River:

February 20, 2015
Gage House reading is 1.77
Today's reading is 64
minimum was 52 in 1976
25th percentile is 127
Median is 213
Mean is 253
75th percentile is 366
Max was 734 in 2008



Quote of the Week

The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.

Author:  Robert Traver

Thanks for reading!





Thursday, January 15, 2015

First report 2015

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring

January 15, 2015

How's Fishing?
We have had some great reports from the anglers we have talked with.  Of course, it is catch and release for the trout park this time of year.  Typically we are hearing of catches of about ten per hour.  These are, of course, experienced anglers, and, as they say, results may vary.  Suggested flies would be a pale morning dun or a black caddis, size 18.  A small renegade would also be a good choice for this time of year.
There have also been quite a few people picking up trout stamps to fish the Niangua.  If you like to keep a few fish to eat, this is a good choice.



Fishing Times

 The beginning of Catch and Release season began on November 14, 2014. It runs until February 9, 2015. Fishing is permitted from 8 am to 4 pm every weekend on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

If you would like to keep a few - (4 or less per day, 8 in possession) you may buy a trout stamp and fish in the rivers of Missouri such as the Niangua. An easy way to buy this license is to use the website to buy and print one.

Thanks to fellow angler Paul Hardin for providing the easy link.
https://www.mo.wildlifelicense.com/start.php



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:
For January 15, 2015
Gage house level is 1.85 feet

Discharge levels are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 1974 - 73
today - 88
25th percentile is 97
Median is 128
Mean is 169
75th percentile is 174
Max was 662 in 1937

Niangua River:

January 15, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.03
Discharge levels are measured in Cubic Feet per Second (CFS)
minimum was 56 in 2013
25th percentile is 72
today's reading is 91
Median is 115
Mean is 247
75th percentile is 232
Max was 1390 in 1995



Lunker club - Caught after the report was sent, on the last day of the regular season.

10-31-14
Stacy Long
Ottumwa Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a brown nymph in zone 2



Weather Forecast 
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 54. Wind chill values as low as 24 early. Southwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. South wind 7 to 9 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56. South wind 9 to 14 mph.

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

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 51.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30.

M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.



In Memory

The following is an email that I received from Weldonna Shetron, Vee's daughter.
Vaviel “Vee” Suits was a 40 year resident of the Bennett Spring area. She first came to Bennett with the love of her life, Bill McEwen, back in 1968, to try her hand at fishing the stream. That was the beginning of a wonderful, friend-filled journey. For many years, Vee was known as “The Fisher Woman” at Bennett. People would come to watch her fish, and she would teach those who wanted to learn.

For over 25 years, the home that she and Bill shared at Weaver’s Campground was filled with life. People would come to view their beautiful home, and be awed by flowers blooming everywhere during spring and summer…every holiday marked with lavish decorations inside and out.

Sadly, in 1996, Vee’s beloved Bill went Home, and she was never the same after. She remained a wonderful hostess and friend to so many in the area--but grieved for Bill until the day she passed.

Vee busied herself with her church work…taking on more and more responsibilities as opportunities were presented. She recorded a CD of her own gospel works, “From My Heart To Yours”, and gave it freely to anyone and everyone. The music from this CD has gone from coast to coast, and is still being played on the air and in churches. She was always available to solo at her church, and also for revivals, other churches, and events anywhere--whenever she could. She was happy to serve for several years as a representative for her church, Lebanon Church of the Nazarene, at District Assemblies in the Joplin area. And anyone-young to old-could come to Vee for advice, and cookies, cake and coffee, if they had the time!

Vee continued to travel, but not always alone. One or another of her wealth of friends often went with her on her travels, especially Wade and Eva Earls. Eva would become one of Vee’s very best friends.

In 2007, Vee’s daughter and son-in-law, Donnie and Jim, and her granddaughter, Katrina, and grandson, William, gave her an 80th birthday surprise party at her church. Friends old and new, from all over the country, came…and her remaining brother and sister. It was a joyous occasion; over 300 people came to visit and celebrate with her that day. Things were going well with Vee, and it was hoped that she’d just go on forever.

On November 24, 2010, William Jameson Shetron, Vee’s grandson, passed away unexpectedly of complications from Crohn’s. Her health continued to decline after this, limiting her ability to travel, or even go into town.

