Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Fishing Report 3/18/2019



How's Fishing?

Fishing has been a bit more challenging this week due to water clarity and depth. Minor adjustments in technique and the location that you fish may be necessary. Darker patterns for lures are helpful as well as fishing them between four and five feet deep. The stream is receding back into its banks at a steady pace. The water is a light chocolate milk color, but is clearing up. Springtime weather is creeping back to the Bennett Spring area and we could not be more thrilled. Come enjoy the sunshine, rainbows, and browns with us at Bennett Spring State Park!


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
March 17, 2019
Gage house level is 2.78 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 136
Current level is 392
Median is 173
Mean is 226
75th percentile is 274
Max was 650 in 1973



Niangua River
March 17, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.10 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 104
Median is 226
Today's reading is 567
75th percentile is 341
Mean is 372
record high max was 2530 in 2013



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

RGN's-Size 14 golden olive or dark brown
Griffiths' Gnats
Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge
Copper hot shot

Zone 1 or 2

white mini jigs
John Deere
white megaworms
tri-color glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, white, black, chartreuse and black, chartreuse, black and olive
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout

Zone 3

White Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Orange/white Trout Magnet
White Powerbait Eggs
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait


Fishing Times

BEGIN
END

MARCH
7:30 A.M.
7:00 P.M.

APRIL
7:00 A.M.
7:30 P.M.

MAY
6:30 A.M.
8:15 P.M.

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 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Wind chill values as low as 33 early. South wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.


Windyville MO
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)


Lunker Club

3/12/2019

Ben Goracke from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

3/15/2019

Gary Schulte from O'Fallon, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on homemade dough bait

3/15/2019

Hazel Riley from Ozawkie, KS 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

3/16/2019

Steve Harms from Lenexa, KS 2 pounds in zone 3 on Hatchery Pellet Powerbait

3/17/2019

Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and olive marabou


Calendar of Events

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex Building - www.TheMayFlyProject.com
April 5, 2019 6-8 P.M.


Weed Cutting- April 10-11


Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019


Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019


Weed Cutting-May 22-23


State of Missouri Statewide Free Fishing Days--- June 8th and 9th


Weed Cutting- June 26-27


Weed Cutting- August 7-8


Weed Cutting September 18-19


Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019


There is a list at https://mostateparks.com/events/park/bennett-spring-state-park that gives all the details of other activities, such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring State Park though out the year.


Quote of the Week

There were lots of people who committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing, and I assure you that the increase in crime is due to a lack of those qualities of mind and character which impregnate the soul of every fisherman except those who get no bites.

Author:

Herbert Hoover 1930

Thanks for reading,

Devin










Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fishing Report Update 3/14/2019



Update How's Fishing?

We have posted some live feeds on Weaver's Facebook page pertaining to the rising stream from moderate rainfall at Bennett Spring State Park. You can still fish the stream with some slight changes in tackle and technique. The best analogy we have heard courtesy of Eric Kirchberg is the following:


When fishing the high, fast moving water imagine a group of people gathered in an area (the people in this scenario are trout in the stream). There is a treadmill that is running at its highest speed down the middle (this being the current of the stream.) Naturally the people/trout are not going to gather on the treadmill when they could stand off to the side and watch one random silly guy/trout yell hold my drink and watch this!


Take a few steps back, watch the water, look for the "standing/swimming room" toss in your line and hold on!


Water conditions




Bennett Spring
March 14, 2019
Gage house level is 3.28 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 128
Current level is 601
Median is 180
Mean is 250
75th percentile is 283
Max was 900 in 1975



Niangua River
March 14, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 6.12 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 42.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 107
Median is 235
Today's reading is 2500
75th percentile is 444
Mean is 443
record high max was 3080 in 2011


Weather Forecast

Friday: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 45. Wind chill values as low as 23 early. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.


Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5 to 7 mph.


Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 56.


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.


Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.


Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.



Monday, March 11, 2019

Fishing Report 3/11/2019









How's Fishing?

The fishing has been great. The stream has risen slightly. The water is a bit cloudy, but the trout are still as active as ever. The water is moving swiftly, so some added weight is necessary in certain areas of the stream.

As far as we know there are still quite a few lunkers in the stream. The largest lunker caught so far was six pounds. At Weaver's Tackle Store the largest lunker was four and three quarter pounds. When catching and releasing trout or other fish it is imperative to remember as a rule of thumb that they can last outside the water, with minimal wet handed handling, as long as you can hold your breath underwater or less.

