Thursday, March 16, 2017


March 16, 2017



How's Fishing?
Winter had one last chance to nip noses and he took it this week.  Even so, fishing has been reasonably good for most.  It could be said that only the experienced 
die-hards are out there fishing at this point and so, of course, fish were caught.  I will give you that point.  But this weekend will make up for it.  It could reach 70 degrees by Sunday.  Ahhh, Missouri weather.  You gotta love it!



Of Interest
There are two new events this year at Bennett Spring.  The first is a free fishing day for veterans. This event is coming up soon.  April 7th. No tag for Veterans on this day needed, just a fishing license if required.  Be sure to mention it to anyone you know who loves to fish and has served, or is serving, our country.  Our thanks to all of you for your service as well as to your families for the sacrifices they have also made.
The second is the Ladies Free Fishing Day in September.  September 30, 2017 there is no charge to fish at Bennett Spring for the ladies.  You do need to have a current fishing license, but no tag is required.  



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 dark brown or green
mega worms
 Chamois worm 

Zone 1 & 2
bumble bee rooster tail 
Brown wooly worm
Marabou - Black or black & orange, peach & brown, olive & black or white
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
ginger woolies, ginger woolie buggers
mega worm, orange or white
possum hair roach
brown roach

Zone 3

power bait - salmon peach, yellow, cheese
minnows










Water Conditions

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for a couple of weeks. 
3-16-17
Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1936
current level is 113
25th percentile is 133
Median is 174
Mean is 239
75th percentile is 272
Max was 750 in 1973

Niangua River
3-16-17
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 48 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Today's reading is 102
Median is 253
Mean is 299
75th percentile is 446
record high max was 1110 in 2011



Lunker Club

March 11, 2017
Ed Evers from Orlando, FL
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

March 12 
John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2

March 13
Pam Todd from Lee Summit, MO
2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 1



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 67. South wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. 

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. North wind around 7 mph. 

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.



Calendar of Events

March 18th - Staff led tour of the Trout Fish Hatchery
Meet near the raceways across from the Park store.

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 :)
 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

It is just as well to remember that angling is only a recreation, not a profession.  We usually find that men of the greatest experience are the most liberal and least dogmatic.

Author:  Theodore Gordon

Thanks for reading!  
Lucy

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