Tuesday, June 20, 2017


June 24th, 2017

courtesy of Jason Krone

How's Fishing?

Although water conditions are not optimal, fishing continues to be really good.  There have been large numbers of fish caught and released as well as nice stringers.  The water is murky but not running fast or deep.  Typically the fish that we have seen on stringers weighing in at a pound to a pound and a half.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
crane flys
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bennett blue crackleback, green crackleback
zebra midge

Zone 1 & 2
white floss
white jig
Tinsel Jigs
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , red & black, white, gingersnap, olive & brown, ginger, orange & white, yellow & white, and, of course, black & yellow
white sparkle grub
Rooster tails - brown sparkle, bumble bee, black

Zone 3
trout nuggets
power bait: white, yellow, salmon peach, florescent orange
Orange Worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.25
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77 in 1982
25th percentile is 127
Median is 160
Mean is 220
75th percentile is 232
current level is 202
Max was 1240 in 1981

Photo courtesy of Jason Krone

June 12, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.66 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 70.1 in 2014
25th percentile is 118
Today's reading is 143
Median is 284
Mean is 609
75th percentile is 463
record high max was 5350 in 2015



Fishing Times

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

6-14-17
Brad Long from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Norman Valle from DeSoto MO
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

6-15-17

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a black &  yellow marabou in zone 1

Ben Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a white floss in zone 2

6-16-17
Darrin Woodall from Concordia, MO
2 pounds on a white fly in zone 1

Joshua Balsley from Licking, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a glitter jig in zone 1

6-17-17

Lin Miles from Rolla, MO
3 pounds on a tinsel jig in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jack Kaeshoefer from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Miles Drummond from columbia, MO
2 pounds on a orange & white marabou in zone 2

Grant Hollister from Blue Springs, MO
3 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 1

Dalton Kaeshoefer from St. Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



6-18-17

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2.8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ian Daly from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a yellow & white marabou in zone 2

Ian Daly from St. Charles, MO
2.4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Jim Gallaher from Wildwood, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Nick Dierking from Marthasville, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

David Hendricks from Jay, OK
3 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 2

Will Falkoner from Lake Ozark, MO
4 pounds on a white floss jig in zone 2

Anthony Vaccaro from Winfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

6-19-17

Bryce Krone from Bonner Springs, KS
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Jason Krone from Bonner Springs, KS
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Ron Walker from Mesquite, TX
2-1/2 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1

Jonathon Bain from Houston, TX
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

6-20-17

Dan Krone from Apollo Beach, FL
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

Friday, June 23rd
                8 pm Owl Prowl – Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.  After watching a video we will hike in their night time habitat.  Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and                   bring a flashlight.

Saturday, June 24th      
                10 am - noon Missouri Fish – Today is National Catfish Day
Arts & Crafts in the Nature Center Classroom
                 2 pm Aquatic Walk – Meet at Natural Tunnel Trail Head above the head of the Bennett                          Spring.  Discover creatures living while getting your feet wet!.

Sunday, June 25th
                 2 pm Bennett Spring Bats – A presentation on current research will be presented.                                  Specimens for viewing but none are alive.  Learn more about bat habitat and  White Nose                             Syndrome.

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Friday  -  June 30
                  8 pm   Beavers – Nature’s Best Engineers.
                  Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.

Saturday – July 1st
                  10 am     Hatchery Tour – A guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery.
                   Meet at the newest hatchery building.
                  12-4pm   Frogs and Toads – What’s the difference?  Stop by the Nature Center Classroom                    to find out.
                   6 pm Nature Bingo!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on near the
   playground area across from the park store.
                    8 pm Spider Sniff – Meet at the Nature Center.  Wear appropriate clothing and Footwear.                          Bring a flashlight.

Sunday - July 2nd
                2 pm Spring Ladies – An entertaining historic preservation program in the  Nature Center Classroom.  Journey back in time to hear the stories of three women                     who found life, hope and home near Bennett Spring.  Three centuries will be presented in historic accurate clothing and Mike Pace will play the Mountain Dulcimer                       between stories.