We are looking forward to warmer, longer days as I am sure everyone is. Daylight Savings Time has occurred, so the park hours for March are 7:30 A.M. until 7:00 P.M.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
March 10, 2019
Gage house level is 2.85 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 124
Current level is 419
Median is 191
Mean is 278
75th percentile is 258
Max was 2270 in 1974


Niangua River
March 10, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 5.33 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 47.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 111
Median is 255
Today's reading is 1870
75th percentile is 466
Mean is 390
record high max was 1980 in 2013


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Griffiths' Gnats
Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge
Copper John
black woolly bugger
purple San Juan worms



Zone 1 or 2

white mini jigs
black and yellow woolies
John Deere
white megaworms
pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, white, black, peach and white, and pink and white, tricolor (crawdad), peach, black and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Rainbow Fry, Salmon Fly, Black Glitter



Zone 3

cheese powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
bubblegum mousetails
minnows
white Lucky Lady worms



Fishing Times

MARCH
7:30 A.M.
7:00 P.M.

APRIL
7:00 A.M.
7:30 P.M.

MAY
6:30 A.M.
8:15 P.M.

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: Showers, mainly after 9am. High near 52. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers. High near 68. Breezy, with a southeast wind 16 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 46.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 55.


Windyville MO
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)


Lunker Club

3/7/2019

Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Dan Scrivener from Urbana, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a purple San Juan worm

Jim Lucas from Creve Coure, MO 4 pound brown in zone 2 on a gingersnap marabou

Jim Lucas from Creve Coure, MO 3.1 pounds in zone 2 on a gingersnap marabou

Quinn Martin from Hillsboro, MO 4 3/4 brown in zone 3 on a white worm

Quinn Martin from Hillsboro, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on a white worm

3/8/2019

Tim Estes from Sedalia, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

3/11/2019

Alyssa Cook from St. Louis, MO 3 pounds in zone 1 on a pink glo-ball


Calendar of Events

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex Building - www.TheMayFlyProject.com April 5, 2019 6-8 P.M.


Weed Cutting- April 10-11


Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019


Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019


Weed Cutting-May 22-23


State of Missouri Statewide Free Fishing Days--- June 8th and 9th


Weed Cutting- June 26-27


Weed Cutting- August 7-8


Weed Cutting September 18-19


Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019


There is a list at https://mostateparks.com/events/park/bennett-spring-state-park that gives all the details of other activities, such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring State Park thoughout the year.


Quote of the Week

If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.

Author:

Zane Gray


Thanks for Reading,

Devin





Monday, March 4, 2019

Fishing Report 3/3/2019



How's Fishing?

Opening weekend was a great success! Kay Crabtree and Ed Elersic sounded the Opening Day whistle for 2019. Governor Mike Parson and a handful of dignitaries from Missouri were in attendance for the 95th Annual Opening Day of trout season at Bennett Spring State Park. The recorded account can be viewed on the Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook page thanks to Eric Kirchberg.

Hatchery Manager, Ben Havens reported approximately 10,500 trout were stocked over this past weekend with 3065 tags sold, which equates to 3.43 trout per tag sold. 100 lunkers were stocked as well. The stream is in good condition for this time of year. The water is clearing up from the recent rainfall and snow melt.

We would like to send our sincere condolences to the Peace family. Larry Peace of Larry's Cedar Resort passing is a great loss to the Bennett Spring community.




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
March 3, 2019
Gage house level is 2.26
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.6 in 2015
25th percentile is 125
Current level is 224
Median is 172
Mean is 191
75th percentile is 242
Max was 455 in 1975




Niangua River
March 3, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.57 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 44.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 148
Median is 292
Today's reading is 725
75th percentile is 521
Mean is 362
record high max was 1060 in 2018


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

RGN's-size 14 golden olive or dark brown
Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge
Copper John

Zone 1 or 2

white mini jigs
peach fur bugs
black and yellow woolies
John Deere
white megaworms
cream with brown collar mopflies
Easter Egg glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, white, brown, peach and white, and pink and white, tricolor (crawdad), peach, black, and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Rainbow Fry, Brown Trout, Yellow Coachdog, Brown
Vibric Rooster Tails- black and yellow
super dupers

Zone 3

cheese powerbait
garlic powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs
white Lucky Lady worms
homemade bait
minnows


Fishing Times

March 6:30 a.m. (7:30 Daylight Savings Time ) -6:00 pm (7:00 Daylight Savings time)

April 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 29. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 38.

