Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 5, 2017


How's Fishing?

It was a great opening day this year.  The crowds were a bit lighter than expected - there were 1290 adult tags sold and 76 kids.   The weather forecast, although it turned out to be a mild morning for March first, may have scared some anglers or the fact that it was a Wednesday opening could also play into it.  When you have work and school schedules, it's often hard to coordinate a trip, even for something as important as opening day!
Governor Eric Greitens surprised us with an opening day visit.  He seemed to enjoy his visit and for us, well, it's always fun to hob nob a bit.
 There were 50 lunkers put in for opening day weighing in at three pounds or more.  The lunker club is back in business!

Governor Eric Greitens and Gary Modale, the whistle blower for 2017, share a light moment

Fishing Times

MONTH                                 BEGIN                    END
March                                6:30 A.M.  CST 6:00 P.M.  CST
March  Daylight Savings Time 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.

Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Conservation Department with local fly tyer, Kay Crabtree

What's Working?

From the fly case
Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's dark brown or green
mega worms
midges, black or olive

zone 1 & 2
Brassie - red or red & white
Marabou - classic black & yellow, pink & white, moss, gingersnap, green & black, olive, ginger,
tinsel jigs
Rooster Tails, pink & white, bumblebee, brown
peacock mini jig
white floss
ginger woolies, ginger woolie buggers
mega worm, orange or white

zone 2
spoons, silver or gold small sized

zone 3
power bait - salmon peach, yellow, cheese
trout magnet- salmon or white


Water Conditions

March 5, 2017

Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 85.6 in 2015
25th percentile is 129
Median is 177
Mean is 206
75th percentile is 245
current level is 113
Max was 930 in 1984



Niangua River
3-5-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.58 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 70 in 1996
25th percentile is 120
Median is 208
Mean is 379
75th percentile is 596
Today's reading is 77.1
record high max was 1220 in 2008



Lunker Club

3-1-17
Zach Hagadon from Walnut Iowa
4-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black & yellow marabou

Lindy Wood from Louisiana, MO
2 pounds on cheese bait in zone 3

Dino Nolte from Ft. Worth TX
6 pounds on a black & yellow gold plated marabou in zone 1

Dylan Witherspoon from Windsor, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Mike Hamilton from ST. Charles, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Adam Bradley from Odessa, MO
2-1/3 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Bellew from Kansas City, MO
6.2 ounces on a black & green marabou in zone 2

Justin Schroeder from Marshall, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jeff Huffman from Warrensburg, MO
7-1/2 ounds on a salmon trout magnet in zone 2

Stephen Stacy from Ellington, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a pink & white rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Bellew from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Joshua Broderick from Kansas City, Kansas
3.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jacob Ley from Collinsville, IL
3.25 on a red brassie in zone 2

Gene Huelskamp from Raytown, MO
5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Dallas Smith from Mexico, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 2

Joshua Broderick from Kansas City, MO
4.5 pounds on a black & yellow fly in zone 1

3-2-17

John Schaaf from Buffalo, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Jim Lucas from OFallon, MO
3 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Jim Lucas from OFallon, MO
5 pounds on a home tied jig in zone 2

Tom Flamm from Bowling green, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a worm in zone 3

3-3-17

Kenny Verser from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

3-4-17

Tommy Doellman from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black & brown marabou jig in zone 1

Jake Crawford from St. Charles, MO
4 pounds, Catch & release, on an orange mega worm in zone 1

Kyle Cullifer from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-5-16
Matthew Johnson  from Nixa MO
4-1/2 pounds on white trout magnet in zone 3

Susan Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a pink worm in zone 3




Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Saturday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Quote of the Week

The dream is everything in the sport of fishing. You dream with every cast of your fly that the shadowy form will finally rise to your fly. You dream as you drop off to sleep at night about the lunker that got loose just as you were about to net it.

Author:  Christipher Lehmann Haupt

Published:  The Ultimate Fishing Book

Thanks for reading and welcome to the 2017 season.
Lucy

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