Tuesday, June 20, 2017


June 24th, 2017

courtesy of Jason Krone

How's Fishing?

Although water conditions are not optimal, fishing continues to be really good.  There have been large numbers of fish caught and released as well as nice stringers.  The water is murky but not running fast or deep.  Typically the fish that we have seen on stringers weighing in at a pound to a pound and a half.


What's Working?
From the fly case:
crane flys
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bennett blue crackleback, green crackleback
zebra midge

Zone 1 & 2
white floss
white jig
Tinsel Jigs
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , red & black, white, gingersnap, olive & brown, ginger, orange & white, yellow & white, and, of course, black & yellow
white sparkle grub
Rooster tails - brown sparkle, bumble bee, black

Zone 3
trout nuggets
power bait: white, yellow, salmon peach, florescent orange
Orange Worms



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.25
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77 in 1982
25th percentile is 127
Median is 160
Mean is 220
75th percentile is 232
current level is 202
Max was 1240 in 1981

Photo courtesy of Jason Krone

June 12, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.66 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 70.1 in 2014
25th percentile is 118
Today's reading is 143
Median is 284
Mean is 609
75th percentile is 463
record high max was 5350 in 2015



Fishing Times

June/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.


Lunker Club

6-14-17
Brad Long from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Norman Valle from DeSoto MO
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

6-15-17

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a black &  yellow marabou in zone 1

Ben Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a white floss in zone 2

6-16-17
Darrin Woodall from Concordia, MO
2 pounds on a white fly in zone 1

Joshua Balsley from Licking, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a glitter jig in zone 1

6-17-17

Lin Miles from Rolla, MO
3 pounds on a tinsel jig in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jack Kaeshoefer from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Miles Drummond from columbia, MO
2 pounds on a orange & white marabou in zone 2

Grant Hollister from Blue Springs, MO
3 pounds on a zebra midge in zone 1

Dalton Kaeshoefer from St. Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



6-18-17

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2.8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ian Daly from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a yellow & white marabou in zone 2

Ian Daly from St. Charles, MO
2.4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Jim Gallaher from Wildwood, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Nick Dierking from Marthasville, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

David Hendricks from Jay, OK
3 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 2

Will Falkoner from Lake Ozark, MO
4 pounds on a white floss jig in zone 2

Anthony Vaccaro from Winfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

6-19-17

Bryce Krone from Bonner Springs, KS
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Jason Krone from Bonner Springs, KS
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Ron Walker from Mesquite, TX
2-1/2 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1

Jonathon Bain from Houston, TX
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

6-20-17

Dan Krone from Apollo Beach, FL
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1



Calendar of Events

Friday, June 23rd
                8 pm Owl Prowl – Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.  After watching a video we will hike in their night time habitat.  Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and                   bring a flashlight.

Saturday, June 24th      
                10 am - noon Missouri Fish – Today is National Catfish Day
Arts & Crafts in the Nature Center Classroom
                 2 pm Aquatic Walk – Meet at Natural Tunnel Trail Head above the head of the Bennett                          Spring.  Discover creatures living while getting your feet wet!.

Sunday, June 25th
                 2 pm Bennett Spring Bats – A presentation on current research will be presented.                                  Specimens for viewing but none are alive.  Learn more about bat habitat and  White Nose                             Syndrome.

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Friday  -  June 30
                  8 pm   Beavers – Nature’s Best Engineers.
                  Meet at the Nature Center Classroom.

Saturday – July 1st
                  10 am     Hatchery Tour – A guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery.
                   Meet at the newest hatchery building.
                  12-4pm   Frogs and Toads – What’s the difference?  Stop by the Nature Center Classroom                    to find out.
                   6 pm Nature Bingo!  Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on near the
   playground area across from the park store.
                    8 pm Spider Sniff – Meet at the Nature Center.  Wear appropriate clothing and Footwear.                          Bring a flashlight.

Sunday - July 2nd
                2 pm Spring Ladies – An entertaining historic preservation program in the  Nature Center Classroom.  Journey back in time to hear the stories of three women                     who found life, hope and home near Bennett Spring.  Three centuries will be presented in historic accurate clothing and Mike Pace will play the Mountain Dulcimer                       between stories.

Monday - July 3rd
                 2 pm Explosive Art at the Nature Center

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: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Quote of the Week

I've always been of two minds about fly-fishing. On the one hand, here's a guy standing in cold water up to his liver throwing the world's most expensive clothesline at trees. A full two-thirds of his time is spent untangling stuff, which he could be doing in the comfort of his own home with old shoelaces, if he wanted. The whole business costs like sin and requires heavier clothing. Furthermore, it's conducted in the middle of black fly season. Cast and swat. Cast and swat. fly-fishing may be a sport invented by insects with fly fishermen as bait. And what does the truly sophisticated dry-fly fisherman do when he finally bags a fish? He lets the fool thing go and eats baloney sandwiches instead. On the other hand, I wouldn't be completely happy doing any other kind of fishing.
Author:  P.J. O'Rourk, fly-fishing Primer
 Published:  Seasons of the Angler

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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