Thursday, April 25, 2013


April 25, 2013


How's Fishing?
It's finally, finally!, going to reach 70 degrees this weekend.  At this point, there is rain forecast for Friday, but less chance on Saturday and even less on Sunday.  If possible, I would suggest playing hooky on Monday.  It's going to be an exceptionally  beautiful day!  As I am writing this report it is raining again.  Many of you know that I grew up in Colorado, a place where the sun shines 360 day a year.  Personally, I love rain and am so thankful that the drought we experienced last year has been broken.  I realize for many of you, the stream is 'messed up', but I have been told by those who have been here for many years that it as a normal process and a small price to pay to live in a world that is green and blue instead of brown. 
As far as how that affects fishing, I can't guarantee a stream that is as low and clear as it can be in August, but I can assure you that we are seeing larger fish and larger stringers than we have all year.  For one thing, the murkier water  allows you to use a heavier line than you could use in less forgiving conditions.  We are seeing an increase in the sales of rooster tails, gingersnap marabou, and, for zone two,  lures such as the super duper.  Because the fish can't see as well, they may grab at what they would swim away from in clearer water conditions.  
This year is the 40th anniversary of Weaver's Tackle Store.  We are having some great anniversary sales coming up.  Watch for them in the Trout Talk or on our facebook page.
Kids Fishing Day is May 4th this year.  It's a great time to introduce a young friend to the sport.  There will be fly tying demonstrations as well as a chance for hands on experiences.  A lot of people volunteer, so even if you aren't the worlds' best angler, you should be able to find someone to help get your child started in the right direction.  These volunteers put in a lot of time in preparing for this event and we would like to thank them.  They help make it a great day for the kids.  


What's Working?

Zone 1 or 2

The weeks' big winner -  gingersnap marabou
blue crackleback, green crackleback, gold crackleback
 tan scud
San Juan worms, red or chartreuse 
brassies are working, but I haven't  noticed one color working better than the rest.
tinsel jig
brown roach
Original glo ball
brown glitter, solid black Roostertail

Zone 2

Kastmaster, silver blade
Super Duper Chrome & Red

Zone 3
Beetle spin - black & yellow, orange & black
white power bait eggs, orange eggs
white floating salmon eggs ( made by Gulp )



Lunker Club
4-14-13
Richard Krenning from Beaufort MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white tube jib in zone 3

4-16-13
Steve Saladino from Kansas City MO
3 pounds 2 oz on gold plated black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-17-13
Mary Jane Potts from Carlyle Ill
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2


Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
April: 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
May: 6:30 to 8:15
June and July: 6:30 to 8"30
August: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
September: 7:30 to 7:15
October: 7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the 2nd Monday in February. Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.


Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on April 9th is 273 CFS, down from more than 300 a couple of days ago.
Minimum was 84 in 1981, 
The 25th percentile is 177, the median is 234 and the mean is 286. 
The 75th percentile is 332 and the max was 1200 in 1973.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.68.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 62. Light west wind. 

Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Calendar
If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.
May 4 Kids Fishing Day

May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting

April 30th Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.

June 8 & 9 Free Fishing Weekend

June 25 & June 26 Moss Cutting

August 6 & 7 Moss Cutting

September 17 & 18 Moss Cutting

October 12 & 13 Holland Derby

October 31 end of Regular Season

November 8 Catch and Release Season begins

Quote of the Day
Handling a big trout in swift water is akin to flying a kite on a blustery day. The more line you let out, the more trouble you're going to have getting it back.
Author:   Jimmy D Moore



Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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