Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 How's Fishing?

Matt Schepers 8th grade, picture taken by Brian Schepers

This week and next we are opening up the report to accept your favorite photos.  We have some submissions this week and, if you can send it to weaver.fishingingtales@gmail.com, we will include your favorite photo.  It's always fun to see the Spring from others' perspective.
Fishing has picked up a bit.  A good choice for this time would be a crackleback.  Blue or green have been the preferred colors.  Try using the smallest ones available.  A peach fur bug or an olive RGN are also good choices.
 This is absolutely my favorite time at Bennett.  The leaves are beginning to turn, the weather is still warm, but the evenings are cool enough for a campfire.   Hope to see you all here!



What's Working?
From the fly case:
green or blue crackleback
beetles
Picture by Robert Moles
gray scud
sow bug
rust or olive RGN's
white San Juan worm
copper john
black & red streamer

Zone 1 & 2:
orange fur bug
john deere mini jig
white thread jig
marabou, olive & black, shell, shell & white , pink
glo ball - orange, light roe

Zone 3:
salmon peach power bait
minnows



Water Conditions
September 20, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.97
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
Median is 112
Mean is 134
Current level is 134
75th percentile is 145
Max was 739 in 1993


Niangua River conditions
September 20, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .95 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20 in 1996
25th percentile is 51
Today's reading is 35.5
Median is 60
Mean is 139
75th percentile is 200
record high max was 4000 in 1993



Fishing Times
September   7:30 A.M.   -   7:15 P.M.

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

Brantley & Dad taken by Kristy Elkins

Lunker Club


9-12-17
Darrell Weyman from Trophy Club, TX
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

9-15-17
John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2

9-16-17
Christopher Bothe from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a light roe glo ball in zone

Weather Forecast
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 93. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

Picture is courtesy of Robert Moles


Calendar of Events

STORYTIME DATES: SEPT. 23, Join a naturalist on the dates below at the playground across from the park store to hear a story about an animal resident at Bennett Spring State Park.
TIME: 11 A.M.

9/23/2017 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO
Snake Awareness and Safety will be presented by the Missouri Master Naturalists’ Springfield Plateau Chapter and Teen Jr. Leaders. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a display of live Missouri native snakes in the grassy area next to the park store (weather permitting). From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the same display will be inside the park’s nature center.
EVENT TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Grassy area next to the park store
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Bennett Spring Nature Center

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required. There will be a section of stream that is designated for the ladies only.
No trout tag is required for women from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. on this day only. A special area will be roped off at the Bennett Spring for ladies to fish in. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist in this outdoor sport. A special area of Zone 2 will be just for ladies. Fun community-sponsored displays and activities are planned during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include fish filleting, cooking and enjoyment of Missouri’s natural resources.

Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on flyfilmtour.com. Event to take place at Hidden Valley Outfitters - Oct. 6th and 7th.

10/13/2017 Informational Meeting
Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities

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

10-28-17
Bring your costumes for a fun family event at Bennett Spring State Park. Haunted Hatchery Tours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Trunk or Treat in the Shelter B parking lot. Show Me Sports will be handing out candy and showing off their custom cars. The outdoor movie “Monster House” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the pool area. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.
In the campgrounds, a campsite decorating contest will occur. All campgrounds within Bennett Spring State Park are encouraged to participate. Judging will occur by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Awards and prizes will be presented prior to the outdoor movie.
All activities are free and open to the public.
EVENT TIMES: 5 P.M. - ?(417) 532-4338

Sleeping Khloe by Chelsea Kirchberg


Quote of the Day
And if a child has taken up the rod, he has shaken hands with nature, thus sealing an agreement to both understand and protect her many wonders. For fishing can be conceived in no other way.

