Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 3-16-2012

How's Fishing?

The stream is in great condition and the weather is amazing.  The weather forecast is for  occasional showers and warm temperatures.  The crowds, so far this year, have been relatively light.
We have had some great comments on fish size for the beginning of the season and this is reflected in the number of anglers who have made our Lunker Board.  You can also check our facebook page, Weaver's Tackle Store, to see pictures of happy people holding their best catch.
Weaver's will continue to offer a free rope stringer to any catch and release anglers out there who are willing to catch four 'dinks' and take them up to our hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell.  We have had a few take us up on the stringers, but not able to catch four tiny ones.

A reminder that porous soled boots have been banned from Missouri trout streams.  17 states have banned this type of sole so far, with more to follow.  Please be especially careful if you fish in Arkansas streams as well as Bennett Spring.  Didymo has been found in streams in our neighboring state, the White River being the closest.
After fishing:
Check all gear and equipment after use and remove
any visible algae. If you notice algae on your
equipment at a later time, do not dispose of the algae
by putting it down a drain. Dispose of it in the trash.

The following is from a previous fishing report and may also be helpful:
If you fish in any stream other than Bennett Spring, you need to wait 48 hours before fishing at Bennett to allow all of your tackle to dry thoroughly. If it's not possible to allow everything to dry (wader cuffs, fly line, shoelaces, nets, etc) it should all be washed in a salt solution. You can make your own 20% salt solution by dissolving 2 pounds of salt per gallon of water. When using a 20% salt solution, soak your equipment for 3 minutes. A 5% solution can be made with 7oz of salt per gallon. When using a 5% salt solution, soak for 20 minutes. This does the same thing as putting salt on a slug. Bleach solutions can also be used, but it can ruin the fabric of waders so it is not recommended for this use.

Water Conditions 

    The Spring is currently putting out 170 cubic feet per second.

•      The water level measures 2.16 feet at the Gage House and is dropping.

•      The water is clear.

Calendar of Events 

Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM. More information to come.

April 10 & 11 is moss cutting

May 5, 2012 is Kid's Fishing Day

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting

June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend

June 26 and 27 is moss cutting

August 7 & 8 is moss cutting

September 18 & 19 is moss cutting

November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season

Fishing Times

March 11th to April 1st - 7:30 am to 7 pm.

April 1st to April 30th - 7:00am to 7:30 pm

May times are 6:30 am to 8:15pm

June and July hours are 6:30 am to 8:30 pm

August is 7 am to 8 pm

September is 7:30 to 7:15 pm

October's hours are 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind between 8 and 14 mph.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

What's Working? 

Zone 1 & 2
White mini jig
Rooster Tails - skunk, black and white coach dog,
Glo Balls, Red & white, flame with dot, orange, tri color easter egg and tri color original,
Green Wooly Bugger
grey fur bugs
brown thread jig
john deere mini jig
Rambo (named after the kiddo who had a birthday the day we got this new mini jig.  I gave him one to try and he caught 10 on the first one.)
It's a mini jig, brown with gold thread.

From the fly case
cracklebacks- blue and green holographic, chartreuse, orange, bead head various colors
prince nymph
scuds, brown and green

Zone 2
Kastmaster spoon
Super Duper, gold with red

Zone 3
Zeke's white
Power Bait yellow, and (hello kitty) pink.
Rainbow Power Bait

Lunker Board

March 3, 2012
Charlie Picton from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown glo ball in zone 2
March 6
Mel Sehrt from Independence, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a green wooly bug

Lawrence Murphy from Kansas City
2.2 pounds on a Yankee Brown

March 7
Joe Davies from Bellville, IL
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

Joe Davies from Bellville, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

March 8
Travis Coomer from St Charles, MO
4-1/4 pounds on an orange crrackleback in zone 2

March 10
Dillon Heitzig from Greenville IL
2 pounds on a black & white rooster tail in zone 1

Chris Masters from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds  on Rainbow Power Bait

Sherri Arcobasso from St. Charles, MO
2+ in zone 1 on an egg imitation, easter egg pattern

Rhonda Ramsay from Waynesville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white chamois in zone 2

Steve Rupard from Lake Winnebago
3-1/4 pounds on a white jig

Frank Relja from Broken Arrow, OK
2-5/16 pounds on a wooly bugger

James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
2-3/6 pounds on a secret bait

Loreal Stine from Nashville, TN
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Richard Rehn from St. Louis, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a John Deere in zone 2

Quote of the Day
Every lesson you learn, no matter where you learn it, transfers to all other rivers, no matter where you fish.
Dave Hughes

thank you all for reading!

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