Wednesday, March 22, 2017


How's Fishing?

Early this week fishing was slow.  About the only thing working was a white floss jig or other small white jig or nymph.  You could sink a crackleback and strip it back with some luck, but for the most part it was pretty tough.  Then it started raining and it didn't matter what you threw in front of the fish's nose, he was after it!  We will continue to have rain in the forecast off and on for the next few days.  Hopefully it's enough to keep them biting, but not so much that it overwhelms those that are fishing!

Fishing Times

MONTH                               BEGIN                            END
March                              7:30 A.M.  CDT                        7:00 P.M.  CDT
April                         7:00 A.M.                                7:30 P.M.
May                           6:30 A.M.                                8:15 P.M.
June                                 6:30 A.M.                                8:30 P.M.
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?
From the fly case

Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's rust or green
copper hot shot, tobacco brown
mega worms
zebra midge black

Zone 1 & 2

light brown rooster tail
john deere mini jig
Brown wooly worm
Marabou - Black or black & yellow
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
white brassie
peach glo ball
mega worm, pink or white
possum hair roach
brown roach

Zone 3
Power bait - salmon peach, white
Minnows
grubs - yellow or peach
orange worm
salmon trout magnet



Water Conditions

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for several weeks.
3-22-17

Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
current level is 113
25th percentile is 133
Median is 186
Mean is 226
75th percentile is 274
Max was 784 in 2012

Niangua River
3-22-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.92 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 40 in 1996
25th percentile is 163
Today's reading is 118
Median is 339
Mean is 657
75th percentile is 688
record high max was 3860 in 2012



Lunker Club

3-17-17

Randy Maledy from Arnold, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow  in zone 2

3-18-17
Andrea Ayers from Topeka, KS
2 pounds  on a white wire jig in zone 1

Tanner Abbott from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-19-17
Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a white floss jig in zone 2

Kim Kistner from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a ruby 2 in zone 1

3-20-17
Bryan Moore from Kirksville, MO
2  pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1

3-21-17
James Griffith from Louisiana, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a light brown rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 1am, then showers likely after 1am. Low around 53. South wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 63. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.



Calendar of Events

March 25th Winter Hike at 10 am
Staff led hike from the nature center to the Spring Head and on the Spring Trail to the fish Hatchery. Length will be 1 mile and will last an hour.

March 25th Hellbender Program at 2 p.m.
The rare large salamander called the Hellbender is being raised and placed in the Niangua River. Join staff to learn more about this conservation effort!
All are free events. call 417-532-3925 for more information.

New *** Veterans free fishing day. Friday, April 7th. No tag needed just license if required.
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

April 8 - Four free events from the Nature Center

Bridge Trail Walk - Time to be announced - call 417-532-3925 for more information. Trail has a gentle grade up and along the hillside behind the nature center then down to the CCC Bennett Spring bridge. Distance is .70 miles

Black Bear Program - 2 pm. The American black bear is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri. Participants will learn more about the increasing bear population in Missouri.

Mole, Vole, Shrew program at 4 p.m. Held at the Nature Center. These small burrowing mammals are hard to tell apart. Participants will learn the differences between these tunneling creatures.

Evening Photo Walk. 4 p.m. starting at the Nature Center. Al Griffin will meet participants in the Nature Center. Bring your camera!

Weed cutting April 12,13 @ 8:00 AM



Free Events from the Nature Center on Saturday, April 15th.
April 15th at 9 a.m. there will be a Spring Trail Hike. Meet at the Nature Center. This hike will go to the Spring then along the stream branch to the fish hatchery. Distance is one mile
Fish Hatchery tour begins at 10 a.m. Staff led tour will meet at the hatchery building across from the park store near the raceways.
The Bat Program will meet at the Nature Center at 2 p.m. Video, games, and activities will follow a presentation about Missouri bats.

April 22 - Earth Day Activities. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited - all free events. Meet above Bennett Spring near Pavilion/Shelter A
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Free Tree Seedlings. Build a Birdhouse. Leaf Rubbing Activity, Woodpecker Craft, Try a kayak on land! Water Exhibit, Stream Team Display. Soil Exhibition. Wildlife Activities. Games & Crafts.
At 2 p.m. There will be a bicycle class followed by participants joining the Park Ranger in a bicycle parade to the Nature Center.

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th. We stock special area just for the kids :).
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM



Quote of the Week
My first question to a newbie nymph fisher is; can you fish worms? Best advice I can give someone like that is to do that same thing with a nymph. Dry flies, a different story.

Author:  Gert Jensen

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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