Author:   Phillip Brunquell

Published:   Fly-Fishing with Children

Thanks for reading, Lucy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017



How's Fishing?
The fishing has been good. Do you love to fish a brassie? How about john deere mini jig, bedspread or Bennett Blue crackleback?  Whatever your favorite lures and flies are and should be working for you.
 If they slow down, 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.
 The hatchery staff anticipates at least as good of a season next year as we have seen this year  The hatchery is currently working on the spawning and it is going well.  Barring any unforeseen fish tragedies, there are good fish that are slated for being released into the stream for the next couple of years.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
Bennett Blue crackleback
beetles
gray scud
sow bug
gray RGN's
zebra midge
pink & white mega worm

Zone 1 & 2:
Olive wooly with spinner or olive red tail
gray wooly with spinner
brown roach
peacock mini jig
marabou, olive & black, shell, shell & brown , white
glo ball - orange, salmon

Zone 3:
orange extra scent power bait
orange mouse tails - powerbait
salmon peach power bait



Water Conditions

September 13, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.99
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66 in 1937
25th percentile is 97
Median is 120
Mean is 121
Current level is 138
75th percentile is 138
Max was 212 in 1930

Niangua River conditions
September 13, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .97 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 14 in 1996
25th percentile is 32
Today's reading is 36.8
Median is 49
Mean is 139
75th percentile is 79
record high max was 1000 in 1993



Fishing Times

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

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



Lunker Club

9-4-17
Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a self tied fly in zone 1

9-8-17
Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds on a bedspread mini jig in zone 2

9-9-17
Branten Ingram from Center, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a fly in zone 1

Tim Davis from St. Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

9-10-17
Tim Alge from St. Peters, MO
5 pounds on a black & olive marabou in zone 2

9-11-17
Scott Westfall from Long Poc, CA
4 pounds on peacock woolie with gold spinner in zone 1



Calendar of Events
 
STORYTIME DATES: SEPT. 16, 23 Join a naturalist on the dates below at the playground across from the park store to hear a story about an animal resident at Bennett Spring State Park.
TIME: 11 A.M.


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


9/23/2017 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO
Snake Awareness and Safety will be presented by the Missouri Master Naturalists’ Springfield Plateau Chapter and Teen Jr. Leaders. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a display of live Missouri native snakes in the grassy area next to the park store (weather permitting). From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the same display will be inside the park’s nature center.
EVENT TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Grassy area next to the park store
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Bennett Spring Nature Center

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required. There will be a section of stream that is designated for the ladies only.
No trout tag is required for women from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. on this day only. A special area will be roped off at the Bennett Spring for ladies to fish in. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist in this outdoor sport. A special area of Zone 2 will be just for ladies. Fun community-sponsored displays and activities are planned during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include fish filleting, cooking and enjoyment of Missouri’s natural resources.



Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on flyfilmtour.com. Event to take place at Hidden Valley Outfitters - Oct. 6th and 7th



10/13/2017 Informational Meeting
Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities

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

10-28-17
Bring your costumes for a fun family event at Bennett Spring State Park. Haunted Hatchery Tours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Trunk or Treat in the Shelter B parking lot. Show Me Sports will be handing out candy and showing off their custom cars. The outdoor movie “Monster House” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the pool area. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.
In the campgrounds, a campsite decorating contest will occur. All campgrounds within Bennett Spring State Park are encouraged to participate. Judging will occur by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Awards and prizes will be presented prior to the outdoor movie.
All activities are free and open to the public.
EVENT TIMES: 5 P.M. - ?(417) 532-4338



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 7 to 13 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

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

Quote of the Day
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Author:
Ovid - Died around AD 17-18

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Monday, September 4, 2017



  1. How's Fishing?


As we transition into fall - which seems to be coming early this year - we typically see smaller and fewer fish.  The hatchery has done an amazing job this year by supplying us with good sized fish to catch.  The floods that happened earlier this season took a toll on all of the trout parks, but by banding together they made sure that our experiences this season surpassed our expectations.
This week promises to be much cooler. We will see more of the trees changing and leaves swirling around us as we cast across the stream.  It's such a beautiful time of year in the Ozarks.  Imitating the different terrestrials that are falling into the water is a good way to catch a fish.  The scuds, especially gray or salmon, fished deep is another.  RGN's have been exceptionally hot, also.
Hopefully you are able to take advantage of this great season.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
beetles
gray scud
sow bug
gray RGN's
pink & white mega worm

Zone 1 & 2:
Olive wooly with spinner or olive red tail
gray wooly with spinner
brown wooly with grizzly hackle
peacock mini jig
marabou, red or green & yellow
glo ball - orange

Zone 3:
orange extra scent power bait
brown power bait or yellow power bait
power bait trout nuggets
hatchery pellet power bait



Water Conditions
September 3, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Median is 122
current level is 145
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 147
Max was 349 in 2010



Niangua River conditions
September 3, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.17 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21 in 1996
25th percentile is 25
Today's reading is 51.3
Median is 57
Mean is 181
75th percentile is 86
record high max was 1950 in 2010


Fishing Times
September 7:30 a.m. -   7:15 p.m.
October     7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.



