Friday, April 29, 2016

April 25, 2016



How's Fishing?

At Bennett it has been, and continues to be, a very mild spring. As I am writing this, there are storms to the north and south of us. We could use some rain in this area, it's very dry.  The stream reflects this as it is very low and clear for this time of year.  There has been quite a few anglers fishing top water using renegades, double trouble, or pale morning dun.
 The biggest action has been on the very ugly little possum fur roach.  It can be used on fly rod or spin.   Put it two and a half to three feet under an indicator.  Fish it right off the bottom, let it tumble along.  Our friends from Kansas, Mike and Keith, were having a friendly competition using the ugly bug and both pulling in over forty in an afternoon. (They always catch-and-release, of course.)  Keith graciously admitted that Mike has out-fished him since they were kids, but we are pretty sure Keith does a little better than just okay himself.
This coming weekend, the first Saturday in May, is kids fishing day.  There are tons of activities and fun for all.  In addition to the great events the Missouri Department of Conservation and Bennett Spring Park Hatchery has planned, there will be 110 poles given away in a random drawing.   Larry Murphy is donating these in memory of his father. (A link for more information is: http://www.lebanondailyrecord.com/news/local/article_6ee03902-0808-11e6-9925-57ae039265db.html  )
Tents will be set up in zone 2 for these events.  Adults can help kids with their lines, etc. but are not allowed to fish in this area themselves during the event.  Zone 1 and Zone 3 are both open to all.



Fishing Times

April           7:00 a.m.                  -   7:30 p.m.
May           6:30 a.m.                   -   8:15 p.m.
June/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?

Fly box

Pale morning dun
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Chartreuse mega worm- new color at Weaver's Our tier swears by it.  If you try it, let me know how it does!
Walt's worm - 2 feet drift, under an indicator
Peacock Crackleback
Copper hot shots
Possum hair roach
Gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2

john deere mini jig
white, gingersnap, black & yellow marabou
bumble bee, or brown glitter rooster tail
glo ball - original tri color
brassie - red or pink
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3

orange egg - power bait.
minnows or worms

Water Conditions

April 29, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 88 in 1981
25th percentile is 160
current level is 115
Median is 217
Mean is 289
75th percentile is 289
Max was 2240 in 1983

April 29, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.34 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 122 in 2015
Today's reading is 168
25th percentile is 199
Median is 401
Mean is 1240
75th percentile is 1350
Max was 6930 in 1996



Lunker Club

4-20-16

Scott Taylor from Waynesville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

4-23-16
Joel Rivard from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

4-24-16
Nate Atkins from Savannah, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait egg in zone 3

Jake Guthrie from St. Clair,MO
2 pounds on a peacock crackleback in zone 2


Calendar of Events

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Bennett Spring for Kids- more details to follow.
See link above for more info.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Weather Forecast

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.



Quote of the Week
I got 99 problems and fish'n solves all of 'em
Author:  Earl Dibbles Jr.

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Monday, April 18, 2016



Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report 
April 18, 2016




Springtime in Missouri.  I believe that all weathermen should do their internship in Missouri so that they can get used to being wrong.  The weather changes so quickly and there are a lot of days where you wear a coat in the morning and shorts in the afternoon. The rain that was forecast for today did not materialize.  As the week goes on, we may get some rain, but nothing like what was originally forecast.  The weekend should be sunny, in the mid 70's and just about perfect.
The fish have not been hitting well this weekend and the question has been, " why not?"   One maybe not so obvious answer:  the weather.  So what part does this play?  Not being a meteorologist myself, I turned to someone more knowledgeable than myself.
The following is from an on-line class by Jerry Maslar which I pulled up from the Trout Pro website.  Some of you know all of this, of course, so, if you do, please scroll down.

