Monday, June 18, 2018



How's Fishing



Fishing has been HOT!!!  The temperature outside and the amount and size of fish being caught are hot.  The stream is low and almost gin clear, but not quite.  The turbid water conditions we had been experiencing have resolved. 
   
This Father's Day weekend there were an abundance of lunker browns caught.  Fun fact brown trout are not indigenous to the United States they were imported from Germany in 1883, hence why some individuals call them "Germans."  I have included a web link in case you would like more information on this topic. 
     
https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=931





Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 17, 2018
Gage house level is 1.83
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 127
Current level is 113
Median is 166
Mean is 208
75th percentile is 244
Max was 726 in 1935

 Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 17, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.87 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 109
Median is 237
Today's reading is 42.2
75th percentile is 1530
Mean is 905
record high max was 4290 in 2013



What's Working

From the Fly Case

peach brassie
white thread jig
black and olive jig
white mop fly
black caddis
brown roaches
white mega worm
Kapok

Zone 1 or 2

tricolor or peach glo-ball
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- peach and brown, white, tricolor,
black and white, black and yellow, red, and  John Deere
brown roostertail
white roostertail


Zone 3
brown, yellow, orange glitter, and white powerbait
mousetails red and brown
nightcrawlers


Fishing Times


 June  6:30 A.M.  8:30 P.M.

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.



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Heat index values as high as 93. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

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

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.



Lunker Club

6/11/2018

Brian Hinson from St. Clair, MO
 2 5/8 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Kellen Rotert from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Jason Schwoeppe from Dutzow, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere marabou in zone 1

Elijah Brown from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a brown roostertail in zone 2

Harold Cunningham from Ashland, MO
2 pounds on brown powerbait in zone 3

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2 3/4 pounds on a #14 blue cracklback in zone 2

6/12/2018

James Simmons from Bismarck, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a white rooster tail in zone 1

Mark Brown from Bethany, IL
2 1/8 pounds on a ginger/orange crackleback in zone 1

6/14/2018

Isabel Ringel from Kansas City, MO
2.1 pounds on a tricolor marabou in zone 1

Linda Hey from Augusta, MO
2.5 pounds on a black and olive jig in zone 2

6/15/2018

Trevon Sanders from Glasgow, MO
3 1/2 pound brown on a pastel multicolor glo ball in zone 2

Brian French from Smithton, MO
3 1/4 pound brown on a blue crackleback in zone 1

Dave Noce from Festus, MO
7lb 14oz brown on a white jig in zone 2

6/16/2018

Addie from O'fallon, MO
2 pounds on a black and yellow mini jig in zone 2

6/17/2018

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
4 pound brown on a white marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 2

Leah Smith from Sturgeon, MO
2 1/4 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Brenda Gallaher from St. Louis
2 pounds on a red marabou in zone 1

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a white mopfly in zone 2



Calendar of Events


JUNE 22nd - FRIDAY
8 PM Where Eagles Soar
Celebrate our national emblem by joining us at the Nature Center to learn the importance of the Eagle in Missouri. We’ll describe some steps being taken to bring this majestic bird back from the brink of endangerment.


JUNE 23rd - SATURDAY
2 PM What’s the Buzz?
It’s national pollinator week. Meet at the Nature Center. Come discover the importance of pollinators in our environment and identify some creatures that are pollinator pros. We will be using recycled materials to craft a temporary home for some pollinator friends.

8:30 PM Going Batty
Wear comfortable shoes, bring your flashlight and meet at Shelter A. We’ll keep our eyes open and learn about the structures they use to find their prey while going on a night hike to find some bats to observe.


June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting


JUNE 29th - FRIDAY
7 PM Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
It’s national camera day! Bring your cellphones/cameras to the Nature Center as we talk about some things you can find here in the park. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as we will hit the trails to find many of the things we’ve discussed.


