Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring



February 8, 2018

How's Fishing?

This will be the last weekend for the catch and release season.  March 1st is fast approaching.   Opening day is always a treat, but there seems to be a lot of excitement this year for some reason.  Maybe the winter was a bit more brutal than usual and we are all very ready for Spring.  It's much too early to predict what the weather will be like on the first of March, but from past experience, the only thing that will keep the anglers away is that the roads are too icy to drive on.  And sometimes, not event that!

Now is the time to get your gear ready for the season.  If nothing else, it will give you something productive to do while you wait. 
If you are using, or at least starting with on opening day, a spin rod, the first step is to clean it up.  Wipe all the debris, mud, and fish scum off of the outside of the reel.  You will then need reel oil and reel grease.  Use the grease on gears.  Use the oil for everything else, such as the handle and joints.   The most important thing is the first step - make sure it's clean before you lubricate. 
Next, check your line.  More headaches are caused by old line than any other single thing.  Pull about four feet of the line off the reel and see what it looks like.  Does it curl or is it twisted?  The best answer is to replace the old line and start fresh for the season.  At Bennett, a good two pound line is best if you can manage it.  A four pound line will work almost as well, especially on a closed face reel.  The color of the line is important as well.  It seems what works best is a line with a greenish cast, probably because of the water color.  If you like the invisibility of fluorocarbon line, a two to three foot leader on the end of the green line works well.  It gives you the superior casting ability of the green line combined with the transparent effect of the fluorocarbon. 
Now take a look at your rod and reel seat.  Again, cleaning them is most important.   Start with mild soap and wipe dry with a soft cloth.  Do you see any nicks or cracks in the rod from winter storage?  Or are there any burrs on the guides that will nick the line as you are fishing?  This is the time to address these issues by repairing or replacing your equipment.  At Weaver's we have an extensive selection of rods to choose from this Spring.  When you buy a new reel or combo at our store, we put new line on for no additional charge. 
Taking a little care of your equipment will go a long way towards making that first catch of the season successful and enjoyable. 
Next week we will look at taking care of your fly rod

The pre-season meeting will be on February 20th in the Bennett Room at 6:30.  This meeting is open to the public.  There is a lot of good information at each meeting about fish availability, size, and what we expect for the coming season both at Bennett and in the Niangua. 



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
February 8, 2018
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77 in 1977
Current level is 83.2
25th percentile is 106
Median is 136
Mean is 165
75th percentile is 210
Max was 364 in 1995




Niangua river
Niangua River conditions
February 8, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.09 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 50.5
Minimum was 77 in 2011
25th percentile is 94
Median is 151
Mean is 217
75th percentile is 226
record high max was 674 in 2008



Weather Forecast


Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Wind chill values as low as 30 early. South wind 7 to 13 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night: A chance of freezing drizzle after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 25. Wind chill values as low as 17. North wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday: Freezing rain likely, possibly mixed with sleet, becoming all freezing rain after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as 15. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Freezing rain and sleet likely before 11pm, then freezing rain likely between 11pm and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 42.

Calendar of Events

February 20th - Preseason Meeting

The pre-season meeting will be on February 20th in the Bennett Room at 6:30.  This meeting is open to the public.  There is a lot of good information at each meeting about fish availability, size, and what we expect for the coming season both at Bennett and in the Niangua.

The following is an email from the Nature Center at Bennett Spring





Quote of the Day

"Fly tackle has improved considerably since 1676, when Charles Cotton advised anglers to 'fish fine and far off,' but no one has ever improved on that statement.
Author:  John Gierach

Winter diving in the Spring Hole


Thanks for reading and looking forward to seeing you soon!
Lucy

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