Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 3-28-2012


How's Fishing

A person from out of state call a couple of days ago and asked about the dogwoods.   There were quite a few people in the store and regrettably I wasn't able to talk with him as much as I wanted to. He did make me realize that I wasn't paying enough attention to this beautiful time of year.  The dogwoods are amazing now, as well as delicate little wildflowers and yes, if you know where to look, mushrooms.  Our photographers, George Sharon and Hubert, made sure I got some great pictures of flowering trees of  to share with you.  The temperatures for the weekend are going to be close to 80 degrees so they won't last long.
As far as fishing.  It has been a rough patch for a lot of anglers, especially those who like to sight fish.  The water has been high, chocolatey and fast.  Of course, some people actually like this type of fishing because, for one thing, the size of line can be heavier.  
We have sold quite a bit of kapok, a tried and true lure as well as white and orange power baits.  The water continues to improve and I would say that by the weekend, should have improved a great deal.

Didymo continues to be a threat.  The following is copied from a previous report.

A reminder that porous soled boots have been banned from Missouri trout streams. 17 states have banned this type of sole so far, with more to follow. Please be especially careful if you fish in Arkansas streams as well as Bennett Spring. Didymo has been found in streams in our neighboring state, the White River being the closest.
After fishing:
Check all gear and equipment after use and remove any visible algae. If you notice algae on your equipment at a later time, do not dispose of the algae by putting it down a drain. Dispose of it in the trash.

If you fish in any stream other than Bennett Spring, you need to wait 48 hours before fishing at Bennett to allow all of your tackle to dry thoroughly. If it's not possible to allow everything to dry (wader cuffs, fly line, shoelaces, nets, etc) it should all be washed in a salt solution. You can make your own 20% salt solution by dissolving 2 pounds of salt per gallon of water. When using a 20% salt solution, soak your equipment for 3 minutes. A 5% solution can be made with 7oz of salt per gallon. When using a 5% salt solution, soak for 20 minutes. This does the same thing as putting salt on a slug. Bleach solutions can also be used, but it can ruin the fabric of waders so it is not recommended for this use.



Water Conditions:


  •     The Spring is currently putting out 348 cubic feet per second.
  •     The water level measures 2.82 feet at the Gage House and dropping.
  •    The water is still pretty cloudy. As the week goes on, we expect this to improve.


Calendar of Events


Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM. More information to come.

April 10 & 11 is moss cutting

May 5, 2012 is Kid's Fishing Day

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting

June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend

June 26 and 27 is moss cutting

August 7 & 8 is moss cutting

September 18 & 19 is moss cutting

November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season



Bulletin Board
 (Local events of interest not sponsored by the Bennett Spring Hatchery or Park.)  
If you would like a short announcement about your organization posted here, please e-mail me at weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com.  

May 18th and 19th the church in Bennett Spring State Park will hold it's annual 'Man Up' men's retreat. The cost is only $15 for 3 days of worship, fun and fellowship. The price does not include lodging, but does include 3 meals and a fishing tournament.. If you are bringing a son who is 12 or younger, the cost for him is $10. Call 417-532-7531 before May 4th to reserve your spot.



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind between 3 and 9 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. 

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. . 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 64



What's Working?


White mini jig
Rooster Tails - bumble bee. Glitter brown, or solid white with silver blade
Glo Balls, flame with dot, orange, and tri color jimi hendrix.
Green with orange hackle, brown with gold blade or Ginger Woolly Bugger
Gold head ginger woolly 
Ginger Snap, Black, orange
Cre
White mini jig
Rooster Tails - skunk, black and white coach dog, mustard. 
Glo Balls, flame with dot, orange, tri color easter egg and tri color original,
Green or Ginger Woolly Bugger
brown thread jig
john deere mini jig
Rambo mini jig
Gold head ginger - in fact ginger seems to be a great color for whatever you use.
Ginger Snap, Black
Creamsicle - not quite orange, not quite pink tied with white.  Even better with brown.  Name courtesy of Mark from St. Peters who had very good luck on this particular color.  