The effects of weather on trout fishing:

Sunshine vs. Overcast
Both trout and aquatic insects tend to be more active in low light, and cloudy conditions spread these light conditions over a longer part of the day. This behavior reflects one of the most basic generalizations about weather and that is that clouds are an angler's best friend. Both trout and aquatic insects tend to be more active in low light, and cloudy conditions spread these light conditions over a longer part of the day. The fish are afforded better protection from aerial predators in low light, making them feed more confidently in the clear waters of a trout stream or tailwaters. In addition, the eyes of trout are capable of relatively rapid adjustment to changes in light intensity, so they have an advantage over their prey in low light. (For a very informative account of the senses of gamefish, see Through the Fish's Eye by Mark Sosin & John Clark.)

The timing and density of hatches also favors the angler on overcast days. On warm, bright days, hatch activity usually starts earlier in the day but will be shorter in duration, often producing brief but very intense activity. Conversely, on cloudy days, hatches show a later onset, but will produce steady numbers of bugs for a longer period of time. This information is key for an angler planning the day's tactics based on weather conditions.

Longer hatches give the angler a better opportunity to make some mistakes and still have a chance to catch a good number of fish. During very intense hatches, the angler sometimes struggles to get his fly noticed among a raft of naturals. The time taken to change flies or untangle a leader may also burn up a large portion of the trout's feeding activity. The wings of mayfly duns dry more slowly in the cooler air temperatures and higher humidity of an overcast day. The result is an emerging insect that stays on the water longer, making them more vulnerable to the fish — this often allows the angler to switch to more visible dun patterns, rather than relying on emergers through most of the hatch.

The one advantage to bright conditions is that it makes spotting fish below the surface much easier. Of course, in many cases, hatches will be heavy enough on cloudy days that spotting fish will be no more difficult than looking for rise forms.

Rain and Snow
Precipitation can have a positive effect both on hatch activity and the fish's willingness to feed. A number of reasons can be given for this. One obvious reason is that rain or snow comes on days with overcast skies. The mixing action of rain hitting the water's surface also oxygenates the water, which may raise the activity level of the fish. Rain can also moderate extreme water temperatures, warming cold flows early and late in the season, while an afternoon thundershower can cool warm flows in mid-summer.

Often times the best hatch activity and fishing is not during the precipitation itself, but immediately after it. The high humidity associated with precipitation is also conducive to hatch activity and fishing success for the reasons noted above.

Wind
Of all of the vagaries of weather, wind is probably the one most dreaded by anglers. In a game that places a premium on casting accuracy and spotting the quarry, wind can create serious problems. All the same, wind is an almost constant companion to the fly fisher, so strategies for dealing with windy conditions are an important part of angling tactics.

The first problem with wind is that for most anglers even a light breeze destroys casting accuracy. This is a particular problem in spring creek and tailwater situations because placement of the fly in a narrow feeding lane is crucial to success. A further complication is the fact that drag may be caused not only by current acting on the leader and fly, but also by wind pushing the fly and tippet across these currents.

Wind can also indicate other weather changes that have adverse effects on fishing. Summer afternoon winds caused by temperature gradients can be annoying, but the fish are still willing to eat in these conditions if the angler can get the fly to the target. Winds caused by large scale barometric pressure changes as a storm front moves in can put a complete damper on the feeding activity of the fish.

Wind also diminishes hatch activity, although it is not clear whether the insects are reacting to changes in air pressure or sudden changes in light intensity (from wind chop on the surface of the water). It is not unusual to see the start of a good hatch and then watch the activity dissipate as the wind picks up. Similarly, evening falls of mayfly spinners are dependent on gradient winds dropping in the evening to allow the bugs enough mobility to form a mating swarm — if the wind stays up, the spinner fall just won't happen.

If there is decent hatch activity in the wind, the fish grow accustomed to the hatching insects skittering across the surface, movement that is mimicked by the drag of a less than perfect drift. In extremely flat water, a breeze can produce a riffle where one didn't exist before. The broken surface of the water in wind chop prevents the fish from getting a good a look at the fly or its drift, and although fish are harder to spot in these conditions, and it is also harder for the fish to spot the angler The fish also recognize that hatching bugs in these conditions are often ripped away from them quickly, so they may become more aggressive in their feeding habits, slashing at the insects (and your artificial fly) before it can get away.

