Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 4-12-2012

How's Fishing

It's been a great spring at the Spring.  This weekend promises to be more of the same. Although there is some chance of rain, it's forecast to be intermittent after Thursday's storms, with temperatures in the low 70's.
 It seems like everyone is talking about catching noticeably  larger sized fish.   We've had more lunkers brought up to our store in the last month and a half that we had the first five months of last year.  
 With the water back to normal levels,  we have even had some anglers fishing with success on top water.  
I will continue to post the following for a while. We still get anglers that haven't heard, or would like more details about, what Didymo is and why and how we need to protect our stream.
Didymo continues to be a threat. The following is copied from a previous report. I am getting more reports of cobblers who are willing to resole boots and have seen a couple that are pretty impressive.  I will ask Rick to post names on facebook of shoe repair places that have been recommended.  And, as most of you know, we still have a good stock of waders and books at Weaver's to fit almost every size and budget.

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's not recommended for this use.

Water Conditions

•      The Spring is currently putting out 195 cubic feet per second.
•      The water level measures 2.25 feet at the Gage House and is dropping.
•      The water is still improving daily.

What's Working?

Bedspread, White mini jig
Rooster Tails - bumble bee, black sparkle, and orange with brown spots and black tail.
Glo Balls - orange, peach, and tri color
Woollys: Olive or brown with gold spinner, sculpin woolly bugger
Marabou: gingersnape. red and white marabou
white brassie

From the fly case 
Black Caddis
Grey scuds and white scuds
cracklebacks- black or sulpher
black caddis

Zone 3
Salmon eggs
Power Bait white with sparkle, extra scent
yellow, salmon peach.
Trout Nip in brown

Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. South wind between 8 and 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 72. 

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 67. 

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.  

Lunker Board

Brett Rufkahr from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a whitel brassie in zone 1

Dakota Ray, Age 8 from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds - his first lunker, caught on a red and white marabou in zone1

Jon Dwiggins from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 1

Richard Rogers from Lebanon, MO
6 pounds 14 ounces on a salmon egg ball of fire in zone 3

Randy Russell from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a sculpin woolly bugger in the River

Scott Rutherford from Pleasant Hill, MO
2 pounds on a peach glo ball in zone 1

Cliff Aultman from Eldridge, MO
3 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2 - also his first trout and first trip to Bennett.

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

April 10 & 11 was the first 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

Local events of interest that are not sponsored by the Bennett Spring Hatchery or Park. If you would like a short announcement about your organization posted here, please e-mail me at )

Tri-Lakes Fly Fishing Expo

Date: Apr. 14, 2012
Start Time: 9:00 AM

April 14, 2012 from 9 am – 5 pm at Brighton Hwy Assembly of God Church Annex, Hwy F, Brighton, Missouri. Sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Fly Fishers. MISSOURI'S LARGEST FLY FISHING SHOW — See 30 of the Nation's Best Fly Tyers. Free Admission and programs covering fly fishing Taneycomo, fishing for Ozark Smallmouth bass, and tying with deer hair. Casting pool and free casting lessons, free fly tying lessons, shop fly fishing gear. Talk with guides and exhibitors. Demos — casting, fly tying. Live and silent auctions. Breakfast and lunch concession by Assembly of God Youth Group. For more information, call (417) 777-2467 

May 18th and 19th the church in Bennett Spring State Park will hold it's annual 'Man Up' mens' 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

Quote of the Day

I am almost certain fishermen posess a peculiar bend to their makeup. Fisherman are optimists, and the fish in the future is always preferable to the fish at hand. Even the best fishermen catch fish only a small percentage of the time, which means we persevere in a sport that features failure as its main ingredient. Truly great days, when the fish hammer the fly as soon as it lands on the water are rare.
Joseph Monniger

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