Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report 4-26-2012


How's Fishing?

"It was my best day in years.  Can't wait to get back down there tomorrow."  That's a quote from Rich, a lifelong fan of Bennett Spring, when asked how the fishing was today.  There are those who aren't catching as many (or as large) of fish as they were hoping for, but mostly we are hearing good comments.
The water is still running pretty fast, but it's very clear for this time of year.  The classic lures that are every one's favorites are the ones that we are selling the most of. Generally anglers are not searching for that elusive 'perfect' lure because black & yellow marabou, tri-colored glo balls, yellow power bait, white thread jigs, renegades and cracklebacks are all doing great.  
If this is your first time down, don't forget about the ban on felt waders.  See the previous week's report for more information on didymo and it's potential effect on our stream.  We have reordered boots and waders several times.  We continue to have a great selection at Weaver's.  Please feel free to call our store if you need to make sure we have your size.  If you purchased a relatively more expensive wader, (or if you just love yours and don't want to switch) there are also cobblers in several locations that are re-soling boots.  The cost ranges from $30 in a store outside of Kansas City to $85 in another St Louis location.  We recommend you shop around.  Your local fly shop can usually steer you in the right direction.  Not all boots can be re-soled, but the ones I have seen have looked great.

The Hatchery is still giving tours on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  They have a knowledgeable volunteer, Carol, who is there to answer your questions and give an overview of how  the whole process works. 

Kids' Fishing Day is coming up on May 5th.  There will be volunteers to help kids learn to fish   Kids can bring there own rods, or borrow one from the hatchery.  Lunch will be provided from eleven am to one pm.  Thank you to Jim Caselman, a resident of Fishing Tales Campground, who has arranged through his work to have Farmland donate all the hot dogs for the kids.  The fishing times are 6:30 am to 8:15 pm.  Educational programs, such as fly tying, will happen between 9am and 2pm.  It's a great time to introduce a young person to the sport of trout fishing.  We look forward to seeing the kids.  Weaver's Tackle Store will have an album on facebook for kids' fishing day.  Bring your catch up to the store and we will add your face and fish to it. (no names, just smiling faces).  If a kiddo should happen to catch a lunker (two pounds or better for our list) we will also put their name on this fishing report.



Current Water Conditions

Bennett Spring historical output measured in cubic feet per second:

Minimum is 85 (1981)
25th percentile is 143
Median is 229
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on Apr 24 - 207
Mean is 268
75th percentile is 318
Max (1973) 726
The water level at the Gage House is 2.29, down from 3.20 on April 14th.
The water is blue green in color and clearing.


What's Working?
White roach
Rooster Tails, bumble bee
Glo Balls -  Jimi Hendricks and Easter egg tri color
Woollies: Olive or brown with gold spinner, sculpin woolly bugger, grey with black body, ginger
gold plated weighted head woolly bugger in moss or ginger
Marabou: gingersnap. moss & black, black & yellow, white, and moss
From the Fly Case:
crackleback, red holographic, sulfur
renegade
copper john
grey or white scuds

zone 2
super duper, silver with red

zone 3
Salmon eggs
Power Bait - yellow, salmon peach. 
Trout Nip in brown



Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming east between 6 and 9 mph. 

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. 

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. 

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. 

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 65. 



Lunker Board
4-10-12
Don Trindall from Murphysboro IL
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

4-19-12
Jim Teter from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3



Calendar of Events

Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.

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



Quote of the Day


A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child fish.
Author:
Jim Porter
Thank you all for reading
Lucy


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 4-19-12


How's Fishing?

Today just has to be one of the best days ever.  There is a slight breeze, a warm sun, and the air feels like silk,   The question you ask, of course, is "are the fish biting?"  The answer to that is, "yes, yes they are."   The stream has highly blue-green colored water that has cleared to a depth of several feet.  It's still running a bit fast, but fishable.  We are hearing at Weaver's that the fish that have been caught are generally in the one to one and three quarter pound size.   Enough fish of that size to satisfy most anglers.  
I learn new things every day from the anglers who visit out store. Thanks to Justin for suggesting using the darker lures in these conditions.  He and his friend were having a  great day.  They also were happy with the results using a moss colored woolly tied with on a gold plated flat head, 1/16th ounce.  
I had a request from our friend Mike who asked if there could be a little more information about water conditions.  I'm trying out a new format.  Let me know what isn't clear (besides the water).  I'll tweak it as needed


Current Water Conditions:

Bennett Spring historical output measured in cubic feet per second
Min 84 (1981) 
25th percentile 143
Median 225 
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on Apr 17 - 273
Mean  306
75th percentile  353
Max (1941)   2580
The water level at the Gage House is 2.58, down from 3.20 on April 14th.
The water is blue green in color and clearing.


