Monday, March 30, 2015

Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report April 1, 2015




How's Fishing?

The Niangua River is high and moving fast.  The Spring is higher than it has been, but not flowing as high as the river.  In fact, it is just at a normal level for this time of year. The volume of the river, however, is backing some water up into zone three.  
Even with the heavy rains, the stream is lower and clearer than it could be for this time of year. The additional rain that is forecast for this Thursday will doubtfully make the stream flood.  If you are able to make it to Bennett for the weekend, it will be sunny and in the mid 60's. 
There is more silt in the water than we have seen for a couple of years, but not to the point of making it            un-fishable. In fact, it probably is just enough to make it harder for the fish to figure out what you are up to!  
Although the Spring is no where close to being flooded, it is running a bit faster than it has been.  You might try the heavier marabou such as a gingersnap or white jig with an 1/8 ounce head.  If you are on a fly rod, the scuds (gray is good) and midges are doing great.  There are also a couple of sweet, fluffy little roaches tied with rabbit fur that are working very well.  Seems appropriate for the Easter weekend!  

What's Working?

From the fly case:
Black Caddis 
RGN - green
zebra midge - all colors
gray scud
copper john
pheasant tail nymph
San Juan worm, brown or white
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:
Bedspread mini jig, 
Marabou : Gingersnap, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- flame tri color, 
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
white floss or mega worm

Zone 3:
florescent orange or red  power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 30, 2015
Gage house level is 2.31 feet
minimum 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 140
Current level is 156
Median is 207
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 303
Max was 1420 in 1985

Niangua River:

March 30, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.17
Today's reading is 308
minimum was 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 158
Median is 309
Mean is 425
75th percentile is 595
Max was 1270 in 12013



Lunker Club

3-26-15
Gary Madole from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

3-28-15
Steve Vincent from Olathe, KS
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 2

New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com . 

The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year. There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available. 



Fishing Times

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

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


Calendar of Events

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items. 

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them. 

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby 

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16


Weather

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.





Quote of the Week

If all the fish in the world suddenly disappeared, I know of many fly tyers who would go right on tying flies as if nothing had happened, myself included!

Author:  Jimmy D Moore

Published:  Outdoor Memories 1999

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March 25, 2015



How's Fishing?

The fishing continues to be spotty, ranging from "this was the literally best day of fishing I have ever had in my entire life!" to a shrug of the shoulders and a "meh".
 As you can see from the pictures, there are fish, and decent sized ones at that, that are being caught.  The water continues to be very clear, especially considering the time of year.  It's running a little faster and there are a couple of storms moving in today as I write the report. That may change things up a bit, but if  your trip is planned for the weekend, the water color should return to normal and levels should be good.
The gingersnap and the olive wooly with the gold plated head have been two of the strongest lures right now.  We have also seen a strong interest in black caddis and pale morning dun.  Cracklebacks in the more muted colors such as olive or the original, have been good, as well as the renegade.  Another trend we have seen here at Weaver's is the color salmon.  Marabou, mini jig, or power bait...if it's salmon colored, it's good.



What's Working

From the fly case:
Morning Dun, Black Caddis
crane fly
original crackleback, ginger crackleback
renegade
gray scud
copper john

Zone one & two:
Bedspread mini jig, brown mini jig
Marabou : Gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, trout, buff
glo balls - white with red dot, salmon with red dot, jimi hendricks, orange, white
white floss

Zone 3:
florescent orange or white with glitter power bait
salmon & white worms, orange and white worms, brown & green worms

New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015
There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store.  It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .
The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year.  There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available.



Lunker Club

3-19-15
Brandon Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
3.5 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball

3-20-15
John Ziegler Jr. from Raymore, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a orange glo ball in zone 2

Brian Tumlin from LaPlata, MO
2 pounds on a brown mini jig in zone 2

3-21-15
Justin Perry from Sedalia, MO
2.25 on a buzbug in zone 2

3-22-15
Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a buff rooster tail in zone 1

Riley Despress (age 13) from Taylor, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with gold head

Danny Smith from Darnell, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a marabou in zone 1



Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm
April from 7:00 to 7:30
May from 6:30 to 8:15
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



Calendar of Events

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting
April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting
May 2 - Kids free fishing day.   Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hotdogs, soda, and other free items.
May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting
June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend
June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
August 25th & 26th - moss cutting
September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting
October 10, Holland Derby
October 20th and 21st - moss cutting
October 31st - end of regular fishing season
November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16
February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Water Conditions

The water currently is running well with little color.

