Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016



How's Fishing?

The big question on everyone's mind, is how the winter's epic flood has affected the fishing at Bennett Spring.   I have good news for you.  The fishing has been amazing! From zone two on into the Niangua River there have been lots of good sized fish to catch.   Weather conditions (I do know that predicting two weeks out is a chancy thing at best) look optimal and the fish are begging to be caught. If we don't have a tornado or an ice storm it will definitely be the best opening day in five years!

        I am writing this on the last day of the Catch and Release Season.  I spoke recently with Ben Havens, the new hatchery manager.  We talked about the concerns of lost fish and low inventories for the coming year.
Currently there are plenty of fish waiting to be released into the stream for opening day and there will be a good supply of fish for the balance of the year.   Most of these fish will be close to 12 inches in length.
At this point, the fish needed to stock the stream are there for almost the entire coming season. The only real issue is the hours and hours of labor needed to get the hatchery back into shape.  Fish are being graded, only a couple of pools still need to be done and some pools are being re-graded to improve the quality of fish.
   Mr Havens did say that because of the stress from the flood there may be a number of fish who don't make it, or there may be other issues that come up as time goes on, but they plan to address these as they arise.



There were a lot of fingerlings and eggs that were washed out of the hatchery.  Mr. Havens stated that before the flood they had four hundred and fifty thousand eggs or trout that had just hatched that were lost.  To replace them, they were able to get seven hundred thousand eggs, almost doubling what was in the hatchery previously.  These were secured from Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery or from out-of-state hatcheries and will be ready for the 2017 season. It takes about fourteen to fifteen months for a fish to grow to stocker size, so these fish will be released in 2017.




          There have been anglers who have said that zone two is crazy with fish, but zone one has barely any.  I asked Mr. Havens about this and he said he had heard the same thing.  He went up there to look for himself and agreed with it.  Even though there was only two more weeks of catch and release, he had eight hundred fish dropped into zone one.  This guy gets it.
The entire hatchery staff has put in so many long, cold hours preparing for this opening day.  They are to be commended for their efforts!

The 2016 Trout Pre-Season Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 pm in the Bennett Room, located at 11798 on Highway 64.  (Formerly Gaston's Tackle)
Issues discussed will include the 2016 trout fishing season, park improvements and fishing on the Niangua. This meeting is open to anyone interested in Bennett Spring State Park.  You will also have a chance to meet the new hatchery manager, Ben Havens.  If you have any questions or would like to speak with him about concerns you may have about the future of the park, his phone is 417-532-4418.  His e-mail is Ben.Havens@mdc.mo.gov.


Water Conditions will be updated before opening

Fishing Times

March        6:30 a.m./7:30 a.m   6 p.m./7 p.m.
April         7 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 a.m.                   8 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.                   7:15 p.m.
October        7:30 a.m.                   6:30 p.m.



Quote of the Week

I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. It's a nice position. No one considers you to be dangerous, but very little is expected of you.
Author:  John Gierach
Published:  Even Brook Trout Get the Blues

Thanks for reading,  
Lucy

Thursday, October 29, 2015



October 28, 2015



How's Fishing

Just a couple more days till the end of the season.  It has been a great year, overall.  There was an excessive amount of rain for the first half of the summer - topped off with a flood on July 2nd.  The water continued to have a strong discharge rate, even though the levels of the stream approached much more normal conditions.  The fall went the opposite direction with hardly any rain at all.  At this point the stream is is beautiful shape for top water fishing or sight fishing.  It amazes me how clear it is.

I will post the tag sales for the year on the next fishing report.  We still have a few more days as this is written.

I hear that we have a new hatchery manager. His name is Ben Havens.  I haven't met him yet, but I have copied an article from the Lebanon Daily newspaper for your information.
From the newspaper:
On Oct. 16, Havens began his new job as manager of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. He replaces Mike Mitchell, who was promoted to Fisheries Administrative Manager at MDC’s Central Office in Jefferson City.
Assuming the job of hatchery manager at Bennett Spring gives Havens the unique accomplishment of having worked at the MDC hatcheries of all four Missouri trout parks. He began his nearly 14-year career with MDC with a three-year stint at Roaring River Hatchery. After that, he was assistant manager at Montauk Hatchery and then assistant manager at Maramec Spring Hatchery for the last five years.
“I’ve always been interested in fish, fishing and the outdoors,” the Sullivan, Ill. native said. “I love raising trout and being able to see them grow from egg to stocker size.



