Sunday, December 30, 2012



Winter Report
January 2013
Happy New Year





How's Fishing?

There is a soothing consistency about the winter fishing season.  Most anglers who are willing to brave the colder temperatures are experienced and really enjoy the solitude.  It's a million miles from the harsh realities we all face day to day and much cheaper than therapy!
One thing that will be new next season are two new access ramps by the dam, one on each side.  The plan is to be ready by March 1st.  There will be a parking area for handicap fishers, a paved ramp to the beginning of switchbacks for access to a fishing platform area.   At the time of these pictures, construction is held up waiting for the power pole that you see lined up with the bobcat on the opposite  bank.  They are doing as much as they can until it is moved.   I will update as new work is finished.




                                                                      
                                                                                   

Fishing Times
Winter Fishing is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only. These hours apply from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February. All anglers must possess a valid Missouri Fishing License and a Trout Permit. Only flies are permitted during this time. You can't have any fish in possession in the catch and release area.

Weaver's Tackle will be open for limited hours during the catch and release season. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  2013 is the 40th anniversary for Weaver's Tackle.  We plan to have special events throughout the year to commemorate this as well as 1973 style T shirts.

Please feel free to call us if there is anything we can do to help you, Our number is  417-532-4618.



Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on December 31, 2012 - 81 CFS.
Minimum was 64 (1934).
25th percentile is 100
Median is 119
Mean is 143
75th percentile is 207
The max is 599 (1991).
The water level at the Gage House is 1.87 feet.



Weather Report

This first weekend of the year should be decent for fishing.  Highs will be in the low 40's and lows in the high 20's.  Very little chance of precipitation.


Quote of the Day

Buck and I fished a couple of miles of Sand Crick together that day, reminiscing every step of the way over our adventures as kids along the same creek. We came upon a half-submerged car, a 1937 Packard that someone had dumped into the crick under the pretext of preventing bank erosion but actually to be rid of a 1937 packard. Buck drifted his line in through the gaping hole of the front windshield and hooked a fine Eastern brook trout out of the back seat. " First time I ever caught anything in the back seat of a 1937 Packard", he said. "I've never been that lucky," I said enviously, "but I came pretty close once in a 48 Hudson."

Author:  Patrick F. McManus - 1978

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store

November 23, 2012

How's Fishing?

This morning I took a walk down at the Spring.  It was an absolutely
beautiful little gift of a day.  The anglers I saw had stringers of
three and four fish, mostly in the pound to pound and a half size
range.
If you are planning one more trip to Bennett I have good news.  After
Thursday's storms, the rest of the month with be sunny with seasonal
temperatures.

It's been a tradition to remember our Bennett Springs friends and
family members who have passed away during the year.  If you would
like to have someone mentioned in our last report of the year, please
send the information about them to me at
weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com.



Fishing Times

October - 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
November 9 - first day of catch and release.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday
and Monday only.

At Weaver's Tackle Store, we open at 6:30 am Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
and Monday Friday we are open 'till 9 pm, Saturday, we close at 6 pm
Sunday we close at 4pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we open at 8
am and close at 6pm.
We plan on being open during catch and release with limited hours.
Since this is new for us, we haven't made any firm hours, but will let
you know as soon as we do.



Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception
of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 23, 2012 - 111 CFS.
Minimum was 75 (1938).
25th percentile is 94
median is 113
mean is 133
75th percentile is 143
the max is 288 (1984).
The water level at the Gage House is 1.99 feet.



What's Working?

Zone 1 and 2

Marabou: White with red tie, shell, shell & white (creamsicle),
gingersnap, ginger, and black & green
glo-balls - unweighted have been very popular - salmon or shell
colors. easter egg
Mini jigs: peacock grub, white floss, olive sculpin grub with tail
Brown roach, brown wooly
Cracklebacks: green holographic, blue holographic,
Rooster Tails: orange body -black tail, skunk, salmon fly
From the Fly Case
white nymph
Griffith's gnat
Renegade
green streamer
red midge
mohair leech

Zone 3

Rainbow glitter or yellow sparkle dough bait
Extra scent Zeke's white



Lunker Club

10-12-12
Kenneth Mitchell from Cottage Hills, IL
2 pounds, zone 1 on a brown wooly

10-13-12
Joan Mitchell from Cottage Hills, IL
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

10-20-12
Dan Erhardt from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Elvin Underwood from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds on a brown roach in zone 2

JoAnn Looten from Bennett Spring MO
2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Mike Hampton from Auburn KS
2-1/2 pounds on a red midge in zone 2

10-22-12
Deena Underwood from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow wooly in zone 2

Weather Forecast

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and
possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a
temperature rising to near 73 by 11am, then falling to around 56
during the remainder of the day. South wind 10 to 16 mph becoming
northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. Chance
of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and
quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 7 to 11 mph.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 53.
Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

Quote of the Day

With rivers as with good friends, you always feel better for a few
hours in their presence; you always want to review your dialogue,
years later, with a particular pool or riffle or bend, and to live
back through layers of experience. We have been to this river before
and together. We have much to relive.