Monday - July 3rd
                 2 pm Explosive Art at the Nature Center

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Quote of the Week

I've always been of two minds about fly-fishing. On the one hand, here's a guy standing in cold water up to his liver throwing the world's most expensive clothesline at trees. A full two-thirds of his time is spent untangling stuff, which he could be doing in the comfort of his own home with old shoelaces, if he wanted. The whole business costs like sin and requires heavier clothing. Furthermore, it's conducted in the middle of black fly season. Cast and swat. Cast and swat. fly-fishing may be a sport invented by insects with fly fishermen as bait. And what does the truly sophisticated dry-fly fisherman do when he finally bags a fish? He lets the fool thing go and eats baloney sandwiches instead. On the other hand, I wouldn't be completely happy doing any other kind of fishing.
Author:  P.J. O'Rourk, fly-fishing Primer
 Published:  Seasons of the Angler

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017



How's Fishing

The fishing this weekend was amazing,  There were good stringers as well as large numbers for catch and release.  Monday the fishing has been a little tougher for some reason. It may be the full moon, change in weather, or smarter fish!
 A couple of successful lures are the gingersnap marabou and olive crackleback or RGN.  Renegades have started working, also.
Good sized fish can be found in every zone.



Of Interest
The following is an e-mail sent out by Ben Havens, hatchery manager.

BENNETT SPRING HATCHERY HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY 2017

Tag Sales
For the month of May we sold 14,592 tags. Tag sales were down due to the highly unpredictable weather and very poor water clarity we had throughout the month. We received over 10 inches of rain for the month. We are down 16% over last May and 12.5% from last year this time. However, we are only about 5% below the 5-year avg. (44,509 tags) for Year to Date tag sales. Hopefully, things will settle down soon!  We had our busiest day of the year so far with 1,455 tags sold on the Sunday of Memorial day weekend.

Fish Production
Poor water quality has remained a problem. May was a very wet month and this kept the spring branch off color for most of the time. Due to the poor water quality, we had and continue to have issues with small chronic disease outbreaks. Staff remain on top of the situation and trying to stay a step ahead of it.  Outside production continues to do well, most of our lots for 2017 stocking are of good size and ate staged for stocking. We have surplus fish if needed somewhere in the Coldwater hatchery  system and space available to take fish for holdover if needed. The feed room is full.

Fish Stockings
We completed the following stockings this month.

Trout Park -                        26,720 fish
Niangua River TMA –         900 fish
Total Stocked     -              27,620 fish

Spring Flow
We started the month at 1,190 cfs (769 mgd) during the height of a flood and in flood stage. We ended the month at 283 cfs (183 mgd) and remain above normal flow. We gained over 10” of rain throughout the month however it came slowly and spread out.  The spring branch has been above normal all month long.



Fish Hauls
We had no fish hauls in or out of the hatchery for the month of May.

Bennett Spring Access Maintenance
Staff cleaned and prepared area for increased use now that floating season is upon here. The privies were pumped and trash removed.  The parking lot sustained quite a bit of damage during the flood rises. D&D staff has made repairs and it is looking much better.

Hatchery Maintenance
Staff has used their time cleaning on the area, mowing our site and repairing stocking points. We have painted curbs, railings, and other infrastructure. Repairs were made to the wader wash station due to damage during flooding. We added rock to several access roads on the hatchery grounds that were washed out with the heavy rains we received over the month.

Outreach
We had twelve scheduled hatchery tours this month for over 904 people.  We held a stream team cleanup on May 13th. It was attended by over 25 people. We picked up a fair amount of trash and everyone had a good time.  Our next big event will be Kid’s Free fishing day on June 10th.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
chartreuse or gray mop fly
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bead head crackleback, golden olive crackleback

Zone 1 & 2
glo balls -  white with pink dot, white
white floss with red head
peach floss
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , peach, gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, and, of course, black & yellow
bedspread - fished deep
Rooster tails - brown sparkle, bumble bee, brown

Zone 3
power bait: sherbet, yellow, salmon peach,
salmon eggs
Orange Worms



Water Conditions

June 12, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.32
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1977
25th percentile is 129
Median is 189
Mean is 207
75th percentile is 253
current level is 222
Max was 499 in 1995

June 12, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.67 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 52 in 2016
25th percentile is 128
Today's reading is 145
Median is 307
Mean is 572
75th percentile is 666
record high max was 2210 in 1993



Lunker Club

6-4-17

Johnathan Block from Frankenstein, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Donald Asher from Brookfield, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Joe Searcy from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 2