On June 26, 2014, Vee was diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer while at the emergency center at St. John’s in Springfield. Her pain was finally more than she could handle. On July 3 she was placed on Hospice care. Vee’s friends and family rallied around her, especially many at Weaver's, like Lois Schremp, Don & Marge Moor, and many others. Friends from church and town did, too. They sat with Vee, and prayed with her, brought her food and tokens of love. Her church even held a Wednesday evening service in her home. On August 6, Vee was placed in Christian Health Care South. She was given only a day or two to last. But she had a different idea. Vee waited until everyone who could had a chance to come for one last visit, one final prayer, and say one last farewell on this Side.

Vee went Home around 3a.m. on Friday, August 15. Her daughter and granddaughter were with her. She passed quietly and peacefully from her amazing, full life here on earth, to a far more wondrous life, reunited with loved ones who'd gone before, in Heaven. Vee was in love with the Bennett area, and its people, from the first. A part of her will always remain here…her little Heaven on earth.



Quote of the Week

A trout angler should always be asking questions, even in reading a book. The mistake of many is to blindly accept the opinions and writings of others. There is a tendency to become too stereo-typed in methods and approach. This tendency is encouraged by writers who lay down hard and fast rules.

Author:  Tony Orman

Published:  Trout on a Nymph

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Saturday, November 8, 2014



November 12, 2014

How's Fishing?
The beginning of Catch and Release season begins on November 14, 2014 (Friday).  It runs until February 9, 2015. Fishing is permitted from 8am to 4pm every weekend on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

If you would like to keep a few - (4 or less per day, 8 in possession) you may buy a trout stamp and fish in the rivers of MIssouri such as the Niangua.  An easy way to buy this license is to use the website to buy and print one.

 Thanks to fellow  angler Paul Hardin for providing the easy link.
https://www.mo.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

The hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell, has provided the tag sales for the year. If you need to contact him he can be reached at :
Bennett Spring Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
phone 417-532-4418
fax 417-532-5507
cell 417-718-3000
email: Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov

Year    Adult  tags         Kids tags       Total        Fish Stocked         Fish/Tag
2014    13,047               1,324          14,371           31,715              2.21
2013    12,742               1,221          13,963           31,800              2.28

Year          tag  sales
2014           133,260
2013           127,474
Total differences 5,786

Water Conditions
Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.83 feet
November 8, 2014
minimum was in 1938 - 66
today - 86
25th percentile is 93
Median is 115
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 150
Max was 504 in 1985

Niangua River
October 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.85
minimum was26 in 2008
25th percentile is 23
today's reading is 53
Median is 77
Mean is 515
75th percentile is 261
Max was 4930 in  1997





                                                                                Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
Friday Night: Occasional flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Saturday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 37.



Quote of the Week

Fish in the water represent pure potential. If the water is not clear, we do not know if they exist at all. To get them to bite something connected to a line and pull them into our world is managing a birth that brings these creatures from the realm of mysytery into the world of reality. It is a kind of creation.


Author:
Howell Raines

Published:
A Meditation on the Midlife Crisis



Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How's Fishing?



The weather this year has been simply perfect and this fall is no exception.  There is only one more weekend in the regular season.  I hope you are able to join us for one more golden fishing trip.




What's Working at Bennett
From the fly box

Blue holographic crackleback has been super
ginger or golden olive crackleback
red or black zebra midge
red WD40
green RGN

Zone 1 & 2

jimi hendrix tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
Marabou - white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
white floss
Peacock mini jig
Kapok

Zone 3

Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait



Lunker Club

10-15-14
Jeff Mattes from Jacksonville, IL
3-1/8 pounds on a peacock herl jig in zone 1

10-18-14
Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp
House Springs, MO
2 pounds on a tri color glo ball in zone 2



10-19-14
Greg Hink from Gardner, Kansas
3.21 pounds on a #18 fleatermaous in zone 2

10-20-14
Bruce Baird from Bluford, IL
2 pounds 8 ounces on a kapok jig in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.83 feet
October 22, 2014
minimum was in 1938 - 75
25th percentile is 92
today - 86
Median is 113
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 143
Max was 390 in 1984



Niangua River:
October 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.81
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
todays reading is 52
Median is 53
Mean is 86
75th percentile is 131
Max was 484 in 2010



Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Wind chill values as low as 49 early. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.



Quote of the Week

The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.
Author:  John Gierach
Published:
Fly-fishing the High Country

Thanks for reading!
Lucy