Author:
Nick Lyons

Published:
Full Creel

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fishing Report for Bennett

Trout Fishing Report for Bennet Spring
October 16, 2012



 



How's Fishing?
The fishing this weekend was terrific.  I talked with some
catch-and-release anglers this weekend who told me that they were
catching fish in numbers that I could hardly believe.  So I took a
drive down to the stream and watched.  There may have been a bit of
exaggeration, but it did seem that almost everyone was pulling in
fish.  I  also saw people with substantial stringers of good sized
fish.
 The fish are spawning, and I will include a couple of pictures of a
couple of fish 'in loooove'. Hopefully the pictures are in focus
enough to use.   This weekend is promising a continuation of the great
weather and the amazing colors that we are seeing currently.  Hope to
see you here.




Who's Fishing?

  I met a charming young angler this weekend.  Her name is Ainsley
Dillon and she lives with her parents in Liberty, MIssouri. She was
fishing with her grandparents, Betty and Randy Roberts, and they all
had some very nice looking fish to show off.   Ainsley is eight years
old.  She loves to fish and she especially likes to clean them, She
also likes to play the piano, read, and play football
I related to Ainsley when she told me about liking to clean fish,
because when I was her age, I was in charge of cleaning the trout we
caught.  Isn't it great when someone in the group likes to clean fish?



Fishing Times

October - 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

At Weaver's Tackle Store, we open at 6:30 am Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
and Monday Friday we are open 'till 9 pm, Saturday, we close at 6 pm
Sunday we close at 4pm.  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we open at 8
am and close at 6pm.




Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception
of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 16, 2012 - 108 CFS. down
from 126 on the 14th.
Minimum was 79 (1977).
25th percentile is 98
median is 115
mean is 133
75th percentile is 135
the max is 445 (1970).
The water level at the Gage House is 1.97 feet.




Weather Forecast for the week of October 18,2012
Thursday Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 14
mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as
high as 31 mph.

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.


Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 75.


What's Working?

Zone 1 and 2

Mini jigs: olive thread jig, peach fur bug, john deere, grey deere,
white floss, white grub, and red brassie
Cracklebacks: green holographic, blue holographic, gold with grizzly hackle
Rooster Tails: brown glitter, brown with gold blade, black with black blade
Marabou: White, shell, shell & white (creamsicle), gingersnap,
glo-balls - unweighted - salmon or shell colors.
unweighted black & yellow marabou
white nymph
Griffith's gnat
 Renegade #16
taranchula terrestrial

Zone 3

Rainbow glitter or yellow sparkle dough bait
Extra scent Zeke's white




Lunker Club

10-10-12
Russ Krueger from Buffalo, MO
2 pounds on yellow dough bait in zone 3

Carolyn Gansz from Grafton, IL
2-1/4 pounds on white wooly bugger in zone 1

10-11-12
Larry Teel from Springfield, MO
2 pounds on a green
plastic jig on zone 3

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/2 pounds on an orange glo ball in zone 2

10-12-12
Danny Wright from Hillsboro, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

10-13-12
Ken Mitchell from Cottage Hills, IL
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

Bill Delaney from Clearwater Kansas
2-1/2 pounds on a yellow rooster tail in zone 1


10-14-12
Joan Mitchell from Cottage HIlls, IL
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pounds on a tri-color glo ball in zone 2




Calendar of Events

Last day to fish for open season is October 31st
November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season (second Friday
of the month.)




Quote of the Day

 I learned to look up suddenly from a hatch or feeding frenzy and find
myself momentarily removed from solid earth. I go fishing not to find
myself but to lose myself

Author:  Joseph Monniger
Published:  Home Waters

Thanks for reading, Lucy

Tuesday, October 9, 2012




Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring


October 11, 2012

How's Fishing?

The Holland Derby is this weekend, October 13th and 14th.  A lot of
people look forward to seeing old friends and having a great time.
The weather is cooperating with only scattered showers predicted for
Saturday.  Sunday should be one of those absolutely perfect fall days,
cool and crisp in the morning and warm the rest of the day.  The water
continues to be gin clear and fishing is great.








Fishing Times

October - 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

At Weaver's Tackle Store, we open at 6:30 am Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
and Monday
Friday we are open 'till 9 pm, Saturday, we close at 6 pm
Sunday we close at 4pm.
 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we open at 8 am and close at 6pm.











Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception
of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 3 - 100 CFS.
Minimum was 79 (1935).
25th percentile is 95
median is 112
mean is 153
75th percentile is 134
the max is 983 (2010).
The water level at the Gage House is 1.91 feet.


