Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring 5-30-12



Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
May 31, 2012

How's Fishing?
It has been a super Memorial Day Weekend.  A group of anglers who came in the store told us that they were throwing back anything under a pound and half.  That may have been a slight exaggeration, however it was possible to limit out (if you wanted to) within an hour and spend the rest of the day in the shade with a cool one.
Later this summer, while improvements are being made to the hatchery raceways, the fish may not be quite as big.  For now, it's good.  

We continue to talk with anglers who haven't heard about the ban on felt waders or the reason for it.  I will reprint this information for those of you who are reading for the first time this season.  For those of  you who are regular readers, please forgive the repetition.

From previous reports, but very important:

Keep in mind that there is a ban on porous soled waders or wading boots statewide in all cool water streams of Missouri, If you need more information, check out the Missouri Department of Conservation Website (http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/protect-your-fishing/didymo) It's very informative. I'm including a paragraph from a previous report about the ban and the reason for it.

Didymo? (also called Rock Snot - very descriptive)

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. Copy and paste the following to find out how treat your felt soles to make them legal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_udcfZqA_w
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.


Current Water Conditions
Measured in cubic feet per second.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 29 - 306
Minimum was 79 (1936)
25th percentile is 141
Median is 184
Mean is 240
75th percentile is 272
Max 1060 (1935)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.66 - It was running about 2.10 - low for this time of year.
The water level has taken a big jump but it is tapering off.  The color is still very clear.

Fishing Times
Currently the whistle blows at 6:30 am and again at 8:15pm
On June 1 the time changes.   6:30 am and 8:30 pm


Lunker Board
5-21-12
John Fleeman from Carrolton, MO
2 pounds on a Black & Yellow marabou in zone 1

5-23-12
Chuck Robinson from Fenton MO
2-3/4 pounds on yellow power bait in the Niangua

2-24-12
Colleen Alley from Winfield MO
2 pounds on Black & Yellow marabou in zone 1
Joe Harvey from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds on Black  & Yellow marabou in zone 1
Bill Turner from Bolton, MO
10 pounds in zone 2 on white floss
Ronnie Blattel from Tunas, MO
2-1/4 pounds on garlic power bait in zone 3

5-26-12
Phillip Cowell from Florrisant, MO
3-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in the Niangua River
Les Bodensted from Dellwood, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1
Tony Tormino from Alton, IL
2-1/4 pounds on an Olive Crackelback in zone 2

5-29-12
Tim Kunkelmann from Freeburg, IL
3 pounds on white jig in zone 2
Steve Wood from St. Joseph MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1
Cody Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2 pounds on an olive marabou in zone 2

Congratulations to you all.


What's Working?
Peacock grub
John Deere and grey body John Deerre
Glo Balls: chartreuse with red dot, original tri-color
Woollies - brown, ginger, brown with grey hackle
Marabou: brown & yellow, black & yellow, salmon & white, and GingerSnap
Rooster Tails: Bumble bee, Brown with brown tail, rainbow trout
From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, gold holographic
cream scuds
black ant
pale evening dun
zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, garlic, white, all extra scent
pink & white plastic worms



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Periods of showers and thunderstorms. High near 70. East wind between 7 and 10 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 65. .
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend
June 16 11am -1:00 pm fish fry to send kids to the Church of God International Youth Convention.
     Suggested donation of $5
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
For at least the last 275 years the honesty of fishermen has been somewhat questionable. It should be noted that Izaak Walton whose book published in 1653 spoke not of "anglers and", but "anglers OR very honest men".
Author:  Arthur Ransome


Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Trout Fishing Report 
for 
Bennett Spring 

May 24, 2012




How's Fishing?

   Summer is cranking up.  The water is low and clear.  The moss is being cut today (Wednesday)so the stream should be in good shape this weekend. Bring your john deere, your black and yellow marabou, evening duns or holographic crackelbacks, it's all good.
   Weaver's Tackle will be hosting a fly tying demonstration by Danny Goldsmith this weekend.  He will be demonstrating the technique used to tie a crackleback, as well as other popular flies.  Danny will be in the store from 11am to 1pm both Friday and Saturday, and will be happy to answer your questions about tying flies.     
 
   School is out and a lot of you may be fishing for the first time this season.  Keep in mind that there is a ban on porous soled waders.  If you need more information about this, scroll down to the previous report on this site, or go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website.



