Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Trout Fishing Report 
Bennett Spring 

May 24, 2012

How's Fishing?

   Summer is cranking up.  The water is low and clear.  The moss is being cut today (Wednesday)so the stream should be in good shape this weekend. Bring your john deere, your black and yellow marabou, evening duns or holographic crackelbacks, it's all good.
   Weaver's Tackle will be hosting a fly tying demonstration by Danny Goldsmith this weekend.  He will be demonstrating the technique used to tie a crackleback, as well as other popular flies.  Danny will be in the store from 11am to 1pm both Friday and Saturday, and will be happy to answer your questions about tying flies.     
   School is out and a lot of you may be fishing for the first time this season.  Keep in mind that there is a ban on porous soled waders.  If you need more information about this, scroll down to the previous report on this site, or go to the Missouri Department of Conservation website.

Current Water Conditions

All measurements are in Cubic Feet per Second
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 22 - 168
Minimum was 86 (1936) 
25th percentile is 145
Median is 209
Mean is 243
75th percentile is 295
Max (2010) 594
The water level at the Gage House is 2.11
The water is clearing daily.

Lunker Board

Al Brookman from Mt Vernon, IL
2 pounds on an Easter Egg glo-ball in zone 2

Bruce Baird from Bluford IL
2-1/2 pounds on a 'big streamer' in zone 2

Roger Gust from St. Charles MO
5 pounds on a PED in zone 1

Doug Workman from Holt Summit MO
3-1/2 pounds on a ginger woolly bugger in zone 1

Mike Shafer from Higginsville MO
2-1/4 in zone 1 on a brown & yellow marabou

John Fleeman from Carrolton, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

What's Working?

mini jigs: pink marabou, Peacock grub, John Deere
Glo Balls: red & white, Easter egg tri-color 
Woollies: ginger woolly bugger
Marabou: brown & yellow, black & white,creamsicle, and GingerSnap
Rooster Tails: Bumble bee, Brown with brown tail 
From the Fly Case
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, red holographic, black
elk hair caddis is still good(size20), cream colored scuds
black ant, pale evening dun, chamois

zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, fluorescent pink, white, all extra scent
pink & white plastic worms
salmon eggs

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Breezy, with a south wind between 14 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. 

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. 

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. 

Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. 

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. 

Calendar of Events

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

May 22 & 23 is moss cutting 

May 25th & 26th Weaver's Tackle Store will be hosting a fly tying demonstration by Danny Goldsmith.  He will be tying a crackleback, which is a favorite lure in our area, as well as other patterns.  He will be there from 11am to 1pm both days.

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

A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.


Laura Gilpin

Thank you all for reading, 

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