Monday, June 26, 2017


June 26, 2017




How's Fishing

The rumor going around is that Bennett Spring has nice fish. Check out the Lunker club section if you need any convincing that this is true.  The marabou jigs, classic black & yellow, gingersnap, red & black, all are doing really well.  Rooster Tails in sparkle brown or black are also very good.  John Deere has been a strong player as well.   White floss is a great choice right now, especially if it has a dark red head.
A new fly to use this week is the crane fly or daddy long legs.  When the fish are going after the top water, this one is the one they want.
The water is clearer and slower than it has been for quite some time.  Still some stain to it, but very fish-able.


What's Working?

From the fly case:
crane flys
olive RGN's -16
renegade
bennett blue crackleback, green crackleback
red zebra midge
mop flys
pink shrimp scud

Zone 1 & 2
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - , red & black, white & black, gingersnap, and, of course, black & yellow
Rooster tails - brown glitter, bumble bee, black glitter, white / black tiger

Zone 3
trout magnet - meal worm gold
trout nuggets
power bait:  yellow, salmon peach, florescent orange
Orange Worms



Water conditions

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.15
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 129
Median is 157
Mean is 186
75th percentile is 216
current level is 176
Max was 584 in 1935

June 26, 2017

Niangua River conditions
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.35 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 33.3 in 2012
25th percentile is 65
Today's reading is 99.8
Median is 119
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 392
record high max was 665 in 2065



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

6-21-17
Neil Gromall from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Terry Silbe from Pickneyville, IL
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ed Bain from Temple TX
2 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 1

Jonoathan Kraus from Freeburg, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

6-22-17

Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Lindsey Marcum from Lafayette, IN
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Grant Cobl from crystal beach, FL
2 pounds on a rubber leg jig in zone 2

Mark Hawkins from Indianapolis, IN
2 pounds on a black marabou in zone 2


6-23-17

David Houk from Milen, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in zone 3

Joe Nehring from Florissant, MO
2 pounds on original tri color glo ball in zone 2

Jeremy Maddox from Richman, MO
2 pounds on john deere yellow tail in zone 2

Gabe Meier from Leewood, KS
3-1/2 pounds on a crackleback in zone 1

Boston Wright from St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

6-24-17

Benjamin Lucot from Wadesville, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chad Sherman from Moscow Millsm, MO
2.5 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Andrew Clark from Hallsville, MO
2 pounds on dough bait in zone 3

Kailey Woody from Loose Creek, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Jason Vaughn from Ewing, MO
2.5 pounds on a night crawler in the River

Marvin Williams from DeSoto, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

6-24-17
Rick Doran from Overland Park, KS
2-1/16 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3

6-25-17
Mark Hawkins from Indianapolis, IN
2.25 lbs on a brown marabou in zone 1

Preston Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Preston Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Karen Whisenhunt from Scheller IL
2-3/4 lbs on a bumblebee rooster tail in zone 1



Mary B. from Winsfield, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Andrew Stewart from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 1

Corbett Shannon from Fenton, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a shrimp in zone 3

Paul Hopen from Agusta, MO
2-1/2 pounds n a white mini with red head in zone 1

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a tri color glo ball in zone 1

6-26-17

Jerry Fessler from Marceline, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Paul Hopen from Agusta, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig with red head in zone 2

Jim Kemna from Jeff City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on black & green marabou in zone 1

Ty Bruce from Shawnee, KS
2-1/2 lbs on an olive roach in zone 2

Greg Lowes from Hannibal, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Kevin Belshe from Henley, mo
2 lbs, 7 oz on salmon peach power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events
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

Thursday  - July 6
10 am - Catch a critter.  Meet Nature Center staff at the trailhead for the Tunnel Trail
2 - 4 pm  - Going Batty - learn about bats at the campground 2 & 3 playground
8 pm - Beavers, Natures Engineers.  Meet at the Nature Center

Sunday - July 8,
 2-4 pm Explorer Program.  Earn an explorer patch by participating in Interpretive programs
.8-10 pm Campfire Songs, Stories and S'mores.  Exclusive for Bennett Springs Campers.
 
Wednesday - July 12
2 pm - Amazing Armadillo.  Join  us at the Nature Center

Friday July 14
8:30 pm  Owl Prowl .  Meet at the nature center, learn to identify owls.

Saturday July 15th
9 am - Hike the Spring Trail - Meet at the Nature Center.  Includes historic structures form the 1930's.
10 am  - Fish Hatchery Tour
2 pm -story time .  Meet Miss Becky at the playground across from the Park Store.

Saturday - July 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a basket making class in the Nature Center Classroom.  $35 includes all materials to make and take one home.  If anyone is interested in the class, please call the nature center to reserve a spot.  It will be taught by Judy Patterson-McKinley and there is a size limit to the class.

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

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
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Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
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Friday:   Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

Saturday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.
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Monday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.



Quote of the Day

Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.

Author:  Howard Marshall

Published:  Reflections on a River 1967

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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