Tuesday, September 22, 2015

How's Fishing?



After a summer of rain and lots of high water, the stream has finally, as they say, straightened up.  It's running at a very moderate speed - just a bit more than what is historically a 25th percentile rate -  and is clear enough for sight fishing.

For some people, the following is good news.....the moss will not be cut this week.  There is a part broken on the cutter that must be ordered.

The fishing has been good.  The things you love to fish with are going to be working for you.  If they aren't, keep in mind that this is a spawning period for trout.  Because the stream bed and temperatures are not optimal in the Bennett Spring branch, most spawning behavior is instinctual and ends up being just for show.  However, this has increased the effectiveness of almost anything that is peach or salmon colored.  You could use an egg-with-red-dot glo-ball for example.  The hatchery is currently working on the spawning and it is going well.  There are fish that are slated for being released into the stream all the way into 2017.



Water Conditions:

September 21, 2015 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.84 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 18 in 1996
25th percentile is 49
current level is 55
Median is 74
Mean is 200
75th percentile is 189
Max was 1500 in 1993

September 21, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.97 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 13 in 1996
25th percentile is 29
Median is 47
Today's reading is 67
75th percentile is 198
Mean is 522
Max was 4900 in 2008



What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Renegade
Black caddis
Pale Evening Dun
peach or light pink colored scuds

Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, salmon & white, shell & brown, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, jimi hendrix,, white with red dot
mini jig - bumble bee, peacock grub with tail. peach fur bug
rooster tail - brown glitter, grasshopper, yellow dalmatian

Zone 3:
yellow glitter or salmon peach power bait
trout magnet, green with red sparkle
pink worms



Lunker Club

9-15-25
Bob Menzel from St. Louis, MO
5-1/2 pounds on a gold & black jig in zone 2


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

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

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.


Fishing Times

September from 7:30 to 7:15
October from 7:30 to 6:30


Calendar of Events

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 is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home.

Author:  Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Thanks for reading!  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How's Fishing?



The best time of the whole year, in my humble opinion, is autumn.  Other seasons have their charms, but the crisp air and the beautiful colors are hard to beat.  Top it off with a stream that is crystal clear and less pressure on the fish and you have hit a really sweet spot.   Almost any lure you throw will be successful if fished properly.  The aqua crackleback (we refer to it as the Bennett Blue)  is still top of the list.  Caddis have been working well and we can't keep the john deere in stock.  Red & white or ginger marabou have also been doing well.

Mike Mitchell, who had been the hatchery manager for several years, has taken a new position. He will be the Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Division Administrative Manager in the Central Office. The search for a new hatchery manager for Bennett has begun and will continue for a few months. Mike Perry, formerly the assistant manager for Bennett will be the interim manager until one has been appointed.  We wish them well.

The new on-line store through Weaver's Tackle Store has really taken off.  I am surprised at how many people are using this web site for their fishing needs.   For more information check out Weaverstackle.com. and click on the on-line  store tab.



Water Conditions
The water is spectacular.  The higher and swifter water that was common earlier this summer has given way to the lower, slower, sparkling clear water we anticipate for this time of year.  

September 15, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.99 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 64 in 1937
25th percentile is 98
Median is 116
current level is 135
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 146
 Max was 700 in 2008



September 15, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.97 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 13 in 1996
25th percentile is 29
Median is 47
Today's reading is 67
75th percentile is 198
Mean is 522
Max was 4900 in 2008







What's Working?

From the fly box:
Aqua or chartreuse cracklebacks
Olive or Black Zebra Midge
Copper Hot Shots
Renegade
Black caddis
Pale Evening Dun

Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, salmon & white, pink & white, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, jimi hendrix,, white with red dot
john deere
mini jig - red & white, peach. white
super duper - frog pattern, brown trout
rooster tail - grasshopper, Snow silver blade, yellow dalmatian

Zone 3:
yellow  or salmon peach power bait
trout slayer - watermelon and natural
trout magnet, green with red sparkle



Lunker Club

9-11-15
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia IL
2-1/4 pounds on an aqua crackleback in zone 1

9-12-15
Laurel Wade from Marshall MO
2-1/4 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Jon McClure from Columbia, MO
2+ pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

James Long from Amazonia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a red & white glo ball in zone 2

9-15-15
Gary McGill from Tightwad, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.


Fishing Times

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



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
I make it a rule never to weigh or measure a fish I've caught, but simply to estimate its dimensions as accurately as possible, and then, when telling about it, to improve these figures by roughly a fifth, or twenty percent. I do this mainly because most people believe all fishermen exaggerate by at least twenty percent, and so I allow for the discounting my audience is almost certain to apply.

Author:  Ed Zern

Published:  Are Fishermen really Liars? (1977)

Thank you for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 9, 2015

How's Fishing?

There were 60 or more lunkers dropped in the stream this last weekend and a number of those where brought in.  There might be  some smaller fish swimming about, but most angler are reporting larger than what is normally expected this time of year as well as some lunker sized fish that eluded this weekend's anglers.  Trout can be cagey.
 The most popular lures this last weekend have been the Bennett classics - black & yellow marabou, john deere, renegade, or bedspread for example - but almost any lure that is used properly is working.  The water is clear and much slower than it has been earlier this summer. This coming weekend looks like a beauty.  We are expecting a bit of rain this week, but should be clearer and pleasantly cooler by the weekend.

The hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell, has taken a new position.  He will be the Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Division Administrative Manager in the Central Office. The search for a new hatchery manager for Bennett has begun and will continue for a few months.  Mike Perry, formerly the assistant manager for Bennett will be the interim manager until one has been appointed.  We wish them well.


What's Working?

Aqua or chartreuse cracklebacks
Olive Zebra Midge
Copper Hot Shots
Renegade

Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, orange & brown, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, orange
john deere
mini jig - peach. white
super duper - frog pattern

Zone 3:
White glitter or Orange PowerBait
trout slayer - watermelon and natural
worms - pink, red
white plastic mini jig

Lunker Club

8-27-15
Ray Abbott from Jefferson City, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

8-29-15
Alex Helms from Lake St. Louis, MO
2-1/2 pounds on white plastic mini jig

8-30-15
Tom Hayes, Sr, from Wentzville, MO
3-1/4 pounds on an orange glo ball in zone 2

9-1-15
Jack Buchschacher from Crestwood, MO
6-1/2 pounds on a red plastic worm in zone 3

9-4-15
Mike Berhman from Marcline, MO
3 pounds on a white powerbait in zone 3

Reed Benne from Montgomery City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a john deere mini jig in zone 1

Chris Glenn from Sweetsprings, MO
2-1/2 on a pink worm in zone 3

Darren O'Neill from Blue Springs, MO
3 pounds on a peach mini jig in zone 1

Greg Barry from Pattonsburg, MO
2 pounds, 4 ounces on a red and white marabou in zone 2

9-5-15
Caleb Martin (age 13) from Evansville,IN
2-1/8 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Tesa Pearman from Keytesville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

9-6-15
Emerson Kretzer from St. Joseph, MO
2-3/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Brandon Morrison from Hume, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

Greg Lewis from Moberly, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3



Water Conditions

September 7, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.03 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70 in 1936
25th percentile is 96
Median is 120
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 146
current level is 142
Previous Max was 377 in 1994

September 7, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 1.85 feet
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 19 in 1996
25th percentile is 27
Median is 47
75th percentile is 81
Mean is 60
Today's reading is 56
Max was 160 in 2010



Fishing Times

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.



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

You won't catch every fish you try for, but don't let that discourage you, because the best fisherman who ever lived can't do it either.
Author:  H. G. Tapply

Thanks for reading!   Lucy