Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 9-29-2011


How's Fishing

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the open house for the hatchery, so I'm not able to give a first hand account of the event. (the best I can do is a first hand report of the cold everyone is passing around). However, our faithful photographers, George Sharon and Hubert were there and took some great pictures. A warm thank you to them for doing that for us. 

Tag sales this last weekend were up from last year. 997 on Saturday this year compared to 843 last year. On Sunday 730 tags were sold - 643 last year, The fishing has been steady. Very few people are getting 'skunked', not that many catching bazillions, but most are somewhere in between. There are fish to be caught and some are of a good size. Speaking of that, there was a pretty good size brown caught by an angler who is from this area. His name is Gary Madole. He caught a 13.4 brown on a white bug in zone 2. Definitely the catch of a lifetime. Congratulations Gary.


Water Conditions

• The Spring is currently putting out 162 cubic feet per second.

• The water level currently measures 2.01 feet at the Gage House.

• The water continues to be clear and blue-green in color.


Weather Forecast

If you like clear, sunny days in the 70's, cool, crisp mornings and just a hint of fall in the air, your going to love this week!

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81. West wind between 3 and 11 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 76.


Calendar of Events

October 7th, 8th and 9th is the Holland Derby for the American Cancer Society

October 31st is the last day of regular season

Friday, November 11th, is the opening of catch-and-release season.


What's Working?

Zones 1 & 2

renegade - size 14
Glo balls: original tri-color, peach
john deere and bedspread
marabou: ginger, salmon & brown
white floss and white floss with gold bead head
cracklebacks - very good right now. try sulfur, chartreuse, or gold. Holographic red and holographic blue are good as well.
pale morning dun, pale evening dun - also is the fly of the month at Weaver's
peach fur bugs
white fur bugs


Zone 3

Yellow Power Bait, extra scent.
Salmon egg, red, pink, all brands
pink & white or red and white plastic worms


Fishing Times

September: 7:30am to 7:15pm

October: 7:30am to 6:30pm


Lunker Club

9-20-11
Tracy Seabaugh from Gays, Ill
3 pound brown on a crayfish in the Niangua

9-23-11
Jennifer Boyer from St. Louis MO
2-1/4 pound on a yellow with red dot glo-ball

9-25-11
Kevin Amschler from Bennett Spring
pound on a black & yellow marabou.


Quote of the week
The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.
Author:  Gladys Taber - 1941





Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bennett Fishing Report for 9-22-11


How's Fishing?

The big news at the stream is the dedication of the hatchery this week.  The dedication and open house is Thursday the 22nd, at 1:30 pm. The Conservation Department people have been working to get everything ready for the big day.   The first generation of trout will be born and bred in their new quarters this fall.


The fishing was very good last weekend, but has slowed down a bit.  Fewer people come down this time of year, so there are plenty of great fishing spots for those who do.  Top water is really good this time of year.  It's lots of fun for those anglers that prefer that kind of fishing. The water continues to be higher and faster than normal for this time of year, but is nice and clear.  The weather is cool, wind is calm and the skies mostly sunny all week long.  Hope you can make it!


Water Conditions

•       The Spring is currently putting out 178 cubic feet per second. There was a small spike to 22 CFU's over the weekend..

•       The water level currently measures 2.09 feet at the Gage House.

•       The water continues to be clear and blue-green in color.


Weather Conditions
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind from the northwest around 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74.


Calendar of Events

September 22nd at 1:30 is the open house for the dedication of the new hatchery at Bennett Spring. It's located next to the fish raceways across from the park store.

October 7th, 8th and 9th is the Holland Derby for the American Cancer Society

October 31st is the last day of regular season

Friday, November 11th, is the opening of catch-and-release season

What's Working?

