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,

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