Current Water Conditions

All measurements are in Cubic Feet per Second
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 22 - 168
Minimum was 86 (1936) 
25th percentile is 145
Median is 209
Mean is 243
75th percentile is 295
Max (2010) 594
The water level at the Gage House is 2.11
The water is clearing daily.


Lunker Board

5-14-12
Al Brookman from Mt Vernon, IL
2 pounds on an Easter Egg glo-ball in zone 2

Bruce Baird from Bluford IL
2-1/2 pounds on a 'big streamer' in zone 2

5-15-12
Roger Gust from St. Charles MO
5 pounds on a PED in zone 1

Doug Workman from Holt Summit MO
3-1/2 pounds on a ginger woolly bugger in zone 1

5-20-12
Mike Shafer from Higginsville MO
2-1/4 in zone 1 on a brown & yellow marabou

5-21-12
John Fleeman from Carrolton, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1




What's Working?

mini jigs: pink marabou, Peacock grub, John Deere
Glo Balls: red & white, Easter egg tri-color 
Woollies: ginger woolly bugger
Marabou: brown & yellow, black & white,creamsicle, and GingerSnap
Rooster Tails: Bumble bee, Brown with brown tail 
From the Fly Case
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, red holographic, black
elk hair caddis is still good(size20), cream colored scuds
black ant, pale evening dun, chamois

zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, fluorescent pink, white, all extra scent
pink & white plastic worms
salmon eggs


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy, with a south wind between 14 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. 

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. 

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. 

Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. 

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. 



Calendar of Events

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

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting 

May 25th & 26th Weaver's Tackle Store will be hosting a fly tying demonstration by Danny Goldsmith.  He will be tying a crackleback, which is a favorite lure in our area, as well as other patterns.  He will be there from 11am to 1pm both days.

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 Week

A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.

Author:

Laura Gilpin





Thank you all for reading, 
Lucy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 5-16-2012



How's Fishing?

Every day is warmer with little chance of rain until Monday, the stream is in great condition and the fish look good.  What more could you ask for?
When asked how the fishing was, our friend Bert, in true Missouri style, said  "well, we did all right today."

From previous reports, but very important:

Keep in mind that there is a ban on porous soled waders or wading boots statewide in all cool water streams of Missouri, If you need more information, check out the Missouri Department of Conservation Website (http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/protect-your-fishing/didymo) It's very informative. I'm including a paragraph from a previous report about the ban and the reason for it.



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. Copy and paste the following to find out how treat your felt soles to make them legal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_udcfZqA_w
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.



Current Water Conditions - all measured in cubic feet per second

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 15 - 174
Minimum was 89 (1977)
25th percentile is 174
Median is 225
Mean is 319
75th percentile is 343
Max (1967) 1990
The water level at the Gage House is 2.14
The water is clearing daily.



Lunker Board
5-9-12
John Hudson from Lee Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone1 (at the spring hole)
5-10-12
Lori Vitt from Moberly, MO
6-1/12 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2
5-12-12
Don Clever from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds, zone 1 on white marabou
5-14-12
Al Brookman from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pound rainbow on an Easter Egg glo-ball
5-14-12
Bruce Baird from Bluford IL
2-1/2 pounds on a big streamer in zone 2



What's working?

Bedspread
Cream colored thread jig
Brown Roach
John Deere
peacock grub
Glo Balls:  Easter egg tri-color
Marabou: Ginger and GingerSnap, white, pink & white
>From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, red holographic, green crackelback
elk hair caddis (size20)
Griffiths gnat

zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, white, extra scent



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 82. South wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 79.



Calendar of Events

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

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting (provided the mowing machine was fixed)

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 Week


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




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bennett Spring fishing report for 5-9-2012


How's Fishing?


Kids' Fishing day was a success.  There were over 900 kids that got a free tag to fish for the day plus a goodie bag and lunch.  Maybe not a record, but it was close. If you brought your kiddo to Weaver's to have their picture taken with their fish, check out the Facebook page - Weavers Tackle.  Look for the most recent album of pictures.
 The fishing was good on Monday, but today (Tuesday) it has been quite a bit slower.
The water clarity has improved greatly over the past week.  The numbers of tags has in been trending upwards along with a better fish size in general.  Last year at this time there had been 25,677 tags sold and to date there have been 29,446 sold.
Also a 'heads up' about moss cutting.  The moss cutting machine is in for repairs.  If it doesn't get fixed before the scheduled date of May 22nd, the cutting date may be moved
 
Keep in mind that there is a ban on porous soled waders or wading boots statewide in all cool water streams of Missouri,   If you need more information, check out the Missouri Department of Conservation Website   It's very informative.  I'm including a paragraph from a previous report about the ban and the reason for it.



