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.

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
3-1/2 pounds on powerbait - he mixed white and salmon colors, in zone 3

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

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

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

Jay Stuart from Perry MO
2 pounds on olive scud in zone 1

Jim Shortell from Lebanon MO
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.
John Gierach

thanks for reading, Lucy

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