JUNE 30th - SATURDAY
10 AM – 2 PM Basic Outdoor Hazard and Safety Awareness Display - Nature Center
Program 2 PM – 3 PM
Learn more about the outdoor hazards a person can encounter when exploring the great outdoors through a display at the nature center. Knowing more about basic outdoor safety and awareness will assist in making outdoor activities more enjoyable. There will also be a presentation on Basic Outdoor Hazards and Safety. Learn more about enjoying the great outdoors with bats, poison ivy, snakes stinging insects, ticks and chiggers, spiders and wildlife. The presentation is being presented by Springfield Missouri Master Naturalist and Jr. Leaders.


August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting


Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting


September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!


October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

A beautiful pattern poorly tied does not make for a beautiful fly. But an ugly pattern brilliantly tied might, because it embodies hope

Author:

Erin Block


Thanks for reading!
Devin

























Monday, June 11, 2018

How's Fishing



Last week we mentioned RGN's.  We would like to revisit this, since there have been a few questions about what they look like and what RGN means.  RGN stands for Ross' Glitter Nymphs named after the individual that makes them locally. They are a fairly simple fly to tie, but are available here at Weavers for purchase.



The stream is stocked to the gills, pun intended.  Fishing has been great in all the zones and the Niangua River.  Free fishing weekend was very successful with many people enjoying Bennett Spring.  The water is low due to the lack of rain, so far this season and the clarity is getting better with each passing day.

Of Interest:
Lucy here...I would like to introduce you all to Devin.  She will be the guest writer of the fishing report.  She has written a couple of reports with my 'guidance' and seems to have a handle on what you all are looking for in the report.   I hope you all will let her know how much you appreciate her efforts, just as you did for me!  When you visit our store, be sure to chat with her about your successes and struggles.  She absolutely loves to fish and will appreciate  your input for the report.
Rick and I won't be around as much as we have been, but we will be here off and on.  We have accepted the next phase of our life which is to be more fishing, more golf and more art.  Sounds rough, but I think we are up to it.  (joke) .  We so appreciate all the support and, yes, the love, you have given us over the years and hope you will continue to stop in and shop.  We are giving the next generation a chance to shine.  We are counting on our son, Eric, his wife Chelsea, and Dan and Devin to continue to give you the best customer service possible.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 10, 2018
Gage house level is 1.88
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 131
Current level is 101
Median is 182
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 255
Max was 598 in 1937



Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 10, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.06 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 41.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 137
Median is 329
Today's reading is 77.1
75th percentile is 740
Mean is 871
record high max was 6680 in 1995



What's Working

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
Black, tan, white, megaworms
Chartreuse, white/pink, tan mop flies
crane flies

Zone 1 or 2

pink or white thread jigs
John Deere
John Deere yellowtail
tinsel jigs
peach globalls
marabous -black and yellow, peach and brown, ginger, white

Zone 3

rainbow doughbait
salmon fix trout magnets
Lucky Lady white or black/yellow rubber worms



Fishing Times

June        6:30 A.M-.8:30 P.M.

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.

Weather Forecast


Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.



Lunker Club

6-4-2018

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
 2 1/8 pounds on an olive woolly bugger in zone 1

6/5/2018

Chris Horley from Mexico, MO
3 1/8 pounds on a pink thread jig in zone 1

6/6/2018

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

6/7/2018

Rick Sabath from Lenexa, KS
2 1/2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/16 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 2

6/8/2018

Dan Voelker from Waterloo, IL
2 pounds on a salmon fix trout magnet in zone 3

Chester Hill from Grafton, MO
2 pounds on a white rubber worm in zone 3

Ruth Todd from Raytown, MO
3 3/4 pounds on a black megaworm in zone 1

Dave Matkin from St. Louis, MO
2 1/16 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

6/9/2018

Julia Diehl from Steelville, MO
2 1/8 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/4 pound on a peach globall in zone 2

Chase Bresler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a tan mop fly in zone 1

Stanley Barnes from Edwardsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds on a white megaworm in zone 1

6/10/2018

Toni Starman from Clarksville, MO
2 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Drew Sabath from Olathe, KS
2 1/4 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Robert Moore from Lebanon, MO
2 1/2 pounds on a nightcrawler in zone 3



Calendar of Events


JUNE 22nd -  FRIDAY
8 PM   Where Eagles Soar 
Celebrate our national emblem by joining us at the Nature Center to learn the importance of the Eagle in Missouri.  We’ll describe some steps being taken to bring this majestic bird back from the brink of endangerment.