Casting and Presentation in the Wind
Accuracy is at a premium, get as close as possible and let the wind hide your approach. Try to drive the forward cast low and allow the loop to unroll just above the target. Driving the forward cast too high puts the loop into a zone with more wind and also gives the wind more time to act on the cast before it can drop the fly to the target.

If the wind is blowing directly upstream, don't try to present the fly downstream with a reach cast. You may be able to make the reach with the line and butt of the leader, but the wind will invariably kick the tippet and fly back upstream, leaving a downstream belly in the tippet that will cause drag on every drift. With upstream wind, rely on a traditional upstream cast, and hope that surface chop will hide small amounts of drag that come with this style of presentation.

If the wind is blowing downstream, you may be able to make a reach cast by simply holding the line out in the wind (on a slight upstream angle) and hovering the fly slightly above the target. Drop the rod tip quickly to put the line, leader, and fly on the fish's feeding lane, and then reach downstream to allow the fly to drift naturally.

Barometer
Barometric pressure has a complicated interrelationship with other the weather factors we have discussed so far. However, most fishermen will agree that rapidly changing barometric pressure is usually a problem, but a steady or slow change in barometric pressure provides good fishing.  On days when small fronts are all over the weather map, gusty winds change direction constantly, scudding the clouds preclude either good spotting light or steady overcast, and a changing barometer seems to keep both bugs and fish at minimal levels of activity.



Fishing Times

April       7:00 a.m.                   -   7:30 p.m.
May         6:30 a.m.                     -   8:15 p.m.
June/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?
Fly box
pale evening dun
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Walt's worm - 2 feet drift, under an indicator
RGN's and zebra midges
Copper hot shots
possum hair roach
gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2
woolie with spinner, brown or black/brown
john deere or bedspread mini jig
gingersnap, ginger marabou
bumble bee, brown, or black glitter rooster tail
glo ball - original tri color, jimi hendrix, pink or salmon with red dot
brassie - red or pink
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3
orange xtra scent power bait.
salmon peach or white power bait
minnows or worms

Water Conditions 
April 18, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1981
25th percentile is 141
current level is 132
Median is 232
Mean is 260
75th percentile is 332
Max was 1310 in 1994

April 18, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.12 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 92 in 2014
Today's reading is 132
25th percentile is 204
Median is 391
Mean is 408
75th percentile is 540
Max was 1890 in 2013



Lunker Club
4-13-16
Joshua Marcus from Lake Ozark, Mo
2-1/2  pounds on a pink & white mega worm in zone 2

Tressa Reagan from Lebanon, MO
3-1/2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

4-14-16
Tim Doyle from St. Louis, MO
5 pounds on a black & gold marabou with a red collar

4-15-16
Bernard Crews from Ballwin, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 2

Scott Mogelnicki from Florissant, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

4-16-16
Chris Musk from Belleville, IL (age 12)
2-1/2 pounds (c&r) on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Kevin Bolen from Rantoul, KS
2 pounds+ (c&r) on a pink globall in zone 1

4-17-16
Natalie Dixon from Fayette, MO
2-1/2 pounds on glitter orange power bait in zone 3

Bill Moeller from Fenton, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

4-18-16
Nick Garvey from Brookfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. SW wind 7 to 9 mph.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.



Quote of the Week
This one is for my son, Matthew. An average fisherman, perhaps,  but an extraordinary father.

It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
Author::  John Sinor

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April 14, 2016

How's Fishing?



