October 21, 2015
We are having a spectacular finish to the Catch-and-Keep season. The water is that wonderful blue-green color and is super clear. It's running slowly and is at the lowest level for the year. One and a half more weekends are all there is until the fish are given a break from anglers for two weeks. The first day for Catch-and-Release is November 13th. You are allowed to fish on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through the winter.
Currently the traditional lures, as well as a couple of new comers, are all doing well. There have even been a couple of very excited anglers with stories of fish leaping for lures on top water. The Bennett Blue crackleback continues to head the list of best things to use now. Renegades, seductive midge, black flying ants, and Dave's Hoppers are doing well, too.
October 19, 2015 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1933
25th percentile is 97
current level is 95
Median is 112
Mean is 129
75th percentile is 143
Max was 264 in 1970
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.10 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 2 in 1998
25th percentile is 114
Median is 183
Today's reading is 195
75th percentile is 241
Mean is 185
Max was 448 in 2010
From the fly box:
Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Copper Hot shot
Zone one & two:
Marabou: olive & black, gingersnap
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix, tan with orange dot, pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown, rainbow. bumble bee
yellow or orange power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon
Josh Ard from O'Fallon, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball in zone 1
Richard Rav from St. Charles, MO
4 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 2
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
October from 7:30 to 6:30
Calendar of Events
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
Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.
Author: Ernest Hemmingway
Thanks for reading! Lucy