Wednesday, August 28, 2013


August 28, 2013



How's Fishing?
Fish are fickle.  Last night they were biting, this morning they aren't.  You can see the dang fish swimming around, they just don't seem to have an interest in what you are offering.  Usually the hatchery stocks the stream well for the Holiday weekends.   
You may be one of the lucky ones who get an extra day off to enjoy this last fling for the summer.  It seems that half the people you talk with are adamant about avoiding the holiday and the other half are just as excited to be here. The weather is forecast to be low 90's with little chance of rain.  The day is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of the American Workers (you!).  It's only fitting that you should spend this day however you choose, and if fishing at Bennett is what you would like to do, then we will look forward to seeing you.
Remember that the fishing times change for September.  The opening whistle blows at 7:30 and end whistle at 7:15.




How to fish for Trout in hot weather
You may know this from your experience.  I thought J Motes did a nice job of addressing it 
Here are some tips for hot weather trout fishing. While trout fishing is perhaps best enjoyed on cool spring mornings, this does not mean that trout cannot be caught in hot weather. With a few adjustments to your baits or lures and techniques trout can be caught even on very hot days.
Before looking moving to the trout fishing tips in hot weather here is one thing to consider. Fisherman need to make certain that hot weather fishing is allowed in their area. Hot weather is rough on the trout (causing closed seasons during the summer in some areas). If you are fishing for stocked trout and plan on keeping them, then hot weather fishing is of no concern. But for catch and release fishing, it is best to hit the smallmouth bass or other game fish and not risk killing a trout by hooking, fighting, and releasing it to die from the experience. Native trout should not be fished in hot weather for this same reason.

Hot weather tends to drive trout deeper into the water in search of cooler water. Fisherman need to adjust their offerings to put the baits and lures on or near the bottom of the stream. In crystal clear water, trout will still rise to the top to strike flies or bait, but expect deeper presentations to work best in hot weather. Of course, when fishing near the bottom snags will be common. Anglers need to pay attention to their line to keep the bait or lure moving, but snags are going to happen.

As with other fish, seek out trout in hot weather in the early morning and late evening as the day cools and the sun's rays stop striking the water. Spring water coming into a stream will also be cooler than the stream itself in warm weather making this a great place to target your trout fishing. Another option is to simply fish for trout at night in hot weather. I have heard anglers state that trout strike best under a full moon and others say they hit best in the pitch darkness. However, I firmly believe in fishing whenever you can. I do prefer to trout fish at night under a full moon as it is simply easier.

Don't give up on the trout during hot weather. Though not ideal, trout can be caught in hot weather. Fish deeper and fish at the right time and you'll be frying trout in no time.

Published by J. Motes
Motes has been published in a variety of national and regional publications on subjects ranging from frugal living to rabbit hunting



Water Conditions
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on August 28, 2013 - 257 cubic feet per second down from last week of 306, and down significantly from the previous week when it was 570. Minimum  for this date was 68 (1936) 25th percentile is 103, Median is 121, the mean is 125, 75th percentile is 142, and the Max is, of course, today, but previously it was 202 in 1979. 

The water level at the Gage House is 3.18.



Lunker Club
8-22-13
Joe Harvey from Camdenton MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

8-24-13
Paul Hempen from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on an original tri color glo ball in zone1

Luke Samo from Clearfield Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Dan Milburn from Mattoon IL
5-3/4 pounds on a green nymph in zone 1

Alan Cortvrient from Meta MO
2 pounds on a 32nd oz white marabou in zone 1





What's Working?
Zone 1
John Deere, bedspread with tail
White marabou, black & yellow, salmon & white marabou 
gingersnap marabou and ginger marabou.   
Glo Ball -  hot pink & white, original tri color
Red Brassie, chartreuse brassie
copper john 
grey or pink scud, green nymph
Crackleback -, white, sparkle or bead head orininal
black woolie bugger, ginger woolie bugger
brown tail woolie with spinner
Rooster tail - white with red sparkle tail, black with black tail
Zone 2
Super Duper - silver with red tip or gold with red tip



Zone 3
orange power bait
rainbow nuggets power bait scented
Clear with red dot beetlespin
Power Bait - white, yellow sparkle, orange & yellow 



Weather Report

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 100. West wind 3 to 5 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94

Labor Day: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Tuesday: 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




Calendar of Events
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

Angling is a way to round out a happy life

Author:
Charles K.Fox

Thanks for reading1  Lucy

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 22, 2013



How's Fishing?

