Monday, March 28, 2016

How's Fishing?


Fishing continues to be very good.  Still a good amount of lunkers left in the stream, as well as some that are smaller fish.  A group of browns self released during the Christmas time flood that are not legal size.  Remember that a brown needs to be 15 inches to be kept.  The water is very low for this time of year and fairly clear.  You have about three feet of very clear water before there is a stain to it.  Sometimes a bit of murk will help hide the little mistakes we make and make fishing even better.
Also, it has been mentioned to us a couple of times that the fishing is what can be called 'spotty'.  If you aren't catching fish in a spot, move.  Your luck could improve greatly.



What's Working?
Fly case
Walt's Worm
Mega worm
gray scud
possum roach

Zone 1 or 2
white floss jig
john deere or gray deere
Black & gold, gingersnap, shell & brown, brown, or pink marabou
gray deere
bumble bee, brown, or skunk rooster tail
glo ball - brown, easter egg, white, red & white, or salmon with red dot
brassie - red or red & white

Zone 3
Orange power bait worms
minnows or worms



Water Conditions

March 28, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 139
current level is 139
Median is 211
Mean is 225
75th percentile is 268
Max was 562 in 1975



March 28, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.99 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 59 in 1996
Today's reading is 114
25th percentile is 192
Median is 383
Mean is 431
75th percentile is 641
Max was 961 in 2010



Fishing Times

March
7:30 a.m.                  -   7:00 p.m.

April
7:00 a.m.                  -   7:30 p.m.

May
6:30 a.m.                    -   8:15 p.m.

June/July
6:30 a.m.                    -   8:30 p.m.

August
7:00 a.m.                  -   8:00 p.m.

September
7:30 a.m.                   -   7:15 p.m.

October
7:30 a.m.                 -   6:30 p.m.


Lunker Club

3-23-26
Grant Kilgore from Green Castle, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a john deer mini jig in zone 2

3-24-16
Eric Giebelhausen from Jacksonville, IL
2-3/4 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

Grant Gravis from Kearney, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & silver rooster tail in the Niangua River

3-26-16
Blake Rutherford from Pleasant HIll, MO
3 pounds on a blue crackleback in zone 1


Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 :  Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm.  A $5 donation is suggested,
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71.



Quote of the Week

In this ever changing world, there are few things that have remained constant for me. The chance of hooking a nice trout still excites and thrills me to this day....just as it did when I was a kid. I like that!

Author  M A Bookout

Thank you for reading,
Lucy


Monday, March 14, 2016


How's Fishing?


Fishing continues to be excellent. The huge rains that hit Springfield to the South of us and areas North did not affect the Spring or the Niangua.  The water is amazingly clear for this time of year.
 Lots of lunkers brought up to our store. Tensions melting away and smiles all around.  Everyone is just so glad to be able to be back at Bennett with a line in the water.  The weather this week will be unseasonably warm, but probably a little cooler for the weekend.  Rain, as is normal for this time of year, will be an off and on event.
Fishing deeper - two feet or more - seems to be working better than anything on top water.  Something like a stone fly nymph or a RGN would be good choices for the fly rods.



What's Working?
Fly case
Bennett blue or red crackleback
Copper Hot shot, tabacco or dark brown
Mega worm
RGN - golden olive
Stonefly nymph

Zone 1 or 2
white floss
john deere
Black & gold, gingersnap, shell & brown, black & white, or pink marabou
gray deere
bumble bee, brown, or skunk rooster tail
glo ball - easter egg

Zone 3
Salmon egg, yellow, or garlic dough bait
Shrimp flavored salmon eggs


Water Conditions

March 14, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.16 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
current level is 185
Median is 184
Mean is 256
75th percentile is 295
Max was 900 in 1975

March 14, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.88 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 42 in 1996
Today's reading is 278
25th percentile is 106
Median is 274
Mean is 496
75th percentile is 535
Max was 3080 in 2011



Fishing Times
March              7:30 a.m.     7:00 p.m.
April                7:00 a.m.     7:30 p.m.
May                6:30 a.m.      8:15 p.m.
June/July         6:30 a.m.      8:30 p.m.
August            7:00 a.m.      8:00 p.m.
September      7:30 a.m.      7:15 p.m.
October          7:30 a.m.      6:30 p.m.


