Sunday, October 30, 2016



November 2, 2016



How's Fishing?

This weekend has been very busy.  Sixteen people brought up fish that were 2 pounds or better.  With the perfect weather and the large numbers of big trout, everyone who can be here -  is here.
 There won't be a report next week because there is no fishing allowed in the Spring Branch until November 11.  I will send the final tag numbers and some more great pictures from our photographer,  George Sharon Franks.  Thanks for all the effort and time you took, George Sharon, taking pictures to make this report happen.



Fishing Times
Catch and release will begin on November 11, 2016
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only

Water Conditions
For Bennett Spring
10-25-16
Gage house level is 1.95 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1935
current level is 88
25th percentile is 94
Median is 112
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 134
Max was 363 in 1971

Niangua River
10-25-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.98 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 28 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 52
Today's reading is 90
Mean is 146
75th percentile is 133
record high max was 783 in 1997

Lunker Club




10-26-16

Kenny Goth from Clinton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

10-27-16
Rohonda Bonds from Festus, MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone one

Rick Bockelmann from Weldon Spring, MO
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a white jig in zone 1

Stanley Barnes from Edwardsville, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white in zone 1



10-28-16

Mark Dotson from Farmington, MO
2 pounds on a green worm in zone 3

David Looten from Henley, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Kyle Bishop from Wentzville, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a john deere marabou in zone 2

Jerry Sapko from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds on a scud in zone 2

Debbie Boswell from Maryland Heights
2 pounds on a gingersnap, gold plated head in zone 1

10-29-16
Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Craig Nelson from Evansville, IN
2.5 pounds on a pink marabou in zone 2

Chris Gardner from Marshall MO
2-1/4 pounds on a multi color glo ball

Ernie Dawson from Beaufort, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
2 pounds on a ginger crackleback in zone 1

Anthony McElroy from Troy MO
2-1/4 pounds on a roe glo ball i zone 1

Marion Traynor from Louisiana MO
2-1/4 pounds on a renegade in zone 1

Weather Forecast
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.




Quote of the Week

Ninety percent of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.
Author:  Lefty Kreh

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


October 26, 2016



How's Fishing?
This year started out with an epic flood and a brand new hatchery manager at Bennett Spring.  The weather did not cooperate for the entire spring and most of the summer, it just rained and rained.

And yet, as far as fishing, this has been the best season we have had for many years!  There were over 765 lunkers - which, for our store, is over two pounds - brought in to the store this year.  It seems the whole year has been great despite the really poor beginning.  Lunkers continue to be brought up and most anglers are very happy with their catches.  One experienced angler and her husband each caught and released more than 60 fish on Monday.  Quite frankly, I'm impressed with their stamina (joke).

       We are very pleased with the job that Ben Havens, the new hatchery manager, and Mike Perry, the Assistant Manager, have done.  They, and their amazing staff, have done a great job this year. We look forward to seeing even more great stuff this winter season and next year.

       There is only one more week before the end of the catch-and-keep season.  The weather is finally cooperating and it should be pleasantly warm and no rain.  We look forward to seeing  you one more time this season.



Fishing Times

October

7:30 a.m.        -   6:30 p.m.

Catch and release will begin on November 11, 2016
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only



Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
10-25-16
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70 in 1938
current level is 103
25th percentile is 96
Median is 108
Mean is 124
75th percentile is 139
Max was 258 in 1985

Niangua River
10-25-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.35 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21 in 1993
25th percentile is 30
Median is 53
Today's reading is 140
Mean is 91
75th percentile is 123
record high max was 368 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly case

Renegade
RGN light olive, brown
brown or red San Juan worms
white scud
ginger crackleback
Bennett blue crackleback
Gray hares ear nymph


Zone 1 & 2

Marabou jigs:ginger, black & olive moss & black, salmon
glo balls: original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
glo ball, original or jimi hendrix tri color
white grub
yellow or skunk Roostertail
kapok
rooster tail - pink

Zone 3

PowerBait: orange & white or salmon peach
brown or black & yellow worms
Salmon Eggs UV



Lunker Club

10-16-16
Rodney Scheulen from Florissant, MO
2.1 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

10-18-16
Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds plus, catch & release on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

10-19-16

Kathy Pezold from Columbia, MO
2.3 pounds on a tri color glo Ball in zone 2

Earl Nachtrieb from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds, 8 ounces on a olive wooly bugger in zone 2

10-21-16
Norm Geary from Ashland, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink rooster tail in zone 1

10-22-16
Miles Eubanks from Springfield, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

Shane Vannocker from Emporia, KS
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

10-23-16

Nate Mader from Cedar HIll, MO
3 pounds on a red san juan worm in zone 2

Jence Griffith from Adrian, MO
3.23 pounds on a white grub in zone 1

Scott Mogelnicki from Florissant, MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

10-25-16
Peyton Dunn (age 9) from St. Clare, MO
2 pounds on orange dough bait in zone 3



Weather Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.