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white & peach marabou in zone 2

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
4 pounds on a home made bait in zone 3

Mike Mildfelt from Winfield, KS
2-1/2 pounds on salmon & brown marabou in zone 2

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1

6-6-17

Morgan Houston from Farmington, MO
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

Jackson Forck from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Don Harris from Lee's Summit
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a white jig in zone 1

Tracy McCann from Centralia, MO
4-1/2 pound brown on home made dough bait in zone 3


6-7-17

Collin Voyles from Festus, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a orange worm in zone 3

Dillon Voyles from Festus, MO
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

6-9-17

Connor Bailey from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on an orange & brown rooster tail in zone 1

Tim Berchardt from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

6-10-17

Deb Ellis from Shawnee, OK
2 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a olive marabou in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a olive marabou in zone 1(second fish)

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Easton Holloway (age 4) from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Derek P. Hubler from Pinckneyhville, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a bead head ginger wooley in zone 1

Grant Ruediger from Harmon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a green/pink spinner in zone 2

Alexandria Tan from Overland Park, KS (age 9)
2 pounds on pink power bait in zone 3

Kingston Tan from Overland Park, KS ( age 7)
2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3



6-11-17

Scott Veeck from Wadesville IN
2-1/4 pounds on red & white marabou in zone 2

Nat Stoebe from Higbee, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
3-1/4 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

Anthony McElroy from Troy, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a roe glo ball in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Frankie Hungerford from Jacksonville, IL
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds

6-12-17

Chase Bresler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Don Ohler from Urich, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive marabou in zone 2

Wanda Ohler from Urich, MO
2 pounds on a yellow and black rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Matthew Bellew from KC, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

6-13-17

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Allington Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from Wright city, MO
3 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

Ashley Sommer from Wright City, MO
3 pounds 10 ounces on homemade bait in zone 3



Fishing Times

June                       6:30 A.M.     8:30 P.M.

July                        6:30 A.M.     8:30 P.M.

August                    7:00 A.M.     8:00 P.M.

September               7:30 A.M.     7:15 P.M.

October                   7:30 A.M.      6:30 P.M.




Calendar of Events
Friday, June 16 - Furbearer & Tracks, 1 to 4 pm in the Nature Center Classroom
                          Spider Sniff- Nature Center Classroom Video and Hike, Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a flashlight.
Saturday, June 17 - Hike around the spring trail - 9 am
                              Fish Hatchery Tour - 10 am
                              Fish Art - Nature Center Classroom at 2pm to 4 pm
Sunday, June 18 - Prehistoric Missouri - Nature Center Classroom

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM
Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM
Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM



Weather Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

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

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84.



Quote of the Week
'Limititis" is the affliction, endemic within our sport, which causes anglers to misread 'limit' as 'target'. It is probably the sport's greatest cause of stress, frustration and unhappiness, and it matters not how often anglers are told that the limit is simply the maximum number of fish they are allowed to catch during a session, there will always be those who see it as target and feel inept or cheated whenever they fail to achieve it.
Author:  Peter Lapsley
Published:  Fly-Fishing and Fly-Tying Magazine (UK) - July 2011
Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, June 5, 2017

How's Fishing?



It has been FUN to fish lately.  One angler joked that he believed a bare hook would catch fish!  The fish are good sized, generally 1-1/2 to 2 pounds, and feisty.
 Next weekend is free fishing weekend - you don't need a license or a daily tag to fish in Missouri on Saturday, June 10th or Sunday, June 11th.

This Saturday, June 10th, is also kid's fishing day.  This is a good opportunity to interest the younger generation in the great sport of fishing.  There will be volunteers to help with techniques and setting up fishing poles, goodie bags, and food.  The zone two area is going to be well stocked for the kiddos and will be available to all ages on Sunday.

