Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring, Missouri

How's Fishing?

   This coming weekend is a free fishing weekend.  You don't need a license or tag to fish any waters in Missouri.  If you haven't been fishing for a while, it's a great time to remember just how much fun you had fishing in the past or maybe to try something  new.   
When  anglers - especially ones that are using an  ultralight spincast rod -  come to our store for advise because they are not catching trout, the first question we ask is "what kind of line do you have?"    One of the simplest things you can do to make your day more enjoyable is to get new line on your reel.  Old line has what is referred to as memory.  Basically the line behaves like a coil and that makes it very difficult to cast.  It also can get brittle and dry rot when exposed to heat or freezing temperatures so if you do have a fish on the line, it may break easily.
If you are choosing new line, you have a couple of choices to make.  The first choice is what kind of line, the next is how heavy that line is.  Trout are cagey and most of them (especially the ones that are still swimming around in the stream)  will swim on if they see line.  Color is important as well.  Our most popular line is Maxima ultra green.  This is followed by Cortland camouflage line.   There are several other types of line that work well,  and you may already have a favorite that has worked for you in the past.    It's possible to use a three pound line  for your ultralight.  A closed face reel will do well with three pound test, but if you have an open face, two pound would be even better.  The people at your favorite tackle store will be able to advise you if you have questions about your particular set up.
   It's equally important to keep your line in good shape if you use a fly rod.  Making sure that you clean and dry your line thoroughly before storing your reel will extend the life of the line.  There are many choices and combinations that can be used on a fly rod.  The internet can be a good source of information or if you prefer there are  some great books on the subject.  You can also check with the people who work at your favorite shop to give you some ideas and tell you about options.  As far as a tippet weight for your fly rod,  5x would be a just a little heavy at this point. You will probably want to get down to a 6x or even 7X again by the weekend.   

    We had far fewer lunkers brought up to our store this week.  Even so, when I asked our customers how the fish size was, there were no complaints.  They were generally described as running from about a pound to a pound and three quarters.

   There is no opportunity for showers until next Monday with the temperature hovering  just under 90 every afternoon.   
Sounds like a great weekend to fish.   Oh, and for those fishing for the first time this year, there is a ban on felt waders.  See more information on last weeks report.

June Fishing Times
6:30 am and 8:30 pm

Current Water Conditions
All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the gage house reading.

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on May 29 - 178 cfs
Minimum was 79 (1936) 
25th percentile is 135
Median is 183
Mean is 201
75th percentile is 235
Max 480 (1935)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.16 feet - It's been running about 2.10 
 The color is still fairly clear, but stained.

What's Working?

If it's tiny and white, you are 'good to go'.

It would be fun to just leave it at that, but I would get sooo many emails, that I know I would regret it.
so... the rest of the good stuff:

John deere and the gray deer ( miss tied john deere - they have a gray body - super good stuff)
mini marabou, brown & white feather
Marabou - black & yellow, moss, gingersnap generally people are using a 32nd, but still selling the 1/8 ounce to drop in the spring hole.
Glo Balls: red & white, easter egg tri color and dark roe.  Chartreuse is also good.
From the fly case:
cahill - smaller sizes
white miller
crackelback - olive has been super.  also red
brown and black midge

Zone 3
power bait yellow, white
night crawlers

Lunker Club

David Woods from :Lawson, MO
2 pounds on a green worm in zone 3

Ellyn Plake from House Springs, MO
2-1/8 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind between 3 and 6 mph. 

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84. 

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. 

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. 

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82

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

Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day: Teach a man to fish, and you can sell him fishing equipment.

Mr. Penn

A special thank you to all of you anglers who get to Bennett and realize that you left your vest. your lures, or your rod at home.  I'm sure I am not alone in saying "thank you for your continued patronage".

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