From the fly case - same as last week for this group 
cracklebacks- blue and green holographic, chartreuse
prince nymph
scuds, brown and green
Chamois
evening dun

Zone 3

Power Bait white or chartreuse, orange.  
Secret Bait in brown

Lunker Board
3-22-12
Larry Immenschuh from Holton KS
2-3/4 pounds on cheese power bait in zone 3

3-25-12
Zack Linomaz from St. Louis Mo  (age 6)  
2 pounds in zone 1 on kapok with two 1/2oz weights

3-27-12
Travis Edward Meyers from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3



Quote of the Day


As much as anything, the anglers will clue you in to the midge hatch. You will see them hunched over in concentration like herons. The better ones will be in as close as they can get to the dimpling trout. What you'll notice is the rhythmic flicking of casts toward a porpoising trout and the lack of any other motions. The only exception will be the gentle tug that sets a very small hook attached to the leader by a very delicate tippet. The playing of the trout, if it is a good one, will be a cat-and-mouse sort of ecstasy.
Author:
Ed Engle


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 3-20-2012

 

How's Fishing?

This has been a super opening for this season. So far,(this is being written on Tuesday afternoon) even the big threat of rain has passed us by. The talk about fish is that they are good size and plentiful. What you like to fish with, your basics lures, are working well now. The water has not risen significantly and remains fairly clear. Friday is the last day we have for a chance of rain until next week. The weekend looks great! Watch Facebook for updates as we post them. Our Facebook page is Weavers Tackle Store.



Water Conditions

• The Spring is currently putting out 176 cubic feet per second.

• The water level measures 2.19 feet at the Gage House and rising.

• The water is fairly clear. This may change if we get a significant amount of rain.



Calendar of Events

Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM. More information to come.

April 10 & 11 is moss cutting

May 5, 2012 is Kid's Fishing Day

May 18th and 19th the church in Bennett Spring State Park will hold it's annual 'Man Up' men's retreat. The cost is only $15 for 3 days of worship, fun and fellowship. The price does not include lodging, but does include 3 meals and a fishing tournament.. If you are bringing a son who is 12 or younger, the cost for him is $10. Call 417-532-7531 before May 4th to reserve your spot.

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting

June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend

June 26 and 27 is moss cutting

August 7 & 8 is moss cutting

September 18 & 19 is moss cutting

November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season



Fishing Times

March 11th to April 1st - 7:30 am to 7 pm.

April 1st to April 30th - 7:00am to 7:30 pm

May times are 6:30 am to 8:15pm

June and July hours are 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

August is 7 am to 8 pm

September is 7:30 to 7:15 pm

October's hours are 7:30 am to 6:30 pm



Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. South wind between 7 and 10 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.



What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2

White mini jig
Rooster Tails - skunk, black and white coach dog, mustard.
Glo Balls, flame with dot, orange, tri color easter egg and tri color original,
Green or Ginger Woolly Bugger
brown thread jig
john deere mini jig
Rambo mini jig
Gold head ginger - in fact ginger seems to be a great color for whatever you use.
Ginger Snap, Black

From the fly case
cracklebacks- blue and green holographic, chartreuse
prince nymph
scuds, brown and green
Chamois
evening dun

Zone 3

Zeke's white
Power Bait white or chartreuse



Lunker Board


3-12
Frank Relja from Broken Arrow, OK
2-5/16 pounds on a wooly bugger

James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
2-3/6 pounds on a secret bait

3-13
Loreal Stine from Nashville, TN
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

3-14
Richard Rehn from St. Louis, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a John Deere in zone 2

3-20
James Griffith from Louisiana MO
2-3/4 pounds on a red and white spinner in zone 1

Quote of the Day


"Fly tackle has improved considerably since 1676, when Charles Cotton advised anglers to 'fish fine and far off,' but no one has ever improved on that statement.

Author:

John Gierach



Thank you all for reading

Lucy

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 3-16-2012

How's Fishing?

The stream is in great condition and the weather is amazing.  The weather forecast is for  occasional showers and warm temperatures.  The crowds, so far this year, have been relatively light.
We have had some great comments on fish size for the beginning of the season and this is reflected in the number of anglers who have made our Lunker Board.  You can also check our facebook page, Weaver's Tackle Store, to see pictures of happy people holding their best catch.
Weaver's will continue to offer a free rope stringer to any catch and release anglers out there who are willing to catch four 'dinks' and take them up to our hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell.  We have had a few take us up on the stringers, but not able to catch four tiny ones.