Lunker Club

3-6-16
Drew Sanders (age 12) from Glascoe, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2 and
2.2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

3-8-16
Joe Davies from Bellville, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

3-9-16
Devin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a Black & white marabou in zone 1

3-12-16
Brad Frazee from Lee Summit, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & gold Marabou in zone 2

Emanuel Welsh from Camdenton, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & gold Marabou in zone1

Brad Reeves from Lebanon, MO
3-3/8 pounds on a brown Rooster tail in zone 1

Billy Barclay from Buffalo, MO
3 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Josh Ard from O'Fallon MO
2-3/4 pounds on easter egg glo ball in zone 1

Cathy Jones from St. Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gray deere in zone 1

3-13-16
Tracy Parker from Jefferson City, MO
5-3/4 pounds on a skunk rooster tail in Zone 1

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Cora Silvestre from Lebanon, MO
3-1/3 on yellow power bait in zone 3

Curtis Allred from Lone Jack, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

3-14-16
Drew Sanders (age 12) from Glascoe, MO
2.2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Mike Udell from Buffalo, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a green wooly worm in zone 2 (catch & release)

Tom Soltysiak from Columbia, IL
4 pounds on a tan glo ball with roe dot

Calendar of Events
March 23rd & 24th: Moss Cutting
April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting
May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids more details to follow
May 24th & 25th: Moss Cutting
June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 62..
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
Saturday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 62.



Quote of the Week

Fishing adds years to your life, and life to your years.
Author:  Homer Circle

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016


How's Fishing?

It's been a great opening season at Bennett Spring.  Although the air was cool, the water has been more like what you would expect in the middle of the summer rather than the first part of Spring.  We are expecting warm weather and some rain off and on this week, and the water levels will naturally be higher and faster.  The classic lures have been working well.  Black and yellow marabou, cracklebacks, and bumble bee rooster tails for example.  This next week will probably show a slight shift.  The water may not be as clear, so a lure like a possum hair roach or gingersnap marabou may work a bit better.
There has been a lot of comments on fish size.  Remember that the winter flood washed part of the fish out of the hatchery pools.  The flood didn't grade them. (joke).  There are large, small, and everything in between in the stream.  This includes brown trout as well.  Remember your limits for the brown trout, they need to be 15 inches long to keep.
The lunkers just keep rolling in.  It may be raining off and on this week, but if you're from Missouri, this is not a deal breaker for a chance to go fishing when the fishing is good!


What's Working?
Fly case
Bennett blue or red crackleback
original crackleback
Mega worm
Renegade

Zone 1 or 2
white floss
john deere
Black & gold, ginger, moss green, red & yellow, red & white, or crawdad marabou
sparkle green grub
bumble bee, black sparkle or brown sparkle rooster tail

Zone 3
Salmon egg, pink, or garlic dough bait
Shrimp flavored salmon eggs


Fishing Times
March          6:30 a.m./7:30 a.m. dst-   6:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. dst
April            7:00 a.m.                     -   7:30 p.m.
May             6:30 a.m.                     -   8:15 p.m.
June/July      6:30 a.m.                    -   8:30 p.m.
August          7:00 a.m.                    -   8:00 p.m.
September     7:30 a.m.                   -   7:15 p.m.
October         7:30 a.m.                    -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions
March 2, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.95 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
current level is 144
Median is 179
Mean is 211
75th percentile is 239
Max was 1100 in 1973

March 7, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.66 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 59 in 1996
Today's reading is 75
25th percentile is 118
Median is 257
Mean is 342
75th percentile is 560
Max was 842 in 1995

Lunker Board

March 3, 2016
Gene Huelskamp from Raytown, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jeff Campbell from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red crackleback in zone 1

Mike Moore from Trenton, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 2

Jeff Hall from Laplata, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

March 5, 2016
Patrick O'Connor from Camdenton, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a orange trout magnet in zone 3

Robbie Pauley from Ashland, MO
2-3/4 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Brandon Harris from Farmington, MO
2-1/2 plus on a self tie deer hair (catch & release) in zone 2

Rod Nathan from Collinsville, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a  white rooster tail with white blade in zone 2

Ann Jones from Mesquite, TX
4 pounds on a brown stimulater in zone 2

March 6, 2016
Brad Reeves from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Brian Reeves from Lebanon, MO
3- 1/4 pounds on  a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Liana Hannsz from Liberty, MO
2 pounds on a skunk rooster tail with brass blade in zone 1

Pat Williamson from Pleasant Hill Mo
3 pounds on a black & yellow jig in zone 2

Joseph Davies from Belleville, Ill
4-1/25 on a white roach in zone 2

March 7, 2016
Kyle Johnson from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a red salmon egg in zone 3

Mike Stehlick from Mascoutah, IL
2 pounds on a marabou jig in zone 2

Michael Stehlick from Mascoutah, IL
3.4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2



Calendar of Events

March 23rd & 24th: Moss Cutting
April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting
May 7: Kids Fishing Day
           Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids more details to follow
May 24th & 25th: Moss Cutting
June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 65. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Thursday: Showers. High near 62. Chance of precipitation is 80%..
Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Quote of the Week

In every species of fish I've angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn't, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.
Author:  Ray Bergman
Published:  The Armchair Angler

Thanks for reading,  Lucy

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How's Fishing


As predicted, the opening day for 2016 was a stellar fishing day.  I didn't see one grumpy face for four days!
The turnout for the event was close to what was expected for a mid-week opening.  There were 1328 tags sold on opening day.  1253 of those where adult tags and the remaining 75 were kids tags.  The stream was heavily stocked.  Over 37 lunkers over three pounds were taken to the Park Store to be weighed in and listed.  I personally saw several stringers of fish that were all over two pounds as well.  The temperature was a little cool, but the weather was good for the first time in four years.