Thursday: A chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Saturday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 57.


Windyville MO
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)





Lunker Club

2/28/2019

Todd Groshans from Collinsville, MO 2 pounds in the Niangua River on white powerbait

3/1/2019

Cliff Williams from Sullivan, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a super duper

Brian Beckett from Sullivan, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a yellow coach dog roostertail

Christian Wattenbarger from Brookfield, MO 3 pounds in zone 3 on white powerbait

Scott Duncan from Kansas City, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Scott Duncan from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Ron Mueller from Cedar Hill, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on black and yellow marabou

Wyatt Gregory, age 8 from Columbia, MO caught his first fish 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a rainbow roostertail

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Phil Skillings from Springfield, MO 3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an 1/8oz brown roostertail

Drew Call from Russellville, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Todd Groshans from Collinsville, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on white powerbait

Chance Campbell from Pleasant Hill, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Chance Campbell from Pleasant Hill, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Chris Waterman from Lebanon, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a Vibric black and yellow

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a mopfly

Gil Kauffmann from House Springs, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a peach fur ball

Justine Schroeder from Marshall, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

John Maybrier from Lebanon, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Charlie Baker from Kansas City, MO 2 1/4 pound brown in zone 3 on homemade bait

Chase Forck from Jefferson City, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on homemade bait

Tim Barnett from O'Fallon, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

Chip Lemons from DeSoto, MO 3 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Cora Wood from Holt Summit, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

George Tiffany from Florissant, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow wooly

Brad Crain from Fairgrove, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow

Duane Crawford from St. Charles, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a megaworm

Duane Crawford from St. Charles, MO 3 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Mike Redd from Hermitage, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabout

Chris Kindel from St. Charles, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white thread jig

Bryce Gallitan from Columbia, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

Tim Buckler from Columbia, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a Jimi Hendrix Glo-ball

Tim Buckler from Columbia, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a Jimi Hendrix Glo-ball

Joe Sevy from Harrisonville, MO 3.2 pounds in zone 2 on a peach marabou

3/2/2019

Brian Lindsey from Mascoutah, IL 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Eric Meyer from New Haven, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou

Brian Worthington from Curryville, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on live bait

Buddy Barnes from Edwardsville, IL 3 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black jig

Rose Frohwitter from Arnold, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white marabou

Rex Thomas from Osceola, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a Copper John

Calendar of Events

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Hatchery Visitor Room-www.TheMayFlyProject.com March 8, 2019 from 6-8 P.M.

Weed Cutting- April 10-11

Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019

Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019

Weed Cutting-May 22-23

State of Missouri Statewide Free Fishing Days--- June 8th and 9th

Weed Cutting- June 26-27

Weed Cutting- August 7-8

Weed Cutting September 18-19

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019

There is a list at https://mostateparks.com/events/park/bennett-spring-state-park that gives all the details of other activities; such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring Park though out the year.

Quote of the Week

Show me a man who fishes in winter, and I'll show you a fanatic. Actually, I'll get the better of the deal, because for sheer spectacle a fanatic doesn't hold a candle to a man who fishes in winter

Author:

Patrick McManus

Published:

They Shoot Canoes, Don't They

Thanks for Reading,

Devin










Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fishing Report 2/23/2019



How's Fishing?

We had a great Catch and Release Season the winter weather was mild for the most part. Fishing was amazing especially on very cold days the trout were very active. You may have seen me and said, "look at that crazy redhead, she is going to freeze to death." Frozen eyelets were the least of my worries most weekends for sure. The stream remained relatively low and clear for most of catch and release.

Opening Day is quickly approaching and we are getting some rain and most of the snow has melted away. The temperature on March 1st should be mild in the 40's, which will feel like a heat wave at this point. We are very excited to see everyone and create new memories and lose ourselves in the nostalgia of a simpler time when everyone camped next to the stream and the limit was 5 trout instead of 4.

Kay Crabtree and Ed Elersic are two individuals that can give an insight to those times. They have been chosen to sound the whistle for Opening Day and received the first tags of this season. They both have enjoyed Bennett Spring and the people that frequent its amenities for decades. They are pillars of the Bennett Spring community. We commend all their efforts on and off the stream.

