Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017

How's Fishing?

Fishing has really improved the last couple of days.  Earlier this week, fishing was a little less productive.  At least the 'catching' part of fishing. ( Fishing is always good!)  It seems like the heat will drive the fish down to find cooler water.  There are browns that are also trying to escape the heat of the Niangua as it gets lower, and these fish are swimming up into zone three.  Please remember the 15 inch minimum size for these fish.  If you are unsure what a brown looks like, ask for a picture at any of the places where you buy your bait or check the internet.
 The simpler lures seem to be working the best. Mega worms or mop worms, orange marabou or power bait are all working well. Salmon color is good across the board. For example, a salmon colored glo-ball with a red dot,  Salmon and brown marabou, or salmon peach power bait.
Everyone has their favorite, of course, and it never hurts to throw a black & yellow marabou.



What's Working?

From the fly case:
mega worm, white
mop worm, white, pink or chartreuse
zebra midge - olive
RGN golden olive

Zone 1 & 2
ginger marabou, unweighted or 1/100 ounce
bedspread
peacock grub
brown floss, white floss with red
John deere, gray deere
brown ghostie mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, salmon, orange & white, black, orange
salmon with red dot glo ball
Wooly, black
Brown rooster tail

Zone 3
orange extra scent, Chunky Cheese, pink glitter, or salmon peach power bait
red salmon eggs
Pink Worms


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.

Water Conditions

Both the Spring and the River continue to get lower, slower, and clearer every day.

July 17, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 114
Median is 134
current level is 145
Mean is 153
75th percentile is 183
Max was 330 in 2015

Niangua River conditions - If you are planning on floating and fishing this is a great time for it.

July 17, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.03 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 59
Today's reading is 67.1
Median is 94
Mean is 146
75th percentile is 168
record high max was 511 in 2015


Lunker Club

7-10-17
Garrett Niemeyer form Humble, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive leech in zone 2

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2-1/2 pounds on a black wooly in zone 1

Nick Burkart from Overland Park, KS
2 pounds on a pink & white mop fly in zone 2



7-11-17
Tracy Woodworth from OFallon, MO
2 pounds on a white worm in zone 3

Ryan Kayhill from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a john Deere mini jig in zone 1

7-12-17
Tim Fischer from Festus, MO
2 pounds on red salmon eggs in zone 3

Charles R Odell from Columbia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on sherbert  power bait in zone 3

Cameron McAtee from O'Fallon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an orange marabou in zone 1

7-13-17
Bob Wohmeyer from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a yellow & black marabou

Michael Warden from Bilozi, Mississippi
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2



7-14-17
Tracy Woodworth from St. Charles, MO
3 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3

Melissa Hayes from Pevely, MO
2-1/4 pounds on pink glitter marshmallow in zone 3

Nancy Sappington from Camdenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black marabou in zone 1

Bryan Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a crackleback

Doug Kuebler from Hermann, MO
2 pounds on a white jig with red tip

Daniel Boswell from Maryland Heights, MO
2 pounds on an orange marabou in zone 2

7-15-17

Michelle Wielms from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Austin Wiegand from Wood River, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 2



7-16-17

Larry Newell from Clinton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Briley Gregg from Bogard, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Tyler O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a white mini jig in zone 2

7-17-17

Drew Sanders from Glasglo, MO
2.4 pounds on a cream color jig in zone 2

Duane Bash from Huntsville, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
(brown 18-1/2")

Wesley Lahay from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on white marabou in zone 2

Justin Molitor from Foristell MO
2-1/8 pounds on a peach with red dot glo ball in zone 2

Richard Hunt from Manchester, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

7-18-17

Tyler O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Heather Menzel from Ottawa, KS
2 pounds on  power bait in zone 3



Calendar of Events

Friday - July 21nd 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.

Friday, July 21, from 11am to 1 pm Bear Aware.  Learn about watching bears safely and being bear aware.

Saturday, July 22,  9 am photo walk with Al.  Walk with Al Griffin to learn  how to take photos of various subjects.  Meet at the Nature Center.
Saturday, July 22,  2 pm story time in the playground across from the Park Store.

Sunday July 23, 2pm Nature video.  Missouri's Watkins Woolen Mill.  Meet 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 Conditions

Thursday   Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 100. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday    Sunny and hot, with a high near 98..
Saturday    Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Sunday    A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Monday    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday    A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.



Quote of the Day

(When wet fly-fishing) - Good fish take in the gentlest manner. It feels like somebody touching your sleeve so delicately to attract attention without giving offense. If anything happens during the drift, assume it is a fish. In Spring I hook catkins, in Autumn Willow leaves, both are easier to detect than a good brown trout.

Author:  Jim Ring

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

PERSONS OF INTEREST

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

Craig Fuller
Fisheries Management Biologist
417-532-7612 x 224
craig.fuller@mdc.mo.gov

Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
(: 417-532-3925| 6: 417-532-7006
www.mostateparks.com

Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111.

Dallas County Conservation Agent Matt Hitchings and Ryan Wood
Matt.Hitchings@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-3876
Ryan.Wood@mdc.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-0286.
Conservation agents for Laclede County
Jarrad.Jewell@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-718-1111
Jarad.Milligan@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-288-8744

Trout Cam At Bennett Spring State Park https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How's Fishing?

