Tuesday, July 7, 2015



How's Fishing?
The weather and the potential for flooding continues to be a leading topic of conversation at Bennett Spring as well as the surrounding areas.  Of course, I don't have any more insight into the future than anyone else, but I can drive down to the stream and see for myself what the conditions are.  That being done, the water is running fast, the color is somewhere between dingy and chocolate milk,and it is a bit high.  The forecast for the weekend looks very promising, but there is more rain forecast for this area tonight (Tuesday) so I don't anticipate that the conditions will be substantially different for at least a couple of weeks.  For those of you that only fish when the water is low, slow and clear, this is not your season.  It may be that way by August, and probably will be in September, but for now, those that are willing to adapt to the water conditions are the anglers that are catching fish.  And catching fish they are!   This is an especially good time for the less experienced anglers because the conditions allow for heavier line and small imperfections in casting and retrieval are not as obvious.
We will keep you updated as conditions change.



What's Working?

red or blue holographic, or  Aqua cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
zonkers - black or white
mega worm
possum hair roach

Zone one & two:
Brown roach
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, salmon
tinsel sparkle jig
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg, chartreuse with red dot
rooster tails: brown sparkle, black sparkle
floss jig, white
Jakes lure with red dots

Zone 3:
Red worms
pink mouse tail
chunky cheese or chartreuse PowerBait



Lunker Club

6-30-15
Jacob Knowlton from Dallas TX
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

6-30-15
Ben Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a Jimi Hendrix glo ball in zone2

7-3-15
Larry Mueller from Fults IL
2 pound on salmon egg red dough bait in zone 3

Ethan Shimer from Highland, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2



Water Conditions

The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. That being said, the Spring is still pushing hard and fast and it will take a while - perhaps a couple of weeks - before we see a dramatic improvement.

Watch the Facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store - for updates or check out the usgs site: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=06923500. (usgs bennett spring - if you want to enter a search for the site). The USGS gives you real time water levels as well as history for the last 50 years,

July 7, 2015 for Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 3.10 feet - down from 9+ feet on July 2nd.
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 120
Median is 150
Mean is 162
75th percentile is 184
current level is 490 - down from 15000 on July 2nd.
Previous Max was 471 in 1995

July 7, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 3.82 down from 18 feet on July 2, 2015

Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 20 in 2012
25th percentile is 46
Median is 89
Mean is 168
75th percentile is 232
Max was 585 in 1992
Today's reading is 637



Fishing Times

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 Forecast

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91



Calendar of Events

July 14th - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, Baby Doll, zug bug, and johnny rotten will be the flies tied. All are welcome. No charge for class.  Beginners start at 6:30, regular class at 7pm.  All materials for flies tied are provided and classes are free.
July 21 - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, black ant, adams Parachute, and a sparkle spinner will be the flies tied. All are welcome. No charge for class or materials used in class.
July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
July 28th - Fly tying class at Weaver's Tackle, Tenny Nymph, Lime Trude -df, will be the flies tied. All are welcome. No charge for class or materials used in class.
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



Quote of the Week
As with a faint star in the night's sky, one can better understand fishing's allure by looking around it, off to the side, not right at it
Author:  Holly Morris

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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