Wednesday, August 26, 2015


August 28, 2015

How's Fishing?

The reports have been that there are a large numbers of fish, but not many with impressive size. Still a few lunkers, though.
It's reported that top water has become very productive.  Renegades and Pale Morning Dun have been working well. In ripply water, the soft hackle have been good.  Brown and olive are good colors.   The aqua or turquoise crackleback is still working. You may also want to try the small ginger woolies and the tried-and-true opossum roach.
The trees are starting to turn to their fall colors already.  Most families have kids that are now back in school so the stream has become a bit quieter. It's an almost perfect time of year for the serious angler or one who likes more room to hone their skills.


The Mower that cuts the moss/weeds is broken so there will be no moss cutting until next month.






What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
Mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
Olive RGN's
renegade
griffith's gnat
Pale Morning Dun
Dave's Soft Hackle

Zone one & two:
Opossum roach
Marabou: ginger, gingersnap, black & red
Glo Ball:  chartreuse,  peach with red dot, original tri color
john deere
Bumble bee grub
Bedspread with tail

Zone 3:
White glitter or Orange PowerBait
trout magnets,  pink or chartreuse & white
salmon egg



Lunker Club

8-21-15
Keith Lawson from Urich, MO
2 pounds on a peach glo ball with red dot in zone 1

8-22-15
Dillon Saffle from Fenton, MO
3 lbs on a red & black marabou

8-23-15
Kirby Asher from Harrisburg, MO
2 pounds on a john deere mini jig

Taylor Simpson from Warrensburg, MO
2.24 pounds on a salmon egg



Water Conditions

August 17, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.21 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 67 in 1936
25th percentile is 122
Median is 125
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 144
current level is 158
Previous Max was 207 in 2013

August 17, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 2.27 feet
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 16 in 1993
25th percentile is 26
Median is 33
75th percentile is 57
Mean is 53
Today's reading is 100
Max was 217 in 2007



Fishing Times

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 6 to 11 mph.
Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.



Calendar of Events

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

Calling Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job.
Author: Paul Schullery

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015


How's Fishing?



Fishing has been good.  Even though the water is much slower and clearer, we haven't seen significant amounts of top water fishing, although we are moving into that season.  Renegades and terrestrials are selling well.
This time of year the air is filled with buzzing and generally annoying flying and jumping things.  Dropping a grasshopper or cicada pattern into the slow water beneath some trees can have some great results.  I recently read an article that I will pass along.  It's from Mid-Missouri Trout Unlimited member, Gene Kelly.  I found it interesting and you may, too.

The Circadas are Coming

The year was 1794: George Washington was President, Congress changed the U.S. flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, Sylvester Graham developed the graham cracker, and the 17 year periodical cicadas and 13 year periodical cicadas both emerged the same  year in Missouri  Co-emergence of the two periodical cicada species only occurs every 221 years in Missouri and 2015 is the year it will happen again.
The periodical cicada is the longest-lived insect in North America.  The genus Magicicada includes three species of 17 year periodical cicadas (Brood IV) and four species of the 13 year periodical cicadas (Brood XXIII).  Although both Broods will emerge in Missouri this summer, the Broods are widely separated and their territories may not overlap.  Brood IV will occur primarily along the western edge of Missouri while Brood XXIII will occur mostly in southern Missouri including the Mississippi valley.
Genetic programming going back to the ice age determines what year the periodical cicadas emerge, however, the weather determines the time of the year the emergence occurs.  Since their last emergence the periodical cicada nymphs have been underground sucking sap from tree roots and quietly growing.  When the soil reaches a sustained temperature of 65 degrees F. eight inches below the surface, they emerge in astonishing numbers, sing with great gusto, mate and die - all within the period of a month or so.  In Missouri these emergencies usually occur during late May and early June, depending on the weather.  For example, a warm rain can warm their bodies causing them to emerge sooner.
To a naturalist this spectacular event is fascinating, but to a fisherman it's a bonanza.  A bait that will catch most Missouri fish will remain within easy reach for over a month.  Trout fishermen are specially pleased.  Trout quickly become aware of cicada nymphs falling into the stream before they are fully developed or adult cicadas splashing down because they are such poor fliers.  To a trout fisherman casting a cicada pattern on a warm spring day, the possibilities are endless....



What's Working?
 From the fly box

Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
Mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
Olive RGN's
renegade
griffith's gnat
Olive Copper Hot Shots

Zone one & two:

Possum roach
Marabou: ginger, gingersnap, olive, olive & orange, chartreuse & black
Glo Ball-chartreuse with red dot, original tri color
Rooster tails: metallic gold spot, yellow Dalmatian
john deere or gray deere
gray grub
Bumble bee grub
Bedspread with tail

Zone 3:
Orange PowerBait
trout magnet pink or chartreuse & white

Lunker Club

8-11-15
Nathan Lewis from Canton, MO
2 pounds on salmon eggs in zone 2

8-12-15
Cathy Page from Emerson, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Boyd Waugh from Olathe, KS
2-1/2 pounds on crawdad marabou in zone 2

8-13-15
Joseph Gantner from O'Fallon, MO
3 pounds on chartreuse glo ball in zone 2

Kenneth Crawford from Olathe, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1




Water Conditions
August 17, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.21 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75 in 1941
25th percentile is 101
Median is 124
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 150
current level is 178
Previous Max was 295 in 2013

August 17,  2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 2.16
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 11 in 2007
25th percentile is 26
Median is 45
75th percentile is 67
Mean is 59
Today's reading is 81
Max was 240 in 2013

Fishing Times
August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Weather Forecast
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

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

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.



