Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017



How's Fishing?
Fishing, despite the rain event of this past weekend, has been really good. The water is up a little, but just barely stained in most areas.
Weed Cutting happens this week so the white floss jig is a great one to throw,  I understand the little white floss imitates the crustations that grow on the moss.  When this is cut it shakes these little guys into the food column and the fish feast on them.  If this isn't right, please feel free to 'educate' me!
 Lots of things working right now, from the john deere mini jig to a salmon marabou jig.  The possum hair roach and the mop worms are also doing well.  Check out the "What's Working "  Section for a longer list of possibilities.


Of Interest
This e-mail is from the Hatchery Manager, Ben Havens.  Always interesting to see the numbers as well as learn about what's happening in the hatchery.
He writes as follows:

Hello—

Here is an update of what’s been going on around the hatchery the last couple months… I have attached some tag sales numbers on the bottom of this email. Overall, this year so far we are 3.5% down over last year. However, the last 2 months we have been making gains with tags sales up over last year. I’m fairly certain the more stable weather has helped us out compared to the last couple summers.

Fish Production

June was an average month and the stream had time to clear up and return to normal. Much of the same continued through July as the stream stayed ultra-clear and flows slowly diminished. We only saw about 1.5” of rain in July, which was hardly enough to increase flows. The outside fish production continues to do well, most of our lots for the remainder of  2017 season stocking are on a maintenance ration and fish size is looking great!   In late June, we took around 100,000 5” fish from Sheperd of the Hills hatchery in Branson and will begin growing them for use somewhere in the hatchery system next year. We also hatched off 100,000 trout eggs on June 6th. These fish are already over 2” long and growing! Floating brown algae continues to be a problem around the hatchery and is typical during low flow times, but we are managing well.

Hatchery Maintenance

Staff continues using time improving the area, mowing and repairing stocking points. We have painted curbs, railings, and some other infrastructure. You may notice several empty raceways as you drive by the hatchery as we are in the midst of some fall cleanup efforts around the hatchery. This time of year, after heavy stocking months of the summer, is a great time to power wash and tidy up the raceways. This helps keep pools cleaner and healthier for raising fish. The better conditions are for the fish, the healthier they will be and bigger they will grow. Soon, after they are cleaned up, we will continue sorting and splitting raceways giving our fish plenty of room to grow.

I’m working on putting together a flyer to start promoting our fall Ladies’ Free fishing day on September 30th. Hopefully it will start circulating soon.

Here are some numbers from the last couple months.

JUNE TAG SALES




JULY TAG SALES



Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and the recent cooler weather we’re getting..
My door is always open and I’d be more than happy to hear from you-

Thanks again-
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:
mega worm, white
mop worm, white, pink or chartreuse
zebra midge - olive, red or white
Rust or olive copper hot shot
copper john

Zone 1 & 2:
brown floss, white floss with red
John deere
brown ghostie mini jig
yellow grizzly wooly worm
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, salmon & brown, orange & white, black & yellow, orange
hot pinkt or jimi hendrix glo ball
Wooly worm, brown,

Zone 3:
orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait
orange & white worm


Water Conditions

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

August 8, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.28
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83.7 in 2014
25th percentile is 105
Median is 128
current level is 211
Mean is 149
75th percentile is 155
Max was 838 in 2013


Niangua River conditions
August 8, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.83 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 38
Today's reading is 121
Median is 58
Mean is 331
75th percentile is 221
record high max was 3260 in 2013



Lunker Club

7-26-17
Guy Neiswender from Circleville, KS
6.1 pounds on white Power Bait in zone 3

Jim Lucas from Wright city,  MO
13 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

7-27-17

Jeff Sindelar from Wildwood, MO 63038
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Kyle Bishop from Wentzville, MO
5 pounds on a orange and gold trout magnet in zone 3

Leslie Hunter from Fairport, NY
2-3/8 pounds on cheese dough bait in zone 3

Bryan Hunter from Fairport, NY
2-1/4  pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Cody Hoskins from Rayville, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

7-28-17
Derick Louderbaugh from Buffalo MO
2 pounds on a crappie jig in zone 3

Travis Schnitzer from Lagrange, MO
2 pounds on  rainbow trout bait in zone 3

Jamie Henderson from Lincoln, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Lloyd Burk from New Cambria, MO
2-1/8 pounds on brown marabou in zone 2

Brenda Richardson from Freeburg, IL
2.25 pounds on orange dough bait in zone 3

7-29-17
Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & white marabou in zone 1

