This morning, and all weekend long, the fishing has been super. Not a bunch of lunkers brought in, but reasonably sized fish and plenty of them. At this time it seems that zones one and two are better places to be than zone three. That could all change, as you well know, by the time you get here.
The winner in the lures department for this week has been the ginger crackleback. Technically this fly is a wooly, but the size and shape have most anglers describing it as a crackleback. I'm not going to argue at this point, the thing is working! Another super lure this week is the San Juan worm. The best is a white or ginger worm fished deep with a shot just about a foot above it. We have also been getting good reports from the copper weaver. It's a black body and hackle wet fly with a bit of copper flash. Very good for these conditions.
My prediction for next week - black ants.
Mike Mitchell, the hatchery manager at Bennett Spring, shared with us the tag sales for August. This year there was a 20.24% increase in total tag sales for August.
Last year there were 13,635 adult and 2,740 kids' tags sold in August. In 2014 there were 16,304 adult and 3,386 kids' tags sold. The number of fish stocked was 44,300 this year and 38,165 last year. That comes to 2.25 fish per tag in 2014 and 2.33 fish per tag in 2013. The total tag sales for the year are 98,207 for 2013 compared to 104,598 for 2014. 2013 was the lowest tag sale year of the last 15 and 1999 was the highest with 27,762. If you would like more information about this or if you have any other questions pertaining to hatchery operations, contact Mike Mitchell. His phone is 417 532 4418. His email is Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov.
black zebra midge
copper weaver, black
blue holographic crackleback
white or ginger san juan worm - fished deep
Zones 1 & 2
Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
Marabou -black & yellow, ginger (also tied as a wooly with a gold head), gingersnap
Ginger grub, bedspread
possum fur roach
glo- balls - easter egg, jimi hendrix
Gulp salmon eggs, florescent orange or white
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
yellow glitter power bait
Color is slightly elevated but still running clear despite the nearly five inches of rain we got on Monday night
Gage house level is 2.01 feet
September 3, 2014
minimum 77 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
current level is 101
Median is 123
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 144
Max was 938 in 1931
September 3, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.77
minimum was 22 in 1996
25th percentile is 31
Today's (September 3) reading is 62
Median is 39
Mean is 201
75th percentile is 145
Max was 1740 in 2010
Sheri Seabaugh from Gays IL
3-1/2 pounds on a worm in the Niangua River
Bill Sullivan from Silex MO
3-1/2 pounds on a yellow fur bug in zone 1
Calendar of Events
September 16-17 moss cutting
October 11 - Holland Derby
October 14-15 moss cutting
October 31 - last day of regular trout season
November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 98. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.
Quote of the Week
Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.
Reflections on a River 1967
Thanks for reading!