It's truly a beautiful time of year to fish at Bennett.  The entire weekend is forecast to be 70 and sunny.   We are in between Spring Breaks and Summer break so the stream is less crowded, and those that are here are generally the anglers who come for relaxation.
Even after the rains that we had over the weekend, the water in the spring branch continues to be low and slow, especially for the time of year.  It's very clear.  There is some moss floating occasionally, but the Christmas flood scoured the bottom of the stream so there are a lot more sandy areas and a lot less grass.  Be aware of your footing, rocks that you may have been used to stepping on are no longer there and holes you knew may or may not be there.
As far as dredging the stream, we understand that this will happen, but not until after the season is over when it will be safe for everyone.  This may require a bit of patience on everyone's part, but really the best call.
There is some top water action taking place more frequently.  Black caddis, pale evening dun and stoneflies are all good choices.  If you choose some ripply water, give a soft hackle a try.  I have reports of very good action on these fished by the hatchery outlet.   Small nymphs such as the RGN's are excellent choices if you choose to fish deeper.
For those on a spin rod, rooster tails and spinners have been doing very well.  A brown sparkle, black, or bumble bee pattern have all been good at different times of day.   I found the following article that I hope you find interesting about fishing this particular kind of lure.



Written by huntnfish and published on HubPages

How to Catch Trout with Spinners
Spinner fishing for trout has always been a favorite of mine. When used properly they can be used to catch all sorts of different species. Of course, the tactics for one fish are not the same as for the next. In this lesson, I will concentrate specifically on the tactics I employ for trout. Many of these tips however are good to keep in mind whenever fishing with spinners.
So read up, take some notes, and start catching more trout on spinners!
While it might seem silly to go to a lake or stream and repeatedly cast your favorite spinner to the exact same spot, I'm sure many of you are guilty of this at least a couple times, I know I am. Often this happens if I am having a conversation or distracted for some other reason. In general, this is a bad plan. Sure you might get lucky and that trout "honey hole" happens to be right in front of you, but often its not.
Fan casting refers to covering more water with your lure. Visualize the water in front of you as a clock. Don't just cast to 12 o'clock, instead cast from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock. Cover all water within your casting radius.
Sometimes I wonder if this tactic isn't one of the causes of "beginners luck". Personally, I don't believe in it, so instead I try to figure out what causes it. Inexperienced anglers often times have little control over where their lure goes. The result is them fishing randomly in many different direction. If even by accident, they are fan casting. Who knows, maybe I'm crazy.
Countdown
Another mistake I notice a lot of anglers make is that they begin to reel in the spinner as soon as it hits the water. If the trout are feeding near the surface, you'll be fine, but this is not always the case. If the trout are holding deeper in the water column, chances are it will be a very slow day.
The solution? Count your lure down. Depending on the shape and size of the spinner, a good rule is that it will sink 1' per second. After you make you cast, wait and count. This will give you an idea of how deep your lure is. I will usually reel in one on the surface, then down 2 counts, then 4, 6, 8 and so on. Eventually, you will know where the bottom is. This will help you focus on the entire water column.
Alright and now for some advice that might sound silly at first. I count out loud. I don't scream it, but loud enough so I can here myself. Why might you ask? Well if you catch a fish on an "8 count", wouldn't is make sense to countdown to 8 again? Of course! Sometimes though, in the heat of the battle with the trout, I will forget what number I was at. I find counting out loud helps me keep track of where I was. Maybe this wont be an issue for you. Just thought I'd throw it out there.
So there you have it, between fan casting and counting down your lure you will be covering much more of the water in front of you, and reaching more trout. You're already on your way to be a much more effective spinner fisherman!