Bennett Spring:
March 24, 2015
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
minimum 86 in 1934
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 101
Median is 188
Mean is 219
75th percentile is 281
Max was 526 in 2013


Niangua River:
March 24, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.54
Today's reading is 168
minimum was 43 in 1996
25th percentile is 182
Median is 310
Mean is 468
75th percentile is 596
Max was 1110 in 2012

Weather Report
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 10 to 13 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.



Quote of the Week

My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.
Author:  John Steinbeck

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


How's Fishing?



There has been a hatch of black caddis recently, as well as what I think looks like a pale morning dun. Most people are fishing deeply, as deep as six feet, using zebra midges, hares ears and scuds.  We have been also selling a lot of holographic cracklebacks and brown or olive woolies.  The salmon colors work well whether you are fishing a marabou jig, a mini jig, or power bait.
The numbers of fish caught has been very good and the size seems to be just what was predicted by the Hatchery manager.  As far as size of fish, most fish are running to just under 12 ounces which is about an inch per ounce.  As summer progresses we usually see fatter fish as they put on weight from the food that becomes available in the stream.
 It's going to be a great weekend for fishing!  The temperature is going to 'soar' into the high 60's and maybe even as high as 70 degrees.  We are all so happy to see Spring this year.  It's been a long winter.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
Morning Dun, Black Caddis

.Zebra midge - red , black also

original crackleback, ginger crackleback

San Juan worm - red or pink

Hare's ear

Zone one & two:

Bedspread mini jig

Marabou : Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, white, pink & white

Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot

Brown or Olive Woolie  bugger - or woolie with spinner

Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, Orange

white floss

Zone 3:

Salmon Peach or white with glitter  power bait



Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

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




Lunker Club

3-8-15

Eddie Crain from Boliver, MO
3 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-11-15

Leta Sapp from Strafford, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

3-14-15

Braden Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

3-1715

William Pry from Pleasant Hill, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a gold plated black & yellow woolie in zone 1



Calendar of Events

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16




Weather Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 18, 2015
Gage house level is 2.21 feet
minimum 80 in 1936
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 135
Median is 180
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 300
Max was 2240 in 2008


Niangua River:

March 18, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.10
Today's reading is 291
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Median is 248
Mean is 1460
75th percentile is 515
Max was 10800 in 2008



Quote of the Week

. . perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole rest of the season is to come.

Author: Arthur Ransome

Published:  The First Day At The River - 1929

Thanks for reading,

Tuesday, March 10, 2015




How's Fishing

I hope this doesn't jink us, but it seems like Spring may actually have come back again this year.  For a while I wasn't sure if it ever would.  I'm watching closely for the first flowering trees.  They are one of my favorite things about this area of Missouri.
As far as the fishing, it seems to be good.  With the extra fish put in on the opening day and the lower than expected numbers, there have been reports of really high numbers of fish caught and released and, for those that like to keep them, limiting out very quickly.
 I have also heard some grumbling about smaller fish so I will keep an eye and ear out for substantiation of the rumor.  The answer I have gotten so far is that the fish that were still in the stream from last year had so little food, that they didn't grow at all.  That answer makes sense because almost everyone agrees that the fish are 'spotty'.  (Meaning good sized ones mixed with smaller fish) .



What's Working
The standards have been the best so far.  It's not unusual for folks to start out with what they know and those would be the standards.  As we go into this next month, Morning Dun and Black Caddis should be excellent choices to tie up and have ready.

Marabou :  Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, green & yellow, pink & white, red
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white or Easter Egg
Brown Woolie - spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, fire tiger
Zebra midge - red primarily, black also
San Juan worm  - red or pink



Fishing Times
March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

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



Lunker Club
3-5-15
Ken Atchison from St Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a John Deere in zone 1

3-7-15

John Clay from Columbia MO
2 pounds on an olive wooley in zone 1

Vince Campbell from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red marabou in zone 2

John Mitchell from Cabool, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Austin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white puff ball in zone 1



Calendar of Events

March 24, 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day

May 19 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16



Weather Forecast

Wednesday...Warmer. Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs around 70. Light wind.

Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Light wind.

Thursday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows around 40.

Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows around 40.

Monday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 10, 2015
Gage house level is 2 feet
minimum 84 in 1936
Current level is 99
25th percentile is 126
Median is 191
Mean is 288
75th percentile is 267
Max was 2270 in 1974


Niangua River:

March 10, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.61
Today's reading is 180
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 111
Median is 261
Mean is 439
75th percentile is 561
Max was 1980 in 2013



Quote of the Week

Even as a child back in Indiana, whenever I took a Butterbelly off the hook I used to ask myself, "Does this fish think?" I would even ask others, "Do you suppose this Butterbelly can think?" And all I would get in reply was a look. At the age of eighteen, I left the state.

Will Cuppy

Thanks for reading!
Lucy