Wednesday, June 25, 2014



How's Fishing?

Ahhh, fishing at Bennett.  Yes, it's still good!   The water continues to be low, slow and clear.   The strong storms are tracking north or south of us so the weather here is very tolerable.  This weekend is mostly sunny again.  
The moss is being cut this week.  We are often asked how this affects the fishing experience.  I have spoken with quite a few anglers about their experiences during the cutting and generally the answer is the same.   The moss is an annoyance but the lack of  cover and the increased aquatic bug activity results in what is best described as a feeding frenzy.  So, if your tolerance for getting moss on your line is high, the fishing is great!  By this coming weekend, the moss will be primarily flushed out and the stream will be in great shape.


What's Working?
Fly Box
Olive Crackleback, chartreuse Crackleback,
pale evening dun
tan caddis
orange bunny leech

Zone 1& 2
Wooly (brown or olive) with spinnerl
Marabou - white, pink & white
rooster tail: flame dot, rusty coach dog
gold plated wooly bugger - 
bedspread with tail
peach fur bug
white grub
john deere
white floss

Zone 3
gulp bubble gum trout worms
florescent white gulp salmon eggs
power bait - marshmallow, yellow
Gulp florescent white salmon eggs
white extra scent power bait
trout magnet meal worms

Weather Conditions
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 8 mph. 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Water Conditions



Bennett Spring
June 24, 2014
minimum was 83 in 1934
Today's output is 96 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 131
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 697 in 1935
Gage house level is 1.92 feet, unchanged from last week.

Niangua River
June 24, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.94
minimum was 53 in 1997
Today's (June 24) reading is 96
25th percentile is 131
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 679 in 1935

Lunker Board

6-19-14
Conner McAteer from Dradenne Prairie, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou

6-20-14
Jo Gotcher from Broken Arrow OK
3 pounds on a red & yellow marabou in zone 1

Heath Kirchoff from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a john jDeere in zone 2

Michael Combs from Independence MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink & white marabou

6-22-14

Grace Westfall (age 12) from Higbee, MO
2 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Durke Dickey from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4  pounds on a black & yellow marabou, gold plated head in zone 2

6-22-14
Jim Capek from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Cassandra Caldwell from Olathe, KS
2 lbs on a red jig in zone 2

Randy Bennett from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events

July 29-30 moss cutting
August 19-20 moss cutting
September 16-17 moss cutting
October 14-15 moss cutting October 31 - last day of regular trout season November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends




Quote of the Week

Every fisherman seeks a spot, dreams of a spot, roams the waterways of the earth pursuing his personal spot
Author:   David Benjamin
Published:  The last Kid Picked

Thanks for reading,
 Lucy


Tuesday, June 10, 2014




How's Fishing?

Despite the rains we have had, the water is still amazingly clear and low.  The ground seems to be acting as a sponge and sucking all that rain up before it can get down to the aquifer or run off into the edges of the Spring branch.    
The fish continue to be reasonably sized and plentiful.  The basic stuff that we all love to use is working well. (Black & yellow marabou, renegades, cracklebacks, brassies, it's all good! )



What's Working?
Fly Box

Olive Crackleback, Blue crackleback, chartreuse Crackleback,
double trouble, renegade,
copper hot shot
Black Zebra Midge or WD40
Black Caddis



Zone 1 & 2

White Floss, White floss with red tail
Marabou - Salmon, Dark Green moss, olive,  Black & yellow, tuxedo, and white with red.
john deere and red eye gray deere
rooster tail: Yellow dalmatian, metallic gold spot

Zone 3
Cheese trout worms
trout magnet, white
gulp bubble gum trout worms
florescent white gulp salmon eggs
power bait - marshmallow.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

June 10, 2014
minimum was 79 in 1977
Today's output is 104 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 132
Median is 182
Mean is 212
75th percentile is 266
Max was 598 in 1937
Gage house level is 1.98 feet, slightly higher than last week but still very low for this time of year.

Niangua River

June 10, 2014
Gage House reading is 2.38
minimum was 41 in 2012
Today's (June 10) reading is 141
25th percentile is 144
Median is 486
Mean is 1110
75th percentile is 1010
Max was 6660 in 1995



Lunker Club
6-7-14
Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white streamer

6-7-14
Susan Morris from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a salmon peach marabou

6-8-14
Nathan Chaney from Palmyra, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on black & yellow marabou

6-8-14
Quade Hill from Cameron, MO
3 pounds in zone 3 on orange plastic worm

6-8-14
Marki Brown from Lebanon, MO
2.10 pounds in zone 2 on a pink and white marabou
(note about this fish....her first lunker AND her first fish at Bennett. Congratulations Marki!)



Fishing Times
June/July from 6:30 to 8:30
August from 7:00 to 8:00
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30



Weather Report

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.



Calendar of Events

Check out the latest issue of the Trout Talk for all the Hillbilly Days Events and Times on June 12 through the 15th.

June 13 and 14, 7 am to Noon : Garage sale at the Bennett Spring Fire Department Building on Highway 64

June 14 at Bennett Room on Highway 64, Bake Sale to benefit Bennett Spring Fire Dept.

June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days

June 17 Fly Tying Forum at Weaver's Tackle

Learn to tie the Grizzly wulff and the Soldier Palmer.

June 24-25 moss cutting

June 24 - Fly Tying Forum at Weaver's Tackle Store

Learn to tie the Compara spinner and the Stimulator (orange)

July 29-30 moss cutting

August 19-20 moss cutting

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 14-15 moss cutting October 31 - last day of regular trout season November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season

February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends




Quote of the Week

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.

Author:

John Buchanan, Lord Tweedsmuir

Thanks for reading!