Water Conditions

October 28, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.89 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
current level is 96
Median is 115
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 136
Max was 391 in 1971


October 29, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.81 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 28 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 55
Today's reading is 40
75th percentile is 136
Mean is 154
Max was 783 in 1997



What's Working

Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Seductive midge
san juan worm, red
pheasant tail, bead head midge

Zone 1 & 2
Marabou: olive & black, gingersnap, ginger
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix,  pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown sparkle
john deere mini jig
gray grub

Zone 2
Super Duper, gold with red tip,  Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Zone 3:
rainbow power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon



Lunker Club

10-20-15
Kevin MItchell from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

10-24-15
Paul Przybylski from Wildwood, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a pheasant tail in zone 2

10-27-15
Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a weaver gold jig in zone 1

10-28-15
Rich Hunt from Manchester, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

October, 1923
Walter E. Staley from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds - before there were zones.
Shared by his son, Philip Staley.


Weather Forecast

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 62. Wind chill values as low as 31 early. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday Night: Periods of showers. Low around 48. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. South wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.



Fishing Times

October from 7:30 to 6:30

November 13th:  start of catch and release for 2015/16
Fishing is permitted on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Catch and Release only during this time.

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



Quote of the Week

I still don't know why I fish or why other men fish, except we like it and it makes us think and feel.

Author:  Roderick L. Haig-Brown
Published:  A River Never Sleeps

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


October 21, 2015



How's Fishing

We are having a spectacular finish to the Catch-and-Keep season.  The water is that wonderful blue-green color and is super clear.  It's running slowly and is at the lowest level for the year.  One and a half more weekends are all there is until the fish are given a break from anglers for two weeks.  The first day for Catch-and-Release is November 13th.  You are allowed to fish on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through the winter.
Currently the traditional lures, as well as a couple of new comers, are all doing well.  There have even been a couple of very excited anglers with stories of fish leaping for lures on top water.  The Bennett Blue crackleback continues to head the list of best things to use now.  Renegades, seductive midge, black flying ants, and Dave's Hoppers are doing well, too.



Water Conditions

October 19, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.89 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1933
25th percentile is 97
current level is 95
Median is 112
Mean is 129
75th percentile is 143
Max was 264 in 1970

October 19, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.10 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 2 in 1998
25th percentile is 114
Median is 183
Today's reading is 195
75th percentile is 241
Mean is 185
Max was 448 in 2010



What's Working?
From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Copper Hot shot
Dave's Hopper

Zone one & two:
Marabou: olive & black, gingersnap
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix, tan with orange dot, pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown, rainbow. bumble bee

Zone 3:
yellow or orange power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon



Lunker Club

10-17-15
Josh Ard from O'Fallon, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball in zone 1

10-18-15
Richard Rav from St. Charles, MO
4 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 2



Weather Forecast 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.



Fishing Times
October from 7:30 to 6:30

Calendar of Events

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



Quote of the Week

Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.
Author:  Ernest Hemmingway

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015


How's Fishing?

Those of you that read the fishing report know that I love Autumn.  The colors and the mild weather combine to make such a pleasant experience, no matter what outdoor activities you like.  This year, fall has been pushed back.  I swear, it's still summer - and the numbers of anglers taking advantage of the weather prove it.
The Holland Derby is always a big event, but this weekend seemed like one of the best.  There were 1940 tags sold Saturday and Sunday.  I am also including the statistics for last month as well.  Jim - put stats picture here.  thanks!

The water is gin clear and lazy.  The depth is hanging in there at a nice middle range as well.  Lots of fish are being caught and even some decent sized ones, which, as many of you know, is unusual for this time of year.  There is one and a half more weekends to go before the two week rest period, and then the catch and release season starts.  It looks like the wonderful weather will hold for at least the next weekend, so if you get a wild hair to fish one last time this season, it should be perfect for you. If you do venture to the Bennett, Weavers has it's annual customer appreciation sale this weekend. Be sure to stop by and have a sloppy joe and some Lemonade!

