Tuesday, May 5, 2015



How's Fishing?
What a great weekend it was for the kids fishing day last Saturday.  Tons of kids (1027 - it may be a record) and their parents were on hand to enjoy the event.  There were a lot of volunteers that helped with fishing as well as volunteers who set up booths with related topics of interest such as fly tying and wildlife education.  Our own Chelsea and her Aunt Priscilla were on hand for face painting - mostly drawing fish faces.  Very cute.
Our next generation of anglers will come from events such as this.  Thank you, Mike Perry, for heading up this great event.
As you can see from the lunker board, there were quite a few large fish caught, and not only by kids.

Rick mentioned that there are some little chartreuse caterpillars that are falling from the trees this morning.  Chartreuse midge or brassie may be an opportunity for you to try.  The water is much lower than it has been. It's not totally clear, but much clearer.  There has been more top water action than in the last couple of weeks..  We just got in some locally tied exquisite little soft hackle flies for you to try in the ripples. Black caddis and morning dun are still working, too.
The turquoise crackleback is also working right now and, of course, the popular copper hot shots - green has been a good choice.
It should be a good weekend again this week.  The temperature will hang in there about 80 degrees and there will be a few pop up thunderstorms, so bring your rain jacket.


What's Working?

From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - turquoise, holographic blue
copper hot shot, olive or brown
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches
black caddis


Zone one & two:
john Deere
Marabou : Black & olive, ginger, pink and white, white
Glo Ball- easter egg, gater, & original tri color
bumble bee grub
White floss
bumble bee, watermelon, or black & gray with silver blade rooster tails
white rooster tail, silver blade
skunk rooster tail

Zone 3:
chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
white worms
pumpkin seed grubs



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:
May 4, 2015
Gage house level is 1.96 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 84 in 1934
Current 145
25th percentile is 159
Median is 209
Mean is 264
75th percentile is 312
Max was 1200 in 2011

Niangua River:
May 4, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 96 - a new record low
minimum was 98 in 1992
25th percentile is 220
Median is 517
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 320
Max was 620 in 1983



Calendar of Events for Bennett Spring

May 5 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.

May 12 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Humphy, Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

May 26 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Light Spruce and the Madam X. Topic is Leaders, fly lines and cleaners.

May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

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. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

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



Lunker Club

4-28-15
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia, MO
2 lbs, 6 ounces on a mini carcass in zone 1

5-2-15
Luke Behymer from Peculiar, MO
2-1/2 pounds on black & yellow marabou

Dalton Jackson from Paola, KS
3.1 pounds on orange in zone 2

Christopher Sullivan from Harrisonville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Gus Rickey from Villa Ridge, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Gus Rickey from Villa Ridge MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ava Lawrence from Centralia, MO
2-3/4 pounds on black & yellow in zone 3

Karlie Cox from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a a yellow dot rooster in zone 2

Treyvon Love from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Camron Doering from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Justin Henderson (age 14) from Florissant, MO
3 pounds 12 ounces on a marshmallow in zone 3

Kyle Aukamp from Vandalia, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Elliot Schmeez from Union MO
2 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Josh Ard from O'Fallon MO
3 pounds 1 ounce on bi color glo ball in zone 1

Carley Rothwell from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on powerbait in zone 3

5-3-15
Wyatt Ramsey from Greenwood, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Evan Hey from Marthasville, MO (age 14)
2 pounds, 8 ounces on a black & olive mini jig

Andrew Tiefenauer from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

5-4-15
Steven Himmelsehr from Osage Beach, MO
2 pounds on a blue rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.



Fishing Times

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


Quote of the Week - This one is for kids fishing day:

They were biting so much you had too turn your back to the water too bait your hook.

Author:  Un Noin

Here's hoping your next fishing trip is the quote above.
Thanks for reading,
Lucy

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