Wednesday, May 29, 2013



May 31, 2013






How's fishing?

The Spring is, as they say, "straightening up".  The water is slower, lower, and much clearer.  There are some storms predicted for the area, but most of the serious stuff should miss us and cause little effect on the stream.

We often are asked about the numbers of fish in the stream and how the Hatchery knows how many fish to put in the Spring.   I asked Hatchery Manager, Mike Mitchell how this happens.  He was kind enough to send me an e-mail explaining the procedure.  He asked me to encourage you to contact him with any questions or comments.  His email follows:

Lucy,  (Mike Mitchell writes)
The average size is based upon the 100 individual fish lengths that we take of every release pool.  These 100 lengths show us the average size and size structure of the population within our release pool.  If the size structure meets the requirements (objective 2.2 of the “Plan for Missouri Trout Fishing”) of being between 10-14 inches with less than 5% being under 10” then these fish are ready to be released

Please note in the Number /Half Inch Group that 80 out of 100 fish (80%) were 12 inches and above.


March – May 17, 2013 Bennett Spring has sold 29,783 tags VS. 37, 699 in 2012
-7,916 tags or -21%
         
Stocked 70,073 fish (avg. size has been 12.42”)

2.35 fish/tag sold VS.  2.25 fish/tag that we try to maintain.

100 individual fish lengths of every release pool

226 Lunkers stocked this year so far this year.


Thanks!

Michael J. Mitchell
Bennett Spring Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
phone 417-532-4418
fax 417-532-5507
cell 417-718-3000
email: Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov


As for this Holiday weekend - the tag sales are as follows:
May 24th  - 577
May 25th  - 1192
May 26th  - 1259
May 27th 892
the total for the weekend was 3926, down a little from last year's 4343.

Who's Fishing?

Well, just about everyone.  We had so many groups of families and friends that are finally getting a chance to come to Bennett and uncurl some line.  We are anticipating another good weekend and hope to see you here,



What's Working?

Zone 1 & 2

John Deere has been the big player this week
White & cerise marabou
Giingersnap maragou, orange marabou
Glo balls - white, Easter egg, egg with dot, jimi hendrix
Rooster tails - Brown with brown tail, brown with orange tail, white with red stripe and white blade
Copper john - green is best at this point
Brown, trout, fire tiger rooster tails
Salmon, brown midge
Black ant
Blue. red and gold crackleback
white floss

Zone 2

Chrome Rattletraps
Chrome Super Dupers star

Zone 3

Berkley Powerbait, Salmon Peach, white glitter
Salmon eggs
Trout Nuggets, orange

Lunker jClub
Henry Campbell from St. Louis MO
3-1/4 lbs on a salmon egg in zone 3



Fishing Times
Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

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 May 29th is 198 CFS,The rate it is flowing  is normal for this time of year.
Minimum was 79 in 1936.
The 25th percentile is 141, the median is 188 and the mean is 239
The 75th percentile is 268 and the max was 1060 in 1935
The water level at the Gage House is 2.28,
The difference can be more or less significant in different parts of the stream.



Calendar

If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.
Our email is weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com


June 4 & June 11:   Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook Fly Tyer's Forum at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

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 begin



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

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



Quote of the Day
I always fish with better anglers than myself. That way I get to see nice fish being caught

Author:

Unaccomplished Angler

Thanks for reading, Lucy.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013




  1. May 15, 2013



e
How's Fishing

The water is lower than it has been for quite some time.  As  you can see from the pictures, it is also clearing up nicely.  If you have been using four pound line, you may need to switch to a two pound.  The moss is getting cut today and should be cleared out by late week.  The classic smaller lures are working well, such as mini jigs (john deere, thread jig and white floss).  For the fly fisherman, a scud in green or tan are suggested as well as a WD40 or a midge.  I haven't heard a consistent size on either of these, they all seem to be working.  This week the fish are venturing out of their deep holes and looking for little treats on top water.  Black Caddis and Renegades are two of the lures that are good this time of year..
We are expecting some rain later this week, but nothing heavy until Sunday night, so the stream should remain in the same condition through the weekend.  Although I have seen some very decent stringers, and anglers have told me they have caught-and-released over 30 fish a day, there is still grumbling about the size and numbers of the trout.  We have a new hatchery, and with a little luck and some good fish management, we should be seeing an improvement in the size of the fish.  Mike Mitchell is the hatchery manager, and he is always willing to field your questions about the state of the fish at the park.

