Monday, May 9, 2016

May 11, 2016

How's Fishing?



This last weekend was a great one for the kids on 'Kids fishing day'.  The weather was perfect and there were plenty of fish in the stream.  As you can see from the Lunker Club section of this report, there were a lot of big fish caught.

Don't forget that this coming weekend, May 14, the 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. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

The stream is very low and running slowly, especially considering the time of year.  Hopefully we will get some moisture to replenish the aquifers.  And, with any luck, all the rain will happen midweek at night!  

The fishing continues to be good.  As is usual, better for some than others and better at certain times than others.  The better choice for catching fish is with something like a scud, nymph, or roach.  Drifting along the bottom under an indicator has worked well for most.  The water is so clear that lighter line has become important.  The lighter line, especially if it's fluorocarbon, attracts less attention from the fish and allows a more natural drift of your lure.

The hatchery manager, Ben Havens, sent an update of tag sales.  For April 30, 2016, there have been 12,366 adult and 1,529 kids tags for a total of 13,895.  Last year there were 11,468 total for April.
The totals for the year so far are 30,152 for 2016 compared to 27,716 last year.
It looks like it's going to be a great year for fishing at Bennett Spring.


Fishing Times
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.


                                                                                                                                                                    What's Working?

Tobacco Brown RGN
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
renegade
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, green & orange, or original colors



Zone 1 or 2

john deere, gray deere mini jig
gold plated gingersnap or black & yellow
marabou:  Pink & white, gingersnap, salmon & white
rooster tail:  bumble bee, white, or yellow coach dog
glo ball:   baby pink, jimi hendrix
brown roach and possum hair roach
green & orange woolie - add spinner for flash


Zone 3

rainbow power bait
white or yellow - power bait.
minnows or worms

Water Conditions

The water is very low, moving slowly.  Clarity is excellent for this time of year.

May 4, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.92 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1934
25th percentile is 152
current level is 119
Median is 190
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 338
Max was 6765 in 2009



May 4, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.83 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 79 in 1992
Today's reading is 94
25th percentile is 140
Median is 427
Mean is 758
75th percentile is 1210
Max was 2890 in 2009


Lunker Board

5-5-16
Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 1

5-6-16
Polly Miller from St. Peters, MO
2.5 pounds on a salmon & white marabou

5-7-16
Gage Geist from Wellsville, KS
2-1/2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Jeffery Black from Kalkaska, MI
5-3/4 pounds on a green & orange crackleback in zone 1


5-7-16
Landon Geist from Wellsville, KS
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Bob Brutto from Bellville, IL
3 pound on a yellow and black marabou in zone 1

Bryna Carey from Mexico, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Samuel Jackson from Marshfield, MO
3 pounds 15 ounces on gold plated gingersnap in zone 2

Ed Linkinhoker from New Haven, MO
3 pound on a black & yellow marabou, gold plated in zone 1

Dakota Courtney from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds, 4 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Carson Witherspoon from Windsor, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Dalton Witherspoon from Windsor, MO
3 pounds on a crawdad marabou in zone 2

David A Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a white roostertail in zone 2

Jonathan Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white rooster tail in zone  2

Virgil Green from Wellsville, KS
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

5-8-16
Aaron Carter from Martinsburg, MO
4 pounds on rainbow power bait in zone 3

Tara Lewis from Moberly MO
2-1/4 pounds on minnow in zone 3

Pam Todd from Lees Summit, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 2

5-9-16
Abigail Caselman from Wheeling, MO
2 pounds on cheese in zone 3



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 64.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.




Calendar of Events

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. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 11 (Saturday only): The Second Annual CFM Trout Fest

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

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



Quote of the Week
The man who coined the phrase "Money can't buy happiness", never bought himself a good fly rod!
Author:  Reg Baird

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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