Snap into Action!
Its called a spinner for a reason. If the blade isn't spinning, you're not trout fishing. You need to keep that blade moving. Often times, the blade on certain spinners will stick. The result? A wasted cast. How to solve this? Right when you start to retrieve the lure, give the lure a jerk with the rod. This isn't a hook set, just a nice short jerk. The tension on the line and the rush of water over the blade will get the blade to jump into action. I do this on practically every cast. It's just an easy way to ensure your lures effectiveness.
Trigger the Strike
Don't you love that feeling you get when a big trout follows your lure right up to your feet? The only thing better than that is having it strike. The truth is you probably have a lot more trout follow your lure than you ever realize. The idea is to convert as many "follows" into "hits" as possible. One way to do this is to twitch your rod tip towards your lure. The slack in the line causes the lure to pitch to the side and change pace. This often times can trigger a bite from a trailing trout. A word a caution- if you put too much slack in the line the blade may stop spinning altogether, killing the action, and any chance of catching that trout. So keep it subtle.
Cast Upstream
This is one that seems to get a lot of attention. When fishing in streams or rivers, cast initially upstream and let the lure swing around as you retrieve it. There are a few reasons for this. For one, trout must face upstream in order to fight the current. Additionally, almost all food will be drifting downstream, making this the natural presentation. So put it in the trout's face, cast upstream, reel downstream.
A second reason to cast upstream is to get your lure deeper. On downstream casts, the force of the current will cause your lure to rise up and skip along the surface. You lure never has a chance to get down to the fish. If however, you cast upstream, your lure will be able to sink deeper to where the fish might be holding.
Fish to Cover
Fish hold in cover: under logs, under banks, behind rocks, in trenches, and really any other structure on the river or lake bottom. So if the fish are there, so should your lure (assuming you're trying to catch fish). Now if you cast and drop the lure right on top of the cover, the fish will spook, and you're out of luck. Instead, cast well past the cover, then use your rod tip to guide the lure past the cover.
Additionally, if you trust your casting skills, and you don't mind losing a lure or two, look for the really tough cover. Gaps in weed beds, trees hanging into the water; the kind of cover most other fishermen avoid at all costs. Sure you might snag up, you might also get "the one".
Vary Your Retrieve Speed
Reel fast, reel slow, change it up. Depending on how aggressive the trout are feeling, one might work better than another. As a general rule, slower retrieve in cold water, faster in warm, but this is by no means set in stone. Just keep trying until you find what works.
Color Selection
Some people would swear that this is the most important part. I on the other hand concentrate more on presentation. That isn't to say I throw color selection to the wind, I simply believe that any color lure can be effective if fished properly. That being said, there are a couple things I try to keep in mind.
In stained or turbid water, you will need more flash. This means either sizing up spinners or switching to a shinier blade. In clear water, either size down lures or switch to a less reflective blade.
In cold water, fish seem to respond better to more flash, so bigger or shinier.
In warm water, fish respond better to less flash, so smaller or less shiny.
As far as reflectivity: Silver > Gold, after which comes copper, bronze, brass, nickel and a few others (I think in that order but I'm not sure, I stick to gold and silver mostly). The only reason I bring this up is that nickel and silver are difficult to differentiate between with the naked eye. This is troublesome because nickel is much less reflective. Many cheaper lure companies will replace silver with nickel to cut corners.
So what if its hot and clear, or cold and turbid, or hot and stained? This is where it gets confusing. Just try to make a good guess at it and give it a try, and if it doesn't work? Well that's the next point.

If They Aren't Hitting, Change It Up
The title says it all. Why fish with the same lure all day if the fish aren't hitting it? Try a different one. Now I don't want you to spend all day changing lures and not fishing, give each one a fair chance before switching again.
To make this easier, attach a snap swivel to the end of your line. This will prevent having to retie your knots constantly, and prevent line twist.
A quick note- don't be tempted to go cheap when buying swivels. Sometimes you can get away with it, but not here. Cheap swivels tend to bind under the line tension and not spin. Before you know it you might end up with a lapful of birdsnest. Instead, opt for a ball-bearing swivel. Ball-bearing swivels will still spin under all kinds of tension.
Conclusion
So that wraps up how to catch trout with spinners. If you take the time to employ these tips the next time you go out, I can almost assure you that you will catch more fish. Of course, some take some practice to master, but that's why its fun, we're always improving. So get out there, catch some trout, take some pictures, and let me know how you did! I love feedback.



