Tuesday, October 29, 2013

October 31, 2013



How's Fishing?

October has been a fabulous month for fishing at Bennett Spring.  The weather held out until Tuesday of this week and the fish are some of the largest we have seen all year.  In fact, one fourth of all lunkers caught in 2013 were caught in the month of October.  What I would forecast from this, for the winter catch-and-release season, is that it could be one of the best we have seen in several years.   A lot of people have asked if Weaver's will be open this winter.  We will not, but please feel free to call us and, if we are able to, we will open the store for you to shop.  
This fishing report will be random during the next few months, but I will attempt to bring you updates and fresh photos when I can.  Also, I will continue the tradition of mentioning the friends of Bennett who have passed away this past year.  If there is someone you would like to add, please e-mail (weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com) the name as well as a little bit about this person and I will include them in a future report..  



Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 29, 2013:
Spring output is 120 cubic feet per second
Minimum for this date was 68 (in 1935)
25th percentile is 94, Median is 114, the mean is 126
75th percentile is 138 and the Max was 363 in 1971.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.01 feet.




Fishing Times


Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November - November 8th this year, through the 2nd Monday in February - February 10, 2014.   Times for catch-and-release are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

Lunker Board

Ernie Cole from Waynesville MO
10-23-13
3-1/4 pounds on pink power bait in zone 3

Raymond Stroppel from Excello, MO
10-24-13
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Linda Wilhite from Springfield MO
10-25-13
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Ron Wahlgren from Louisiana MO
10-26-13
2 pounds on a black & yellow wooly bugger in zone 1

Tim Bennett from Jefferson City, MO
10-26-13
2-3/4 pounds on peach salmon power bait in zone 3

Mark Nelson Jr. from Lexington KY
10-26-13
2-3/4 pounds on a yellow & orange marabou in zone 1

Terry Rager from Evansville IN
10-26-13
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

John Aufderbeide from Columbia MO
10-26-13
2-1/2 pounds in the river on a rapala

Alexander Hink from Gardner, KS
10-27-13
2.9 pounds on a renegade in zone 2

Mitchell Graeler (age 15) from O'Fallon MO
10-26-13
3-1/2 pounds on a yellow & white glo ball in zone 2

Greg Hink from Gardner, KS
10-26-13
3 pounds 10 ounces on a pheasant tail nymph

Dennis Pinero from Madison IL
10-27-13
2 pounds on a white & chartreuse marabou in zone 1

Milt Barr from Jefferson City, MO
10-28-13 
3-1/2 pounds on a cinnamon marabou in zone 2




Quote of the Week

Fish slowly and thoroughly. Haste never paid dividends. Never worry about the fellow ahead of you. If you start racing to get ahead of him, he'll probably try to beat you, and from then on it will be nothing but a foot-race instead of a contemplative and inspiring recreation.
Author: Ray Bergman
Published:  Trout




Thank you all for helping to make this a great season.   Lucy

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 22, 2013\



How's Fishing?
Fishing has been not just good, but super good.  There may still be smaller fish in the stream, but the amount of fish over a pound and half has everyone talking.  This is the time of year that we see primarily experienced anglers revisiting the stream.  There's a little more top water action and a little less pressure on the fish.
I did have an interesting question posed to me recently.  It was about spawning fish in Bennett Spring.  A reader wanted to know if the fish he had seen spawning recently could be rainbow trout.
 That's a great question.
 In Missouri, Brown trout spawn in late October and early November.  The browns go through the spawning act, (the females dig redds, the males fertilize the eggs) but the eggs die about 12 days later because the water temperatures aren't cold enough.  If the observed behavior was in zone three or the river, it could be a brown.
 The rainbows typically spawn in the spring time, however the Missouri Dept of Conservation has developed a strain of rainbow that spawn in the fall to improve hatchery efficiency.  These eggs have a chance of survival, but not nearly enough to replenish the stream.   We can enjoy fishing for trout in this area only because hatchery raised browns are stocked in the Niangua and the rainbows are stocked in the Spring branch.
So, in answer to the question,he may very well have caught rainbow trout in spawning behavior this time of year.



Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 16, 2013:
Spring output is 149 cubic feet per second
Minimum for this date was 80 (in 1938)
25th percentile is 94, Median is 111, the mean is 134
75th percentile is 150 and the Max was 407 in 1984.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.02 feet.



