Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 5-16-2012

How's Fishing?

Every day is warmer with little chance of rain until Monday, the stream is in great condition and the fish look good.  What more could you ask for?
When asked how the fishing was, our friend Bert, in true Missouri style, said  "well, we did all right today."

From previous reports, but very important:

Keep in mind that there is a ban on porous soled waders or wading boots statewide in all cool water streams of Missouri, If you need more information, check out the Missouri Department of Conservation Website ( It's very informative. I'm including a paragraph from a previous report about the ban and the reason for it.


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. Copy and paste the following to find out how treat your felt soles to make them legal:
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.

Current Water Conditions - all measured in cubic feet per second

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 15 - 174
Minimum was 89 (1977)
25th percentile is 174
Median is 225
Mean is 319
75th percentile is 343
Max (1967) 1990
The water level at the Gage House is 2.14
The water is clearing daily.

Lunker Board
John Hudson from Lee Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone1 (at the spring hole)
Lori Vitt from Moberly, MO
6-1/12 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2
Don Clever from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds, zone 1 on white marabou
Al Brookman from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pound rainbow on an Easter Egg glo-ball
Bruce Baird from Bluford IL
2-1/2 pounds on a big streamer in zone 2

What's working?

Cream colored thread jig
Brown Roach
John Deere
peacock grub
Glo Balls:  Easter egg tri-color
Marabou: Ginger and GingerSnap, white, pink & white
>From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, red holographic, green crackelback
elk hair caddis (size20)
Griffiths gnat

zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, white, extra scent

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 82. South wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Calendar of Events

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

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting (provided the mowing machine was fixed)

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 Week

Buck and I fished a couple of miles of Sand Crick together that day, reminiscing every step of the way over our adventures as kids along the same creek. We came upon a half-submerged car, a 1937 Packard that someone had dumped into the crick under the pretext of preventing bank erosion but actually to be rid of a 1937 packard. Buck drifted his line in through the gaping hole of the front windshield and hooked a fine Eastern brook trout out of the back seat. " First time I ever caught anything in the back seat of a 1937 Packard", he said. "I've never been that lucky," I said enviously, "but I came pretty close once in a 48 Hudson."


Patrick F. McManus - 1978


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  2. This brings up the idea of fresh water kayak fishing. The Pit River rainbow trout's favorite haunts are in front of rocks in the whitewater. When hooked, the fish immediately swim downstream into the fastest currents. Fishing line