 Water Conditions

October 12, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.92 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
current level is 124
Median is 112
Mean is 160
75th percentile is 135
Max was 1530 in 1970

October 12, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.72 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 54
Today's reading is 46
75th percentile is 207
Mean is 120
Max was 618 in 2010

crane and angler
What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Black ants - some with wings
Zone one & two:
Marabou: pink & white, olive, gingersnap, salmon & brown, shell & brown, orange
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix, salmon with red dot, pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown glitter, grasshopper, salmon fly.
Zone 3:
yellow  or orange power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon


Lunker Club

October 8, 2015
Tom Emig from Eagleville, MO
2.5 pounds on a night crawler in zone 3

Amanda Friedmann from St. Clair MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
3-3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a little cleo

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
3 pounds on an olive crackleback in zone 1

Rob Banden from Old Monroe, MO
3.5 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

October 10, 2015
Donnie Mount from Clinton, MO
4 pounds on a pink with red dot glo-ball in zone 1

Melanie Wasielewski from Foristell, MO
2.25 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Hannah Haynes from St. Joe, MO
4 pounds on a personal tie bug in zone 2

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Paige Wasielewski from Troy MO
2-3/4 pounds on a moss green marabou in zone 1

Layne Mount from Clinton, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a salmon with red dot glo-ball in zone 2





Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 65.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 41.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.



Fishing Times

October from 7:30 to 6:30




Calendar of Events

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



Quote of the Week -

One of Calvin Coolidge's favorite angling places was the River Brule. Once a newspaper reporter asked him how many fish approximately were in the Brule, and the President answered that the waters were estimated to contain about 45,000 fish. 'I haven't caught them all yet,' he said, 'but I've intimidated them'.

Author:  John McKee 1933


Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, October 6, 2015



How's Fishing

The water has slowed way down and the levels are still very nice.  The weather is great and is forecast to be a little warmer for the next week.  Mild and dry.  It still feels like summer but the days are so much shorter and you know the leaves will be turning soon.  The tag numbers are up and that shows that there are a lot of smart anglers out there.  They know that this time of  year is perfect for a trip to Bennett.  As far as the best lures - the Bennett Blue crackleback is still going strong, as well as green, pearl or chartreuse.  Renegades and double trouble - consistently good.  Check to see that you have some winged ants in your tackle box as well as a couple of crane flies.



I found a nice little article on fall fishing that I would like to share with you.
It's written by  Dave Karczynski who lives in MIchigan, but it seems like useful information for trout fishing here, as well.  He writes:

Summer has left the building.

It’s around this time of year that the trutta army starts to splinter.  Some drop the rod and pick up the bow or gun and hunt elk, deer, birds.  Others start their long-awaited two-handed enterprise of the year. This week’s column goes out to the guys who want to keep trouting, or if you’re like me and have been caught up hucking the big stuff at toothy beasts these last few weeks, to return to the finesse roots of the sport before winter swoops in to limit your options. Last week I had a great conversation on the subject of fall opportunities with my friend Alex Lafkas, a guide at the top of his game and a threat to brown trout from Michigan’s Au Sable to Arkansas’s White River and quite a few places in between. Whether you’re looking for numbers of fish or The One, here’s what lies ahead for the committed trout bum from here on out to the New Year.

Dry Flies

September heading into October places us just at the tail end of the terrestrial season, with just a bit of good dry fly opportunity left.  “Save that effort for the middle part of the day, sunny days being best,” Lafkas advises.  There are still plenty of fish willing to look up, but temperatures play a more important role in their willingness to commit to a fly in the film.

Optimal dry fly locations change a bit as well. With the low water characteristic of most rivers in early autumn, fishing to bankside structure is no longer par for the course.  Instead, turn your attention to the center of the river, that area where you typically get your spring and summer wading done. Those mid-river seams and bubble lines can be the dry fly angler’s meal ticket this time of year.

A parting tip to the late-season dry fly angler: carry ants. And make sure a few of them have wings. This is the time of year to be on the lookout for the coveted/hallowed flying ant hatch. Some go their whole lives without seeing one, but those that have know that it’s some of the best surface action you could hope to encounter.

