Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 3-28-2012

How's Fishing

A person from out of state call a couple of days ago and asked about the dogwoods.   There were quite a few people in the store and regrettably I wasn't able to talk with him as much as I wanted to. He did make me realize that I wasn't paying enough attention to this beautiful time of year.  The dogwoods are amazing now, as well as delicate little wildflowers and yes, if you know where to look, mushrooms.  Our photographers, George Sharon and Hubert, made sure I got some great pictures of flowering trees of  to share with you.  The temperatures for the weekend are going to be close to 80 degrees so they won't last long.
As far as fishing.  It has been a rough patch for a lot of anglers, especially those who like to sight fish.  The water has been high, chocolatey and fast.  Of course, some people actually like this type of fishing because, for one thing, the size of line can be heavier.  
We have sold quite a bit of kapok, a tried and true lure as well as white and orange power baits.  The water continues to improve and I would say that by the weekend, should have improved a great deal.

Didymo continues to be a threat.  The following is copied from a previous report.

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.

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 348 cubic feet per second.
  •     The water level measures 2.82 feet at the Gage House and dropping.
  •    The water is still pretty cloudy. As the week goes on, we expect this to improve.

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

Bulletin Board
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May 18th and 19th the church in Bennett Spring State Park will hold it's annual 'Man Up' men's retreat. The cost is only $15 for 3 days of worship, fun and fellowship. The price does not include lodging, but does include 3 meals and a fishing tournament.. If you are bringing a son who is 12 or younger, the cost for him is $10. Call 417-532-7531 before May 4th to reserve your spot.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind between 3 and 9 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. 

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. . 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 64

What's Working?

White mini jig
Rooster Tails - bumble bee. Glitter brown, or solid white with silver blade
Glo Balls, flame with dot, orange, and tri color jimi hendrix.
Green with orange hackle, brown with gold blade or Ginger Woolly Bugger
Gold head ginger woolly 
Ginger Snap, Black, orange
White mini jig
Rooster Tails - skunk, black and white coach dog, mustard. 
Glo Balls, flame with dot, orange, tri color easter egg and tri color original,
Green or Ginger Woolly Bugger
brown thread jig
john deere mini jig
Rambo mini jig
Gold head ginger - in fact ginger seems to be a great color for whatever you use.
Ginger Snap, Black
Creamsicle - not quite orange, not quite pink tied with white.  Even better with brown.  Name courtesy of Mark from St. Peters who had very good luck on this particular color.  

From the fly case - same as last week for this group 
cracklebacks- blue and green holographic, chartreuse
prince nymph
scuds, brown and green
evening dun

Zone 3

Power Bait white or chartreuse, orange.  
Secret Bait in brown

Lunker Board
Larry Immenschuh from Holton KS
2-3/4 pounds on cheese power bait in zone 3

Zack Linomaz from St. Louis Mo  (age 6)  
2 pounds in zone 1 on kapok with two 1/2oz weights

Travis Edward Meyers from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Quote of the Day

As much as anything, the anglers will clue you in to the midge hatch. You will see them hunched over in concentration like herons. The better ones will be in as close as they can get to the dimpling trout. What you'll notice is the rhythmic flicking of casts toward a porpoising trout and the lack of any other motions. The only exception will be the gentle tug that sets a very small hook attached to the leader by a very delicate tippet. The playing of the trout, if it is a good one, will be a cat-and-mouse sort of ecstasy.
Ed Engle

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