Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring 5-30-12

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
May 31, 2012

How's Fishing?
It has been a super Memorial Day Weekend.  A group of anglers who came in the store told us that they were throwing back anything under a pound and half.  That may have been a slight exaggeration, however it was possible to limit out (if you wanted to) within an hour and spend the rest of the day in the shade with a cool one.
Later this summer, while improvements are being made to the hatchery raceways, the fish may not be quite as big.  For now, it's good.  

We continue to talk with anglers who haven't heard about the ban on felt waders or the reason for it.  I will reprint this information for those of you who are reading for the first time this season.  For those of  you who are regular readers, please forgive the repetition.

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.

Didymo? (also called Rock Snot - very descriptive)

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
Measured in cubic feet per second.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 29 - 306
Minimum was 79 (1936)
25th percentile is 141
Median is 184
Mean is 240
75th percentile is 272
Max 1060 (1935)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.66 - It was running about 2.10 - low for this time of year.
The water level has taken a big jump but it is tapering off.  The color is still very clear.

Fishing Times
Currently the whistle blows at 6:30 am and again at 8:15pm
On June 1 the time changes.   6:30 am and 8:30 pm

Lunker Board
John Fleeman from Carrolton, MO
2 pounds on a Black & Yellow marabou in zone 1

Chuck Robinson from Fenton MO
2-3/4 pounds on yellow power bait in the Niangua

Colleen Alley from Winfield MO
2 pounds on Black & Yellow marabou in zone 1
Joe Harvey from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds on Black  & Yellow marabou in zone 1
Bill Turner from Bolton, MO
10 pounds in zone 2 on white floss
Ronnie Blattel from Tunas, MO
2-1/4 pounds on garlic power bait in zone 3

Phillip Cowell from Florrisant, MO
3-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in the Niangua River
Les Bodensted from Dellwood, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white nymph in zone 1
Tony Tormino from Alton, IL
2-1/4 pounds on an Olive Crackelback in zone 2

Tim Kunkelmann from Freeburg, IL
3 pounds on white jig in zone 2
Steve Wood from St. Joseph MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1
Cody Tumlin from Ozark, MO
2 pounds on an olive marabou in zone 2

Congratulations to you all.

What's Working?
Peacock grub
John Deere and grey body John Deerre
Glo Balls: chartreuse with red dot, original tri-color
Woollies - brown, ginger, brown with grey hackle
Marabou: brown & yellow, black & yellow, salmon & white, and GingerSnap
Rooster Tails: Bumble bee, Brown with brown tail, rainbow trout
From the Fly Case:
Cracklebacks: green grizzly, gold holographic
cream scuds
black ant
pale evening dun
zone 3
Power Bait - yellow, garlic, white, all extra scent
pink & white plastic worms

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Periods of showers and thunderstorms. High near 70. East wind between 7 and 10 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 65. .
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
June 9 & 10th is free fishing weekend
June 16 11am -1:00 pm fish fry to send kids to the Church of God International Youth Convention.
     Suggested donation of $5
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 Day
For at least the last 275 years the honesty of fishermen has been somewhat questionable. It should be noted that Izaak Walton whose book published in 1653 spoke not of "anglers and", but "anglers OR very honest men".
Author:  Arthur Ransome

Thanks for reading.

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