Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

How's Fishing?
Fishing varies day by day and person by person.  According to Uncle Jim, concentration is the key.  He suggests that  you watch your lure and ignore the fish.  The fish  are just teasing you.  When you see your lure disappear, set the hook.  It does take concentration, that's for sure.
So... you can see why there are some people having a harder time catching fish.  The water is running faster and higher than most years, and it is very clear.  Using a  heavier lure or a line that sinks are still good choices.
Most people who fish at Bennett are very aware of this, but remember to get fresh two pound line or at least a 6X tippet on your reel.  he line can spook the fish,

Despite all of that, there have been some very nice fish caught lately.  As explained at the pre-season meeting this Spring,  August is a time of year one can expect to see somewhat smaller fish.  I am looking forward to next years' fishing.  The new hatchery will have been in place for a whole year and I feel certain we will all be pleased with the results.

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 30, 2013 is 214 CFS. We had quite a bit of rain lately, but since it has been so dry, it didn't affect the Spring too much.
Minimum was 81 in 1934
The 25th percentile is 113
The median is 130 and the mean is 139.
The 75th percentile is 158 and the max was 248 in 1938
The water level at the Gage House is 2.18, The color is a slight blue-green and very clear

Did you Know
Most of the people who fish at Bennett know Julie Caffee, if not by name, by face.  Sadly for us, we will be seeing less of her because she has decided to transfer to the Lebanon office of the Missouri Department of Conservation.   Julie has been working at Bennett Spring since February of 2000.  When she first began the job, she encountered skepticism about her ability to hold her own doing such a physically demanding job.  What they didn't know about her was that she had grown up working with her family on a Missouri cattle farm and, besides her intelligence and winning personality, the girl had what the old timers call 'grit'.  She had just graduated from college with a degree in Animal Science and was eager to use her skills.  Julie was ready for the challenge and soon proved herself.  In 2004 she was promoted to Assistant Hatchery Manager, the only woman ever to hold that position in Missouri.

When I asked her why she was changing jobs, she said she wanted to improve her quality of life.  An eight-to-five, five-days-a-week job sounded pretty appealing at three A.M. when you are scrubbing screens in a thunderstorm trying to make sure the fish are still alive the next morning.   I asked her what she would miss the most about the job - she unhesitatingly replied "the people!"  She explained that she rarely knew their names, but knew what they drove and where and when they fished.  She always enjoyed seeing them after the long winter and catching up a little bit on their lives.  And we will all miss her.  It was such a pleasure to run in to her when she was working.  She always had a minute to talk even when you knew she was super busy.  She did such a great job organizing the kid's fishing day.  She survived three hatchery renovations and two managers.  It was hard for her, I'm sure, to make the decision to walk away from a job she is so proud of, and the people she cares so much about. She knew when it was time to make a change and she had the courage to do it.  Best of luck in your new job, Julie.

What's Working
Marabou :Black & Yellow, gingersnap, pink & white
Cracklebacks: green with grizzly hackle.  Griffith's Gnat
mini jigs: Bedspread, brown roach, john deere
 Glo balls - Easter Egg or original  tri-color,  hatchery brown Glo balls
 Rooster Tails - tinsel rainbow fly, yellow dot
Brown skipping woolie
ginger woolie bugger
Zone 2
Rebel Cricket Hopper
Zone 3 - orange is still the color!
Power Bait - orange or yellow sparkle
trout nuggets orange
River Fishing
white & pink Mouse Tails
orange worms, orange dough bait.
Salmon Peach dough bait

Lunker Club

Chase Cole (age 13) from Festus MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1


Mike Winkler from St. James, MO
2 pounds on an olive crackleback in zone 1

Nick Odum from Lebanon, MO
j2 pounds on a black woolie in zone 2

Joe Collins from Olathe KS
2 pounds on a Joe's fly in zone 1

Justin Peterson from Maryville IL
3-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jeff Harres from New Berlin IL
2-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 93. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph.
Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. .
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

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

          August: 7:00 to 8:00
          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.

Community Calendar

The 45th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing Scheduled for Jul. 31 - Aug. 3rd!

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 Week

We who go a-fishing are a peculiar people. Like other men and women in many respects, we are like one another, and like no others, in other respects. We understand each other's thoughts by an intuition of which we know nothing. We cast our flies on many waters, where memories and fancies and facts rise, and we take them and show them to each other, and small or large, we are content with our catch.
Author:  W. C. Prime
Published:  I Go A-Fishing 1873

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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