JUNE 23rd - SATURDAY
2 PM  What’s the Buzz? 
It’s national pollinator week.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Come discover the importance of pollinators in our environment and identify some creatures that are pollinator pros.  We will be using recycled materials to craft a temporary home for some pollinator friends.

8:30 PM  Going Batty
Wear comfortable shoes, bring your flashlight and meet at Shelter A.  We’ll keep our eyes open and learn about the structures they use to find their prey while going on a night hike to find some bats to observe.

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

JUNE 29th -  FRIDAY
7 PM  Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
It’s national camera day! Bring your cellphones/cameras to the Nature Center as we talk about some things you can find here in the park.  Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as we will hit the trails to find many of the things we’ve discussed.

JUNE 30th -  SATURDAY
10 AM – 2 PM   Basic Outdoor Hazard and Safety Awareness Display    -  Nature Center
Program 2 PM – 3 PM 
Learn more about the outdoor hazards a person can encounter when exploring the great outdoors through a display at the nature center.  Knowing more about basic outdoor safety and awareness will assist in making outdoor activities more enjoyable.  There will also be a presentation on Basic Outdoor Hazards and Safety.  Learn more about enjoying the great outdoors with bats, poison ivy, snakes stinging insects, ticks and chiggers, spiders and wildlife.  The presentation is being presented by Springfield Missouri Master Naturalist and Jr. Leaders.

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

The sporting qualities of a fish are dependent neither on its size nor its weight, but on the effort of concentration, the skill and mastery the fish demands from the fisherman.

Author:

Charles Ritz

Thanks for reading!
Devin




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How's Fishing?



A gentleman that was fairly new to fly fishing recently came into Weaver's. We assisted him with lure selection. One thing we suggested were brassies, and we gave him tips on a good way to fish them. He left the store and returned within a couple hours to thank us for his amazing day of fishing, which included catching a trout every other cast.

The stream is stocked very well with many larger trout. Fishing in the morning with black and yellow of any sort remains a prosperous trend. Afternoons tend to be slower with the heat. Evenings pick back up when the weather cools. The water is low and fairly clear, which is very appealing for fly fishermen of all ages. Crane flies, Bennett blue cracklebacks, and olive RGN's stay at the top of the flybox list.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 5, 2018
Gage house level is 1.92
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 134
Current level is 109
Median is 183
Mean is 203
75th percentile is 244
Max was 480 in 1935

Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 5, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.22 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 54.7 in 2012
25th percentile is 168
Median is 286
Today's reading is 95.0
75th percentile is 461
Mean is 302
record high max was 580 in 2013



What's Working
From the fly case

olive RGN-golden olive
chartreuse mop worms
olive woolly
Bennett blue cracklebacks
copper hotshots
rabbit skin~white chamois
crane flies


Zone one or two
red/green, rust, charteuse brassie
marabous-black & yellow, chartreuse, and gingersnap
pink and white jigs
pink lady glo balls
John Deere
little cleo

Zone 3
yellow, orange, and brown powerbait
salmon eggs





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.


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.




Lunker Club

6-1-2018

Brayden Faulkner from White Hall, IL
2.5 pounds on a pink and white jig in zone 2

Ian McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2 pounds on yellow powerbait in zone 3

Matt Berron from Beaufort, MO
2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Jared Lootens from Jefferson City, MO
3.5 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

6-2-2018

John Berron from New Haven, MO
2 pounds on a floating rapala in zone 2

Norman Black from Edgar Springs, MO
9.25 pounds on brown bait in zone 3

6-3-2018

David Berron from Washington, MO
2.1 pound on a mop fly in zone 1

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

Trent Bauman from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere in zone 2

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a Cleo in zone 2

Nicholas Basore from Stillwell, KS
2.8 pounds on a rabbit skin white chamois

6-4-2018

Steve Lagarce from Troy, MO
2 pounds on a Bennett blue crackleback in zone 2

Sean McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2.5 pounds on orange powerbait in zone 3


Calendar of Events

SAT JUNE 9 SUN JUNE 10 – Free fishing weekend. Allows anyone to fish for free without a state fishing permit or daily trout tag, however all other fishing rules and limits apply. For more information or questions contact the Missouri Department of Conversation’s Bennett Spring Hatchery by phone at 417-532-4418.