Of Interest:

The Pre-Season Meeting held on Wednesday February 20, 2019 was a wealth of information. The meeting was broadcasting live and a recorded version can be found on the Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook page. A special thank you to Chelsea Kirchberg for recording it.

Ben Havens, Hatchery Manager of Bennett Spring State Park started the meeting off by going over the statistics from last year 2018. 138,678 tags were sold which is the 2nd best in 10 years. 301,000 were stocked in Bennett Spring State Park and the Niangua River with an average length of 13 inches. This year 2019 with favorable weather they predict at least 1700 anglers to descend on Bennett Spring State Park. Over 100 lunkers will be stocked. All trout will be 8 1/2 inches or more in length averaging 13 inches, like last year. None of the fishing regulations have changed.

The wooden bridge will be open on February 28, 2019 at 8:00 A.M.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
February 22, 2019
Gage house level is 2.42
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76.6 in 2015
25th percentile is 119
Current level is 271
Median is 178
Mean is 199
75th percentile is 250
Max was 524 in 1985




Niangua River
February 22, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.02 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 94
Median is 212
Today's reading is 555
75th percentile is 711
Mean is 457
record high max was 1430 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Rainbow Trout

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs




Fishing Times

March 6:30 a.m. (7:30 Daylight Savings Time ) -6:00 pm (7:00 Daylight Savings time)

April 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 50. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow before 7am, then a chance of rain between 7am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Friday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Calendar of Events

Opening Day of Trout Season- March 1, 2019

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Hatchery Visitor Room-www.TheMayFlyProject.com March 8, 2019 from 6-8 P.M.

Weed Cutting- April 10-11

Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019

Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019

Weed Cutting-May 22-23

State of Missouri Statewide Free Fishing Days--- June 8th and 9th

Weed Cutting- June 26-27

Weed Cutting- August 7-8

Weed Cutting September 18-19

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019

There is a list at https://mostateparks.com/events/park/bennett-spring-state-park that gives all the details of other activities; such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring Park though out the year.


Quote of the Week

The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.

Author:

Robert Traver

Thanks for reading,

Devin






Monday, October 29, 2018

Fishing Report 10/29/2018




How's Fishing?

This season is coming to a close, but catch and release should tide over the die hard anglers (myself included).  Many memories have been made this season, lessons learned, and traditions passed on for generations to uphold.  Individuals and their families will return next season for their annual pilgrimage to Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri trout mecca. 

Fishing has been great.  The cooler temperatures are keeping the trout active.  Egg patterns throughout the day seem to be very productive.  mid afternoon is slow, but the evenings are beneficial when dry fly patterns are presented.  The stream is low, gin clear, and inundated with beautiful trout. 

All of us here at Weaver's Tackle Store wish you a wonderful rest of your year and can not wait to see everyone next season!

Of Interest:

Thanks again to the amazing Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery Staff and Park Store Staff for all their continued hard work!  The tag totals for this season as of Sunday October 28, 2018 are as follows:  Adult tags sold:  118,249 and Children's tags sold: 19,424.  The approximate number of trout stocked is somewhere in the "trout" park of 300,000.  Thank you to Assistant Hatchery Manager, Mike Perry for the information.  Any updates or corrections will be posted at a later date if needed.




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 28, 2018
Gage house level is 1.77
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 68.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 95.6
Median is 114
Mean is 126
75th percentile is 134
Max was 391 in 1971




Niangua River
October 28, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.94 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 52
Today's reading is 43.2
75th percentile is 97
Mean is 215
record high max was 2130 in 1997



What's Working?



 From the Fly Case

Griffith's Gnats
Rabbit Hare midges
beetles
Renegades
red zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
gray scuds
 red San Juan worms
olive green Megaworms


Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, black and olive, ginger, white, and red and black
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Yellow Black Tiger, Metallic Gold Spot


Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs




Fishing Times

October
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Catch and Release hours begin November 9, 2018 until February 11, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season
2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February
  (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m.  to  4 p.m.



Weather Forecast

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Wind chill values as low as 39 early. South wind 6 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Saturday: A chance of sprinkles and flurries. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.



