August 8, 2013
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
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,
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.
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
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
Jeff Harres from New Berlin IL
2-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1
black & yellow, Black or gingersnap marabou - gold head 1/8 ounce is
Brown, olive or white Roach
Glo Ball - Lt roe, red dot, Dark brown, any tri color, red & white, white
san Juan worm
midge or WD-40
Super duper, kastmaster spoon
Pink power bait scented
Black & yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - yellow, white, extra scent
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.
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.
Gladys Taber - 1941