Wednesday, June 27, 2012




Trout fishing Report for Bennett Spring
June 28, 2012





Hello to Charles Sailor from all of your family and friends at Bennett Spring.
I was talking with Charles' son, Butch, today.  Butch told me that he loved to visit Bennett .  This love is tied to the experiences that his Dad gave him when he was growing up.  Every year for over 50 years Charles would come to Bennett with his family and meet up with good friends, such as Hank Hendrix. Butch's Dad is now 92 and his health doesn't allow him to be here, but the family wanted Papa Charles to know that they missed him and wished he could be here.

How's Fishing? 

Fishing  continues to be good.  I would like to tell you what's working, but moss cutting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. If you are planning what lures or flies to bring, keep that in mind.  Most people who have fished at Bennett for any amount of time know what happens when the moss is cut.  Some avoid it at all costs and others look forward to it.  In general terms, the fish are stirred into a feeding frenzy.  All kinds of sweet little bugs are shook loose from the moss when it's cut and these little critters float in the water column.  Nymphs, scuds and white floss are all great lures when this happens. The negative side, of course, is that there will be gobs of moss floating as well.  By this weekend, there may still be some glumps floating around, but the fishing should be greatly improved, especially if you like sight fishing.

Fishing Times

6:30 to 8:30
July times are the same as June's.



Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the gage house reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on June 26 - 132 cfs
Minimum was 78 (1934)
25th percentile is 130
Median is 159
Mean is 183
75th percentile is 200
Max 734 (1935)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.06 feet.



What's working?

This is a list of what was working, before moss cutting.  Keep in mind that you may want to bring small white things such as white floss, scuds, nymphs or white brassies.
zone 1 & 2
Marabou:  black & yellow, moss, gingersnap, salmon & white, salmon, pink & white, brown & yellow, red & yellow
brassies: hot pink, white, red
from the fly case:
crackleback: green, chartreuse, red holographic
peach fur bug
Pale Morning Dun,
black caddis, mosquito, white scud

zone 3
White sparkle power bait
worms: black & yellow, pink, pink & white
white power bait eggs



Weather Conditons 
Because of the extreme weather I am including the weather report for nights as well for the campers' information.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Southwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97



Lunker Club

6-20-12
Jordan Kidd from O'Fallon MO
2-1/2 pounds on a brown & yellow marabou in
zone 1

6-22-12
Andrew Winters from Murphysboro, IL
4 pounds 8 ounces on a pink & White Marabou in zone 2

6-24-12
Dan Milborn from Mattoon, IL
2 pounds on a cricket in zone 1

Michael McAteer from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds 6 ounces on a pink & white marabou

6-25-12
Carl Cannell from Fulton, MO
2 pounds on white power bait eggs in the River

6-26-12
Harold Dehner from Lewistown, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3



Calendar of Events

Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
June 26 and 27 was moss cutting
August 7 & 8 is next moss cutting
September 18 & 19 is moss cutting
November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season



Quote of the Day

Often, I've been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito-bitten, but never, with a flyrod in my hand, have I been unhappy.

Charles Kuralt



Thanks for reading!

Lucy

Tuesday, June 19, 2012



Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring



How's Fishing?
Fishing continues to be very good. The stream is clear, the fish are decent sized and the weather is heating up.  A very good time to be standing in cool water.  

 This morning I talked with a very happy gentleman. He had a large brood, and today he had out-fished them all, sons and grand-kids.  He explained that his family were all using black and yellow marabou - and we all know that you simply can't go wrong with a black and yellow - but he tied on a gingersnap instead and got a hit with every cast.  He was pretty tickled with the whole thing.  One of the great things about this job is meeting new people who have a sense of humor and a willingness to try new things at any age.


  
Fishing Times

6:30 AM to 8:30 PM



Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the gage house reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on June 19 - 162 cfs
Minimum was 82 (1977)
25th percentile is 127
Median is 160
Mean is 210
75th percentile is 225
Max 1240 (1981)
The water level at the Gage House is 1.62 feet.  This is a 'spot on' level for this date.