I will remind you again that there are over 4000 browns mixed in with the  rainbow trout, so, if you catch a brown, make sure you have one that is at least 15 inches before adding it to your stringer.
Look for the halo around the spots on a brown.  The spots also tend to go further down the body of the fish, there isn't the break for the pinkish color that the rainbows have down the side of the fish. The tail won't be forked and will not have spots like the rainbow does.



I would like to repeat the information about buying your fishing license that I put in the report last week.  It may help to pre-plan this part of your fishing trip this year.  From last weeks' report:
There are no rule or price changes for 2016. One difference is the purchasing of licenses. If at all possible, go on line and purchase your license ahead of time. The extra dollar fee to print them at home has been eliminated and all licenses are to be printed on a letter size piece of paper - no matter where you buy them - this year. Many places that you may have purchased your license in the past have opted not to provide this service. Fort Bennett, the Park Store, and Weaver's are the only three in this area that will continue to issue them. The link to the website is https://www.mo.wildlifelicense.com/start.php



What's Working?
Fly case
Bennett blue or red crackleback
megga worm
Zone 1 or 2
white floss
john deere
Black & gold, ginger, moss green, red & yellow, red & white, or crawdad marabou
sparkle green grub
bumble bee, black sparkle or brown sparkle rooster tail
Zone 3
Salmon egg, pink, or garlic dough bait






Fishing Times
March           6:30 a.m./7:30 a.m  dst           6 p.m./7 p.m .dst
April              7 a.m.                                    7:30 p.m.
May              6:30 a.m.                                8:15 p.m.
June/July        6:30 a.m.                                8:30 p.m.
August           7 a.m.                                     8 p.m.
September     7:30 a.m.                                7:15 p.m.
October         7:30 a.m.                                6:30 p.m.



Water Conditions
March 2, 2016 for Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.96 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76 in 2015
25th percentile is 121
current level is 145
Median is 167
Mean is 189
75th percentile is 240
Max was 535 in 1978

March 2, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.74 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 80 in 2015
Today's reading is 84
25th percentile is 141
Median is 244
Mean is 396
75th percentile is 586
Max was 1210 in 1993

Lunker Board
3-1-16
Phil Meyer from O'Fallon, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Colby Nichols from Ashland, MO
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Shelby Nichols from Ashland, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Steve Smith from House Springs, MO
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou zone 2

James Stoll from Peculiar, MO
5-1/4 pounds on a yellow & red Marabou in zone 1

Travis Kessler from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Dave Fornachon from Maryland Heights, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a red & yellow marabou in zone 1

Mark Budd from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 1

Viola Budd from Kansas City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Mark Stackle from St. Genevieve, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a rainbow trout rooster tail in zone 2

Matt Young from DeSoto MO
4-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Jason Obermark from Marthasville, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a crawdad marabou in zone 1

Kevin Frankenberg from Washington, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a Black & yellow rooster tail

Jeff Wheelin from Hannibal MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Scott Manns from Mexico, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Jeff Sexton from Centralia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Arron Pauley from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on garlic dough bait in zone 3

Josh Turner from Macon, MO
7 pounds 2 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Pat Williamson from Pleasant Hill, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black& yellow jig in zone 2

Michael Jefferis from Lees Summitt, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a moss green marabou in zone 2

Ernie Bigler from Grandview, MO
5 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail in zone 2

Rustin Colter from New Haven, MO
4 pounds, 3 ounces on a ginger marabou in zone 1

John Newcomer from Waynesville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 2

David Lawrence from Eldon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on salmon power bait in zone 3

Kierstin Brandt from Eldon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on rainbow power bait in zone 3

Jerry Prewitt from Savannah, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a rooster tail, gold with black dots in zone 2

3-2-16

Brent Billings from Deep Water, MO
3 pounds on a green & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bob Brown from Hartsburg, MO
4 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 2

Bill Hedgpeth from New London, MO
3-1/4 pounds on an adobe raider spinner in zone 1

Jeff Campbell from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a crackleback, red inzone 1

Patrick Spivey from Belleville, IL
3 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail

James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
4-3/4 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3



Calendar of Events

March 23rd & 24th:  Moss Cutting
April  19th & 20th:   Moss Cutting
May 7:  Kids Fishing Day
May 24th & 25th:  Moss Cutting
June 28th & 29th:  Moss Cutting
October 31st:  End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016:  Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



Weather Forecast

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 59. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 63.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.
Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 66.

Quote of the Week

Every fisherman seeks a spot, dreams of a spot, roams the waterways of the earth pursuing his personal spot.
Author:  David Benjamin
Published:  The last Kid Picked

Thanks for reading!  Lucy