I took a drive through the park last evening to check for the water clarity and to see who was fishing.  The water is still a bit dingy.  That's the bad news.  Here's the good news.  As far as anglers were concerned, there was hardly anyone there at all and every time I turned the corner - from the mouth of the Niangua to the Spring head - those who were there were catching fish.  As if on cue, I would turn my head to look and there it was again!  Another fish!  Everyone was catching fish.  With the weather forecast being rain free and in the high 80's for at least a week or two, the water conditions can only get better and better.  The kids may be back in school, but the summer is definitely not over!

An unofficial note about moss cutting - they are working on getting the moss cut th is week, but from observation, they may be having a little trouble with the mowing machine.  Or the problem may be be water depth, I didn't ask.   Regardless, just so you know, the moss has been cut recently.



Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on August 21, 2013 - 306, down significantly from last week when it was 570. Minimum was 75 (1936) 25th percentile is 102, Median is 126 Mean is 136, 75th percentile is 150,and the Max (2007) 404.
The water level at the Gage House is 3.18.



Lunker Club

What's Working?

Zone 1

White marabou, black & yellow, Black or gingersnap marabou
Black or brown Roach
Glo Ball - Easter egg, Dark brown, hot pink & white
Red Brassie,
midge or WD-40
grey scud
Crackleback -, holographic green or bead head
 black woolie bugger, ginger woolie bugger
 brown or black fire tail woolie

Zone 3
orange power bait
rainbow nuggets power bait scented
Black & yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - yellow, orange & yellow                                    

Lunker Club

8-17-13
Chris Jones from Odessa MO
2-1/4 pounds on white marabou in zone 2
8-19-13
Keith Dean from Belleville MI
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou
8-18-13
Don Van Amber fromSpringfield, MO
2 pounds on orange & yellow powerbait in zone 3



Weather Forecast

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Calm wind.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 94. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.


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.

Calendar of Events

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

I am struck, as I move deeply into my sixties, by how much I still love to fly fish and to write about fly-fishing, how grateful I am for the simple fun and happy intensity this passion has given me since that day, many years ago, when I saw a trout rise and had some brand of apocalyptic vision on Michigan's Au Sable river.

Author:
Nick Lyons

Published
A Fly Fishers World

Thanks for reading, Lucy

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


August 15, 2013

A Note on the pictures..These are all take a few days ago.  The stream has gone down quite a bit since then.  I will post more as I can.

How's Fishing


 You know how beautiful the water gets in August?  It's gin clear and it seems that you could touch every pebble? That's not how it is this August.  The water is more like what you would expect in March or April - very fish-able, but not especially clear or low.  On the eighth of August, the Spring rose to a record level - for this date - of 1905 cubic feet per second.  The water level rose briefly to 5.09 feet.  The official flood stage is 5 feet, it was up to that level for only twenty minutes or so and has been dropping sharply since.. The most recent report is that the water is getting better and better each day.
 Unfortunately, one thing that has been consistent with previous years is that there are not a lot of fish over two pounds being caught.  Nice stringers of fish weighing in a little bit over a pound to a pound and a half, but not a bunch of lunkers.  Check out the picture taken at the Spring head at the height of the rise on August eighth.  Even during the worst conditions, they have several good sized fish that will make a nice supper for the three of them.
The water levels continue to recede. Clearer weather is forecast for the next week.  It promises to be a very good weekend for those of you who are lucky enough to come to Bennett.

Water Conditions
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on August 12, 2013 - 570, down significantly from last week.  Minimum was 77 (1936) 25th percentile is 102, Median is 130 Mean is 136, 75th percentile is 157,and the Max (1940) 238.  The water level at the Gage House is 3.18. The water has been receding each day..

Who's Fishing

I met a really nice family this week that are getting together for their twelfth year at Bennett.  I first talked with Dave Glaenzer, former Missouri resident who currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.  I enjoyed talking with him about fishing and about his family. He was excited about joining them here at Bennett. He is very likable end he told me that he is the self proclaimed head of this little group  My belief is that he is the person he is because of his mother.  She is the strong and gentle hand that guides her family. In doing so she exemplifies the women of Missouri.   At eighty seven, she has seen a lot of this world.  She still works as a tax consultant, and observing her ease of movement, there is no doubt that she will be out there fishing with the best of them.  
The youngest member of the family is Adley.  She is just one year old last month and she is a delight.  I asked her parents, Crystal and Zach, if Adley was going to catch a fish this year and her mom said that she really hoped so.  Crystals' parents own a tackle store much like ours in Waterloo Illinois called Dan & Neats Bait & Tackle.  It's a lucky child who not only has parents and grands that take her fishing, but also another set of grandparents that own a tackle store!
Best of luck to you all and thanks for sharing a little bit of your lives with us.