Of Interest

These areas will be stocked between October 31 and November 2nd
 Bennett Spring Hatchery
 Everyday Pond / St. Joseph / Buchanan County
 Kiwanis Lake / Mexico / Audrain County,
 Spur Pond / Kirksville / Adair County
Veterans Park Pond / Fulton / Callaway County
 McKay Lake / Jefferson City / Cole County
Cosmo Bethel / Columbia / Boone County
Liberty Park Pond / Sedalia / Pettis County
 Busch Wildlife Area/ Weldon Spring / St. Charles County
Montauk Hatchery
 Giessing Lake / Farmington / Ste. Genevieve County
 Jackson Rotary Lake / Jackson / Cape Girardeau County
Veterans Park Pond /Fulton / Callaway County Perry County
 Legion Lake #1 / Perryville / Perry County
 Koeneman Lake / St. Louis, west of Jennings / St. Louis County
 Busch Wildlife Area/ Weldon Spring / St. Charles County
Numerous Lakes throughout STL Urban Area



Calendar of Events

October Programs at the Nature Center - 417-532-3925 - in Bennett Spring are on Saturdays (Exception-No programs on October 22nd)

9 a.m. – Guided Hike on the Spring Trail (2/3 mile). The hike will start at the nature center. Bring Water! Directly afterward we will participate in the cultural tradition of raising the American and Missouri flags. Symbols on the Missouri flag will be discussed. Once inside the nature center, watch the indoor aquarium fish being fed.

11 a.m. – Ms. Patty Storytime with Activity near the picnic and playground area diagonally across from the park store.

2 p.m. – Family Program and Movie in the Nature Center Classroom followed by games to be played outdoors!
  Why Bats Matter (October 29th)

October 31st: End of Regular Season

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



Quote of the Week

I look into ... my fly box, and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: 'Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eighths of an inch long.
Author:  Allison Moir
Published:  'Love the Man, Love the Fly Rod', in, A Different Angle: fly-fishing Stories by Women

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Monday, October 17, 2016

October 18, 2016



How's Fishing

It has been crazy weather this fall, and the fish are a reflection of this.  As soon as the warm front came through this weekend, the fish just cut off.  The large number of anglers that were fishing could have played a part as well.  It was such a beautiful weekend that a lot of folks just had to wade in and wet a line one more time this season.
Even the best anglers where switching up lures and heaving big sighs.  The fish were there, they just weren't interested.  It's still warm today (Monday) but today they are hungry.  Several people have come up with lunkers and nice stringers of fish as well.  The possum hair roach and bennett blue crackleback have been two of the bigger players.  Tiny lures such as the RGN's and the zebra midges are also doing well, fished at two feet, under an indicator.



Fishing Times

7:30 am to 6:30 pm until October 31, 2016.
Catch and release will begin on November 11, 2016
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only



Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
10-17-16
Gage house level is 1.90 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77 in 1938
current level is 80
25th percentile is 98
Median is 115
Mean is 130
75th percentile is 138
Max was 318 in 1970


Niangua River
10-17-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 48
Today's reading is 71
Mean is 94
75th percentile is 132
record high max was 435 in 2010


What's Working?

From the Fly case
Renegade
Griffith's gnat
brown san juan worms
zebra midge
ginger crackleback
bennett blue crackleback
Gray scud

Zone 1 & 2
Marabou jigs: Plated Black & yellow, gingersnap, brown & orange, brown & yellow
glo balls: original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
brown wooly with spinner
tinsel jig
grey deere
john deere
yellow or Bumblebee rooster tail
Glitter black Roostertail

Zone 3
power bait: orange & white or salmon peach
brown or black & yellow worms
Salmon Eggs UV



Lunker Club

10-10-16
Mike Whitworth from Washington, MO
2 pounds in zone one on a john deere

10-11-16
Randy Callies from Fenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown wooly with spinner

10-13-16
Kevin Baltz from Swanson, IL
2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a john deere mini jig

Doug Piper from Independence, MO
2.2 pounds on a grey scud in zone 2

10-14-16
Ron Tilson from Wichita, KS
2 pounds on a black & yellow worm in zone 3

10-16-16
Rodney Scheuler from Florissant, MO
2.1 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

10-17-16
Heidi Gallegos from Grain Valley, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a yellow rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. East wind around 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 72.