Streamers

Lafkas with a post-spawn streamer-caught pig.
According to Lafkas, there’s an easy explanation for the fall streamer bite—the spawn. “Everything in the fall is dictated by the need to spawn, and the need to spawn is just another way of saying the need to eat.” Late September usually kicks of this bite, and the following few weeks typically represent excellent fishing for both numbers of fish as well as size.  That said, size of fish is not always proportional to size of fly this time of year. Until the first good fall rains bump up the CFS and stain the water, it’s best to downsize and de-color. Smaller flies, more natural colors and less flash is the way to go. Afficionados of the mega-streamer take note: there’s both challenge and reward in this fall finesse streamer game (your shoulder thanks you in advance).

The period extending from the end of the spawn to the beginning of true winter is one of your best shots of the year at an honest-to-goodness big fish.  Year in and year out, Lafkas catches some of his best browns in the week between Christmas and New Years.  “Fish have bled calories during the spawn, and they really want to get pack on some insurance weight before the real cold weather hits.”  These fish got big because they don’t make mistakes.  The post-spawn bite is one of those times of year when they get a little careless. Take advantage of this.

Nymphs

On rivers with significant summer weed growth, fall represents a time of expanding nymph opportunity—those slower seams and slots are finally free of green and open for business. It’s also time to break out that ‘other’ box of nymphs.  “Stoneflies and midge larvae are my go-to flies in the fall,” Lafkas says.  “There isn’t a whole lot of caddis or mayfly activity this time of year, and those bugs that are present are small. But a fish will move, and sometimes move a good distance, for a meaty prince nymph.”  If migratory salmonoids are present in your system, egging in the slots behind gravel can also make for some truly epic days.

Conclusion

Fall is a great time to be on the upstream stretches of your favorite river. Angler numbers are down but fish densities are up: those summer fish numbers have been added to by migratory browns and rainbows from the bigger waters below.  And these fish will be above average in size.  According to Lafkas, one reason so many good fish are caught in the fall is that, well, they’re finally catchable: “Those big fish spend a good part of the year on big, slow, featureless flats.  There’s not enough time in the year to cast efficiently to them. But once they come up in to the skinny water, they hold fast to structure and as a result are easier to fish to.”

So there’s your siren’s song, in case you needed coaxing. Plenty of fish, including some big boys, no one around, and weather that’s just not too hot or too cold but just right. Sounds like a reason to get some fresh air. Not that you needed the excuse.

MidCurrent Fly Fishing

Dave Karczynski's writing has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, The Drake, Fly Fusion and others. A Robert Traver Award winner, he lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he teaches writing and photography at the University of Michigan.

Water Conditions

October 4, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.93 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1938
25th percentile is 98
current level is 125
Median is 108
Mean is 140
75th percentile is 134
Max was 829 in 1997


October 4, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.71 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 26 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 43
Today's reading is 45
75th percentile is 79
Mean is 80
Max was 379 in 1994

What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Renegade
Black ants - some with wings
Prince Nymph

Zone one & two:
Marabou: olive, gingersnap, salmon & white, shell & brown, orange
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix, salmon with red dot
mini jig, peacock grub with tail. peach fur bug
rooster tail - brown glitter, grasshopper, yellow dalmatian

Zone 3:
yellow glitter orange power bait
trout magnet, mealworm or salmon
pumpkin seed marabou



Lunker Club

September 23, 2015
Gary Garck from Erie PA
2 lbs on a stimulater  in zone 2

September 25, 2015
Jeff Endejan from St. Louis, MO
2.5 pounds on a brown marabou jig in zone 1

September 26, 2015
Logan Detering from Eureka, MO
2.5 pounds on a white Rooster Tail in zone 1

Roger Muskopf from Freeburg, IL
2.25 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Pierce Tiefenauer (age 8) from Festus, MO
2 pounds on a white san juan worm in zone 1

September 28, 2015
William Elmore from Chandlerville, IL
2.5 pounds on a red fire crackleback in zone 1

Ken Eberhardt from St. Charles, MO
3 pounds on a nymph in zone 1

October 3, 2015
Cody Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2.7 pounds on a crackleback in zone 1


Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 79.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 79.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Fishing Times

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Calendar of Events

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



Quote of the Week

There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.

Author:  Paul O'Neil

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How's Fishing?



After a summer of rain and lots of high water, the stream has finally, as they say, straightened up.  It's running at a very moderate speed - just a bit more than what is historically a 25th percentile rate -  and is clear enough for sight fishing.

For some people, the following is good news.....the moss will not be cut this week.  There is a part broken on the cutter that must be ordered.