What's Working?
Zone 1 and 2

Mini jigs: olive thread jig, pink fur bug, peach fur bug, john deere,
grey deere, white floss, white grub,
 sparkle grub, and red brassie
Cracklebacks: red holographic, blue holographic, gold with grizzly hackle
Rooster Tails: brown glitter, black with black blade, and Salmon Fly
Marabou: White, shell, shell & white (creamsicle), gingersnap, powder puff pink
Renegade #16, bead head pheasant tail, copper john, Griffith's gnat
glo-balls - unweighted - salmon or shell colors. pale tri colors
white nymph

Zone 3
Salmon Eggs
Trout Nip
yellow sparkle extra scent Zeke's white
crawdad


Lunker Club
10-1-12
Tracy Seabaugh from Gays IL
3 pounds on a crawdad in zone 3
10-3-12
Chuck Spradlin from St Louis MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1
10-4-12
Brent Cameron from Columbus, MO
2 pounds on pink fur bug in zone 1
and
2-1/4 pounds on pink fur bug in zone 1
10-7-12
Bobby Powers from Springfield, IL
2 pounds on a white nymph in zone 2
Rebecca Eubanks from Springfield IL (daughter of Bobby)
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Weather Forecast

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 67. Wind chill values as low as 40 early.
South wind 6 to 13 mph.
Thursday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low
around 56. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half
and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 68.
Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 76.
Sunday Sunny, with a high near 76.
Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
Tuesday Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.


Calendar of Events


October 13 - Annual Holland Derby for the Cancer Society
October 31 - Last day of the Regular Fishing Season
November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season (second Friday
of the month.)


Quote of the Day

There is no more graceful and healthful accomplishment for a lady than
fly-fishing, and there is no reason why a lady should not in every
respect, rival a gentleman in the gentle art.

Author:
W.C. Prime, 1888



Thanks for reading, Lucy

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
October 2, 2012





How's Fishing?

Fishing was great this last weekend.  Quite a few people took
advantage of the super good weather and crystal clear water.. There
were 486 tags sold on Friday, 902 on Saturday, and 704 on Sunday.
Next weekend promises to be another good one.  There is a chance of
rain on Saturday, but nothing major in the forecast.  As I have been
writing this report, I am also asking customers how fishing is today.
We've sold quite a few unweighted glo balls and fur bugs. Salmon and
white are great colors this time of year.

 All in all, there were generally enough decent sized fish to make
anglers happy with their catches.  Isn't that what it all about?




Who's Fishing?

I was told an amusing  store by Mike McAuley from Wellsville, Kansas.
Roy Moss (Mike's brother-in-law) got his fly line  tangled in the line
of a novice fisherman standing next to him.  It happens.  The new
angler didn't want to cut his line so Roy patiently began reeling his
line in.  It got to a  point he couldn't reel anymore so he handed the
rod to his brother and began pulling the line in hand over hand,
untangling as he went.  Pretty soon it got harder and harder to pull
and he realized he had a big glob of moss on the end.  When he finally
got the moss close enough to pull out of the water it began moving and
thrashing.  You guess it, there was a feisty little fish in the middle
of that moss.  My next question, of course, was "just how big of a
fish was it?"  Mike started laughing and said "Oh, every bit of 6
ounces!  A good fighter and released for another day."













The picture you see is the family of Mike (Poppy) McAuley and Bev Moss
McAuley.  On the advise of friend who also loved to trout fish, Mike
and his Dad first came to Bennet when Mike was young .  One visit and
they were hooked. Each year more and more family members are added to
the trip.  On this trip there were almost 40 people.  They get
together for communal meals and the men are in charge of cooking
breakfast.  One morning's menu consisted of five pounds of sausage, five
pounds of bacon, five pounds of hash browns, seven dozen eggs and 40
Belgian waffles. Quite a menu!
The youngest of the tribe is Brooks Eilenstine - just two and a half years old.
 He caught his first trout on this trip.  He animatedly showed how he
brought his fish in, his arms working hard.  Then he spread both of
his little arms out as far as they would reach and said "and it was
this big!"  Ah, yes.  He definitely has the making of a true
fisherman!



Weather Forecast

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 60.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
Monday (Columbus Day) is forecast to be sunny with a high of 63.



Fishing Times

October - 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

At Weaver's Tackle Store, we open at 6:30 am Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
Friday we are open 'till 9 pm, Saturday, we close at 6 pm, and on
Sunday we close at 4pm.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we open at 8 am and close at 6pm.

Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception
of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 3 - 103 CFS.
Minimum was 76 (1939).
25th percentile is 96
median is 108
mean is 146
75th percentile is 136
the max is 1090 (1987).
The water level at the Gage House is 1.93 feet.



What's working?


Zone 1 and 2

mini jigs:  john deere, grey deere, white floss,white grub, white
brassie, sparkly white grub, and red brassie
Cracklebacks: red holographic, blue holographic, gold with
Rooster Tails: yellow with black dot & Salmon Fly
Marabou: shell, ginger, powder puff pink
 Renegade #16 bead head pheasant tail , renegade, copper john, griffiths gnat
 glo-balls - unweighted - salmon or shell colors.  pale tri colors
super duper, gold with red band.

Zone 3
brown dough bait
 yellow sparkle extra scent Zeke's white

Lunker Club

9-27-12
Sen Hink from Hope Mills, North Carolina
5.5 oz on a white brassie

Calendar of Events

October 13 - Annual Holland Derby for the Cancer Society
November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season (second Friday
of the month.)


Quote of the Day
There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most
optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain
over just staying home.
Author:
Roderick Haig-Brown

Thanks for reading!   Lucy