Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report 4-26-2012

How's Fishing?

"It was my best day in years.  Can't wait to get back down there tomorrow."  That's a quote from Rich, a lifelong fan of Bennett Spring, when asked how the fishing was today.  There are those who aren't catching as many (or as large) of fish as they were hoping for, but mostly we are hearing good comments.
The water is still running pretty fast, but it's very clear for this time of year.  The classic lures that are every one's favorites are the ones that we are selling the most of. Generally anglers are not searching for that elusive 'perfect' lure because black & yellow marabou, tri-colored glo balls, yellow power bait, white thread jigs, renegades and cracklebacks are all doing great.  
If this is your first time down, don't forget about the ban on felt waders.  See the previous week's report for more information on didymo and it's potential effect on our stream.  We have reordered boots and waders several times.  We continue to have a great selection at Weaver's.  Please feel free to call our store if you need to make sure we have your size.  If you purchased a relatively more expensive wader, (or if you just love yours and don't want to switch) there are also cobblers in several locations that are re-soling boots.  The cost ranges from $30 in a store outside of Kansas City to $85 in another St Louis location.  We recommend you shop around.  Your local fly shop can usually steer you in the right direction.  Not all boots can be re-soled, but the ones I have seen have looked great.

The Hatchery is still giving tours on the first and third Saturdays of each month.  They have a knowledgeable volunteer, Carol, who is there to answer your questions and give an overview of how  the whole process works. 

Kids' Fishing Day is coming up on May 5th.  There will be volunteers to help kids learn to fish   Kids can bring there own rods, or borrow one from the hatchery.  Lunch will be provided from eleven am to one pm.  Thank you to Jim Caselman, a resident of Fishing Tales Campground, who has arranged through his work to have Farmland donate all the hot dogs for the kids.  The fishing times are 6:30 am to 8:15 pm.  Educational programs, such as fly tying, will happen between 9am and 2pm.  It's a great time to introduce a young person to the sport of trout fishing.  We look forward to seeing the kids.  Weaver's Tackle Store will have an album on facebook for kids' fishing day.  Bring your catch up to the store and we will add your face and fish to it. (no names, just smiling faces).  If a kiddo should happen to catch a lunker (two pounds or better for our list) we will also put their name on this fishing report.

Current Water Conditions

Bennett Spring historical output measured in cubic feet per second:

Minimum is 85 (1981)
25th percentile is 143
Median is 229
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on Apr 24 - 207
Mean is 268
75th percentile is 318
Max (1973) 726
The water level at the Gage House is 2.29, down from 3.20 on April 14th.
The water is blue green in color and clearing.

What's Working?
White roach
Rooster Tails, bumble bee
Glo Balls -  Jimi Hendricks and Easter egg tri color
Woollies: Olive or brown with gold spinner, sculpin woolly bugger, grey with black body, ginger
gold plated weighted head woolly bugger in moss or ginger
Marabou: gingersnap. moss & black, black & yellow, white, and moss
From the Fly Case:
crackleback, red holographic, sulfur
copper john
grey or white scuds

zone 2
super duper, silver with red

zone 3
Salmon eggs
Power Bait - yellow, salmon peach. 
Trout Nip in brown

Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming east between 6 and 9 mph. 

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. 

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. 

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. 

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 65. 

Lunker Board
Don Trindall from Murphysboro IL
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Jim Teter from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3

Calendar of Events

Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.

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

Quote of the Day

A man never stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child fish.
Jim Porter
Thank you all for reading


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