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.  Copy and paste the following to find out how treat your felt soles to make them legal:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_udcfZqA_w

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.



Current Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 10 - 193 last week
Minimum was 81 (1934) This year was the at the height of the worst drought our country has every experienced.
25th percentile is 157
Median is 217
Mean is 319
75th percentile is 349
Max (2009) 2440
The water level at the Gage House is 1,93
The water is clearing daily.



Lunker Board  


 Congratulations to all!  We have seen some great stringers this week.

5-5-12
Claire Russell from Jefferson City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on Red and Brown Power Bait in Zone 3

Nora Gibbons from Kansas City, MO
3 pounds 2 ounces on fluorescent orange extra scent power bait in zone 3

Tanner Unger (age 12) from Herman MO
2 - 3/4 pounds on mom's secret bait

Owen Tamm from Eldon MO
2 pounds 4 ounces on a white rooster tail in zone 2

River Catherine Carey (age 4) from Mexico Missouri
2 - 1/4 pounds on yellow power bait glitter in zone 3

Devin Jaegers from Koeltztown MO
3 - 3/4 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2

5-6-12
Jackson Silvey from Irving Texas
2 - 3/4 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2

Mandi Jackson from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

5-5-12
Chase Sartin from Centrailia MO
3-3/4 pounds on chamois in zone 2

5-9-12
John Hudson from Lee Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone1 (at the spring hole)



What's Working?


Bedspread
Cream colored thread jig and the fluorescent pink thread jig
Brown Roach
John Deere
Glo Balls: Jimi Hendricks, original and Easter egg tri-color
Woollies: sculpin woolly bugger, brown woolly
Marabou: Ginger and GingerSnap, white
White Rooster Tail
>From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, red holographic, green crackelback
elk hair caddis (size20)
Griffiths gnat
chamois

zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, fluorescent pink, white, all extra scent
Gulp pink maggots



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Calendar of Events

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

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 Week

Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time

Author Unknown



Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 5-3-12



How's Fishing?

It's been such a great year at Bennett.  There are days when the fish seem pretty elusive, but generally people are catching.  We were talking with one loyal angler yesterday who said "This has been the best day I have had at Bennett - ever!"  So. either he has finally learned to fish, or the conditions are really good.

The water is rising but it's not even close to the 75 percentile, It is discolored from the runoff, but by this weekend, it should have cleared considerably.

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, regardless of size, 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, which is two pounds or better for our list, we will put their name on this fishing report as well.

Also, remember that 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.

Anyone not hear about the ban on felt waders?  See the previous week's report for more information.



Water Conditions

Current Water Conditions and Bennett Spring historical output data measured in cubic feet per second:
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 1 - 246 up from 207 last week
Minimum was 83 (1934)
25th percentile is 170
Median is 219
Mean is 325
75th percentile is 333
Max (1970) 2100
The water level at the Gage House is 2.45
The water is blue green in color with areas of murky water from runoff.



What's Working?

Rooster Tails: bumble bee, brown glitter, tinsel fire tiger, and crayfish
Glo Balls: Jimi Hendricks, original and Easter egg tri-color
Woollies:  sculpin woolly bugger
gold plated weighted head woolly bugger in moss or ginger
Marabou: moss & black, black & yellow, white
From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, holographic green
black caddis (this from when the water was pretty clear)
grey or white scuds
red san juan worm

zone 2
super duper - frog pattern

zone 3
Salmon eggs
Power Bait - yellow, salmon peach.
Gulp Alive Minnows



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.



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

4-24-12
Rich Hunt from St. Louis, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 with a black & yellow marabou



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 week

Somewhere in the wide range of activity between the hard physical effort of wading for long hours against a swift current in a rocky stream, casting steadily, and the indolence of lying quietly in the sun waiting for a bobber to go under there is a type of angling to suit everyone's mood and everyone's pocketbook. Fishing is fishing wherever it is found... Angling's problems are never solved.

Author:

Lee Wulff 1939

Thank you all for reading.
Lucy





Happy birthday to our photographer, Hu.