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.
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
From the fly box:
Aqua or chartreuse cracklebacks
Olive or Black Zebra Midge
Copper Hot Shots
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
mini jig - red & white, peach. white
super duper - frog pattern, brown trout
rooster tail - grasshopper, Snow silver blade, yellow dalmatian
yellow or salmon peach power bait
trout slayer - watermelon and natural
trout magnet, green with red sparkle
Geno Cearlock from Vandalia IL
2-1/4 pounds on an aqua crackleback in zone 1
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
Gary McGill from Tightwad, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3
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.
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