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
Bennett blue or red crackleback
Zone 1 or 2
Black & gold, ginger, moss green, red & yellow, red & white, or crawdad marabou
sparkle green grub
bumble bee, black sparkle or brown sparkle rooster tail
Salmon egg, pink, or garlic dough bait
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.
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
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
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
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