Lunker Club

8-31-17
Darren O'Neill from Edwardsville, KS
2-1/2 pounds on a red marabou in zone 1

9-1-17
Brian Clayton from Centralia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green & yellow marabou in zone 2

9-2-17
Laura Griffith from Adrian, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white  mega worm in zone 1

9-3-17
Ryan Gander from Hume, MO
2-1/2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Curtis Hinton from Overland Park, KS
4 pounds on a tiger tail in zone 1

Layton Peddicord from West DesMoines, Iowa
2-3/8 pounds on a black rooster tail with silver blade in zone 2

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a brown grizzly wooly with spinner in zone 2

9-4-17

Ron Smith from St. Charles, MO
2.65 pounds on an orange glo ball in zone 2


Calendar of Events

STORYTIME DATES: SEPT. 2, 9, 16, 23  Join a naturalist on the dates below at the playground across from the park store to hear a story about an animal resident at Bennett Spring State Park.
(Sept.  9 – National Teddy Bear Day!  Bring your Teddy bear to Storytime!)
TIME: 11 A.M.

Saturday , September 9 th,  2017  
9 a.m. -  Spring Trail  Hike   Join us at the Nature Center to begin a beautiful morning hike along the Spring Trail.

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

9/23/2017 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO
Snake Awareness and Safety will be presented by the Missouri Master Naturalists’ Springfield Plateau Chapter and Teen Jr. Leaders. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a display of live Missouri native snakes in the grassy area next to the park store (weather permitting). From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the same display will be inside the park’s nature center.
EVENT TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  - Grassy area next to the park store
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Bennett Spring Nature Center

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required. There will be a section of stream that is designated for the ladies only.
No trout tag is required for women from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. on this day only.  A special area will be roped off at the Bennett Spring for ladies to fish in. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist in this outdoor sport.  A special area of Zone 2 will be just for ladies. Fun community-sponsored displays and activities are planned during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include fish filleting, cooking and enjoyment of Missouri’s natural resources.


Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on flyfilmtour.com. Event to take place at Hidden Valley Outfitters - Oct. 6th and 7th


10/13/2017 Informational Meeting
Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities

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

10-28-17
Bring your costumes for a fun family event at Bennett Spring State Park. Haunted Hatchery Tours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,  as well as Trunk or Treat in the Shelter B parking lot.  Show Me Sports will be handing out candy and showing off their custom cars. The outdoor movie “Monster House” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the pool area.  Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.
In the campgrounds, a campsite decorating contest will occur.  All campgrounds within Bennett Spring State Park are encouraged to participate.  Judging will occur by 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Awards and prizes will be presented prior to the outdoor movie.
All activities are free and open to the public.
EVENT TIMES: 5 P.M. - ?(417) 532-4338



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77.



Quote of the Day

I am almost certain fishermen posess a peculiar bend to their makeup. Fisherman are optimists, and the fish in the future is always preferable to the fish at hand. Even the best fishermen catch fish only a small percentage of the time, which means we persevere in a sport that features failure as its main ingredient. Truly great days, when the fish hammer the fly as soon as it lands on the water are rare.
Author:  Joseph Monniger
Published:  Home Waters

Thanks for reading.  Lucy


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How's Fishing?



