Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bennett Spring fishing report for 5-9-2012

How's Fishing?

Kids' Fishing day was a success.  There were over 900 kids that got a free tag to fish for the day plus a goodie bag and lunch.  Maybe not a record, but it was close. If you brought your kiddo to Weaver's to have their picture taken with their fish, check out the Facebook page - Weavers Tackle.  Look for the most recent album of pictures.
 The fishing was good on Monday, but today (Tuesday) it has been quite a bit slower.
The water clarity has improved greatly over the past week.  The numbers of tags has in been trending upwards along with a better fish size in general.  Last year at this time there had been 25,677 tags sold and to date there have been 29,446 sold.
Also a 'heads up' about moss cutting.  The moss cutting machine is in for repairs.  If it doesn't get fixed before the scheduled date of May 22nd, the cutting date may be moved
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

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 10 - 193 last week
Minimum was 81 (1934) This year was the at the height of the worst drought our country has every experienced.
25th percentile is 157
Median is 217
Mean is 319
75th percentile is 349
Max (2009) 2440
The water level at the Gage House is 1,93
The water is clearing daily.

Lunker Board  

 Congratulations to all!  We have seen some great stringers this week.

Claire Russell from Jefferson City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on Red and Brown Power Bait in Zone 3

Nora Gibbons from Kansas City, MO
3 pounds 2 ounces on fluorescent orange extra scent power bait in zone 3

Tanner Unger (age 12) from Herman MO
2 - 3/4 pounds on mom's secret bait

Owen Tamm from Eldon MO
2 pounds 4 ounces on a white rooster tail in zone 2

River Catherine Carey (age 4) from Mexico Missouri
2 - 1/4 pounds on yellow power bait glitter in zone 3

Devin Jaegers from Koeltztown MO
3 - 3/4 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2

Jackson Silvey from Irving Texas
2 - 3/4 pounds on a bedspread in zone 2

Mandi Jackson from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Chase Sartin from Centrailia MO
3-3/4 pounds on chamois in zone 2

John Hudson from Lee Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone1 (at the spring hole)

What's Working?

Cream colored thread jig and the fluorescent pink thread jig
Brown Roach
John Deere
Glo Balls: Jimi Hendricks, original and Easter egg tri-color
Woollies: sculpin woolly bugger, brown woolly
Marabou: Ginger and GingerSnap, white
White Rooster Tail
>From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, red holographic, green crackelback
elk hair caddis (size20)
Griffiths gnat

zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, fluorescent pink, white, all extra scent
Gulp pink maggots

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Calendar of Events

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

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

Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time

Author Unknown

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