Zones  1 & 2
renegade - size 14
Glo balls: white,or pink
john deere and bedspread
marabou: ginger
White roach and white floss
cracklebacks - very good right now.  try sulfur, chartreuse, or gold.  Holographic red and holographic blue are good as well.
pale morning dun, pale evening dun - also is the fly of the month at Weaver's
griffith's gnat, renegade
Black Rooster tail
Olive woolly bugger, brown woolly bugger or woolly with spinner
unweighted glo balls, brown or tan
prince nymph
peach fur bugs
white fur bugs
white chamois
Zone 3
Yellow Power Bait, extra scent.
Salmon Peach power bait
Trout Nip, original, red and white
Salmon egg, red, pink, all brands
pink & white or red and white plastic worms


Fishing Times
September: 7:30am to 7:15pm

October: 7:30am to 6:30pm


Lunker Club

9-16-11
John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pound rainbow on a size 20 white G bug (his own tie) in zone 2

9-17-11
Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO - twice
2 pound and a 2.10 pound rainbow on a black rooster tail in zone 1

9-19-11

Jake Anthony from Lebanon, MO
5 pound trout on a black rooster tail


Quote of the Week

If you want to catch more fish, more often, take luck out of your fishing equation and replace it with knowledge of fish, their habitat and behavior, and you will make your own luck.
Author:
Tony Bishop


Thank you all for reading!
-Lucy

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 9-1-2011


How's Fishing?

The fishing was very good last weekend.  The tag sales have gone down dramatically during the middle of this week, as expected the week before labor day.  Because the tag sales are down (just about 300 today) there aren't as many fish dropped in the waters. On the flip side, it does make it a nice experience for the anglers that are here, because there is so little competition for favorite spots. The water is clear enough for those who like to sight fish or for drifting that top water fly.  What I call the very traditional Bennett lures have been working the best.  John Deere and bedspreads are blowing out the door.  We finally pre-packaged them in groups of 13 for $6 to make it easier for you to grab what you need and get back to fishing.

It's going to be a glorious Labor Day Weekend. After a hot spell mid week,  look for a cool down to low 80's for the weekend.  No rain in sight.  Perfect chance for  one more time to enjoy a picnic or s'mores around the campfire.


Water Conditions
  •        The Spring is currently putting out 187 cubic feet per second, down - gradually - from last    week.
  •        The water level currently measures 2.13 feet at the Gage House,
  •        The water continues to be clear.


Weather Forecast:
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South wind between 5 and 13 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.  
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. 
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. 
Labor Day: Sunny, with a high near 77. 


Calendar of Events:
September 13th and 14th are moss cutting days
October 7th, 8th and 9th is the Holland Derby for the American Cancer Society
October 31st is the last day of regular season
November 11th, is the opening day of catch-and-release season


What's Working?

Zones one and two
renegade - size 14
Black Caddis
   Glo balls: white, tri color original 
john    deere and bedspread
marabou: gingersnap, salmon & brown, ginger.  
Copper colored brassie, red brassie, and white brassie
cracklebacks - sulfur, chartreuse, green grizzly
   pale morning dun, pale evening dun - also is the fly of the month at Weaver's
Tinsel    mini jig
Rainbow Rooster tail, copper metallic, gold metallic
Olive woolly bugger, ginger woolly bugger
unweighted glo balls, brown or tan



Zone three
White Power Bait extra scent,
Trout nip
Marshmallows - multi-color


From the Mail-Bag:
I mentioned in an earlier report that Matt had come in to our store and we started talking.  He let me know that he and his wife were expecting their second child and that the new baby was to be named  Bennett.  I asked him if he would please let me know when he was born and how everyone was doing.  This is the e-mail I recently received:
Lucy,
  I just wanted to let you know that baby Bennett Louis Eversmann was born 8-17-11 and weighed 8lbs 7oz!!!  Hopefully this will make the lunker list.  Mom (Melissa) and baby are doing great.  I cannot wait to bring him fishing in the next couple of years and meet everyone down there.  We are truly blessed and big sister Adelaide is truly proud.   I cannot wait to pass on my knowledge of fishing and especially fly fishing to my children as I think it is a very valuable and bonding experience!
Thanks again,
Matt, Melissa, Adelaide and Bennett too!



Weaver's Tackle Store Buy of the Week:
Time for some new tippet on that fly rod.  May we suggest climax tippet - regular $3.49.  Mention this ad - for you, a special deal: 2.99. 



Quote of the Week
"For the rich there's therapy, for the rest of us there's fly-fishing."
Author:
Sum Won

Thanks for reading,
Lucy