Fishing Times
April         7:00 a.m.                   -   7:30 p.m.
May                6:30 a.m.                     -   8:15 p.m.
June/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?

pale evening dun
Adams
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
gray or white scud
sow bug
possum hair roach

Zone 1 or 2

john deere or gray deere
Black & red, yellow, shell & brown (aka shellB), ginger, or pink & white marabou
bumble bee, brown, or black glitter rooster tail
glo ball - original tri color, white, pink or salmon with red dot
brassie - red or pink
ghosts - (mini marabou jig) black & yellow, yellow with blood line
brown roach

Zone 3

salmon peach or white power bait
minnows or worms
power bait worm, natural



Water Conditions

April 12, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.01 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 129
current level is 148
Median is 207
Mean is 271
75th percentile is 309
Max was 1310 in 1994

April 12, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.83 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 102 in 2007

25th percentile is 131
Median is 275
Today's reading is 570
Mean is 1160
75th percentile is 1190
Max was 10500 in 1994


Lunkers

4-5-16
Roscoe Coons from St. Joseph, MO
3 pounds on a brown roach in zone 2

4-8-16
Tyler Foster from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Talon Stockhort from Higbee, MO (age 3-1/2)
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

4-9-16
Amy Perkins from Clark, MO
2 pounds on a pink brassie in zone 1


Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12:   Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st:  End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 65. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Wind chill values as low as 41 early. East wind 5 to 8 mph. .

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70



Quote of the Week

However angling may be classed by others, whether as a fool's pastime or as a wise man's recreation. I have always found great pleasure in recognizing what its indulgence costs me as so much saved from my doctor's bill.
Author:  George Dawson
Published:  The Pleasures of Angling


Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How's Fishing



The water at the spring continues to be very low and clear.  It may not as clear as the water is in August, but amazing for this time of year.  There has been some evening action on top water using a pale evening dun, size 18, black gnats, or, for those that tie their own, an adams-like lure with a bit of orange .  
For the rest of the day, scuds and nymphs are working well.
There have been a couple of conversations in our shop on the best methods for fishing the little sinking ones.  I checked around for some information on best methods for fishing scuds.   One thing I found was consistency in presentation.   Imitating the scud swimming pattern is a huge plus.  Scuds swim quickly but in very short bursts and in a random sideways direction.  The other piece of advice I noted was where to find them.  Because they are not great swimmers, they are going to be very close to the rocks that they live in.  Casting upstream and drifting down into the rough and rocky areas will give you your best chances.
The other thing I found interesting is the sunlight factor.  Scuds are most active when it is overcast, they don't like bright light.  The following is one of the articles I found on the subject.  My own comments are found in parentheses.

The following conversation I pulled from The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal brought to you by Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher in Cotter, Arkansas.

Question: What are the best ways to fish scuds and sowbugs? Depth, location of splitshot, any motion applied or just dead drift, etc. I would appreciate any hints. _ James
The Journal Answers: Scuds and Sowbugs are the staples of any White River fly box, alongside midges for one good reason. These food sources are always in the river and they always seem to work. But don’t worry about your question, you aren’t the first to ask in the past month.

So let’s start at the beginning. Turn any water-covered stone in the system and its a fair bet you’ll turn up one or the other. As you will see from the images below (I am including pictures)  Sowbugs (I believe he is referring to scuds at this point)  are deep bodied, kind of like little shrimp, though they aren’t a true freshwater shrimp. Colors can range from orange to tans, browns greys and olives

Sowbugs on the other hand are shaped more like those slaters, or roly-polys you find in the garden. A feature of these bugs is the darker center and almost translucent edges. Most of the sowbugs I've found tend to lean to subtle shades of gray, and olive.

Basically you can approach fishing either scuds or sowbugs as you would any other nymph pattern. Dead drift, with or without an indicator, works pretty well. This is a great approach on big fish too who find it hard to resist these tempting morsels.

But you do need to fish these flies down where they live, among the stones. Neither are regarded as Olympic class swimmers, though scuds can dart short distances, so they don’t roam far from the protection of home.  So if you aren’t catching fish on these patterns try going deeper before changing flies.

scud


sow bug


I generally run these flies in low water conditions, (just on habit) though you can fish these patterns on higher water levels. I tend to rely on the built-in weight in Davy’s Sowbugs or McClellans’ Hunchback Scuds and V-Rib Woven Sowbugs or Kaufmann’s Scuds, in slower water.