Calendar of Events

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

There was never an angler who lived but that there was a fish capable of taking the conceit out of him.
Author:  Zane Grey

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Tuesday, August 11, 2015



How's Fishing?

The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. The rain that we got on Monday did not noticeably affect the stream.  The stream is very close to normal levels, although the current is still very strong.   Color continues to improve.  For most people, the fishing has been good to very good.  It's still the deeper fishing that results in more catches, but there is some top water action in the evening.  Stripping cracklebacks seems to be the favorite method of fishing at this point.
 Only one more weekend before school starts and it should be, weather wise, one of the nicest of the summer.  There is no rain forecast as well as moderate temperatures and less humidity.


 
What's Working?

From the fly box
Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
woolly bugger- bead head, olive and brown or brown
mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
copper hot shot
Olive RGN's
renegade
griffith gnat

Zone one & two:
Possum roach
Marbou: ginger, gingersnap, olive, black & yellow, olive & orange
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg or pink with red dot
rooster tails: bumble bee, Chartruese, pumpkin seed
john deere or gray deere
gray grub
Bumble bee grub

Zone 3:
Red worms, Power bait scented
Yellow or salmon peach PowerBait
mouse tails - pink & brown
trout magnet pink or purple
Gulp chunky cheese



Water Conditions 

August 9, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.23 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 2014
25th percentile is 105
Median is 130
Mean is 151
75th percentile is 152
current level is 221
Previous Max was 740 in 2013



August 9, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 2.36
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 32
Median is 53
75th percentile is 158
Mean is 265
Today's reading is 221
Max was 2350 in 2013



Lunker Club

8-4-15
Mike Behrman from Marcelane MO
2-1/4 pounds on a marshmallow in the Niangua



Fishing Times

August from 7:00 to 8:00
September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 86.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 88.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.



Calendar of Events

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
It is utterly soothing to fly fish for trout. All other considerations or worries drift away and you couldn't keep them close if you wanted. Perhaps it's standing thigh deep in a river with the water passing at the exact but varying speed of life. You easily recognize this mortality and it dissipates into the landscape.

Author:  Jim Harrison     Published:  True North

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 5, 2015




How's Fishing?
This weekend promises to be a super weekend for fishing at Bennett.  Most anglers have been coming up to Weaver's Tackle Store with smiles and happy reports of catching fish.  It's also going to be exceptionally good weather, not as humid, no rain in the forecast (after the middle of the week) and milder temperatures.
Finally, finally! there is a little bit of top water action happening.  This has been happening just in the last day, and, of course, the best times are earlier and later in the day.  The water is starting to look pretty good.  Much clearer than it has been.  Still running fast, but not exceptionally high.  Moss cutting happened, so the stream is in good shape.



A report from Mike Mitchell, hatchery manager at Bennett Spring -
He has given a comparison of 2014 and 2015 as far as trout stocked and attendance.  This July is an exceptional year because of the flood that occurred around the 4th of July.
The 2015 adult tags sold were 15203 and kids were 4353 for a total of 19556.  Last year the adult tags totaled 19516 and kids were 5061 for a total of 24577.  The difference for the two years is 20.43% less this year.  The year to date decrease is only 4.95% even with the larger July decrease.
The year to date comparison numbers are 80707 for 2015 and 84908 for 2014.  If we continue to have weekends like we are getting this time, those numbers will probably be even closer.
The largest difference is between 2000 and this year.  If you compare these two years, the number is down by over 1/3.



What's Working?
From the fly box
Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
woolly bugger- bead head, olive and brown or brown
mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
copper hot shot

Zone one & two:
Possum roach
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, yellow
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg or pink with red dot
rooster tails: bumble bee, brown glitter
john deere or gray deere
gray grub

Zone 3:
Red worms, Power bait scented.
yellow or salmon peach PowerBait



Lunker Club
7-30-15
Jim Navert from Quincy, IL
3 pounds 10 oz on a night crawler in zone 3

7-31-15
Sheri Seabaugh from Gays, IL
4 pounds on a night crawler in zone 3

8-3-15
Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a glo ball in zone 2


Water Conditions
The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. There is a bit of clearer water in zone 1 and very close to normal levels, although the current is still very strong. Color continues to improve.

August 3, 2015 for Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.32 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 1914
25th percentile is 111
Median is 134
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 160
current level is 243
Previous Max was 298 in 1995

August 3, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 2.37
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 38
Median is 47
75th percentile is 71
Mean is 182
Today's reading is 223
Max was 1360 in 2013



Fishing Times

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.



Calendar of Events
August 8th - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby. Fund Raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA. Registration at Park Store Fri night 7 PM to close and Sat. morning until 7 AM.

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

Fly fishing is a fluid art in more ways than one. There is little room for dogmatism in our sport, and if one believes there is, a trout will soon change his mind. It is the curious and inventive angler who, by questioning often long held beliefs, makes us examine our sometimes fixed views.

Author:Norman Marsh
Published:  Trout Stream Insects of new Zealand, How to Imitate and Use Them

Thanks for reading.
Lucy