A reminder that porous soled boots have been banned from Missouri trout streams.  17 states have banned this type of sole so far, with more to follow.  Please be especially careful if you fish in Arkansas streams as well as Bennett Spring.  Didymo has been found in streams in our neighboring state, the White River being the closest.
After fishing:
Check all gear and equipment after use and remove
any visible algae. If you notice algae on your
equipment at a later time, do not dispose of the algae
by putting it down a drain. Dispose of it in the trash.

The following is from a previous fishing report and may also be helpful:
If you fish in any stream other than Bennett Spring, you need to wait 48 hours before fishing at Bennett to allow all of your tackle to dry thoroughly. If it's not possible to allow everything to dry (wader cuffs, fly line, shoelaces, nets, etc) it should all be washed in a salt solution. You can make your own 20% salt solution by dissolving 2 pounds of salt per gallon of water. When using a 20% salt solution, soak your equipment for 3 minutes. A 5% solution can be made with 7oz of salt per gallon. When using a 5% salt solution, soak for 20 minutes. This does the same thing as putting salt on a slug. Bleach solutions can also be used, but it can ruin the fabric of waders so it is not recommended for this use.


Water Conditions 

    The Spring is currently putting out 170 cubic feet per second.

•      The water level measures 2.16 feet at the Gage House and is dropping.

•      The water is clear.

Calendar of Events 

Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM. More information to come.

April 10 & 11 is moss cutting

May 5, 2012 is Kid's Fishing Day

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting

June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend

June 26 and 27 is moss cutting

August 7 & 8 is moss cutting

September 18 & 19 is moss cutting

November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season



Fishing Times

March 11th to April 1st - 7:30 am to 7 pm.

April 1st to April 30th - 7:00am to 7:30 pm

May times are 6:30 am to 8:15pm

June and July hours are 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

August is 7 am to 8 pm

September is 7:30 to 7:15 pm

October's hours are 7:30 am to 6:30 pm



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.



What's Working? 

Zone 1 & 2
White mini jig
Rooster Tails - skunk, black and white coach dog,
Glo Balls, Red & white, flame with dot, orange, tri color easter egg and tri color original,
Green Wooly Bugger
grey fur bugs
brown thread jig
john deere mini jig
Rambo (named after the kiddo who had a birthday the day we got this new mini jig.  I gave him one to try and he caught 10 on the first one.)
It's a mini jig, brown with gold thread.

From the fly case
cracklebacks- blue and green holographic, chartreuse, orange, bead head various colors
prince nymph
scuds, brown and green
Chamois

Zone 2
Kastmaster spoon
Super Duper, gold with red

Zone 3
Zeke's white
Power Bait yellow, and (hello kitty) pink.
Rainbow Power Bait



Lunker Board

March 3, 2012
Charlie Picton from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown glo ball in zone 2
March 6
Mel Sehrt from Independence, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a green wooly bug

Lawrence Murphy from Kansas City
2.2 pounds on a Yankee Brown

March 7
Joe Davies from Bellville, IL
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

Joe Davies from Bellville, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

March 8
Travis Coomer from St Charles, MO
4-1/4 pounds on an orange crrackleback in zone 2

March 10
Dillon Heitzig from Greenville IL
2 pounds on a black & white rooster tail in zone 1

Chris Masters from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds  on Rainbow Power Bait

Sherri Arcobasso from St. Charles, MO
2+ in zone 1 on an egg imitation, easter egg pattern

Rhonda Ramsay from Waynesville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white chamois in zone 2

3-11
Steve Rupard from Lake Winnebago
3-1/4 pounds on a white jig

3-12
Frank Relja from Broken Arrow, OK
2-5/16 pounds on a wooly bugger

James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
2-3/6 pounds on a secret bait

3-13
Loreal Stine from Nashville, TN
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

3-14
Richard Rehn from St. Louis, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a John Deere in zone 2

Quote of the Day
Every lesson you learn, no matter where you learn it, transfers to all other rivers, no matter where you fish.
Author:
Dave Hughes

thank you all for reading!
Lucy

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 3-5-2012


How's Fishing?

