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

Chris Jones from Odessa MO
2-1/4 pounds on white marabou in zone 2
Keith Dean from Belleville MI
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou
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.

Nick Lyons

A Fly Fishers World

Thanks for reading, Lucy

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