Calendar of Events

October Programs at the Nature Center - 417-532-3925 - in Bennett Spring are on Saturdays (Exception-No programs on October 22nd)

9 a.m. – Guided Hike on the Spring Trail (2/3 mile). The hike will start at the nature center. Bring Water! Directly afterward we will participate in the cultural tradition of raising the American and Missouri flags. Symbols on the Missouri flag will be discussed. Once inside the nature center, watch the indoor aquarium fish being fed.

11 a.m. – Ms. Patty Storytime with Activity near the picnic and playground area diagonally across from the park store.

2 p.m. – Family Program and Movie in the Nature Center Classroom followed by games to be played outdoors!

•      Why Bats Matter (October 8th,15th, 29th)

October 31st: End of Regular Season

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



Quote of the Week
Something to think about - If you fish the wrong fly long and hard enough, it will sooner or later become the right fly.
Author:  John Gierach

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 13, 2016



How's Fishing?
We went from no lunkers to thirteen in one week.  Almost everyone I ask is commenting on the nice sized fish.  The water is much lower and slower than it has been for, well, quite a while!  The renegades, cracklebacks, and naturally the soft hackles are doing well.  
For those of you that are planning a weekend to Bennett - the weather is going to be stellar.  The water is low and slow.  The weeds have been cut and the stream has been well stocked.
This is also the weekend for the progressive sale at Weaver's.  With some exceptions, almost everything the store is 10% off on Friday, 15% on Saturday and 20% on Sunday.

Fishing Times
October    7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.



Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
10-10-16
Gage house level is 1.90 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1935
current level is 80
25th percentile is 96
Median is 111
Mean is 139
75th percentile is 132
Max was 623 in 2010

Niangua River
10-10-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.67 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 52
Today's reading is 61
Mean is 416
75th percentile is 90
record high max was 5050 in 2010




What's Working?

From the Fly case

Renegade
Griffith's gnat
brown san juan worms
Mahogany dun
ginger crackleback
bennett blue crackleback
Hare's ear


Zone 1 & 2

Marabou jigs: Plated Black & yellow, gingersnap, brown & orange, brown & yellow
glo balls: original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
red wooly with spinner


Zone 3

power bait: orange & white or salmon peach
brown worms
Gulp chunky cheese

Lunker Club

10-5-16
Steve Kinney from Quincy. ILL
2 pounds on a jimy hendrix glo ball in zone 2

10-7-16
Mitch Stuchel from Ottumwa Iowa
4-1/2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 2

10-8-16
Tiea McDole from Foristell, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow in zone 1

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Payton Heibbrad from Two Rivers, WI
2 pounds on  power bait in zone 3

Ed Petersheim from columbia, MO
3 pounds on a spoon in zone 2

Gerald Medcalf from Amsterdam, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a white rabbit hair jig in zone 1

Shirley Baranavic from Florissant, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

10-9-16
Kathy Amelung from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow jig


Linda Pantano from Imperial, MO
2-1/2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Virgil Goucher from Warsaw, MO
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

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

Laura Maes from Overland, MO
2 pounds gulp chunky cheese in zone 3



Weather Forecast
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 66.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 81.




Calendar of Events

October Programs at the Nature Center - 417-532-3925 - in Bennett Spring are on Saturdays (Exception-No programs on October 22nd)

9 a.m. – Guided Hike on the Spring Trail (2/3 mile). The hike will start at the nature center. Bring Water! Directly afterward we will participate in the cultural tradition of raising the American and Missouri flags. Symbols on the Missouri flag will be discussed. Once inside the nature center, watch the indoor aquarium fish being fed.

11 a.m. – Ms. Patty Storytime with Activity near the picnic and playground area diagonally across from the park store.

2 p.m. – Family Program and Movie in the Nature Center Classroom followed by games to be played outdoors!

•      Why Bats Matter (October 8th,15th, 29th)

October 31st: End of Regular Season

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


Quote of the Week

The water was shallow and crystal clear, and the gravel patches acted almost as reflectors, so that you could see everything the fish did and almost tell what they were thinking about
Author:  Harry Plunkett-Greene
Published:  Where Bright Waters Meet

Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 3, 2016

How's Fishing?



Rick and I are on the road.  He has wanted to show me where his family had their cabin in Michigan and the camp where he went as a boy and later as a counselor.  The only reasonable time to do this is before the snow flies.  Now that our son, Eric is able to manage the store with the help of Chelsea and Charlie, we have a chance to do this. 
We are currently staying in a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  No internet, no TV, no radio.  For some reason, we do have cell service. 
To answer your first question, no we haven't been fishing here, although we have managed to eat a few very tasty whitefish. 
The beauty of Bennett is it's very consistency.  Without being there I can almost tell you how fishing is based on the following information from this report. 