But in the faster shoals, I’ll start adding weight depending on water speed and depth. Generally I’ll set the shot 6″ to 8″ above the fly, trying to get the shot bouncing over the tops of the gravel or bedrock and the fly swimming slightly above the bottom.As I mentioned earlier I fish these dead-drift, either searching likely water or sightfishing to individual trout holding in a feeding lie. However, and in fly fishing there is always a however, I recall watching a Gary Borger video a couple of years back in which he advocated swinging scuds through the faster riffles of Yellowstone Valley spring creeks, mised with jerky little strips or twitches of the rod tip. To some this might have been heretical but the titbit stayed with me.

Last fall the Journal was messing around at Wildcat, sight fishing to a health brown and in exasperation at missed take let the scud swing downstream through the tailout of the pool. Of course the scud was hammered. Remembering Borger I tried again and it was the same result.

One day does’t make a rule, but it was enough of a indicator that I’m going to keep it in my bag of tricks.

I hope this helps you out.



Fishing Times

April    7:00 a.m   -   7:30 p.m.
May     6:30 a.m.  -   8:15 p.m.
June/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

Fly case
pale evening dun
Adams
Mega worm
brown or white scud
possum roach

Zone 1 or 2
john deere or gray deere
Black & gold, yellow, shell & brown (aka shelby), or olive marabou
bumble bee, brown, or black glitter rooster tail
glo ball - roe or salmon with red dot
brassie - white or copper
ghosts - (mini marabou jig) black & yellow, yellow with blood line
Rooster tail - fire tiger or bumblebee

Zone 3
salmon peach or white power bait worms
minnows or worms
florescent yellow power eggs
cotton candy trout magnet



Water Conditions

April 4, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.96 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
25th percentile is 132
current level is 136
Median is 193
Mean is 239
75th percentile is 274
Max was 562 in 1968

April 4, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.94 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 120 in 1995
Today's reading is a new low record for this date- 107
25th percentile is 166
Median is 319
Mean is 484
75th percentile is 628
Max was 1770 in 2015\


Lunker Club

3-29-16
William Beckmeyer from Hartsburg, MO
2-1/4 pounds onb an olive marabou in zone 2

3-30-16
Rich Hunt from Manchester, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Jeff Cunningham form Higbee, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow ghost

3-31-16
John Brant from Tipton, MO
5-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-2-16
Scott Schwarz from Topeka KS
2-1/4 pounds on a fire tiger roostertail in zone 1



Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 : Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm. A $5 donation is suggested.   Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12
Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time:   7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 58.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.



Quote of the Week

It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses, has it coming.
Author:  John Steinbeck

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, March 28, 2016

How's Fishing?


Fishing continues to be very good.  Still a good amount of lunkers left in the stream, as well as some that are smaller fish.  A group of browns self released during the Christmas time flood that are not legal size.  Remember that a brown needs to be 15 inches to be kept.  The water is very low for this time of year and fairly clear.  You have about three feet of very clear water before there is a stain to it.  Sometimes a bit of murk will help hide the little mistakes we make and make fishing even better.
Also, it has been mentioned to us a couple of times that the fishing is what can be called 'spotty'.  If you aren't catching fish in a spot, move.  Your luck could improve greatly.



What's Working?
Fly case
Walt's Worm
Mega worm
gray scud
possum roach

Zone 1 or 2
white floss jig
john deere or gray deere
Black & gold, gingersnap, shell & brown, brown, or pink marabou
gray deere
bumble bee, brown, or skunk rooster tail
glo ball - brown, easter egg, white, red & white, or salmon with red dot
brassie - red or red & white

Zone 3
Orange power bait worms
minnows or worms



Water Conditions

March 28, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 139
current level is 139
Median is 211
Mean is 225
75th percentile is 268
Max was 562 in 1975



March 28, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.99 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 59 in 1996
Today's reading is 114
25th percentile is 192
Median is 383
Mean is 431
75th percentile is 641
Max was 961 in 2010



Fishing Times

March
7:30 a.m.                  -   7:00 p.m.

