Wednesday, April 26, 2017



April 27, 2017

How's Fishing?

You know you live in Missouri if fishing in the rain is just another day.
There have been lots of nice sized fish being caught.  The only trick is dodging the raindrops and occasional lighting!  The water is up a bit at this time, but not terrible.  There may be more water to deal with this weekend.  It often goes around the Bennett Spring Park area, but not always.  We'll try to keep you updated.
There have been a couple of camps on the best way to fish the murky water.  Most are using something like a possum hair roach, heavy marabou, or large gray scud and tumbling it along the bottom.  Zone two spin rod fishermen are using the super dupers.  Lots of flash and noise.
A florescent orange power bait grub, or any florescent worm -such as florescent pink,  has  been great for the third zone.
.  We  have also been selling quite a few of the Bennett blue cracklebacks, but haven't heard a definite report on how they are currently working.


 
What's Working?
From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
red crackleback
Chartreuse with yellow hackle crackleback
Renegade
gray scud
RGN Olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - shell & white, black & yellow, black
angry deere
glo balls - peach, jimi hendrix, or pink
peacock mini jig
olive wooly
rooster tail - white & black

zone 3
power bait: yellow, salmon peach
florescent orange grubs, power bait
florescent pink worms



Lunker Club

4-20-17
Gayle Siezcinski from Marceline, MO
2.7  pounds on a green spinner in zone 2

4-22-17
Cael Kreitler from St. Genevieve, MO
2.5 pounds on a brown marabou in zone 2

Teresa LoGrasso from Springfield, IL
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Josh Albert from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a pink marabou in zone 1

4-23-17
Bud Eberhardt from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 1

4-25-17
Connie Harms from Lenexa, KS
2 pounds on doughbait in zone 3

Bennett Johnson from Minneapolis, MN
2.25 pounds on gulp cheese in zone 3

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2.5 pounds on mystery lure in zone 1

4-26-17
Steve Harms from Lenexa, KS
2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3


Water Conditions
One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs. I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.

The notice on the USGS site is as follows: NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding. For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov, 573-308-3674).

Spring Branch
Average water, a bit murky or stained .will probably rise in the next few days, depending on how the weather plays out.

4-26-17
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.64 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
current level is 145
25th percentile is 159
Median is 218
Mean is 259
75th percentile is 310
Max was 1200 in 2011

4-26-17
Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.17 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 90.7.1 in 2016
25th percentile is 161
Today's reading is 737
Median is 447
Mean is 1320
75th percentile is 815
record high max was 12900 in 2011



Fishing Times
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.


Calendar of Events

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th.  special area stocked 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



Weather Forecast
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Friday Night: Showers. Low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. High near 67. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 57.
Sunday: Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.


Quote of the Week
No angler merely watches nature in a passive way. He enters into its very existence
Author:  John Bailey
Published: Reflections On The Water's Edge



Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Monday, April 10, 2017

4-11-17


How's Fishing?

The First Annual Veteran's-Fish-Free Day was a great success.   Friday was a perfect day.  There were anglers connecting for the first time as well as those getting an opportunity to catch up with old friends.
Comments on fish size have been very positive, some small fish in the stream, but plenty of good sized ones to catch and release or to keep for a fish fry.  (see 'Of Interest' following 'How's Fishing')
The best fishing has been sub-surface.  Cracklebacks, for example, are working very well.   Rooster Tails, White or bumble bee, have been very popular this weekend for those with a spin rod. The bedspread as well as the little gray deere, or angry deer, has also been popular.


Of Interest
Greetings-
For the month of March, we sold 15,344 tags. Tag sales were down 1,013 tags or 6.1% compared to a year ago, and were only 110 tags less than the five year avg. All the trout parks saw a decline in attendance this month, however here at Bennett we had the smallest decline. Although we have had fairly good weather, I believe with school spring breaks spread out over 6 weeks and having the Easter holiday later in April has brought our monthly numbers down a bit. I wouldn’t be surprised to have a bigger than normal April.. We shall see.

Things are shaping up well for the 2017 fishing season. Fish are growing well thanks to good water quality and we have had an good stocking avg. size of 13.4” so far this year. Well above the 12.5” avg. we aim for.  We continue to have good success in the hatchery building.  We have had very low mortality and disease issues thus far thanks to improvements we made last year. Our new fish loading tower has been put into use and is proving to be a very useful tool for loading fish onto our stocking trucks.
I encourage everyone to come out to one of our hatchery tours we provide on Saturday mornings, we would be glad to show you around!

This past month we completed the following stockings: The numbers shown include any lunkers that we stocked.

Fish Stockings
Bennett Spring Trout Park -         37,930 fish
Niangua River TMA –                      906 fish
Urban Kansas City Stockings -    3,875 fish
Total Stocked     -                       42,705 fish

If you are wondering, the stocking rate for March was 2.47 fish per tag…This is more than the 2.25 fish/tag avg. we aim for. This simply means there’s few more fish in the stream, about 3,400 extra!

Fish Hauls— As shown in the stockings above, staff worked in cooperation with KC regional staff to complete the last urban stocking for this winter. We stocked the monthly commitment of 900 fish for the Niangua River TMA. These stockings normally take place on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. We will be stocking another 900 during April.  We took delivery of 275 “lunker” cull brood stock from SOH hatchery in Branson, along with 300 fall replacement brood stock. These will be used to stock our areas as well as diversify our brood stock genetics.