There haven't been any lunkers caught this week that were brought up to our store, so fishing is not crazy good. However, I see pictures that our photographer, George Sharon, took and there are people catching fish and stringers of fish, so I also know that fishing has been good for some.  So, with water levels where they should be and warm mild weather, I guess I would say "what do you have to lose? Go fishing!" 

Remember that October 3rd and 4th were scheduled days for moss cutting.



Fishing Times

October      7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions.  For this time of year, the level is at a very average 1.93

For Bennett Spring
10-3-16
Gage house level is 1.93 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1939
25th percentile is 98
Median is 109
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 136
current level is 123
Max was 848 in 1987

Niangua River - Back to a very middle-of-the-road type of level
10-3-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.78 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 28 in 1993
25th percentile is 34
Median is 44
Today's reading is 121
Mean is 86
75th percentile is 78
record high max was 457 in 1994



What's Working?
From the Fly case
Grey Scud
Griffith's gnat
RGN golden olive
white san juan worms

Zone 1 & 2
Marabou jigs:  Black & yellow, white, black & pink, orange & yellow
glo balls:  original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
gray deere

Zone 3
power bait: orange & white or salmon peach
florescent orange minnow grubs
orange & white worms



Of Interest

 Very exciting news for our state.  Sara Parker Pauley has been named as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation. She is an extremely qualified and well liked Conservationist.   I am reprinting the article written on September 28, 2016 by Joe Jerek and published  by http://mdc.mo.gov

Conservation Commission names Sara Parker Pauley as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Joe Jerek
Sep 28, 2016

The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.
“As a lifelong conservationist, hunter, and outdoorswoman, Sara Parker Pauley appreciates and understands the value of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources,” said Conservation Commission Chair Dave Murphy. “Sara has a breadth of experience and a proven track record of success to lead the Department.”
“I look forward to this opportunity the Commission has entrusted me with,” Pauley said. “I began my career working for the Department and I look forward to working with the staff, dedicated volunteers, and committed partners to lead this agency into the future.”
MDC protects and manages the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state, and provides opportunities for citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources. Pauley replaces Robert Ziehmer, who resigned in July to work in the private sector. She is the first female director in the Conservation Department’s 79-year history.
"Sara Parker Pauley is an excellent and well-qualified choice as Conservation Director," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "I've had the great pleasure to hunt and fish with Sara several times, and I've seen first-hand her respect and love of the outdoors. With her significant management experience, she is poised and prepared to take the best state conservation department in the U.S. to even greater heights, especially in getting even more young people involved in the outdoors."
Since December 2010, Pauley has served as the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Pauley previously worked as a project manager for D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources communications firm. She worked with federal and state agencies on policy development, marketing, and environmental compliance. From 2001 to 2005, Pauley served as the deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She also served as chief of staff to former Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw.
Pauley has been an executive committee and board member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. She was a member of the board of the American National Fish & Wildlife Museum, where she served as director of conservation programs. She has published a number of articles on wildlife and natural resources management.
A native of Columbia, Pauley received both her law degree and her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia, and did post-graduate studies in Australia as a Rotary Fellow. She was an instructor at the University of Missouri's School of Natural Resources, where she taught a course in natural resource policy and administration.

Weather Forecast
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83..

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Columbus Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.



Calendar of Events

October Programs at the Nature Center - 417-532-3925 - in Bennett Spring are on Saturdays (Exception-No programs on October 22nd)

9 a.m. – Guided Hike on the Spring Trail (2/3 mile). The hike will start at the nature center. Bring Water! Directly afterward we will participate in the cultural tradition of raising the American and Missouri flags. Symbols on the Missouri flag will be discussed. Once inside the nature center, watch the indoor aquarium fish being fed.

11 a.m. – Ms. Patty Storytime with Activity near the picnic and playground area diagonally across from the park store.

2 p.m. – Family Program and Movie in the Nature Center Classroom followed by games to be played outdoors!

           •   Why Bats Matter (October 8th,15th, 29th)

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 best time to fish is with the moon in the right phase, barometer on the rise, appropriate light and temperature - you can't miss! But remember to hold your mouth right and spit over your left shoulder. Trout fishing with a fly consists of manipulating an infinite variety of unknown variables. That's probably what brings all of us to worship at this altar. Don't pay any attention to anyone who tells you when is the best time to fish, friend. The best time to fish is when you're fishing.
Author:
Stephen 'Salty' Saltzman
Published:
The Best Time to Fish for Trout, in Flyfishing December 1989
Thanks for reading!