 

Who's Fishing?

I talked with several people this week about what they were using and the success that they were having.  Steve, a catch-&-release angler, was using a WD40 and caught over forty fish one morning.  I suggested it to a couple other fly rod folks and they had good success with it as well.
 Joe Waters, from St. Louis was having a great time fishing, too.  He was catching his limit, but even more important for him, he had a chance to hang out for a whole week with his long time friends, Tyler Sandos and Dennis Kennon.  Joe's Dad, Joe Sr. also had one day he could fish and be with the boys.
 I also talked with Ron Petroll from Liberty who said that he caught a seven foot trout that weighed 48 pounds.  Then he woke up. As they say, first liar doesn't have a chance.



What's Working?
Zone 1 or 2
White Floss
Gold plated green or black & yellow woolly
Crawdad Marabou - 1/8 oz
red & white mini marabou
john deere
glo balls - white, salmon with dot, egg with dot, easter egg, jimi hendrix
Rooster tails - Yellow & black, brown with orange tail, white with silver blade
peacock grub
copper john
Black & yellow, gingersnap, ginger, or white marabou
brassie - gold with gold bead, red
WD40's
pheasant tail nymph
Zone 3
Gulp minnow grub, chartreuse,
Berkley Powerbait Orange, white
Trout Nuggets, orange

                                                                     
Lunker Club
5-8-13
Joseph Phelps from KC MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou
5-11-13
Randy Crall from Lebanon, MO\
2-1/4 pounds on orange power  bait.

Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

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 249 CFS, a nice steady decrease from one week ago when it was almost 300.  The rate it is flowing now is normal for this time of  year.
Minimum was 78 in 1934.  The state lost most of it's fish that year.  Bennett was one of the few that could support any at all.  It's best not to live in interesting times.
The 25th percentile is 148, the median is 225 and the mean is 293.
The 75th percentile is 356 and the max was 1620 in 1967
The water level at the Gage House is 2.49, .This is about 6 inches over a mid summer level at the Gage house.
The difference can be more or less significant in different parts of the stream.



Calendar 

If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.
Our email is weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com
May 14 & 15  was Moss Cutting

May  21 & 28 Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook Fly Tyer's Forum at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

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 begin



Quote of the Day

Your first trout is like your first love. You never forget it!
Author:  Jimmy D Moore



Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Thursday, May 9, 2013


May 9, 2013




How's Fishing?

The weekend was super, but the last couple of days have been tough for many anglers.  I often wonder why this happens occasionally, and have asked quite a few people for their best guess.  I had one gentleman who has fished all his life tell me that the barometer can play a big part in this.  He said not to worry, that once it starts to rain, the fish will begin to actively feed.  Whatever it is, today has been better than the last couple of days, and, hopefully, the weekend will be better still.  With the temperatures pushing 70 degrees and very little chance of rain after Friday, this is probably our best weekend weather-wise for the whole season.  It may actually be Spring!















Who's Fishing?
 
Most of our pictures reflect the "Kids Day" event.   Primarily because of the nasty weather that was forecast, the numbers were light for this event.  Those who did brave the cold to fish were blessed by a cold, but calm day.  As you can see, there were a lot of really nice fish caught by the kids.  The volunteers for this event and others like it at the other Trout Parks make a real impact on the future of fishing in Missouri.
There is also a shot of the dedication of the new accessibly ramp by the old hatchery that happened on Saturday.  A big thank you to all of those who contributed to the ramp.