What's Working?
Zone 1 or 2
Marabou: black & white, black & moss, gingersnap, white & salmon, white & pink, white & red, and white.
mini jigs: tinsel - mini flashabou is especially good, ginger grub, white floss
Glo balls:  tri color, especially #4, egg dot pattern 
woollies: - brown red tail woolly , olive skipping and olive with orange hackle
From the fly case:
Blue or green holographic crackelbacks
renegades
zebra midge

Zone 2
Super Duper, gold with red tip and grasshopper pattern

Zone 3
Gulp Florescent  Orange Salmon Eggs
salmon eggs - red
Salmon Peach power bait.



Weather Forecast
I've included the forecast for the nights as well, for those of you who are camping.
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind around 7 mph becoming north. 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. North wind between 3 and 6 mph. 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87. 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. 

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. 

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73. 

Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. 



Lunker Club

6-12-12
Christy Vinson from Lee's Summit, MO
2 lbs on a red & white marabou in zone 1
6-13-12
Morgan Taylor from Doniphan, MO
2-1/4 lbs on a white marabou in zone 2

Don Bivins from Evansville IN
2 lbs on a pink & white marabou in zone 2



Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
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
Weather has some to do with it. The Moon has some to do with it. The Wind has some to do with it Barometric pressure has some to do with it. However the best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a Y!Author:George Carr



Thank you for reading!Lucy

Wednesday, June 13, 2012





Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring



How's Fishing?
Happy Father's Day to all of you who are Dads, and to those men who taught you how to be the great Dad you are.  For those of you who are planning a trip to Bennett for Father's Day, the weather will be in the high 80's with little chance of rain. As far as the fishing,  we continue to see stringers of larger fish and a lot more lunkers than last year. That's the recipe for a great time.




Fishing Times
6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Current Water Conditions
All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the gage house reading.

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 29 - 170 cfs
Minimum was 81 (1977)
25th percentile is 129
Median is 190
Mean is 212
75th percentile is 264
Max 499 (1995)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.12 feet - It's been running about 2.10,  the rain we had on Monday affected it very little.
The color is still fairly clear, but stained



What's Working?
Marabou - black & yellow, moss, gingersnap, Moss, red & white
Glo Balls:  Easter egg tri color, hatchery brown, and  Chartreuse with red dot
olive roach
White floss
Rooster Tails:  Crayfish, white with red stripe, rainbow trout
Super Duper, gold with red stripe

From the fly case:
chamois
white miller
Griffiths gnat and Black gnat
crackelback - olive has been super. also red holographic
Renegade

Zone 3
power bait yellow, white, orange
salmon peach power bait
Black  & yellow worms, green worm



Lunker Club
6-6-12
Russell Mell from Springfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a green worm
6-8-12
Michelle Villar from St. Louis, MO
2-1/2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3
6-9-12
Larry Teel from Springfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive tube worm in zone 3
6-11-12
Jordan Garber from Hale MO
2 pounds on a brown glo ball in zone 2
6-12-12
Christy Vinson from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1
6-13-12
Morgan Taylor from Doniphan MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou 64oz.

Picture taken by guest photographer Gabe Goodie.  Greg Thompson is the angler in the picture.

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind between 8 and 11 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90..
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.




Calendar of Events

  • Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM
  • June 16 11am -1:00 pm fish fry to send kids from Bennett Spring Church of God to an 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
A Macedonian way of catching fish...They fastened red (crimson red) wool round a hook, and fix on to the wool two feathers which grow under a cock's wattles, and which in colour are like wax. Their rod is six feet long, and the the line the same length. then they throw in their snare, and the fish attracted and and maddened by the colour, comes straight at it..

Author:  Aelian
Published:  Natural History AD 170

Thank  you so much for reading!
Lucy


http://mostateparks.com/page/58502/trout-cam  - trout camera
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500  - real time water levels and cubic feet per second as well as historical data
http://www.mo.gov/Recreation/Outdoors/Fishing/  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring, Missouri



How's Fishing?

