Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Labor day marks the end of another summer. True, we still have some
great days ahead, but we all know that this summer of 2012 is winding
down. The Niangua is running low, as are most of Missouri's streams,
but our Spring is holding it's own. The water is very, very clear.
Anglers are having luck on top water with renegades. zonkers, or
terrestrials such as daddy long legs . Scuds and chamois are working
well in deeper water. The eight ounce gold plated marabou in black
and yellow or gingersnap are also fun to use in the deeper holes such
as the one over the lip of the dam or in the spring hole.
On a 'less fun' note - the fire ban continues to be in effect. I
copied it for you to read. There have been quite a few fires in the
state this last month. Often it's started from something as simple as
someone thoughtlessly tossing a lit cigarette out the window of the
car. The ban is in effect now until further notice. It reads as
Due to dry and excessively hot weather, Missouri State Parks has
issued an OPEN FIRE BAN on all state parks and historic sites. The
open fire ban includes prohibiting campfires and other open fires.
Contained charcoal fires used for cooking as well as gas and cook top
stoves are allowed under the open fire ban.
From the Hatchery Manager:
If you are curious about how many people were fishing in July, I have
those numbers for you. Mike Mitchell sent an e-mail with the
The number of anglers for the year as of July is 89,115. This is up
6.58% over last year. However the July numbers were down (not really
a surprise considering the record heat and drought.) The total number
of tags sold in July of 2011 was 24,496 compared to 22,513 in 2012.
The tags per fish ratio was 2.03 in 2011 and 2.18 in 2012. The total
fish stocked was 49,810 in 2011 and 49,141 in 2012. As expected, the
size of the fish is trending smaller than it was in the Springtime. In
general it seems that most anglers have been happy, and maybe even a
little surprised, to see larger fish in the stream. The number of
lunkers caught this year reflects the size of fish caught. We look
forward to next year continuing in that direction.
I hope you all are able to take advantage of the long weekend to get
together with friends and family.
For this last week of August - 7 am to 8 pm.
September - 7:30 am to 7:15 pm
At Weaver's Tackle Store, we open at 6:30 am every day in September.
On Monday through Thursday, and on Saturday we close at 6 pm, Friday
we are open 'till 9 pm, and on Sunday we close at 4pm.
All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception
of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on August 28 - 114 CFS. Minimum was
68 (1936). 25th percentile is103, median is 122, mean is 126. 75th
percentile is 142 and the max is 207 (1979).
The water level at the Gage House is 1.95 feet.
August 22, 2012
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
2 1/4 lbs Zone1 His own tie - a flesh fly.
Geno showed me this very nice little streamer. White fur on the
outside with shades of red and a little flash in the middle. The
picture is close to what it looks like, but of course, Geno's was much nicer!
August 23. 2012
Matt Roberson from Imperial, MO
2 1/4 lbs Zone 2 Black Roostertail
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
2 lbs 14 oz Zone 2 Flesh Fly
Glo-Balls: Tri color #3 Easter Egg, Tri-Color #4 Flame, Roe w/red
dot, Unweighted glo-balls in many colors, Chartreuse w/red dot
Marabou: Moss, Shell & White, Gingersnap
Mini Jigs: Bedspread w/tail, John Deere, Peach Floss
Sculpin Olive Wooly Buggers
Rooster Tails: Yellow Tiger Vibric Roostertails, Tinsel Fire Tiger, and Black
From the Fly Case:
Red Holographic Cracklebacks
Blue Holographic Cracklebacks
Brass Super Dupers
Nickel Super Dupers
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southeast wind 5 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind 8 to 13 mph.
Friday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance
of precipitation is 60%.
Friday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance
of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 84.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a
low around 70.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Sunday Night:: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
Labor Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
September 18 & 19 is moss cutting
November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season
Quote of the Day
Sleeping we imagine what awake we wish; ~ Dogs dream of bones, and
fishermen of fish.
Theocritus c. 320 - 260BC
Thanks for reading and have a safe Holiday.