We had a beautiful day for opening.  It reached 73 degrees before the day was over.  There were fewer tags than expected sold, close to 1700.  Those who came into our store were saying the size and numbers of fish appeared to be better than last year. 19 lunkers were turned in here at Weavers.
Although the rest of the weekend was not as warm as opening day, the weather was clear, but sometimes windy.  Friday was a very tough day for fishing for some reason. Perhaps because of the front that came through and the resulting change in temperature. However, Saturday and Sunday were much better.
Didymo continues to be a topic of conversation.  To find more information about this, check the previous report or go to the Missouri of Conservation website.   
http://www.mo.gov/Recreation/Outdoors/Fishing/  - official Spring site.
On a previous report, I asked if anyone knew of a shoe repair shop that would resole waders.  I got an email from Janice Brock - coincidentally the first angler to bring a lunker up this season - with a name she got from Feathercraft Fly Shop in St. Louis.  The name of the store is Craftwell and Dunnright at 520 Bailey Road, Crystal City, Missouri.  Their phone is 636-987-4200.  They will replace a felt sole with a Vibram sole by Simms.  Thank you, Janice.





Water Conditions

•      The Spring is currently putting out 176 cubic feet per second.

•      The water level measures 2.19 feet at the Gage House and is dropping.

•      The water is clear. 





Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Breezy, with a south wind between 15 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. 

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Chance of precipitation is 70%.. 

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. 

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. 

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. 





Calendar of Events

Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM. More information to come.

April 10 & 11 is moss cutting

May 5, 2012 is Kid's Fishing Day

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting

June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend

June 26 and 27 is moss cutting

August 7 & 8 is moss cutting

September 18 & 19 is moss cutting

November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season

Fishing Times
On March 1st - 6:30 am to 6 pm

March 14th to April 1st - 7:30 am to 7 pm.

April 1st to April 30th - 7:00am to 7:30 pm

May times are 6:30 am to 8:15pm

June and July hours are 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

August is 7 am to 8 pm

September is 7:30 to 7:15 pm

October's hours are 7:30 am to 6:30 pm





Opening Weekend Lunker Board

3-1-12

Janice Brock from Highridge, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a Black & White marabou

Tom Sisco from Richmond, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Black & yellow marabou

Dan Moyers from North Athens IL 
2-1/2 pounds on a Black & Yellow marabou in zone 2

Ty Barr from HIghland, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Black & Yellow marabou

Butch Stratman from Nevada, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Black & Yellow marabou

Terry Teer from KC MO
2-1/4 pounds on a Black & White marabou in zone 2

Milt Barr from Jefferson City
4 pound 9 oz on a Black & White marabou 

Bob Millering from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pound in zone 1 on a red tail wooly

Wayne Ruff from Imperial MO
4 - 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Black & Yellow marabou

Kenny Verser from Columbia, MO
3 -1/4 pounds on a White marabou

Ken Clements from Caseyville, IL
3-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Black & Yellow marabou

Eugen McDonald from Vandalia, MO
3 pounds on Zeke's power bait, white, in the River

Lindsay Brummett from St. Louis, MO
3 pounds on a Black & Yellow marabou in zone 1

Shane Bernard from Springfield MO
3-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on an orange glo ball

3-2-12

Ken Clements from Caseyville, IL
3-3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a John Deere mini jig

Katie Gile from Marshall, MO
2 pounds on yellow Power Bait in zone 3

Kenny Verser from Columbia, MO
4 pound on Velveeta Cheese in zone 3

Tracy Snyder from Blue Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Peacheroo marabou

3-3-12

Charlie Picton from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds brown glo ball in zone 2





Quote of the day

There were lots of people who committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing, and I assure you that the increase in crime is due to a lack of those qualities of mind and character which impregnate the soul of every fisherman except those who get no bites.
Author:
Herbert Hoover 1930

Thanks for reading!
Lucy