Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 4-19-12

How's Fishing?

Today just has to be one of the best days ever.  There is a slight breeze, a warm sun, and the air feels like silk,   The question you ask, of course, is "are the fish biting?"  The answer to that is, "yes, yes they are."   The stream has highly blue-green colored water that has cleared to a depth of several feet.  It's still running a bit fast, but fishable.  We are hearing at Weaver's that the fish that have been caught are generally in the one to one and three quarter pound size.   Enough fish of that size to satisfy most anglers.  
I learn new things every day from the anglers who visit out store. Thanks to Justin for suggesting using the darker lures in these conditions.  He and his friend were having a  great day.  They also were happy with the results using a moss colored woolly tied with on a gold plated flat head, 1/16th ounce.  
I had a request from our friend Mike who asked if there could be a little more information about water conditions.  I'm trying out a new format.  Let me know what isn't clear (besides the water).  I'll tweak it as needed

Current Water Conditions:

Bennett Spring historical output measured in cubic feet per second
Min 84 (1981) 
25th percentile 143
Median 225 
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on Apr 17 - 273
Mean  306
75th percentile  353
Max (1941)   2580
The water level at the Gage House is 2.58, down from 3.20 on April 14th.
The water is blue green in color and clearing.

What's Working?

Black Panther Pistol Pete
White roach
Sparkly blue-green mini jig
Rooster Tails, black sparkle, metallic gold with black tail
Glo Balls - chartreuse, jimi hendricks and easter egg tri color, peach
Woollies: Olive or brown with gold spinner, sculpin woolly bugger, grey with black body
Marabou: gingersnap. black, black & yellow, and black & olive
yellow with blue bead brassie

From the fly case 
copper john
Grey scuds and white scuds
cracklebacks- black, red holographic, chartreuse holographic

Zone 3
Salmon eggs
red or red & white plastic worms
Power Bait - yellow, salmon peach.
Trout Nip in brown


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 boots 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.

Weather Forecast 

Don't you love it when the weather is boring?  A bit of wind and rain showers on Thursday and Friday, but a good looking weekend overall.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79. South wind between 8 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Chance of precipitation is 60%. 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 64. 

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Lunker Board

Len Reinhardt from House Springs, MO
3 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2
Hunter Haynes (age 6) from St Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a fly rod using one of his Dad's own ties.

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

Bulletin Board

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

The cast was perfect enough for the purpose and the leader and fly piled up in the fast water. The drift was underway. You could see everything: the trout spotting the pattern, turning to face it, placing it in binocular vision, the approach, the mouth opening, the snout poking out of the water, the cicada disappearing. Too much fun.
Jack MacKenzie

Thank you all for taking the time to read the report.

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