Photo by Chelsea Kirchberg

Currently the water in the Spring is fairly clear.  The Gage house is registering the stream height at 2.11 feet.  A 'normal' level for this time of year is 2.10.  The weather forecast is for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's through Monday.  Perfect!
The numbers of lunkers recorded for this year is staggering.  There have been over  308 fish weighing at least 2 pounds brought up to our store since opening day.  The season is just half over.  We're going to have to buy more buttons!

Brown or black sparkle Rooster tails continue to be a good choice for spinning rods.  John Deere mini jig, bedspread mini jig and white floss are also good choices.
For the fly rod there is a bit of top water action at this time, renegades, double trouble, and crane flies.  Nymphs, such as the olive RGN,  and scuds are still working well.  As far as Cracklebacks - Bennett Blue, red or gold are good choices at this time.

We have seen quite a few brown trout lately.  They are a feisty fish and fun to catch.  While mostly nocturnal, they will on occasion react to something brown and fuzzy during the middle of the day.  Please pay attention to the length of the fish.  It must be at least 15 inches to keep.  Try not to play it out and return it carefully to the stream if they are smaller than this size.



What's Working?
From the fly case:

crane fly
olive RGN's -16
renegade
double trouble
bennett blue crackleback, green or gold crackleback
elk hair cadis
mop flys
 Copper Hot shot

Zone 1 & 2

white floss, white brassie
white mini jig, sparkle with tail working exceptionally well
John deere
white floss with red head
Possum hair roach
Marabou - gingersnap, black & red, ginger, pink & white, red & white
Rooster tails - brown glitter, bumble bee, black glitter
original tri color glo ball

Zone 3

trout magnet -pink
trout nuggets
power bait: yellow, salmon peach, white
pink worms
minnows and worms



Water Conditions
July 3, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.11
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 127
Median is 152
Mean is 188
75th percentile is 202
current level is 166
Max was 811 in 2015

Niangua River conditions - If you are planning on floating and fishing this is a great time for it.
July 3, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.34 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 58
Today's reading is 101
Median is 101
Mean is 527
75th percentile is 344
record high max was 4730 in 2015



Fishing Times

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

6-27-17
Marvin Knapp from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on his own lure in zone 1

Richard McConnell from Aldrich, MO
2-1/8 pounds on white thread jig in zone 2

Mark Clay from Weldon Spring, MO
2.5 pounds on a chartreuse jig in zone 1

6-28-17
Steve Nelson from Fairgrove, MO
3 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Terry Hendley from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white brassy in zone 2

Mary Jorgenson from Cameron, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in zone 3

John Frank from Grubville, MO
2 pounds on a black & red marabou in zone 1

6-29-17
Dale Reid from Excello, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ryan Kayhill from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere mini jig in zone 1

Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a white power bait in zone 3

Jessie Colyer from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Tom OKnich from North Branch, MN
2 pounds on cheese bait in zone 3

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

Todd Mildfelt from Richmond KS
2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2



7-1-17
Billy Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on an easter egg glo ball in zone 2

Bill Toth from Hartsburg, MO
3 pounds on a home made dry fly in zone 2

Greg Rackers from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

Megan Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2 pounds 10 ounces from black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Johnathan MItchell from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds 5/16 on a john deere in zone 2

Jenna Binsbacher from O'Fallon, MO
2.5 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2 pounds 10 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Brian ONeill from Oak Grove, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

Yvonne Garrard from Jefferson City, MO
5 pounds 8 ounces on an orange & white worm in zone 3

Caleb Crawford from Lawson, Mo
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Dave Frohwitter from Arnold, MO,
2-1/4 pounds on a bennett blue crackleback in zone 1

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2 pounds on a olive copper hot shot in zone 2

Nick Barnfield from Herman, MO
5.25 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Mitch Snow from Holts summit, MO
2 pounds on a red brassie in zone 2



7-2-17

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

Gina Ruether from Beaufort, MO
4-1/8 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Jonny Mitchell from Warrenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Brian Prewitt from St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds on a pale  yellow crackleback in zone 1

Annabelle Cress (age 3)  from Godfrey, IL
2-3/8 pound on home made power bait in zone 3

Matt Berron from Beaufort, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a worm in zone 3

7-3-17

Billy Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a peach glo ball in zone 1

Mack Carter from Savanna, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Ashley Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Brier Hoffman from Glasgow, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green leech in zone 1

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2

Sean Kistner from Independence, MO
2-1/2 pounds on an apricot glo ball in zone 1

Briar Hoffman from Glasgow, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green leech in zone 2

Jerry Prewitt from Savanna, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a pale green crackleback

George Zvirgzdins from St. Louis, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Kim McMIllian from Rushville, MO
2 pounds on a cream bedspread in zone 1

7-4-17
Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg, IL
2 pounds on a black& yellow marabou in zone 2

Scott Sapp from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Trevour Sapp from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Konnor Carman (age 11) from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Brian Watson from Springfield, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 1



Calendar of Events

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.

Firday - July 21nd 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
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.



Quote of the Day

There is a great truth in the saying that the best fly to use is the one you believe in.

Author:  Hugh Falkus

Thanks for reading!  Lucy