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.
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.
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..
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.
Robert Kirchner from Canton, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on yellow power bait.
black & yellow, Black or gingersnap marabou
Black or brown Roach
Glo Ball - Lt roe, red dot, Dark brown, any tri color
midge or WD-40
Crackleback, holographic green or red
black woolie bugger
brown or black fire tail woolie
Super duper, Kastmaster spoon
orange power bait
rainbow nuggets power bait scented
Black & yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - yellow, white, extra scent
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.
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 - 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
Thanks for reading! Lucy