This time of year is typically  slow as far as number of anglers at Bennett.  This year does not seem to be that way.  I'm not sure if it's the amazing weather or the record numbers of fish larger than two pounds being caught, but fishing has just been fun!
For the fly fisherman that likes top water, the beetles and other small terrestrials have been a favorite.  To fish -  cast over into the tree shadows and let drift.  When that isn't working, the zebra midges in red or black have also done well in the deeper pools.
The anglers that are using spin rods have been having good luck with marabou in salmon colors or the gingersnap.  The classic john deere or white floss jigs have also been a good choice.
Large brown as well as rainbow have been caught in zone three as well.  One consistent color has been brown - hatchery pellets or brown dough bait.  
The water is close to normal levels but has some slightly stronger currents than you may expect.  The color is slightly stained.



What's Working?
From the fly case:

beetles
gray scud
olive weighted wooly
black zebra midge
brown crackleback
red zebra midge

Zone 1 & 2:

peach fur bug
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, shell & white; black & yellow, white, pink & white
salmon with orange dot or original tri color glo ball
Wooly worm,red tail. olive
white mini jig with red head , thread jig with red, olive or salmon thread

Zone 3:

orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait or yellow power bait
power bait trout nuggets
orange & white worm
salmon colored trout magnet
Crawdad Trout Slayer



Water Conditions

August 27, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.09
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 67 in 1936
25th percentile is 105
Median is 122
current level is 162
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 145
Max was 201 in 2013



Niangua River conditions
August 27, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.49 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 15 in 1993
25th percentile is 25
Today's reading is 81.3
Median is 34
Mean is 61
75th percentile is 86
record high max was 218 in 2016


Fishing Times

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 Board

8-23-17
Judy Schurman from Carlyle, IL
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Tim Borchardt from Kearney, MO
2.5 on a white marabou in  zone 2

8-24-17

Steve Townley from Rocheport, MO
3 pounds on brown dough bait in zone 3

8-25-17
Micah Tice from Beloit, KS
2 pounds on a black zebra midge

Tim Borchardt from Kearney, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

Austin Moore from Lebanon, MO
2.5 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Joe Gicona from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a brown crackleback in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
7 pounds on a trout magnet, salmon, in zone 3

John Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a flesh fly in zone 1

Jim Lucas from Wright City, MO
3 pounds on an olive jig in zone 1

Ashley Sommer from Wright City. MO
2-3/4 pounds on a sculpin jig in zone 1

Kevin Baltz from Belleville, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

8-26-17
Nick Mildfelt from Winfield, KS
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

8-27-17
John Gotway from Dardenne Prairie, MO
3.2 pounds on a trout slayer crawdad

Lucas Cashman from Sedalia, MO (age 11)
4.5 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3.
A nice thank you to Clyde Maxey for helping him get it in!



Calendar of Events

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required. There will be a section of stream that is designated for the ladies only.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on flyfilmtour.com.

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



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

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

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.



Quote of the Day

Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won't feel so thankful then.

Author:  Garrison Keillor

And thanks for reading.
Lucy

Sunday, August 20, 2017



August 21, 2017



How's Fishing?

Fishing is getting better daily.  The water was pretty high and murky for a while following a big rain, but it has since gotten lower and slower.

The little terrestrials, such as beetles, are still working well.  If you want to go deeper, the black zebra midges or a white floss jig are working well, also.

With the kids back in school, there is much less pressure on the fish.  It's a very relaxed time of year.  To make it even better, the weather temperatures are cooling off to the low 80's.



What's Working?

   From the fly case:
beetles
gray scud
sow bug

Zone 1 & 2:
peach fur bug
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, black & yellow. black & red, black
salmon with orange dot or original tri color  glo ball
Wooly worm, brown
brown mop worm
white mini jig with red head ,  thread jig with red
Olive red tail wooly

Zone 3:
orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait or yellow power bait
orange & white worm
pink & White worm
Gulp Chunky Cheese Garlic Scent



Water Conditions

August 19, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.28
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 74 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
Median is 128
current level is 211
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 155
Max was 378 in 1940


Niangua River conditions
August 19, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 30
Today's reading is 223
Median is 42
Mean is 64
75th percentile is 81
record high max was 215 in 2016



Fishing Times
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

8-15-17
Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
3 pounds on a brown power bait in zone 3

Al Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

John Rawinski from Cambridge, WI
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
3-5/8 pounds on a possum hair roach in zone 1