Bennett Spring Access Maintenance
Staff cleaned and prepared the area for increased use and also trimmed branches and brush damaged during wind and ice events. The privies were recently pumped and trash removed.  The parking lots were graded by regional staff.

Spring Flow--We started the month at 115 cfs (74 mgd) and gained 3” of rain throughout March ending at 170 cfs or 110 million gallons/day. The spring branch has raised about 5” over the month. We are about average for the month and the extra water is helping fish production.

Outreach--We had six scheduled hatchery tours this month for over 550 people.  Our next big event will be Veteran’s Free Fishing day on Friday, April 7, 2017 followed by representing the Hatchery at the Bennett Spring Earth Day festivities on April 22nd. Don’t forget about Kid’s Free Fishing coming up on May 6th. I would be glad to have some volunteers to help the kids untangle lines and catch fish! Let me know if you are interested in helping out!

As always, if you have any questions please stop by, give me a call or send me an email. And if you want to share the location of your secret mushroom patch, I’m all ears!

Thanks-
Ben

Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062


What's Working?

From the fly case
Bennett Blue crackleback is still the winner this week
red crackleback
black zebra midge
mega worms - white or pink

Zone 1 & 2

green wooly worm with red tail
john deere mini jig
angry john deere or gray deere
bedspread
Marabou - shell & white, gingersnap, black & yellow - expecially eighth ounce gold plated head
glo ball - pink, peach, original tri color

Zone 3

power bait  -Hatchery pellet
trout magnet, gold glitter
Power bait - rainbow or florescent orange


Water Conditions
One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs.  I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.
The notice on the USGS site is as follows:  NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding.  For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (prydlund@usgs.gov, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov, 573-308-3674).

Spring Branch
Average water, clearing daily, a bit murky or stained .
4-11-17

Gage house level is 2.23 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82 in 1936
current level is 197
25th percentile is 128
Median is 189
Mean is 233
75th percentile is 303
Max was 740 in 1929

Niangua River
4-11-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.93 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 88.9 in 2016
25th percentile is 122
Today's reading is 313
Median is 248
Mean is 284
75th percentile is 367
record high max was 789 in 2008


Lunker Club
4-7-17
Brett Heath from Dittmer , MO
2 pounds on Tiger tail wooly in zone 1

Cassie Allen from Canton, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Zach Jagow from Lee's Summit, MO
3+ pounds, catch and release, on a black & yellow gold plated jig

James Lakey from Warrensburg, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gray zebra scud in zone 2
4-8-17
Darth Muncy from St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds, 10 ounces on a black & yellow marabou

Dave Stewart from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a shell & brown marabou in zone 2

Charlie Whisenhunt from Scheller, IL
3 pounds , catch & release, on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

4-9-17
Patrick Meyer from Basehor, KS
2-1/2 pounds on orange & white glo ball in zone 1


Calendar of Events
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


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.


Quote of the Week
Normally people learn to cast, then to cast really far, and finally to cast short and actually fish.

Author:
Normann Kotzurek

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Tuesday, April 4, 2017



How's Fishing?

The weather at Bennett has been mostly scattered showers, not anything substantial, but with the rainy weather in the surrounding areas, we haven't seen a lot of people fishing this week.  Although a bit dingy, the water levels in the stream and in the river are low, definitely not flooded here.
Despite the low numbers of anglers, we have had quite a few people bringing up good sized stringers of fish.  There are some smaller, some bigger, but generally the 'keep-able' fish are tending to be one and a half pounds and just over 13 inches.  A very good size for eating.


Of Interest

Don't forget to remind any veterans that April 7th is a free fishing day at Bennett Spring for them. This is the first year of the event for Bennett Spring. Weaver's always gives all veterans and active military 10% discount on their total purchase. For this special event, it will be 15%. Just show us your military ID card. It's a small way for us to say that we appreciate you!


Fishing Times
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 or red crackleback
RGN's - rust
mega worms - white or pink
Hare's ear nymph

Zone 1 & 2

green wooly worm with red tail
john deere mini jig
angry john deere or gray deere
Marabou - gingersnap, red & yellow, salmon & brown, salmon & white, olive & black
glo ball - orange, salmon, original tri color
white brassie

Zone 3
Hatchery pellet
pink 3" grub
Power bait - chunky cheese

Water Conditions

Spring Branch
Still low water, only slightly higher but a bit murky or stained .
4-4-17

Gage house level is 2.05 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
current level is 148
25th percentile is 128
Median is 192
Mean is 237
75th percentile is 273
Max was 562 in 1968

Niangua River
4-4-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.76 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 110 in 2016
25th percentile is 150
Today's reading is 272
Median is 300
Mean is 459
75th percentile is 562
record high max was 1770 in 2015



Lunker Club

4-1-17
Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chris Morris from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone1

William Ballantyne from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a black & olive marabou

Chris Morris from Lee's Summit
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 1

Tim Colyer from Independence MO
2 pounds on a black & gold Marabou

Kenny Pessetto from California, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Noah Driskell from Marshall, MO
2 pounds on a green wooly bugger in zone 1

4-2-17

Aaron Brown from INdependence, MO
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Randall Rinehart from Marshall, MO
2 pounds on a black & orange marabou in zone 2

Matt Joslin from Kansas City, MO
2.3 on a 3" hot pink grub

4-4-17
Charles Beatty from Lake Wales, FL
2 pounds on a shell cracker



Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday: Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 6



Calendar of Events

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

Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.
Author:
Ernest Hemingway

Thanks for reading!
Lucy