What's Working
Zone 1

kapok
Glo balls:  tricolor #4 flame, roe with red dot, dark roe, or peach
marabou:  gingersnap, moss , black & yellow, gold plated ginger 1/80 for fly rod
pale evening dun
black caddis and elk hair caddis
Rooster Tails:: black & yellow, olive may fly, brown trout
bedspread, white thread jig
Renegade
red sparkle grub
double trouble
crackleback:  blue or red holographic or gold

Zone 2
rattle traps - lemon shad

Zone 3
power bait in salmon peach,  florescent white salmon egg,  yellow chunky cheese
trout magnet - white, bubblegum
plastic minnow



Lunker Club

Owen Snyder from Kansas City, MO
10-17-13
3 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail

Jim Gallaher from St. Louis, MO
10-18-13
3-1/4 pounds on a moss marabou  in zone 1

Shane Stone from Hallsville, MO
10-18-13
2.5 pounds on a peach glo-ball in zone 1

Matthew LeDue from Joplin, MO
10-18-13
2 pounds on a Rooster Tail in zone 2

Lydia Collins from Olathe, KS
10-19-13
3 pounds on a meal worm fly pattern in zone 1

Betty Roberts from Macon, MO
10-20-13
2 pounds on a yellow trout magnet in zone 3

Ron Tilson from Wichita, KS
10-20-13
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Steve Lowry from Moro IL
10-20-13
3-1/2 pounds on a plastic minnow in zone 3

Russ Struttmann from St. Peters, MO
10-20-13
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with a gold head in zone 2



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 54.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.



In Remembrance

Jim (To My Jim) Dodson of Bethalto, IL, 73, passed away on June 4, 2013.
He loved fishing in the park, and especially helping with the kids free fishing weekend.   He loved play8ing cards, cooking biscuits over an open fire with friends, and neighbors.
When a friend or neighbor needed help with raking leaves, cleaning gutters, painting or what ever the need may be, he was alway there to help.
Jim is greatly missed by those who loved and knew him.



Fishing Times

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

          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.



Quote of the week

Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time.


Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


October 9, 2013



How’s Fishing?

My father-in-law, Phil Oberle was - to put it mildly - an avid fisherman. As my late husband and his brothers and sisters sorted through photos after their parents had passed away, one of them commented on the fact that there were more pictures of fish than there were of his five kids. It got a good laugh, probably because it was true.

The other day I was remembering when he came to visit us in Colorado and I took him up in the hills to fish. Before we headed home he took his trout, and, as is done here, he cut off the heads and filleted his fish at the waters’ edge. I had never seen trout treated this way before. As I was growing up, the trout we caught in the mountain streams were, well, plate sized. These fish were gutted, washed, then the entire fish, head and all, was rolled in corn meal, and cooked quickly in a hot skillet. They were good. Really good. The fish I have eaten from Bennett Spring have never lived up to this memory, and I’m wondering if it has less to do with naturally raised bug eaters vs hatchery fed than the maturity of the fish. I guess I’m going to have to go catch a few bitty ones and find out for myself.

I did ask for input from our photographer, George Sharon. Her favorite small fish recipe is to gut, clean and stuff the cavity with hot sauce and onions. Wrap in ungreased foil and toss on the campfire or grill. When you pull the foil off, the skin comes with it and the fish is succulent. I’ll have to try that one, too!

In general, people have been very happy with the amount of fish they are catching and, for those who like to catch the bigger fish, those are being caught as well. There were nine lunkers brought up to Weaver's again this week. The stream is in super condition and the weather promises to continue to be fabulous for the foreseeable future. The Holland Derby is this coming weekend so you may want to plan a trip to Bennett to try your luck at winning a fabulous fish prize!


Lunker Club
Norris Gale from Holt’s Summit, MO
10-3-13
2-1/4 pounds on gold plated ginger marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
10-4-13
2-1/2 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Dave Miller from St. Peters, MO
10-4-13
2 pounds on a skunk Rooster Tail in zone 1

Alfred Brookman from Opdyke, IL
10-4-13
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Larry Slater from Quincy IL
10-4-13
2 pounds 2 ounces on black & yellow maraqbou in zone 2

Sheila McEwen rfrom Macon, MO
10-3-13
5-1/2 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Eric Hylton from Ofallon, MO
10-5-13
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Myron Bollinger from Bethalto, IL
10-6-13
31/4 pounds on yellow xtra scent power Bait in zone 3

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
10-8-13
2-1/2 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 1

What’s working?