Kyn Gordon from Palmyra, MO
2 pounds on a brown woolie in zone 1

David Olufield from Lebanon, MO
2-3/4 pounds in the river on a worm

8-16-17
Bridgetta Carsel from Lamar, MO
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

Roger Bunse from Cosby, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1


8-17-17
Bridgetta Carsel from Lamar, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a bedspread mini jig in zone 1

Beth Gockel from Labadie, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

8-18-17
Ryan Courtney from Savanna, MO
3 pounds on a peach fur bug in zone 1

8-19-17

Gene Schroeder from Marshall, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Steve Riney from Palmyra, MO
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Joe Orf from Wentzville, MO
2-3/4 poundes on a black & red marabou in zone 1

Cindy Schroeder from Marshall, MO
2.5 pounds on a black marabou in zone 2



8-20-17

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Kayla Browning from Palmyra, MO
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1



Calendar of Events

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

 Fly Fishing Film Tour.  This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th.  There will also be vendors and activities during the day.  If you are in the area, plan to attend!  Check it out on thef3t.com.

Trout Derby

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




Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 78.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79..

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.


Quote of the Week

Best wishes to Ty and Lori who were married Saturday at Bennett Spring.  This one is for you!

In fly-fishing, compromises are often perfectly acceptable; there are few absolutes. I guess you could say the same thing about marriage.
Author:  Ken Marsh
Published:  Alaska Magazine



Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Monday, August 14, 2017



How's Fishing


Fishing continues to shine.  The weather has been great and almost anything you throw will get some interest from the local trout.

The colors orange or salmon are working for almost any kind of lure or fly from worms to marabou to cracklebacks.  The unweighted globalls have also come into their own with the slower, clearer water.   Terrestrials, such as beetle patterns, are doing very well, too.  Cast across, when possible, to the other bank and try for the shadows under the trees.


What's Working?
   From the fly case:
beetles
olive weighted woolie/crackleback
Bennett blue crackleback
zebra midge - olive, black
Rust or olive copper hot shot
renegade
gray scud with hot spot

Zone 1 & 2:
John deere
yellow grizzly  or olive wooly worm with plated head
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, salmon & brown, orange & white, white
salmon or original tri color  glo ball
Wooly worm, white with red
rooster tails - white, green,  or may fly
White mega worm
white mini jig with red head

Zone 3:
orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait
orange & white worm

 

Water Conditions                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
August 13, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.07
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
Median is 130
current level is 162
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 157
Max was 419 in 2013


Niangua River conditions
August 13, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.42 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 12 in 2007
25th percentile is 30
Today's reading is 72
Median is 50
Mean is 106
75th percentile is 98
record high max was 580 in 2016



Lunker Club

8-9-17
Jeri Green from Wellsville, Ks
2 pounds on an olive and black marabou

8-10-17
William Turner from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a rainbow power bait in zone 3

Paul Lipcamnon from Nebo, IL
2.5 pounds on a home made jig in zone 1

8-11-17
 Mike Luck from Wood River, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 1

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 pounds on white mega worm in zone 1

8-12-17
Paul Hopen from Augusta, MO
3 pounds on a whjite mini jig with a red head in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jeremy Stapleton from Smithville, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a white roostertail in zone 1

Duane Crawford from ST Charles, MO
4.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bradley Parsons from St Joseph, MO
2.5 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud #18 with an orange hot spot

Tom Ziegler from Perry KS
8 pounds on a may fly rooster tail in zone 1

Michael Schmidt from St. Louis, MO
4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

8-13-17
Matthew Wyne from St. Louis, MO
2-1/2  pounds on a green rooster tail in zone 2

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
2-3/8 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Hunter Dougherty (age 8) from Higbee MO
2-1/4 pounds on a home tied white fly in Zone 1

Richard Hollar from Topeka, KS
3-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

John Hayes from Lebanon, MO
3.75 pounds on a silver super duper in zone 2

Bob Drury from Arnold, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Cassy Buehler from Carrollton, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a little cleo in Zone 2



Fishing Times
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

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

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



Weather Forecast
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Heat index values as high as 95. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84..

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.



Quote of the Week

Ninety percent of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.

Author:  Lefty Kreh

Thanks for reading,
Lucy