April
7:00 a.m.                  -   7:30 p.m.

May
6:30 a.m.                    -   8:15 p.m.

June/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.


Lunker Club

3-23-26
Grant Kilgore from Green Castle, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a john deer mini jig in zone 2

3-24-16
Eric Giebelhausen from Jacksonville, IL
2-3/4 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

Grant Gravis from Kearney, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & silver rooster tail in the Niangua River

3-26-16
Blake Rutherford from Pleasant HIll, MO
3 pounds on a blue crackleback in zone 1


Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 :  Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm.  A $5 donation is suggested,
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71.



Quote of the Week

In this ever changing world, there are few things that have remained constant for me. The chance of hooking a nice trout still excites and thrills me to this day....just as it did when I was a kid. I like that!

Author  M A Bookout

Thank you for reading,
Lucy


Monday, March 14, 2016


How's Fishing?


Fishing continues to be excellent. The huge rains that hit Springfield to the South of us and areas North did not affect the Spring or the Niangua.  The water is amazingly clear for this time of year.
 Lots of lunkers brought up to our store. Tensions melting away and smiles all around.  Everyone is just so glad to be able to be back at Bennett with a line in the water.  The weather this week will be unseasonably warm, but probably a little cooler for the weekend.  Rain, as is normal for this time of year, will be an off and on event.
Fishing deeper - two feet or more - seems to be working better than anything on top water.  Something like a stone fly nymph or a RGN would be good choices for the fly rods.



What's Working?
Fly case
Bennett blue or red crackleback
Copper Hot shot, tabacco or dark brown
Mega worm
RGN - golden olive
Stonefly nymph

Zone 1 or 2
white floss
john deere
Black & gold, gingersnap, shell & brown, black & white, or pink marabou
gray deere
bumble bee, brown, or skunk rooster tail
glo ball - easter egg

Zone 3
Salmon egg, yellow, or garlic dough bait
Shrimp flavored salmon eggs


Water Conditions

March 14, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.16 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
current level is 185
Median is 184
Mean is 256
75th percentile is 295
Max was 900 in 1975

March 14, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.88 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 42 in 1996
Today's reading is 278
25th percentile is 106
Median is 274
Mean is 496
75th percentile is 535
Max was 3080 in 2011



Fishing Times
March              7:30 a.m.     7:00 p.m.
April                7:00 a.m.     7:30 p.m.
May                6:30 a.m.      8:15 p.m.
June/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.


Lunker Club

3-6-16
Drew Sanders (age 12) from Glascoe, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2 and
2.2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

3-8-16
Joe Davies from Bellville, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

3-9-16
Devin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a Black & white marabou in zone 1

3-12-16
Brad Frazee from Lee Summit, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & gold Marabou in zone 2

Emanuel Welsh from Camdenton, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & gold Marabou in zone1

Brad Reeves from Lebanon, MO
3-3/8 pounds on a brown Rooster tail in zone 1

Billy Barclay from Buffalo, MO
3 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Josh Ard from O'Fallon MO
2-3/4 pounds on easter egg glo ball in zone 1

Cathy Jones from St. Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gray deere in zone 1

3-13-16
Tracy Parker from Jefferson City, MO
5-3/4 pounds on a skunk rooster tail in Zone 1

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Cora Silvestre from Lebanon, MO
3-1/3 on yellow power bait in zone 3

Curtis Allred from Lone Jack, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

3-14-16
Drew Sanders (age 12) from Glascoe, MO
2.2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Mike Udell from Buffalo, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a green wooly worm in zone 2 (catch & release)

Tom Soltysiak from Columbia, IL
4 pounds on a tan glo ball with roe dot

Calendar of Events
March 23rd & 24th: Moss Cutting
April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting
May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids more details to follow
May 24th & 25th: Moss Cutting
June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 62..
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
Saturday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 62.



Quote of the Week

Fishing adds years to your life, and life to your years.
Author:  Homer Circle

Thanks for reading!  Lucy