Zone 1 & 2
This week almost anything you threw that was peach worked.
Salmon marabou, Gold plated ginger marabou
Roe Glo Balls with red dot, white, easter egg glo balls
gold plated Wooley bugger, all colors
Brown trout Rooster Tail, white Rooster Tail, skunk Rooster Tail
Jimi Hendrix or bedspread with tail
blue holographic or red holographic crackleback
black & yellow marabou ginger streamers
Zone 3
white or yellow sparkle extra scent power bait.
white or salmon mini trout magnet white power bait worms



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.
Columbus Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.




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

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
The woods and waters of the outdoors became my church, a place where I could examine my thoughts and feel I was connected to all living things. This feeling is especially strong when, with rod in hand, I am wading a river for trout or salmon...where everything makes sense, where there is nothing but truth. There will be no disenchantment with this church.

Author::
Joan Salvato Wulff

Published::
Thoughts of a Fly Fisherman - Or Two   How’s Fishing?


Thanks for reading!
Lucy




Tuesday, October 1, 2013


October 1, 2013



How's Fishing?

This weekend will be the first cool one of the fall season.  The days are getting shorter and it will be perfect weather for a campfire.
 Later in this  report,  I put night time temperatures in to allow you to prepare - bring a sweatshirt, fill the propane tanks, bring extra blankets and, of course, get some firewood.  Remember that any firewood brought in from outside the area needs to be burned completely to prevent the spreading of insects and disease.  It's better to plan on buying locally cut wood.  

As far as fishing....anglers are continuing to catch record number of fish.  No one is complaining about numbers.  There were quite a few more lunkers caught this week than there have been for a  while.  The water is very clear! It has that beautiful blue green cast that Bennett is so famous for.  Water levels are good and the small chance of showers forecast for the weekend should do little to change this.  It's been too warm for the leaves to turn, but this weekend may get that process started. I'm looking forward to the fall season.  My opinion is that fall at Bennett is the best.  (At least until Spring.)



Water Conditions
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 1, 2013 - 160 cubic feet per second. Down 1/10 of an inch from last week.
Minimum for this date was 76 (in 1939)

25th percentile is 96, Median is 110, the mean is 256

75th percentile is 139 and the Max was 6350 in 1987.

The water level at the Gage House is 2.13 feet. Higher than some years, but not noticeably so.


What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2

Salmon marabou, Gold plated ginger marabou
Griffith's Gnat size 14, Zebra midge size 18
Brown Wooley bugger
Brown Rooster Tail, white Rooster Tail
Jimi Hendrix or roe with red dot glo ball
Bead head Crackleback
blue holographic, and red holographic crackleback
1/8 oz black & yellow marabou

Zone 3

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



Lunker Club


Jim Shortell from Lebanon, MO
9-25-13 
3-3/4 pounds  on Power Bait in zone 3

Edward Cantwell from Derby, KS
9-25-13
2-3/4 pounds on a wooly bugger with spinner in zone 2

Edward Cantwell from Derby KS
9-28-13
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chris Washburn from Evansville IN
9-28-13
4-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Quintin Hyatt (age 12) from Smithville MO
9-28-13
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a bumblebee mini fly

Mike (aka Poppie) McAuley from Wellsville KS
9-29-13
3-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

David Pitts from Independence MO
9-29-13
3 pounds on a olive jig in zone 1

Craig Bell from Napa CA
9-30-13
2-1/2 pounds on a soft hackle olive/red tie in zone 1

Richard Gutermuth from Winfield MO
9-30-13
3 pounds, 2 ounces on a 1/8 oz black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Sheri Seabaugh from Gays IL
9-30-13
2-1/2 pounds on a crawdad in the river

Sheri Seabaugh from Gays IL
10-1-13
2 pounds on a nightcrawler in zone 3




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

          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.




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 7 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71.



Calendar of Events

October 12 & 13: Holland Derby
October 31: end of Regular Season



Quote of the Week
I caught ten rainbows, five browns, three brookies and seven cutthroats and was savoring the "grand slam" that I'd been trying for all my fly fishing life. I was basking in my success and getting ready to post my report to the VFB, FFW, and Hill CountryFly Fishing Lists, when my wife woke me up with, "Jimmy, you promised me you'd fix the shower drain this morning." Ah, retired life, ain't it great!
Author:
Jimmy D Moore

Thanks for reading.