Tuesday, September 24, 2013



9-26-13


How's Fishing?

Anglers are catching fish.  Those that like to keep them are fishing longer to get a decent amount for dinner, but no one is complaining that the fish aren't biting.  The water in the Spring is that fabulous green-blue that Bennett is so famous for, and it's very clear. A Griffiths Gnat on top water late in the afternoon is a beautiful thing.   Check out the pictures.  Don't you wish that was you standing in the stream?  September is such a great month to fish!  


Who's Fishing?

We were delighted to see our friend, Mike, fishing this weekend.  Mike has beaten the odds and is fishing once again with his family and friends at Bennett Spring.  You go, Mike!

What's Working?

Zone 1 & 2

Black & yellow marabou, Salmon marabou, Gold plated ginger marabou
Griffith's Gnat size 14, Zebra midge size 18
Green fur bugs, tan fur bugs
Brown Rooster Tail, white Rooster Tail
Easter egg glo ball,  peach glo ball with red dot.
Bead head Crackleback
blue holographic, and red holographic crackleback
chartreuse brassie with bead, pink or red brassie
Gold plated wooly bugger - black & gold




Zone 3

white or yellow sparkle power bait.
Zeke's white
pink & white or salmon mini trout magnet

Water Conditions


Most Recent Instantaneous Value on September 24, 2013 - 170 cubic feet per second.
Minimum for this date was 68 (1937)
25th percentile is 97, Median is 111, the mean is 173,
75th percentile is 142, and the Max was 2030 in 1973.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.13 feet. Higher than some years, but not noticeably so.




Lunker Club

Mike Udell from Buffalo MO
9-20-13
2 pounds, 6 ounces on a green wooly worm in zone 2



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. 
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81..
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 78.



Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
          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
October 12 & 13: Holland Derby
October 31: end of Regular Season



Quote of the Week

I always thought a fly fisherman was the ultimate optimist; anyone who believes he can trick a wary wild fish with a concoction fashioned from feathers and fur can't be a pessimist.

Author:
David Klausmeyer - Editor
Published:
Fly Tyer Magazine

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013



How's Fishing?

This time of year just gets better and better.   The water is slower and clearer than it has been for a long time. There are tons of fish to be caught, some that are good sized, quite a few that are not.
There has been some top water action lately.  A Renegade, or it's close cousin, a double trouble, have been doing very well.  The terrestrials are also a good choice, such as Dave's Hopper or a tarantula.. When they are not hitting on top, an orange scud, yellow brassie, or pink San Juan worm are good choices.  And, of course, the cracklebacks in sulfer or holographic green are super
The weather should be very nice this week with only a chance of rain.  It looks like another golden week at Bennett Spring
Note that the 17th & 18th of September are the days when moss cutting is planned - whether  you love it or hate it.


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Did you Know?
The following is an article written by Joe Davis, an engineer for Quantum.

A quality fishing reel will last a long time and continue to perform well.- if you take proper care of it.  However, neglect or misdirected quick fixes can quickly affect performance or even render a reel useless.
Never spray your reel inside and out with WD-40 or anything else not designed for reel cleaning or lubrication.  The reel might seem super smooth at first but chemicals can break down the greases needed for long term lubrication.
Use the right screwdriver to avoid stripping screws and don't over-tighten.
If reels get wet, dry them with a soft cloth, as opposed to letting them air dry.  Be careful, however, not to wipe away grease that is supposed to be there.
Don't throw away your manual.  The exploded parts view is critical for putting your reel back together when you take it apart for cleaning.  Reel grease and reel oil have different functions. Follow your manuals lubrication instructions, if provided.  As a rule, though, use grease for parts that mesh and oil for parts that rub.
Don't over oil.  Too much oil will overflow from where it is supposed to be and will end up trapping 'gunk' which will negatively affect the reel's performance.



Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on September 11, 2013 - 180 cubic feet per second.
Minimum for this date was 70 (1936)
25th percentile is 97, Median is 119, the mean is 123,
75th percentile is 143, and the Max is 223 in 1994.

