Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bennett Spring Fishing Report for 5-3-12

How's Fishing?

It's been such a great year at Bennett.  There are days when the fish seem pretty elusive, but generally people are catching.  We were talking with one loyal angler yesterday who said "This has been the best day I have had at Bennett - ever!"  So. either he has finally learned to fish, or the conditions are really good.

The water is rising but it's not even close to the 75 percentile, It is discolored from the runoff, but by this weekend, it should have cleared considerably.

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, regardless of size, 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, which is two pounds or better for our list, we will put their name on this fishing report as well.

Also, remember that 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.

Anyone not hear about the ban on felt waders?  See the previous week's report for more information.

Water Conditions

Current Water Conditions and Bennett Spring historical output data measured in cubic feet per second:
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 1 - 246 up from 207 last week
Minimum was 83 (1934)
25th percentile is 170
Median is 219
Mean is 325
75th percentile is 333
Max (1970) 2100
The water level at the Gage House is 2.45
The water is blue green in color with areas of murky water from runoff.

What's Working?

Rooster Tails: bumble bee, brown glitter, tinsel fire tiger, and crayfish
Glo Balls: Jimi Hendricks, original and Easter egg tri-color
Woollies:  sculpin woolly bugger
gold plated weighted head woolly bugger in moss or ginger
Marabou: moss & black, black & yellow, white
From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, holographic green
black caddis (this from when the water was pretty clear)
grey or white scuds
red san juan worm

zone 2
super duper - frog pattern

zone 3
Salmon eggs
Power Bait - yellow, salmon peach.
Gulp Alive Minnows

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind between 10 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Rich Hunt from St. Louis, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 with a black & yellow marabou

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 week

Somewhere in the wide range of activity between the hard physical effort of wading for long hours against a swift current in a rocky stream, casting steadily, and the indolence of lying quietly in the sun waiting for a bobber to go under there is a type of angling to suit everyone's mood and everyone's pocketbook. Fishing is fishing wherever it is found... Angling's problems are never solved.


Lee Wulff 1939

Thank you all for reading.

Happy birthday to our photographer, Hu.


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