SUN JUNE 10
1-2 PM RANGER RIDE - Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABCs of bike riding. Participants should meet at the fish hatchery fish feeding station across from the park store. Participants will ride together across the historic CCC bridge around Bennett Spring to Shelter A and back. The riding terrain is flat with some grassy off-road riding and one hill. Bring your bicycle, helmet and water.

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby


Quote of the Week

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.
Anonymous

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store


June 1, 2018

How's Fishing?

Summer has really come into it's own! A nice way of saying "It's hot out there!".
Fishing in the stream or floating down the Niangua are good ways to enjoy that warm weather.
Fishing has been really good, lots of big fish and good sized stringers. Top water hasn't been really strong yet, probably because, although the stream is in good shape, it is still a bit dingy. Renegades seem to be an exception. They are good.

Bennett blue Cracklebacks, brown roaches, black ants, zebra midges,and John Deere mini jigs have all been working well this week.



What's Working?
From the Fly Case

White Mega Worm
orange mop worms
Possum Hair Roach or brown roaches
Bennett blue cracklebacks
Renegades
black ants

Zone one or two
Gingersnap or black & yellow marabou, Salmon & Brown, peach
wooly bugger - red, brown
John Deere
White floss
Glo balls - red or jimi hendrix, chartreuse with red dot
Ginger with gold plated head, woolies
Tinsel green or brown, or black rooster Tail
pink or red brassie
Rubber Leg Jigs various colors, green is good

Zone 3

power bait: yellow, salmon peach, or orange sparkle
lady luck pink worms
night crawlers


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

5-24-18
Krista Schuessler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail

Caleb Donty from Adrian, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red and yellow marabou in zone 2

Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds 1 ounce on a black marabou in zone 1

5-25-18
Shelby Turnbought from Fenton, MO
2.75 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Roger Dixon from Olean, MO
9.75 pounds on orange powerbait in the Niangua River

5-26-18
Dennis Warden from Branson, MO
2.25 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 2

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
4 pounds on a red jig in zone 2

Tyson Cox from St. Joseph, MO
2.5 pounds on an olive wooly bugger in zone 1

Jim Spatola from Barnhart, MO
2 1/8 pounds on pink and white lucky lady worm in the Niangua River


Travis Toelke from Springfield, MO
2.25 pounds on a white plastic worm in zone 3

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a white midge in zone 2

Bill Daubendiek from Sibley, MO
2.5 pounds on a pink marabou in zone 1

Eddie Burks from Harrisburg, MO
2.25 pounds on a yellow mop fly in zone 2

5-27-18
Dennis Warden from Branson, MO
2 pounds on a red and white marabou in zone 2

Matthew Warden from Virginia Beach, VA
2 1/8 pounds on a red and yellow marabou in zone 2

Vance Brindley from Highland, IL
2.5 pounds on a black and yellow roostertail in zone 2

5-28-18
Faith Brindley from Highland, IL
2 pounds on black and yellow roostertail in zone 1

Danny Curran from Belton, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere in zone 1

Jordan Aleman from Broken Arrow, OK
2 1/8 pounds on a brown roostertail in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2.25 pounds on a black and gold marabou in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2.25 pounds on a black and gold marabou in zone 2

Jack Eichenlaub from O'Fallon, MO
2.5 pounds on a red wooly in zone 1

Greg Block from Bonnots Mill, MO
2 1/8 pounds on yellow dough bait in the Niangua River

5-30-18
William Cole from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Matt Gibson from Webb City, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 1/8 pounds on red brassie in zone 2


Calendar of Events

SAT JUNE 2

10 AM FISH HATCHERY TOUR – A guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery. Meet at the newest hatchery building to find out what it takes to raise all those fish. The hatchery tour duration is approximately 45 minutes.
2 PM BLACK BEAR PROGRAM – Meet at the Nature Center classroom to learn more about bears. Watch a video about their habitat and behaviors. Learn to safely observe bears, follow a few precautions and become “Bear Aware”. Come check out a pelt, skull and scat.

