Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017



How's Fishing

The fishing this weekend was amazing,  There were good stringers as well as large numbers for catch and release.  Monday the fishing has been a little tougher for some reason. It may be the full moon, change in weather, or smarter fish!
 A couple of successful lures are the gingersnap marabou and olive crackleback or RGN.  Renegades have started working, also.
Good sized fish can be found in every zone.



Of Interest
The following is an e-mail sent out by Ben Havens, hatchery manager.

BENNETT SPRING HATCHERY HIGHLIGHTS FOR MAY 2017

Tag Sales
For the month of May we sold 14,592 tags. Tag sales were down due to the highly unpredictable weather and very poor water clarity we had throughout the month. We received over 10 inches of rain for the month. We are down 16% over last May and 12.5% from last year this time. However, we are only about 5% below the 5-year avg. (44,509 tags) for Year to Date tag sales. Hopefully, things will settle down soon!  We had our busiest day of the year so far with 1,455 tags sold on the Sunday of Memorial day weekend.

Fish Production
Poor water quality has remained a problem. May was a very wet month and this kept the spring branch off color for most of the time. Due to the poor water quality, we had and continue to have issues with small chronic disease outbreaks. Staff remain on top of the situation and trying to stay a step ahead of it.  Outside production continues to do well, most of our lots for 2017 stocking are of good size and ate staged for stocking. We have surplus fish if needed somewhere in the Coldwater hatchery  system and space available to take fish for holdover if needed. The feed room is full.

Fish Stockings
We completed the following stockings this month.

Trout Park -                        26,720 fish
Niangua River TMA –         900 fish
Total Stocked     -              27,620 fish

Spring Flow
We started the month at 1,190 cfs (769 mgd) during the height of a flood and in flood stage. We ended the month at 283 cfs (183 mgd) and remain above normal flow. We gained over 10” of rain throughout the month however it came slowly and spread out.  The spring branch has been above normal all month long.



Fish Hauls
We had no fish hauls in or out of the hatchery for the month of May.

Bennett Spring Access Maintenance
Staff cleaned and prepared area for increased use now that floating season is upon here. The privies were pumped and trash removed.  The parking lot sustained quite a bit of damage during the flood rises. D&D staff has made repairs and it is looking much better.

Hatchery Maintenance
Staff has used their time cleaning on the area, mowing our site and repairing stocking points. We have painted curbs, railings, and other infrastructure. Repairs were made to the wader wash station due to damage during flooding. We added rock to several access roads on the hatchery grounds that were washed out with the heavy rains we received over the month.

Outreach
We had twelve scheduled hatchery tours this month for over 904 people.  We held a stream team cleanup on May 13th. It was attended by over 25 people. We picked up a fair amount of trash and everyone had a good time.  Our next big event will be Kid’s Free fishing day on June 10th.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
chartreuse or gray mop fly
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bead head crackleback, golden olive crackleback

Zone 1 & 2
glo balls -  white with pink dot, white
white floss with red head
peach floss
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , peach, gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, and, of course, black & yellow
bedspread - fished deep
Rooster tails - brown sparkle, bumble bee, brown

Zone 3
power bait: sherbet, yellow, salmon peach,
salmon eggs
Orange Worms



Water Conditions

June 12, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.32
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1977
25th percentile is 129
Median is 189
Mean is 207
75th percentile is 253
current level is 222
Max was 499 in 1995

June 12, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.67 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 52 in 2016
25th percentile is 128
Today's reading is 145
Median is 307
Mean is 572
75th percentile is 666
record high max was 2210 in 1993



Lunker Club

6-4-17

Johnathan Block from Frankenstein, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Donald Asher from Brookfield, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Joe Searcy from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 2

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white & peach marabou in zone 2

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
4 pounds on a home made bait in zone 3

Mike Mildfelt from Winfield, KS
2-1/2 pounds on salmon & brown marabou in zone 2

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1

6-6-17

Morgan Houston from Farmington, MO
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

Jackson Forck from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Don Harris from Lee's Summit
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a white jig in zone 1

Tracy McCann from Centralia, MO
4-1/2 pound brown on home made dough bait in zone 3


6-7-17

Collin Voyles from Festus, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a orange worm in zone 3

Dillon Voyles from Festus, MO
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

6-9-17

Connor Bailey from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on an orange & brown rooster tail in zone 1

Tim Berchardt from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

6-10-17

Deb Ellis from Shawnee, OK
2 pounds on a black & yellow rooster tail in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a olive marabou in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a olive marabou in zone 1(second fish)

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Easton Holloway (age 4) from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Derek P. Hubler from Pinckneyhville, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a bead head ginger wooley in zone 1

Grant Ruediger from Harmon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a green/pink spinner in zone 2

Alexandria Tan from Overland Park, KS (age 9)
2 pounds on pink power bait in zone 3

Kingston Tan from Overland Park, KS ( age 7)
2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3



6-11-17

Scott Veeck from Wadesville IN
2-1/4 pounds on red & white marabou in zone 2

Nat Stoebe from Higbee, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
3-1/4 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

Anthony McElroy from Troy, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a roe glo ball in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Frankie Hungerford from Jacksonville, IL
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds

6-12-17

Chase Bresler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Don Ohler from Urich, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive marabou in zone 2

Wanda Ohler from Urich, MO
2 pounds on a yellow and black rooster tail in zone 1

Frank Matthew Bellew from KC, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

6-13-17

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Allington Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from Wright city, MO
3 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

Ashley Sommer from Wright City, MO
3 pounds 10 ounces on homemade bait in zone 3



Fishing Times

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
Friday, June 16 - Furbearer & Tracks, 1 to 4 pm in the Nature Center Classroom
                          Spider Sniff- Nature Center Classroom Video and Hike, Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a flashlight.
Saturday, June 17 - Hike around the spring trail - 9 am
                              Fish Hatchery Tour - 10 am
                              Fish Art - Nature Center Classroom at 2pm to 4 pm
Sunday, June 18 - Prehistoric Missouri - Nature Center Classroom

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



Weather Forecast
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84.



Quote of the Week
'Limititis" is the affliction, endemic within our sport, which causes anglers to misread 'limit' as 'target'. It is probably the sport's greatest cause of stress, frustration and unhappiness, and it matters not how often anglers are told that the limit is simply the maximum number of fish they are allowed to catch during a session, there will always be those who see it as target and feel inept or cheated whenever they fail to achieve it.
Author:  Peter Lapsley
Published:  Fly-Fishing and Fly-Tying Magazine (UK) - July 2011
Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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