Friday, May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016



How's Fishing
This coming weekend is Kid's Fishing Day at Bennett.  The weather looks like it will be cooperating for a change!  It is forecast to be sunny and warm all weekend.  The hatchery typically stocks extra fish in the kids area to insure that the kiddos have the best chance they can have of catching a fish. Anglers who may not make the under 15 age requirement can fish zones one and three.  After the kids leave the zone 2 area, there are still extra fish to be had in that zone, so keep that in mind for your weekend plans.
Events for the day include fly tying and educational booths set up down by the stream.  The Fly Tyers Association will be there as well as the Department of Natural Resources.  For more information call the Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.

There is also a rod give away that will be happening.  After his passing, Lawrence Murphy left a sum of money that was earmarked for this. There is a very nice story about this man and his legacy in the Trout Talk this month.

Fishing Times

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
Copper john
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Copper hot shots
Possum hair roach
Gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2

john deere mini jig
plated white woolie bugger
Pink & white, gingersnap, black & white marabou
bumble bee, black, or yellow coach dog rooster tail
glo ball - baby pink, original tri color, salmon with red dot
brassie - copper
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3
salmon peach power bait
white or yellow - power bait.
minnows or worms



Water  Conditions

May 4, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.99 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1934
25th percentile is 149
current level is 134
Median is 207
Mean is 259
75th percentile is 320
Max was 680 in 1983

May 4, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.41 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 96 in 2015
Today's reading is 180
25th percentile is 149
Median is 417
Mean is 582
75th percentile is 939
Max was 1430 in 1995



Lunker Club

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

Clinton Niere from Union, MO
2 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1

Tony Maucelli, Jr from Platte, City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Bennett Spring for Kids
See link above.

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



Weather Forecast

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Wind chill values as low as 44 early. West wind 3 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.


Quote of the Week
A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child fish.
Author:  Jim Porter

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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