The fishing has been good.  The things you love to fish with are going to be working for you.  If they aren't, keep in mind that this is a spawning period for trout.  Because the stream bed and temperatures are not optimal in the Bennett Spring branch, most spawning behavior is instinctual and ends up being just for show.  However, this has increased the effectiveness of almost anything that is peach or salmon colored.  You could use an egg-with-red-dot glo-ball for example.  The hatchery is currently working on the spawning and it is going well.  There are fish that are slated for being released into the stream all the way into 2017.



Water Conditions:

September 21, 2015 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.84 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 18 in 1996
25th percentile is 49
current level is 55
Median is 74
Mean is 200
75th percentile is 189
Max was 1500 in 1993

September 21, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.97 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 13 in 1996
25th percentile is 29
Median is 47
Today's reading is 67
75th percentile is 198
Mean is 522
Max was 4900 in 2008



What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Renegade
Black caddis
Pale Evening Dun
peach or light pink colored scuds

Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, salmon & white, shell & brown, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, jimi hendrix,, white with red dot
mini jig - bumble bee, peacock grub with tail. peach fur bug
rooster tail - brown glitter, grasshopper, yellow dalmatian

Zone 3:
yellow glitter or salmon peach power bait
trout magnet, green with red sparkle
pink worms



Lunker Club

9-15-25
Bob Menzel from St. Louis, MO
5-1/2 pounds on a gold & black jig in zone 2


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.


Fishing Times

September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30


Calendar of Events

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



Quote of the Week

There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.

Author:  Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Thanks for reading!  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How's Fishing?



The best time of the whole year, in my humble opinion, is autumn.  Other seasons have their charms, but the crisp air and the beautiful colors are hard to beat.  Top it off with a stream that is crystal clear and less pressure on the fish and you have hit a really sweet spot.   Almost any lure you throw will be successful if fished properly.  The aqua crackleback (we refer to it as the Bennett Blue)  is still top of the list.  Caddis have been working well and we can't keep the john deere in stock.  Red & white or ginger marabou have also been doing well.

Mike Mitchell, who had been the hatchery manager for several years, has taken a new position. He will be the Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Division Administrative Manager in the Central Office. The search for a new hatchery manager for Bennett has begun and will continue for a few months. Mike Perry, formerly the assistant manager for Bennett will be the interim manager until one has been appointed.  We wish them well.

The new on-line store through Weaver's Tackle Store has really taken off.  I am surprised at how many people are using this web site for their fishing needs.   For more information check out Weaverstackle.com. and click on the on-line  store tab.



Water Conditions
The water is spectacular.  The higher and swifter water that was common earlier this summer has given way to the lower, slower, sparkling clear water we anticipate for this time of year.  

September 15, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.99 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 64 in 1937
25th percentile is 98
Median is 116
current level is 135
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 146
 Max was 700 in 2008



September 15, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.97 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 13 in 1996
25th percentile is 29
Median is 47
Today's reading is 67
75th percentile is 198
Mean is 522
Max was 4900 in 2008







What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua or chartreuse cracklebacks
Olive or Black Zebra Midge
Copper Hot Shots
Renegade
Black caddis
Pale Evening Dun

Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, salmon & white, pink & white, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, jimi hendrix,, white with red dot
john deere
mini jig - red & white, peach. white
super duper - frog pattern, brown trout
rooster tail - grasshopper, Snow silver blade, yellow dalmatian

Zone 3:
yellow  or salmon peach power bait
trout slayer - watermelon and natural
trout magnet, green with red sparkle



Lunker Club

9-11-15
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia IL
2-1/4 pounds on an aqua crackleback in zone 1

9-12-15
Laurel Wade from Marshall MO
2-1/4 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Jon McClure from Columbia, MO
2+ pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

James Long from Amazonia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a red & white glo ball in zone 2

9-15-15
Gary McGill from Tightwad, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.


Fishing Times

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Calendar of Events

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



Quote of the Week
I make it a rule never to weigh or measure a fish I've caught, but simply to estimate its dimensions as accurately as possible, and then, when telling about it, to improve these figures by roughly a fifth, or twenty percent. I do this mainly because most people believe all fishermen exaggerate by at least twenty percent, and so I allow for the discounting my audience is almost certain to apply.

Author:  Ed Zern

Published:  Are Fishermen really Liars? (1977)

Thank you for reading!  Lucy