For those of you that are not currently catching fish here are a couple of ideas that may help.  Make sure your line is light enough, four pound at most, two is better.  For most people the greenish tinted lines are a better choice than the clear and don't sparkle in the water.  Fluorocarbon, while a great choice as far as being invisible in the water, doesn't cast well and can be difficult to manage.  If you would like to use fluorocarbon, a two foot leader of fluorocarbon on the end of your current line would be a good set up.
The water is clearing daily.  Remember also that in these murkier conditions and faster water that the trout are deeper or closer to the edges.  The old adage of 'fish where you would normally stand' works well.  Be aware that your lure is probably not as deep as you think it is.  The strong current can play tricks on you.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
gray scud
Rust RGN's -16
brown copper hot shot
bennett blue crackleback, golden olive crackleback
gold plated head on a ginger wooly

Zone 1 & 2
glo balls -  white with pink dot, original tri color
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
peach fur bug
peach floss jig
Marabou - , gingersnap, shell & white, shell & brown, salmon & brown, white, ginger, and, of course, black & yellow
bedspread - fished deep

Zone 3
power bait: sherbet, yellow, salmon peach,
salmon eggs
pink & white trout magnet
Orange Worms


Water Conditions

Better water all the time.  We are forecast for an entire week with no rain.  This should impact the stream favorably.

June 5, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.58
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 133
Median is 180
Mean is 201
75th percentile is 240
current level is 303
Max was 480 in 1935


June 5, 2017
Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.33 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 54.7 in 2012
25th percentile is 166
Today's reading is 184
Median is 272
Mean is 302
75th percentile is 466
record high max was 580 in 2013



Lunker Club
5-31-17
Steve Hampton from Linn Creek, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

Keith Schuster from Camdenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on red & white floss jig in zone 1

Keith Schuster from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds on a red & white floss jig in zone 1

Joe Herman from Osage Beach, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon & white marabou in zone 1

6-1-17
Michael Dowling from Kearney,  MO
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Tony Maucelli from Platte City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red marabou in zone 1

William Cole from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

6-2-17

Kim Smedley from Salisbury, MO
2 pounds on a white grub in zone 2

Jim Nauert from Quincy, ILL
2 pounds on a guienea jig in zone 2

Jason Grosse from Herman, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a peach marabou in zone 2

Brayden Faulkner from Whitehall, IL - 2 fish, same size and lures
2-1/2 pounds on pink & white marabou in  zone 2

Brady Houska from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2



6-3-17

Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Reanne Fitterling from Blue Springs, MO
2 pounds on a spinner in zone 2

Jared Plybon from Fulton, MO
2 pounds on an original tri color glo ball

6-4-17

Johnathan Block from Frankenstein, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Donald Asher from Brookfield, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Joe Searcy from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 2

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white & peach marabou in zone 2

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
4 pounds on a home made bait in zone 3

Mike Mildfelt from Winfield, KS
2-1/2 pounds on salmon & brown marabou in zone 2

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1



Fishing Times

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.



Calendar of Events
June 10th and 11th - Free Fishing
Free fishing for all Missouri residents and out of state anglers state wide.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 -  The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May). special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

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



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85..

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.


Quote of the week

A fisherman is always hopeful -- nearly always more hopeful than he has any right to be

Author:  Roderick Haig-Brown

Thanks for reading.

Lucy

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June 1, 2017



How's Fishing?

The water is running higher than normal and a bit fast but is still very fish-able as you can tell from the number of lunkers caught. 43 in one week.  crazy.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
gray scud
Rust RGN's -16
brown copper hot shot
bennett blue crackleback, olive crackleback
sow bug
black bead head wooly
gold plated head on a ginger wooly

Zone 1 & 2
glo balls - chartreuse, white with pink dot, jimi hendrix, roe
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
peach fur bug, peach mini jig
peach floss jig
Marabou - , gingersnap, shell & white, shell & brown, salmon & brown, white, ginger, and, of course, black & yellow
wooly bugger with gold plate head, green or grizzly
bedspread - fished deep
peacock mini jig

Zone 3
power bait: chartreuse yellow, salmon peach, limeade, orange
Orange worms
orange marshmallows
salmon eggs
pink worm
minnow
pink trout magnet



Water Conditions
The water conditions continue to improve, day by day.  There is a chance for showers all week which may impact the stream somewhat, but nothing major to expect at this time.
May 29, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.64
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 140
Median is 188
Mean is 236
75th percentile is 268
current level is 323
Max was 1060 in 1935

May 29, 2017
Niangua River - lots of run off, pretty muddy but clearing
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.15 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 53.1 in 2012
25th percentile is 156
Today's reading is 372
Median is 256
Mean is 369
75th percentile is 398
record high max was 1360 in 1995



