Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 10-13-2011

How's Fishing?

The regular fishing season is almost over for 2011 at Bennett Spring. The weather has been as good this fall as it was difficult in the spring. Every weekend has been better than the last! I hope you get a chance to throw the line in the water one more time before it gets cold. People have been catching lots of fish lately and enjoying the beautiful Ozark autumn we've been having.

For the year the tag sales were 119,087 which is 10.08% less than the previous year. However, September tag sales were up 4.4%. Perhaps it's just as simple as the fact that the weather finally cooperated. Following is the report for the month of September with tag sales over time. It's interesting to think about what was happening in the world and how it affected the number of people who were fishing.

Tag Sales by Year
1999 19753
2000 19183
2001 19691
2002 19714
2003 15779
2004 16533
2005 15815
2006 17967
2007 18780
2008 14386
2009 17120
2010 15980
2011 16643

Water Conditions - Exactly what they were last week. Can you do better than perfect two weeks in row?

• The Spring is currently putting out 153 cubic feet per second.

• The water level currently measures 1.96 feet at the Gage House.

• The water continues to be gin clear.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind between 7 and 14 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 75

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Calendar of Events

October 31st is the last day of regular season

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

What's Working?

Zone 1 & 2

renegade, pale evening dun
Glo balls: easter egg
john deere and bedspread
marabou: pink & white, chartreuse & black, black
white floss and white floss with gold bead head
cracklebacks - very good right now. try sulfur, chartreuse, or gold. Holographic red and holographic blue are good as well.
black rooster tail, metallic rooster tail.

Zone 3

Chartreuse Power Bait, Rainbow

Fishing Times

October: 7:30am to 6:30pm
Last day of this season is October 31st.
Catch and Release season opens November 11th until February 13th. You may fish on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.
Only flies are used during this time and you must possess a Trout Stamp as well as your Missouri Fishing License.

Lunker Club

Charlie Whisenhunt from Scheller IL
4.5 pound rainbow in zone 1 on a black & yellow rooster tail

Ian Brown from Springfield IL
2-1/4 rainbow in zone 1 on a white floss jig

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2
Aaron Spratt from Springfield, Il
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white jig.

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


Zane Gray

Thank you all for reading.


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