Lunker Club

Robert Kirchner from Canton, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on yellow power bait.



What's Working?

Zone 1
black & yellow, Black or gingersnap marabou
Black or brown Roach
Glo Ball - Lt roe, red dot, Dark brown, any tri color
Pink Brassie,
midge or WD-40
Crackleback, holographic green or red
black woolie bugger
brown or black fire tail woolie

Zone 2
Super duper, Kastmaster spoon

Zone 3
orange power bait
rainbow nuggets power bait scented
Black & yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - yellow, white, extra scent



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: 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.
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Calendar of Events

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 - this one is for the top water enthusiast......

If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies
Author:
Bob Lawless

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fishing report for 8-8-13



August 8, 2013

How's Fishing?
We are all dealing with a lot of water right now.   Our hearts go out
to the people of Waynesville who have lost their homes or livelihoods
because of the flooding.
Locally we have been fortunate to have very  little damage to
property.  The Spring is up - but not to actual flood stage.  There
are people fishing and catching fish.  Please remember to watch your
step as you wade, There may be places that the water has carved out
and holes that have developed since the last time you fished.
We often get questions about how to fish the faster, higher water.
Remember that the fish don't quit feeding just because the water runs
high.  They will look for a spot out of the current to hold up and
watch for treats that will be floating by.  Try keeping your lures
simple.  Glo-balls do especially well in these conditions as do
marabou - black or black & yellow.  Using a bobber or indicator may be
helpful.  So if you were planning one last trip before school starts,
grab your fishing rod and your raincoat and head for the stream.  We
enjoy some of the best fishing and most beautiful  areas in the
country, and, yes sometimes it rains.

Moss cutting will not happen this week.   Tentatively it's scheduled
for next week, if conditions permit.


Did You Know?

While this article pertains specifically to wild trout, unlike our
hatchery raised ones, I felt like it would be of interest to the
anglers who fish here as well.

August 21, 2012 12:00 am  •  By Nathan Hansen
nathan.hansen@winonadailynews.com(0) Comments

The 2007 floods might have been a boon, not a curse, for area trout.
Vaughn Snook, an assistant area fisheries supervisor with the
Minnesota DNR, said area trout streams were sampled before the 2007
flood and afterward.
“We found no difference in trout population in these streams after the
flood than we did before,” he said.
In some ways, trout are even doing much better than before the flood,
Snook said.
The brown trout population collapsed before the flood, following its
natural population cycle. Now the population is back up in a big way.
Snook’s explanation is that the flood washed away silt, sand and soil,
exposing the rocks on the bottom of streams. The rocks improve
spawning and provide a habitat for food.
“Even though the flood did some big damage to the channels, it helped
the population,” Snook said.
“We’ve seen some of the best trout fishing in years.”
The one difference for fisherman has been relearning their favorite
fishing spots, which might have been altered by the flood.
“It’s going to be like you are fishing in a new country,” Snook said.



Current Water Conditions - all measured in cubic feet per second

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on August 7, 2013 - 737
Minimum was 85 (1941)
25th percentile is 106
Median is 126
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 150
Max (1995) 267
The water level at the Gage House is 3.62
The water has been rising each day.  this is Wednesday as I write this
and we are expecting more rain in the morning.  The impact of this
could be very slight or significant.  Watch for updates on this site
or on our facebook page - Weavers Tackle.



Lunker club
7-28-13
Mike Winkler from St James MO
2 pounds on an olive crackleback in zone 1

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

7-29-13
Joe Collins fromOlathe KS
2 pounds on his own fly in zone 1

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

7-30-13
Jeff Harres from New Berlin IL
2-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1


What's working?

black & yellow, Black or gingersnap  marabou - gold head 1/8 ounce is
good choice
Brown, olive or white Roach
Glo Ball - Lt roe, red dot, Dark brown, any tri color, red & white, white
Pink Brassie,
san Juan worm
midge or WD-40

Zone 2
Super duper, kastmaster spoon

zone 3
Pink power bait scented
Black & yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - yellow, white, extra scent












Weather Forecast

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 85. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except
higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a low around 68. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 80.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 84.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 67.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a
high near 84.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.



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.



Calendar of Events
September 8 Church of God in the park is hosting a concert and BBQ
supper.  4:00 there will be games for the kids, 5:00 the concert will
begin featuring the band Potters Wheel, and at 6:00 there will be a
BBQ dinner.  Everyone is invited.  There is no charge but a love
offering will be accepted.   Call 417-532-7531 for more information.

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

The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you
catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate
to leave in case something might bite.
Author:
Gladys Taber - 1941