What's Working?

Black Panther Pistol Pete
White roach
bedspread
Sparkly blue-green mini jig
Rooster Tails, black sparkle, metallic gold with black tail
Glo Balls - chartreuse, jimi hendricks and easter egg tri color, peach
Woollies: Olive or brown with gold spinner, sculpin woolly bugger, grey with black body
Kapok
Marabou: gingersnap. black, black & yellow, and black & olive
yellow with blue bead brassie

From the fly case 
copper john
renegade
Grey scuds and white scuds
cracklebacks- black, red holographic, chartreuse holographic

Zone 3
Salmon eggs
red or red & white plastic worms
Power Bait - yellow, salmon peach.
Trout Nip in brown

Didymo? 

I will continue to post the following for a while. We still get anglers that haven't heard, or would like more details about, what Didymo is and why and how we need to protect our stream.

Didymo continues to be a threat. The following is copied from a previous report. I am getting more reports of cobblers who are willing to resole boots and have seen a couple that are pretty impressive. I will ask Rick to post names on facebook of shoe repair places that have been recommended. And, as most of you know, we still have a good stock of waders and boots at Weaver's to fit almost every size and budget.

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's not recommended for this use.


Weather Forecast 

Don't you love it when the weather is boring?  A bit of wind and rain showers on Thursday and Friday, but a good looking weekend overall.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79. South wind between 8 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Chance of precipitation is 60%. 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 64. 

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.


Lunker Board

4-12-12
Len Reinhardt from House Springs, MO
3 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2
4-15-12
Hunter Haynes (age 6) from St Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a fly rod using one of his Dad's own ties.

Calendar of Events

Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.

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

May 18th and 19th the church in Bennett Spring State Park will hold it's annual 'Man Up' mens' 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


Quote of the Day

The cast was perfect enough for the purpose and the leader and fly piled up in the fast water. The drift was underway. You could see everything: the trout spotting the pattern, turning to face it, placing it in binocular vision, the approach, the mouth opening, the snout poking out of the water, the cicada disappearing. Too much fun.
Author:
Jack MacKenzie

Thank you all for taking the time to read the report.
Lucy


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 4-12-2012


How's Fishing

It's been a great spring at the Spring.  This weekend promises to be more of the same. Although there is some chance of rain, it's forecast to be intermittent after Thursday's storms, with temperatures in the low 70's.
 It seems like everyone is talking about catching noticeably  larger sized fish.   We've had more lunkers brought up to our store in the last month and a half that we had the first five months of last year.  
 With the water back to normal levels,  we have even had some anglers fishing with success on top water.  
  
I will continue to post the following for a while. We still get anglers that haven't heard, or would like more details about, what Didymo is and why and how we need to protect our stream.
Didymo continues to be a threat. The following is copied from a previous report. I am getting more reports of cobblers who are willing to resole boots and have seen a couple that are pretty impressive.  I will ask Rick to post names on facebook of shoe repair places that have been recommended.  And, as most of you know, we still have a good stock of waders and books at Weaver's to fit almost every size and budget.

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's not recommended for this use.


Water Conditions

•      The Spring is currently putting out 195 cubic feet per second.
•      The water level measures 2.25 feet at the Gage House and is dropping.
•      The water is still improving daily.


What's Working?

Bedspread, White mini jig
Rooster Tails - bumble bee, black sparkle, and orange with brown spots and black tail.
Glo Balls - orange, peach, and tri color
Woollys: Olive or brown with gold spinner, sculpin woolly bugger
Kapok
Marabou: gingersnape. red and white marabou
white brassie

From the fly case 
Black Caddis
renegade
Grey scuds and white scuds
cracklebacks- black or sulpher
black caddis

Zone 3
Salmon eggs
Power Bait white with sparkle, extra scent
yellow, salmon peach.
Trout Nip in brown


Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. South wind between 8 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 72. 

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 67. 

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.  


Lunker Board

4-5-12
Brett Rufkahr from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a whitel brassie in zone 1

4-6-12
Dakota Ray, Age 8 from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds - his first lunker, caught on a red and white marabou in zone1

Jon Dwiggins from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 1

Richard Rogers from Lebanon, MO
6 pounds 14 ounces on a salmon egg ball of fire in zone 3

4-8-12
Randy Russell from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a sculpin woolly bugger in the River

4-9-12
Scott Rutherford from Pleasant Hill, MO
2 pounds on a peach glo ball in zone 1

4-10-12 
Cliff Aultman from Eldridge, MO
3 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2 - also his first trout and first trip to Bennett.


Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.

April 10 & 11 was the first 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 that are 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. )

Tri-Lakes Fly Fishing Expo

Date: Apr. 14, 2012
Start Time: 9:00 AM

April 14, 2012 from 9 am – 5 pm at Brighton Hwy Assembly of God Church Annex, Hwy F, Brighton, Missouri. Sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Fly Fishers. MISSOURI'S LARGEST FLY FISHING SHOW — See 30 of the Nation's Best Fly Tyers. Free Admission and programs covering fly fishing Taneycomo, fishing for Ozark Smallmouth bass, and tying with deer hair. Casting pool and free casting lessons, free fly tying lessons, shop fly fishing gear. Talk with guides and exhibitors. Demos — casting, fly tying. Live and silent auctions. Breakfast and lunch concession by Assembly of God Youth Group. For more information, call (417) 777-2467 

May 18th and 19th the church in Bennett Spring State Park will hold it's annual 'Man Up' mens' 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



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



Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 4-5-2012


How's Fishing?
The Conditions at the stream continue to improve. This weekend 's forecast is for sunny with temperatures in the high 60's to low 70's.
The water clarity has gone from chocolatey last week to merely dingy this week. The fish are generally in the pound to pound-and-a-half range.  There are not a ton of lunkers, but the fish are, in general, decently sized.   The stream conditions could be changed somewhat by the storm that has devastated other parts of the Country on Tuesday.  It looks like it is going primarily south of us, so we will get rain, but not anticipating any significant amounts.
Tag sales for March were up 16.5% over last year.  Kids tags were up 22.8% and accounted for much of the increase.  There were 16877 tags sold and 41,388 fish stocked.  That equals 2.45 fish stocked per tag.
Here's a fun fact that may save money for some of you:
At the age of 60, one can buy a LIFETIME FISHING PERMIT which includes the Annual Trout Stamp for $35.   There are also younger age brackets that you can do the same, but the cost is higher. 
I will continue to post the following for a while.  We still get anglers that haven't heard, or would like more details about, what Didymo is and why and how we need to protect our stream.
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's not recommended for this use.


Water Conditions
•       The Spring is currently putting out 238 cubic feet per second.
•       The water level measures 2.36 feet at the Gage House and dropping. 
•       The water is dingy, but improving daily.



What's Working?White mini jig
Rooster Tails - bumble bee
Glo Balls - orange, and tri color
Woollys: Olive or brown with gold spinner - the Hildebrand spinner working well.
Marabou: Ginger Snap, pink and white, white tied with red.  Most are using a 32nd ounce, but we are selling quite a few 1/8th ounce as well.
Brown Roach
Black Roach
Peacock mini 


From the fly case 
cracklebacks- black or sulpher
black caddis

Zone 3

Power Bait white with sparkle, extra scent
yellow, salmon peach. 
Trout Nip in brown



Weather Conditions

Thursday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. North wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68. 

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. 

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. 

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 60.


Lunker Board
all three were caught in zone 3
3-27-12
Travis Edwards from Kirksville, Mo
2-1/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

3-30-12
Kristen Master from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on white sparkle power bait in zone 3

4-2-12
Christopher Gonzalez from Raymondville, TX
2 pounds on yellow power bait
 
Calendar of Events    Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM.
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 that are 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' mens' 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
 
Tri-Lakes Fly Fishing Expo

Date: Apr. 14, 2012
Start Time: 9:00 AM

April 14, 2012 from 9 am – 5 pm at Brighton Hwy Assembly of God Church Annex, Hwy F, Brighton, Missouri. Sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Fly Fishers. MISSOURI'S LARGEST FLY FISHING SHOW — See 30 of the Nation's Best Fly Tyers. Free Admission and programs covering fly fishing Taneycomo, fishing for Ozark Smallmouth bass, and tying with deer hair. Casting pool and free casting lessons, free fly tying lessons, shop fly fishing gear. Talk with guides and exhibitors. Demos — casting, fly tying. Live and silent auctions. Breakfast and lunch concession by Assembly of God Youth Group. For more information, call (417) 777-2467 




Quote of the Day
Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.
Author:
Howard Marshall

Thank you all for reading.
Lucy