Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 19, 2012





How's Fishing?

Fishing is surprisingly good.  For this time of year, with the water as clear and low as it is, the number of medium to large fish is still very good.  Check out our facebook page to see some nice fish and stringers of fish (Weavers Tackle Store).  I asked a happy angler what was working best for him this morning and he said "Marabou!  any color,  all colors.  Marabou!".  Another angler who uses a fly rod said pretty much the same about using any wet fly. However, she did buy a dozen red holographic cracklebacks, so take that for what it's worth.  As far as for Zone Three, there is a Gulp Brand dough bait called American Pie that we have just blown through here at Weaver's.  Mr. Rick is going to have to order some more of that good stuff!  We are also having a run on the hatchery pellets that are cheese scented.  
  So grab the kids, call your friends to meet you, throw a watermelon in the cooler along with those beverages, and come down to Bennett to join in the old fashioned summer fun.


Fishing Times

6:30 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 July 17, 2012 - 132 cfs
Minimum was 78 (1934, a very dry year) 
25th percentile is 113
Median is 1347
Mean is 147
75th percentile is 172
Max 301 (1995)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.04 feet.





What's Working?
Zone 1
Marabou - ginger or gingersnap, black & olive, shell & white, powderpuff pink, Moss brown or white
White thread jig, grey deere, peacock grub, anything with tinsel.
Rooster Tails: White blade tiger, Copper tinsel brown trout. solid black
Glo Balls:  Pink, White, Shrimp pink or Pink Lady

From the fly box:

zonkers
cracklebacks - red holographic, green or green grizzly
copper john's 

renegade
ginger woolly buggers - bead head



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. 


Lunker Club
7-10-12
Lawrence Murphy from Kansas City MO
2.5 pounds on a Yankee Brown crackelback in zone 1
Don Ethridge from Cushing OK
5 pounds 3 ounces on a white zonker in zone 1
7-11-12
Brad Ethridge from Cushing, OK
2-1/4 pounds on a white zonker in zone 1
Mark Brown from Bethany IL
2-1/2 pounds on a white streamer in zone 2
7-13-12
Mark Brown from Bethany IL
2-3/4 pounds on a white streamer in zone 1
7-15-12
Khloe Dischbein from Park HIlls, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white marabou.



Calendar of Events

Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
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
Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.
Steven Wright












Thanks for reading!

Lucy

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring



How's Fishing

  Fishing conditions have been pretty tough for a while.  As one angler told me, "I don't mind freezing legs and a blazing hot head, as long at I can catch fish!"  The weather is finally going to give us a bit of a break.  There is no significant chance of rain and temperatures in the low 90's for the entire week and weekend.
  The water remains clear and low, despite the showers we had the other day.  For anglers who prefer to sight fish, now is the time. For the top water angler, terrestrials are doing quite well. That being said, interestingly, one of the lures we are selling the most of is a marabou with an eighth ounce head.  If you have a favorite deep pool, this would be a great lure.  We've had a run on red & black marabou in particular.  We called our supplier to put together a quick order of this color for us. The other color that is good right now, in almost every type of lure from dough bait to a fur bug, is peach.  Regardless of the type of fishing you like, it's always a great time when you come back to the Spring. 



 

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 July 9, 2012  - 132 cfs
Minimum was 81 (1934)
25th percentile is 117
Median is 144
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 173
Max 351 (1995)
The water level at the Gage House is holding steady at 2.06 feet.



What's Working

Zone 1 & 2

Marabou: black & yellow, gingersnap, salmon & white, salmon, red & black, olive
Rooster tail - shiny black, bumble bee
Glo balls:  white, pink, red & white, salmon colored
Mini Jigs:  john deere, grey deere, white floss, bedspread with tail, peacock grub, 
From the fly case:
crackleback: red with grey hackle, green, and olive
peach fur bug
prince nymph
Copper John
Zone 3:
Trout nip
worms: pink, pink & white
Minnow



Weather Conditions

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Friday:   Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Saturday:   Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday :  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Monday:   Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.
Tuesday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.



Lunker Club

7-4-12
Mitchell Graeler from O'Fallon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red & white glo ball in zone 2

7-6-12
Cindy Flandermeyer from Concordia MO
2-1/2 on a minnow in zone 3

Alexis Wydra from Lamont IL
5-1/4 on a salmon glo ball

7-7-12
Frank Bazzell from St Charles, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 2

7-8-12
Lorra Jagow from Olathe, KS
10 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

7-10-12
Lawrence Murphy from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a yankee brown crackelback in zone 1




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

The fly angler who says they have never, ever fallen while wading , is either a pathogenic liar, or has never been fly-fishing.

Jimmy Moore


Thanks for reading!

Lucy

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
7-4-12


How's Fishing?
A very quiet Fourth for us and for most of the Midwest and West.  Hope you had a good one, despite the fire and fireworks restrictions.
Moss cutting happened this week.  The water is low, clear and just about perfect.
The heat continues to be a topic of conversation. "Hot enough for ya?"  The heat also can make the fish go deep for relief from the heat.  In the evenings there has been some nice top water action, though. 
If this is your first time fishing for trout this year, you may not have heard that there is a ban on porous soled waders.  We are asked about the ban and what it means at least five times a day.  Here is a posting from a previous report that may help answer your questions:



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..
Each time you fish please do the following:  
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.
 I am getting more reports of cobblers who are willing to resole boots. The boots that I have seen were pretty impressive.  If you would like to treat the felt, copy and paste the following website to find out how treat your felt soles to make them legal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_udcfZqA_w   or go to the Missouri Dept of Conservation website and it will direct you.   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.



Fishing Times
6:30 to 8:30


Water Conditions
All measurements are in cubic feet per second (cfs) with the exception of the gage house reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on July 3 - 133 cfs
Minimum was 78 (1934)
25th percentile is 125
Median is 152
Mean is 179
75th percentile is 200
Max 508 (1969)
The water level at the Gage House is holding steady at 2.07 feet. 



What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2
Marabou: black & yellow, gingersnap, salmon & white, salmon, brown & yellow, red & yellow, moss & black
brassies: hot pink, white, red
Rooster tail:  shiny black, bumble bee, brown or brown and orange
Glo balls:  any tri color glo balls
From the fly case:
crackleback: green, blue holographic, red holographic
peach fur bug, mosquito, royal coachman
prince nymph, Renegade, PMD's, 
black caddis, mosquito, white scud
foam beetles and hoppers
Zone 3:
White or yellow extra scent sparkle power bait
worms: black & yellow, pink, pink & white, or real
white power bait eggs
Gulp Alive maggots - pink or minnows.




Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Southwest wind around 6 mph. 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.


Lunker Club
see pictures on Weavers Tackle facebook page
7-1-12
Maria Berron from Union, MO
2.3 pounds on a worm in zone 3


7-2-12
John  Greer from Sweet springs, MO
3 pounds on a chamois in zone 1


Fred Ahrberg from Stillwater OK
6 pounds, 10-1/2 oz on a #18 royal coachman 


 Mitchell Graeler from O'fallon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red & white glo ball in zone 2







Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
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
One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions
John Ashley-Cooper

Thanks for reading!
Lucy