Lunker Club

10/21/2018

Matt Mosher from Salina, KS
2 1/8 pounds zone 2 with a homemade lure

Shea Stille from Bellflower, MO
2 pounds zone 3 on a rubber worm

10/22/2018

Ed Bain from Temple, TX
2 pounds in zone 1 on a red and white thread jig

Jerry Brown from Shawnee, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive marabou

10/23/2018

Tracy Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on an orange plastic worm

10/23/2018

Jerry Denzel from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

10/24/2018

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and white midge

10/27/2018

Derek Gray from Chillicothe, MO
5 pounds in zone 2 on a caddis fly

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3.8 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm

10/29/2018

Gary Hey from Augusta, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly



Calendar of Events

November 9, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season Begins

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m.  to  4 p.m.


Hike to the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel
On Jan. 1st

When: 11 a.m., January 1st, 2019
Where: Natural Tunnel Trail
Bennett Spring State Park
(The trail head is just past park cabins and Bennett Spring.)

Length: 7.5 miles (Approx. 5 hours)

The Natural Tunnel is a 296 feet long tunnel forming an S through a hill. Anticipate being outdoors on the trail from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This trail consists of natural surfaces including dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surfaces, exposed roots and down vegetation on the trail. There are inclines over 10% and stream crossings without bridges. It is suggested that participants wear shoes that fit well, dress appropriate for weather, bring a snack and water.

For more information about the event, call the Bennett Spring Nature Center at 417-532-3925 and ask for Patricia Chambers. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.



Quote of the Week

In this busy, noisy, impatient world, faster often seems better. Many of us wear stress like a badge of honor and take pride in exhaustion. Perhaps we won't solve these problems by going fishing. But I like to think it can't hurt.

Author:

Shawn Perich

Thanks for reading,

Devin













Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fishing Report 10/23/2018




How's Fishing?

Fishing was really good this last week.  The weather was much cooler with scant precipitation.  The sun came out and the trout obliged avid anglers with tight lines.  The stream is low, clear, and very well stocked.  We have about a week left in the catch and keep season, but there is still time for that last fishing excursion.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 21, 2018
Gage house level is 1.81
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 80.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 94
Current level is 103
Median is 111
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 148
Max was 407 in 1984



Niangua River
October 21, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.11 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 48
Today's reading is 56.1
75th percentile is 135
Mean is 103
record high max was 491 in 2017





What's Working?


 
From the Fly Case

Klinkhammer
copper wrap zebra midges
olive zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
gray scuds
dark red San Juan worms

Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
peach with a red dot glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, cerise, ginger, white, and red and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Leech, Frog Spring

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
green pumpkin powerbait
salmon eggs

Fishing Times

 October

7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.





Lunker Club

10/16/2018

Gary Kniepkamp from St. Jacob, IL
3 pounds in zone 2 on a green crackleback

10/17/2018

Marty Strauser from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese bait

Bill Sales from Kansas City, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a wooly bugger

10/18/2018

Steve Paulus from O'Fallon, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a blue crackleback

David Preter from Louisburg, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

Steve Paulus from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a blue crackleback

10/19/2018

Mike Mathis from Moberly, MO
2 1/4 pounds zone 2 on a white jig

Clayton Charleville from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive jig

10/20/2018

Tim Russo from Hillsboro, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white brassie

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a mopfly

Randy Duncan from DeSoto, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait

10/21/2018

Geoff Schaefer from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a crawdad marabou

Luke Reynolds from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on  white powerbait



Calendar of Events

Hike to the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel
On Jan. 1st

When: 11 a.m., January 1st, 2019
Where: Natural Tunnel Trail
Bennett Spring State Park
(The trail head is just past park cabins and Bennett Spring.)

Length: 7.5 miles (Approx. 5 hours)

The Natural Tunnel is a 296 feet long tunnel forming an S through a hill.  Anticipate being outdoors on the trail from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   This trail consists of natural surfaces including dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surfaces, exposed roots and down vegetation on the trail.  There are inclines over 10% and stream crossings without bridges.  It is suggested that participants wear shoes that fit well, dress appropriate for weather , bring a snack and water.

For more information about the event, call the Bennett Spring Nature Center at 417-532-3925 and ask for Patricia Chambers.  For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks



Quote of the Week

I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. It's a nice position. No one considers you to be dangerous, but very little is expected of you.

Author:

John Gierach

Thanks for reading,

Devin