   This coming weekend is a free fishing weekend.  You don't need a license or tag to fish any waters in Missouri.  If you haven't been fishing for a while, it's a great time to remember just how much fun you had fishing in the past or maybe to try something  new.   
When  anglers - especially ones that are using an  ultralight spincast rod -  come to our store for advise because they are not catching trout, the first question we ask is "what kind of line do you have?"    One of the simplest things you can do to make your day more enjoyable is to get new line on your reel.  Old line has what is referred to as memory.  Basically the line behaves like a coil and that makes it very difficult to cast.  It also can get brittle and dry rot when exposed to heat or freezing temperatures so if you do have a fish on the line, it may break easily.
If you are choosing new line, you have a couple of choices to make.  The first choice is what kind of line, the next is how heavy that line is.  Trout are cagey and most of them (especially the ones that are still swimming around in the stream)  will swim on if they see line.  Color is important as well.  Our most popular line is Maxima ultra green.  This is followed by Cortland camouflage line.   There are several other types of line that work well,  and you may already have a favorite that has worked for you in the past.    It's possible to use a three pound line  for your ultralight.  A closed face reel will do well with three pound test, but if you have an open face, two pound would be even better.  The people at your favorite tackle store will be able to advise you if you have questions about your particular set up.
   It's equally important to keep your line in good shape if you use a fly rod.  Making sure that you clean and dry your line thoroughly before storing your reel will extend the life of the line.  There are many choices and combinations that can be used on a fly rod.  The internet can be a good source of information or if you prefer there are  some great books on the subject.  You can also check with the people who work at your favorite shop to give you some ideas and tell you about options.  As far as a tippet weight for your fly rod,  5x would be a just a little heavy at this point. You will probably want to get down to a 6x or even 7X again by the weekend.   

    We had far fewer lunkers brought up to our store this week.  Even so, when I asked our customers how the fish size was, there were no complaints.  They were generally described as running from about a pound to a pound and three quarters.

   There is no opportunity for showers until next Monday with the temperature hovering  just under 90 every afternoon.   
Sounds like a great weekend to fish.   Oh, and for those fishing for the first time this year, there is a ban on felt waders.  See more information on last weeks report.


June Fishing Times
6:30 am and 8:30 pm


Current Water Conditions
All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the gage house reading.

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 29 - 178 cfs
Minimum was 79 (1936) 
25th percentile is 135
Median is 183
Mean is 201
75th percentile is 235
Max 480 (1935)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.16 feet - It's been running about 2.10 
 The color is still fairly clear, but stained.




























What's Working?

If it's tiny and white, you are 'good to go'.

It would be fun to just leave it at that, but I would get sooo many emails, that I know I would regret it.
so... the rest of the good stuff:

John deere and the gray deer ( miss tied john deere - they have a gray body - super good stuff)
mini marabou, brown & white feather
Marabou - black & yellow, moss, gingersnap generally people are using a 32nd, but still selling the 1/8 ounce to drop in the spring hole.
Glo Balls: red & white, easter egg tri color and dark roe.  Chartreuse is also good.
From the fly case:
cahill - smaller sizes
white miller
renegade
crackelback - olive has been super.  also red
brown and black midge

Zone 3
power bait yellow, white
night crawlers




Lunker Club
6-4-12

David Woods from :Lawson, MO
2 pounds on a green worm in zone 3

6-5-12
Ellyn Plake from House Springs, MO
2-1/8 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou





























Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind between 3 and 6 mph. 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84. 

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. 

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. 

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82


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

Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day: Teach a man to fish, and you can sell him fishing equipment.

Mr. Penn

A special thank you to all of you anglers who get to Bennett and realize that you left your vest. your lures, or your rod at home.  I'm sure I am not alone in saying "thank you for your continued patronage".
Lucy