The water level at the Gage House is 2.18, slightly higher than average, but probably not noticeably so.



What's Working
Zone 1 & 2
Orange and olive scuds
Salmon colored grub with tail
Cracklebacks - holographic green, sulfur, olive
Yellow brassie
Renegade, double trouble
Brown woolie with fire tail. olive with gray hackle woolie
salmon or salmon & white marabou
Rooster Tails - bumblebee and skunk.  Brown is still good as well.
Glo Balls - egg, roe, or apricot -all with red dot
Zone 2
Gold spoon lure
Zone 3
Floresent orange, white, and salmon power baits



Lunker Club

Charles Leake from Mexico MO
9-7-13
3-1/2 pounds on powerbait - he mixed white and salmon colors, in zone 3

Ken Langston from Lebanon, MO
9-7-13
2-1/2 pounds on a gold spoon in zone 2

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
9-7-13
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

Jay Stuart from from Perry Mo
9-7-13
2-1/2 pounds on a self tied white lure in zone 2

Jay Stuart from Perry MO
9-7-13
2 pounds on olive scud in zone 1

Jim Shortell from Lebanon MO
9-9-13
4-1/2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3



Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.



Fishing Times

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

          September: 7:30 to 7:15
          October: 7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and-release season is the second Friday in November through the second 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

A peek into next month


Quote of the Week

Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip.
Author:
John Gierach

thanks for reading, Lucy

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


September 4, 2013



How's Fishing?

The weather and the water have cleared.  There have been quite a few lunkers brought up to the store.  It's fun to get a lunker pin and to have bragging rights on this report, but the fish in general are smaller.  This is typical for this time of year and we were told to expect smaller fish at this time when we attended the pre-season meeting.  If you have any questions about fish size or any other hatchery matters please contact Mike Mitchell who is the hatchery manager. michael.mitchell@mdc.mo.gov  We are looking forward to next year after the hatchery has been up and running for a full season.and, barring any mean tricks by mother nature, we should see some really nice fish next year.



Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on September 4, 2013 - 221 cubic feet per second.
 Minimum for this date was 70 (1936)
25th percentile is 99, Median is 121, the mean is 125,
75th percentile is 144, and the Max is 391 in 2008.

The water level at the Gage House is 2.25, down almost a foot from last week.  If you are coming for a weekend trip, it should be very close to typical for September: cool, clear and sweet.

7-3/4 pound brown caught by Emerson Kretzer on September 1, 2013


Lunker Club


Norman E. Black Jr. from Rolla, MO
8-29-13
6-1/4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Joe Stites from Springfield MO
8-30-13
4 pounds 9 oz. on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Steve Anderson from  St. Joseph, MO
8-31-13
2 pounds on his own lure in zone 1

Emerson Kretzer IV (see picture) from St. Joseph MO
9-1-13
7-3/4 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Tate Rigby (age 12) from Kirksville MO
9-1-13
2-1/4 pounds on a red rooster tail in zone 1

Jim Shortall from Lebanon, MO
9-2-13
3 pounds on bait in zone 3

Barbara Barnes from Edwardsville  IL
9-2-13
2-3/4 pounds on "purple and brown thing" in zone 1

Fred Todd from Mexico MO
9-3-13
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1



What's Working


Zone 1

bedspread
Glo Ball - egg with red dot, roe with red dot, apricot with red dot
yellow brassie
copper john
orangy scud
Crackleback - holographic green or olive
brown fire tail woolie with spinner
Rooster tail - salmon fly, brown glitter, white with red tail. red with red tail
Marabou - red & white, white

Zone 2
silver super duper with red tip

Zone 3
black and yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - white, fluorescent orange


 
Weather Report A beautifully boring forecast!
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.


Fishing Times 


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

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 - Bennett Spring Church of God is hosting a BBQ and concert. Potters Wheel is the entertainment. Kids games start at 4 pm. No charge for this event. Love offering accepted.

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


Don't confuse your own incompetence with a fish's intelligence.

Author:Jay Zimmerman


Thanks for reading! Lucy