SAT JUNE 9 SUN JUNE 10 – Free fishing weekend. Allows anyone to fish for free without a state fishing permit or daily trout tag, however all other fishing rules and limits apply. For more information or questions contact the Missouri Department of Conversation’s Bennett Spring Hatchery by phone at 417-532-4418.

SUN JUNE 10
1-2 PM RANGER RIDE - Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABCs of bike riding. Participants should meet at the fish hatchery fish feeding station across from the park store. Participants will ride together across the historic CCC bridge around Bennett Spring to Shelter A and back. The riding terrain is flat with some grassy off-road riding and one hill. Bring your bicycle, helmet and water.

June 9 & 10 - Free Fishing Weekend

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby


Quote of the Week

I always thought a fly fisherman was the ultimate optimist; anyone who believes he can trick a wary wild fish with a concoction fashioned from feathers and fur can't be a pessimist.

Author
David Klausmeyer - Editor

Published:
Fly Tyer Magazine

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report
Brought to You by
Weaver's Tackle Store

May 24, 2018



How's Fishing?

Despite the rains we have recently had, the water in the Spring is clearing up nicely. There is still quite a bit of stain, even murkiness, but every hour improvements can be seen.
It should be a very nice weekend weather-wise. There may be a few pop up storms on Friday or Saturday, but generally temperatures in the 80's and sunny.
Ginger has been a good go to color the last few days. We have seen some action on brassies as well as brown roaches. The possum hair roach is a good choice for this, bounced or tumbled along the bottom if you are able to do that.

At the end of the report there is a calendar of events. This includes moss cutting and free weekends as well as special events. If you have an event at Bennett and would like to have it included, let me know.


Of Interest:

We had an e-mail from Ben Havens, our hatchery manager. I would like to share that with you.
He writes as follows:
Hello all-
I hope everyone is enjoying this much warmer, stable weather!
Here is an recap of last month here at Bennett Spring.

Spring Flows

We started the month of April at 307 cfs or 198 million gallons/day. We ended the month at 135 cfs or 87.2 million gallons/day. Average for this time of year is 187 million gallons/day. We received rain this past month which equated to between 2-3” of precipitation. The stream started the month murky and dirty from all the extra spring flows but ended the month very clear and fishable.

Tag sales were down for April compared to a year ago.

Adult Kids Total

April 2018 9,658 904 10,562
April 2017 10,548 1,458 12,006 (-1,444)

Tag Sales year to Date

2018 26,655
2017 27,350
Total difference -695 or -2.54%

Fish Production

The stable water levels and occasional rain is helping our fish production make steady gains. Fish size and numbers are looking great for this season. We have had several volunteers help with production efforts this month. Fingerling numbers are looking good. We have moved several more lots outside from the building this month and have around 200,000 more fingerlings coming along. Bennett Spring Hatchery currently has 821,600 fish on inventory.

Fish Stockings

We completed the following stockings last month. Avg. size of fish stocked was 12.87” long and our stocking rate was 2.53 fish/tag. This is more than the 2.25 fish/tag stocking rate that we aim for… For those curious, the hatchery has stocked 150 lunkers so far this season.