What's Working?
Zone 1 or 2

Heavy gold plated marabou in Gingersnap, Pink & white, and Black & Yellow
Crawdad Marabou - 1/8 oz
blue crackleback, gold crackleback
red & white mini marabou
Bead head woolly buggers, green or sculpin olive
San Juan worms, pink, red
glo balls - easter egg, jimi hendrix
Rooster tails - Yellow & black, brown with orange tail, white with silver blade
rubber leg jigs, green & yellow, bumble bee
copper john
brassie - florescent pink
Lake Dragon
Pheasant tail nymph
 
Zone 3
 
White sparkle Zekes Gold brand dough bait
Berkley white power bait eggs 
Trout magnet in red or red & white, or pink
Berkley Powerbait Chunky Cheese


Lunker Club

5-4-13

Andy Bryant from St. Louis MO
2 pounds on a white jig in aone 2

Dalton Witherspoon from Windsor MO
2 pounds on a red & green marabou in zone 2

Dylan Witherspoon from Windsor MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red & green in zone 2

Neal Bachmann from Perryville MO
2-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Landon Geist from Wellsville KS
2-3/4 pouns on white power eggs in zone 3

Brandon Fritz from Fulton, MO
2-1/4  pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2

5-5-13

Mark Elliote from California MO
2-1/2 pounds on Phmyn (sp?)

5-7-13

Leland Ragan from  Barry IL
2 pounds on orange power bait with glitter in zone 3

5-8-13
Joseph Phelps from KC MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2



Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

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 257 CFS, down from 408 one week ago
Minimum was 81 in 1934, 
The 25th percentile is 157, the median is 214 and the mean is 316. 
The 75th percentile is 344 and the max was 2004 in 2009.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.62, .



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. North wind 6 to 10 mph

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Calendar of Events

If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.

May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting

May 7, 14, 21, 28 Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook Fly Tyer's Forum at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

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 Week

If - The fisherman's conjunction - Jud said aloud and smiled a bit. -The fishing will be good tomorrow, if the wind doesn't blow, if the mayflies come out, if it doesn't rain, if it's not too hot, if it's not too cold, if the creeks don't rise, and if the trout are willing.

Author:  Scott Waldie

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Wednesday, May 1, 2013



May 2, 2013

How's Fishing?

All week long I have been hearing anglers say "The fish are in there, but you need to use heavy lures and bounce em' along the bottom!"  We have also heard talk about fishing successfully in the river using the same method. The lures we are selling the most of are gold plated (for extra flash) marabou  or woollies, and various rooster tails.
The water is high -  about one foot over summertime levels -  running fast, and it's murky.  These conditions make it possible to use a heavier line and larger lures.
The perfect weather that is forecast for the next few days should help a great deal to improve color and clarity.  Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday and it will probably bring levels up a bit, but I would guess, based on the weather models, that it will not be significant. 
The big event for this weekend is Kids Fishing Day. If you are bringing a young person to the event, you may want to pack a jacket.  There is a chance of rain and the temperatures will be a little cool.  There will be an area set aside for the kids to fish where, as I was told by one long time area fisherman, "they throw in enough fish for the kids to walk over the stream without getting wet."  An obvious exaggeration, but it still means good fishing for the rest of us on Sunday, too!



What's Working?

Zone 1 or 2

Again this week the big winner - gingersnap marabou
Heavy gold plated marabou in red & green, Orange, and Black & yellow
Fuchia & black, salmon, or black & chartreuse  marabou
Crawdad Marabou - 1/8 oz gold head
blue crackleback, gold crackleback
Bead head woolly buggers, green or sculpin colored
San Juan worms, pink, green, red
brown roach. john  deere
glo balls - easter egg, salmon, hatchery brown 
Rooster tails - Yellow & black, black & white, brown with orange tail, solid black 
Rooster tail sonics
Zone 3
Beetle spin - black & yellow, orange & black
white power bait eggs 
trout magnet in red or red & white, or pink

Lunker Club
3-31-13
Jordan Lewis from Elkland, MO
2 pounds on white jig in zone 2


Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

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 408 CFS
Minimum was 87 in 1936, 
The 25th percentile is 175, the median is 225 and the mean is 301. 
The 75th percentile is 315 and the max was 1510 in 1970.
The water level at the Gage House is 3.05.



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then periods of showers after 1pm. High near 51. North wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.                 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Calendar of Events

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

May 7, 14, 21, 28  Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook Fly Tyer's Forum at Weaver's or email fly.forum@aol.com

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 Week

Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endure.

Author::  E.Donnall Thomas



Thank you for reading.  Lucy