The regular fishing season is almost over for 2011 at Bennett Spring. The weather has been as good this fall as it was difficult in the spring. Every weekend has been better than the last! I hope you get a chance to throw the line in the water one more time before it gets cold. People have been catching lots of fish lately and enjoying the beautiful Ozark autumn we've been having.
For the year the tag sales were 119,087 which is 10.08% less than the previous year. However, September tag sales were up 4.4%. Perhaps it's just as simple as the fact that the weather finally cooperated. Following is the report for the month of September with tag sales over time. It's interesting to think about what was happening in the world and how it affected the number of people who were fishing.
Tag Sales by Year
Water Conditions - Exactly what they were last week. Can you do better than perfect two weeks in row?
• The Spring is currently putting out 153 cubic feet per second.
• The water level currently measures 1.96 feet at the Gage House.
• The water continues to be gin clear.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind between 7 and 14 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 75
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Calendar of Events
October 31st is the last day of regular season
Friday, November 11th, is the opening of catch-and-release season
Zone 1 & 2
renegade, pale evening dun
Glo balls: easter egg
john deere and bedspread
marabou: pink & white, chartreuse & black, black
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.
black rooster tail, metallic rooster tail.
Chartreuse Power Bait, Rainbow
October: 7:30am to 6:30pm
Last day of this season is October 31st.
Catch and Release season opens November 11th until February 13th. You may fish on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.
Only flies are used during this time and you must possess a Trout Stamp as well as your Missouri Fishing License.
Charlie Whisenhunt from Scheller IL
4.5 pound rainbow in zone 1 on a black & yellow rooster tail
Ian Brown from Springfield IL
2-1/4 rainbow in zone 1 on a white floss jig
John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2
Aaron Spratt from Springfield, Il
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white jig.
Quote of the Week
If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.
Thank you all for reading.