October 22, 2013\
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.
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.
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
red sparkle grub
crackleback: blue or red holographic or gold
rattle traps - lemon shad
power bait in salmon peach, florescent white salmon egg, yellow chunky cheese
trout magnet - white, bubblegum
Owen Snyder from Kansas City, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail
Jim Gallaher from St. Louis, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a moss marabou in zone 1
Shane Stone from Hallsville, MO
2.5 pounds on a peach glo-ball in zone 1
Matthew LeDue from Joplin, MO
2 pounds on a Rooster Tail in zone 2
Lydia Collins from Olathe, KS
3 pounds on a meal worm fly pattern in zone 1
Betty Roberts from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a yellow trout magnet in zone 3
Ron Tilson from Wichita, KS
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
Steve Lowry from Moro IL
3-1/2 pounds on a plastic minnow in zone 3
Russ Struttmann from St. Peters, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with a gold head in zone 2
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.
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.
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