Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 4-5-2012

How's Fishing?
The Conditions at the stream continue to improve. This weekend 's forecast is for sunny with temperatures in the high 60's to low 70's.
The water clarity has gone from chocolatey last week to merely dingy this week. The fish are generally in the pound to pound-and-a-half range.  There are not a ton of lunkers, but the fish are, in general, decently sized.   The stream conditions could be changed somewhat by the storm that has devastated other parts of the Country on Tuesday.  It looks like it is going primarily south of us, so we will get rain, but not anticipating any significant amounts.
Tag sales for March were up 16.5% over last year.  Kids tags were up 22.8% and accounted for much of the increase.  There were 16877 tags sold and 41,388 fish stocked.  That equals 2.45 fish stocked per tag.
Here's a fun fact that may save money for some of you:
At the age of 60, one can buy a LIFETIME FISHING PERMIT which includes the Annual Trout Stamp for $35.   There are also younger age brackets that you can do the same, but the cost is higher. 
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.

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 238 cubic feet per second.
•       The water level measures 2.36 feet at the Gage House and dropping. 
•       The water is dingy, but improving daily.

What's Working?White mini jig
Rooster Tails - bumble bee
Glo Balls - orange, and tri color
Woollys: Olive or brown with gold spinner - the Hildebrand spinner working well.
Marabou: Ginger Snap, pink and white, white tied with red.  Most are using a 32nd ounce, but we are selling quite a few 1/8th ounce as well.
Brown Roach
Black Roach
Peacock mini 

From the fly case 
cracklebacks- black or sulpher
black caddis

Zone 3

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

Weather Conditions

Thursday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. North wind between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68. 

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. 

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. 

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Lunker Board
all three were caught in zone 3
Travis Edwards from Kirksville, Mo
2-1/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Kristen Master from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on white sparkle power bait in zone 3

Christopher Gonzalez from Raymondville, TX
2 pounds on yellow power bait
Calendar of Events    Starting in March there will be hatchery tours the first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM.
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 
(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 )

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
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 

Quote of the Day
Fishing consists of a series of misadventures interspersed by occasional moments of glory.
Howard Marshall

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