Lunker  Club
5-24-17
Craig DeBorg from Clarksdale, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a olive crackleback

5-25-17
Mike Behrman from Marceline, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a spinner in zone 2

Tyler Talkington from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Gabriel Briggs from Beaufont MO
2 pounds on doughbait in zone 3

5-26-17

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Laurie Athaweimer from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds on orange marshmallows

Ciara Horn from Festus, MO
2 pounds on salmon eggs in zone 3

Kimberly Horn from Festus, MO
2 pounds on salmon eggs in zone 3

Laura Marberry from Crystal City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Theresa Slana from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3

5-27-17

Tasha Rager from Wadesville IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow in zone 1

Jeremy Rager from Wadesville IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow gold plated marabou in zone 1

Jerry Rager from Evansville IN
2-1/4 pounds on a black and yellow , gold plated marabou

Megan Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a gold plated black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Kalyn Olsen from Silex, Mo
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Austin Welsh from Camdenton, Mo
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Paul Lane from Albany, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a peacock mini jig in zone 2

Sam Wilson from Defiance, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a roe globall in zone 1

Joey Perkins from Clark, MO
2 pounds on a tri color easter egg glo ball in zone 1

Matthew Jayne from St. Charles, MO
4-1/2 pounds on orange power bait, zone 3

Mason Swift from Brookfield, MO
4-1/2 pounds on white marabou in zone 2

5-28-17

John Bunch from Terre Haute, IN
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou, zone 1

Rick Slack from High Ridge, MO
2 pounds on a black bead head wooly

Dustin Strawn from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait

Mollie Baker from Oakville, MO
2 pounds on Black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Sean McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on limeade power bait in zone 3

Logan Simpson from Warrensburg, MO
5-1/4 pounds on a peach mini mig in zone 1

Michele Herpel from Hemple, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Bella Williams from Brighton, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a pink power bait worm in zone 3

Mark Nelson, Jr from Henderson, KY
2-1/8 pounds on a white and orange marabou in zone 1

Laura Marberry from Crystal City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

5-29-17

Tasha Rager from Wadesville, IN
2-1/8 pounds on a gold plated black & yellow marabou jig

Austin Legate from Wellinton, MO
2 pounds on a gold plated ginger wooly bugger in zone 1

Jim Workman from KC MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black wooly bugger in zone 1

B. J. McCune from Bucklin, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Madison Mielke from Lawrence, KS
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Anthony Ardese from KC MO
2 pounds on an easter egg glo ball in zone 2

Jim Kearns from Farmington, MO
2 pounds on a pink trout magnet in zone 2

Jadyn Richards from Crystal City, MO
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Don Erhardt from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Gary Bloss from Brookfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2



5-30-17
Bob Werdehausen from Jeff City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Rick Bandermann from Cape Girardeau, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a ginger spoon in zone 2

Kathy Kramer from Barnhart, Mo
2  pounds on orange dough bait in zone 3



Fishing Times
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.



Calendar of Events

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May). special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

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



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.



Quote of the Week

Fishing in rainy conditions may make fisherman seem crazy to the great mass of unimaginative people, but then few fishermen care what they think.

Author:   John Gierach

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017


How's Fishing

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

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




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

Date:  May 10, 2017
From:              Ben Havens



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


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

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



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



Water Conditions

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

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

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

What's Working?
From the fly case

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



Lunker Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Fishing Times

MONTH               BEGIN                     END
May                   6:30 A.M.                8:15 P.M.
June                        6:30 A.M.           8:30 P.M.
July                   6:30 A.M.           8:30 P.M.
August                7:00 A.M.                8:00 P.M.
September        7:30 A.M.                7:15 P.M.
October                7:30 A.M.           6:30 P.M.

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

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

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

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

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

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


Weather Forecast

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

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

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

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

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



Quote of the Week

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

Thanks for reading, Lucy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017


How's Fishing?

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


Of Interest

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


What's Working?

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

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

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

Lunker Club

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

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

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

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



Fishing Times
May               6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
June               6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
July                6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
August           7:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M.
September     7:30 A.M. 7:15 P.M.
October          7:30 A.M. 6:30 P.M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

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

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near



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

Thanks for reading!  Lucy