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
4 pounds on  power bait in zone 3


7-30-17
Jamie Henderson from Lincoln, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Ty Gulley (age 8)
Marceline, MO
2-3/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Drake Champlin from Hartford, IL
2 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

Mylee Keller from Farber, MO (age 8)
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Craig Clever from St Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chris French from Sedalia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a green beetle in zone 2

Mark Skrob from St. Louis , MO
2-1/2 pounds on a copper crackleback in zone 2

Mark Elliott Azalee from California, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange in zone 2

8-1-17

Dennis Becker from Lebo, KS
2-1/4 pounds on a copper hot shot in zone 1

John Penrod from Sedalia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an orange worm in zone 3

Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a black & yellow

Mike Behrman from Marceline, MO
2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

8-2-17

Destin Creel from Brookfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow in zone 1

Colton Wilson from Clarksville, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Jack McCutchen from Quincy, IL
2 pounds on and orange & silver spoon in zone 2

8-3-17

Melvin Houghton from Trimble, MO
2 pounds on a yellow rooster tail in zone 1

Jim Navert from Quincy, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a wire jig in zone

Kendrick Logan from Sedalia, MO
3-1/2 pounds on home made secret fly in zone 2



8-4-17

Liam Evans from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow jig in zone 1

Clark Heman from Levasy, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Sydney Vanourney from ST. Peters, MO
2 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball in zone 2

Sherill Ballard from Smithville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon peach power bait in zone 3

Steve Bubsching from Troy IL
2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 1

Bryant Cartar from ST. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ben George from Hallsville, MO
2-2/3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Clyde Maxey from Jeff City , MO
2-1/4 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Ron Temme from Jeff city, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a fur ball in zone 1

Landon Kendrick from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white Marabou in zone 1

8-5-17

Randy Smith from Higbee, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Scott Henderson from Florissant, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow worm in zone 3

Brandon Henderson from Florissant, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red &  white worm in zone 3

Austin Heppermann from Wentzville, MO
3 pounds on a mega worm in zone 1

8-6-17

Travis Heman from Napoleon, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere in zone 1

Dan Curran from KC, MO
2 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball in zone 1

Ron Coker from Lake Lotawana, MO
2.4 pounds on a mint & black worm in zone 3

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

8-8-17
Delbert Evers from Eugene, MO
2 pounds on a brown woolie in zone 1

Ashley Sommer from Wright city, MO
4 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

8-9-17
Heidi Parker from Troy, IL
2 pounds on a black & yellow jig in zone 1



Fishing Times

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

Saturday, August 5th , 2017:
9 a.m. - Spring Trail Hike   Join us at the Nature Center and begin a beautiful morning hike along the Spring Trail.  The hike will terminate at the Fish Hatchery where you will be just in time for the Hatchery Tour.

10 a.m.-  Fish Hatchery Tour – a guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery.  Meet at the newest hatchery building.

11 a.m. - Storytime  - Meet at the playground across from the Park Store for a story about one of Bennett Spring’s animal residents.

The Civilian Conservation Corps -  Self Guided Tour Launch

All Day August 5th The Civilian Conservation Corps at Bennett Spring Exhibit
Stop by the Nature Center classroom for an exhibit depicting the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps here at Bennett Spring and throughout the nation. Pick up a copy of our new Civilian Conservation Corps self-guided tour as well.

2 p.m.  Civilian Conservation Corps Walking Tour
Join a Naturalist at picnic Shelter A (across from the spring) for a walking tour of some of Bennett Spring State Park’s remaining CCC structures. This tour will cover about two miles and may take up to two hours. You can also pick up a copy of our new self-guided tour at the Nature Center to explore these sites at your own pace.

7 p.m.  Bear Aware – Their habitat, habits and behavior.  Learn how to safely observe bears, follow a few precautions and become “Bear Aware.”

Wednesday, September 13th is being set aside as a work day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Savanna Trail.  Anyone that would like to help us is welcome.  Projects include multi flora rose and winter creeper removal.  We will break for lunch around noon.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Nature Center.

Feel free to spread the word!

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

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AMM

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

Trout Derby
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society. Two-day event October 14th, 15th.
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM



Weather Forecast

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

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

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83..

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Quote of the Week
If you want to catch more fish, more often, take luck out of your fishing equation and replace it with knowledge of fish, their habitat and behavior, and you will make your own luck.
Author:   Tony Bishop
Published:  Fishing Smarter 1996

Thanks for reading,

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