Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bennett Fishing Report for 9-22-11

How's Fishing?

The big news at the stream is the dedication of the hatchery this week.  The dedication and open house is Thursday the 22nd, at 1:30 pm. The Conservation Department people have been working to get everything ready for the big day.   The first generation of trout will be born and bred in their new quarters this fall.

The fishing was very good last weekend, but has slowed down a bit.  Fewer people come down this time of year, so there are plenty of great fishing spots for those who do.  Top water is really good this time of year.  It's lots of fun for those anglers that prefer that kind of fishing. The water continues to be higher and faster than normal for this time of year, but is nice and clear.  The weather is cool, wind is calm and the skies mostly sunny all week long.  Hope you can make it!

Water Conditions

•       The Spring is currently putting out 178 cubic feet per second. There was a small spike to 22 CFU's over the weekend..

•       The water level currently measures 2.09 feet at the Gage House.

•       The water continues to be clear and blue-green in color.

Weather Conditions
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind from the northwest around 5 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Calendar of Events

September 22nd at 1:30 is the open house for the dedication of the new hatchery at Bennett Spring. It's located next to the fish raceways across from the park store.

October 7th, 8th and 9th is the Holland Derby for the American Cancer Society

October 31st is the last day of regular season

Friday, November 11th, is the opening of catch-and-release season

What's Working?

Zones  1 & 2
renegade - size 14
Glo balls: white,or pink
john deere and bedspread
marabou: ginger
White roach and white floss
cracklebacks - very good right now.  try sulfur, chartreuse, or gold.  Holographic red and holographic blue are good as well.
pale morning dun, pale evening dun - also is the fly of the month at Weaver's
griffith's gnat, renegade
Black Rooster tail
Olive woolly bugger, brown woolly bugger or woolly with spinner
unweighted glo balls, brown or tan
prince nymph
peach fur bugs
white fur bugs
white chamois
Zone 3
Yellow Power Bait, extra scent.
Salmon Peach power bait
Trout Nip, original, red and white
Salmon egg, red, pink, all brands
pink & white or red and white plastic worms

Fishing Times
September: 7:30am to 7:15pm

October: 7:30am to 6:30pm

Lunker Club

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pound rainbow on a size 20 white G bug (his own tie) in zone 2

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO - twice
2 pound and a 2.10 pound rainbow on a black rooster tail in zone 1


Jake Anthony from Lebanon, MO
5 pound trout on a black rooster tail

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.
Tony Bishop

Thank you all for reading!

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