Niangua River TMA – 900 fish
Bennett Trout Park-- 26,231 fish

Let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks—

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
white mega worm
orange mop worms
Possum Hair Roach

Zone one or two
Gingersnap or black & yellow marabou, Salmon & Brown, peach
wooly bugger - red, brown
white mini marabou
John Deere
White floss
Tan, brown, green or white mini jig
Chartreuse or white brassie
Glo balls - red or jimi hendrix, peach with red dot
Ginger with gold plated head, woolies
Tinsel green or brown rooster Tail

Zone 3

power bait: yellow, salmon peach, or orange sparkle
worms


Fishing Times
May 6:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
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

5-14-18
Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds on yellow rubber jig in zone 3

5-15-18
Jeff Poleski from Union MO
2-1/4 pounds on a tan jig

5-16-18
Allington Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

5-18-18
Jason Kuhlmann from Wright City, MO
2-5/8 pounds on yellow dough bait in zone 3

5-19-18
Gary Degraffenreid from Eugine, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail, zone 2 - 2 times

Elijah Smith from Jeff City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Deb Buehler from Carrollton, MO
2 pounds on a green rooster tail in zone 2

Jason Kuhlmann from Wright City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Charles Dubbert from Martinsburg, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a brown jig in zone 2


5-20-18
Dan Miller from Terre Haute, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow Marabou in zone 2

Casey Green from Westphalia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on peach marabou in zone 1

Kyle McCain from St. Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

Brandon McCourt from Leavenworth, KS
2 pounds on orange sparkle dough bait in zone 3

Tim Schroeder from Maywood, MO
2 pounds on white jig with a redhead in zone 1


Weather Forecast

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Memorial Day: Sunny, with a high near 88..

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.


Calendar of Events
May 19th & 20th Missouri Trout Fishermans Association Trout Derby
Sponsored by Springfield Chapter Register Fri Night after 5 PM

May 19th Fish Hatchery Tour 10 am & Photo Walk 9 am to 11 am, Nature Center

May 23 & 24 - Weed cutting

May 26th Spring Trail Hike 10 am, meet at nature center

June 9 & 10 - Free Fishing Weekend

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week
After all these years, I still feel like a boy when I'm on a stream.

Author: Ex USA President Jimmy Carter

Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store


May 8, 2018

How's Fishing

Last Saturday was Kid's Free Fishing day. As you see from the pictures, it was quite a success. What a great way to introduce the next generation to the great sport of fishing. It's one of the few sports that the entire family - from little ones to great grandparents - can enjoy together on equal footing.


For those of you who shy away from the first Saturday in May because of the number of rowdy young people, I will let you in on a little secret. Zone one is a ghost town. It's stocked normally and doesn't get fished most of the weekend. Probably one of your best weekends if you like a little elbow room in zone one when you are fishing.


What's Working?

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
gold crackleback
Renegade
chartreuse, pink or white - mega worm or mop worm


Zone 1 & 2

john deere
Marabou -Red, Peach, gingersnap, & Chartreuse mini marabou
glo ball - roe with red dot, orange or easter egg
rooster tail - glitter brown , yellow and black, black
Chartreuse rooster tail
bumble bee mini jig
wooly bugger - black & yellow, brown
chartreuse or white mini marabou

Zone 3
power bait, orange, salmon peach
worms - plastic in pumpkin seed color or pink
night crawlers
red glitter salmon eggs


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
May 7, 2018
Gage house level is 2.0
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1981
25th percentile is 155
Current level is 126
Median is 193
Mean is 265
75th percentile is 321
Max was 1060 in 1998

Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
May 7, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.75 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 82 in 1992
25th percentile is 131
Median is 413
Today's reading is 173
75th percentile is 1110
Mean is 1010
record high max was 8170 in 1994


Fishing Times

May 6:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.
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.


Weather Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.


Calendar of Events.

May 12th Savanna Trail Hike 9 a.m., meet at Savanna Trail Head

May 19th & 20th Missouri Trout Fishermans Association Trout Derby
Sponsored by Springfield Chapter Register Fri Night after 5 PM

May 19th Fish Hatchery Tour 10 am & Photo Walk 9 am to 11 am, Nature Center

May 23 & 24 - Weed cutting

May 26th Spring Trail Hike 10 am, meet at nature center

June 9 & 10 - Free Fishing Weekend

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

Good fishermen know that in talking about fishing, nothing is more interesting than the truth.

Author: Arthur Ransome

Published: Rod and Line 1980

Thanks for reading.
Lucy