Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Trout fishing Report for Bennett Spring
June 28, 2012

Hello to Charles Sailor from all of your family and friends at Bennett Spring.
I was talking with Charles' son, Butch, today.  Butch told me that he loved to visit Bennett .  This love is tied to the experiences that his Dad gave him when he was growing up.  Every year for over 50 years Charles would come to Bennett with his family and meet up with good friends, such as Hank Hendrix. Butch's Dad is now 92 and his health doesn't allow him to be here, but the family wanted Papa Charles to know that they missed him and wished he could be here.

How's Fishing? 

Fishing  continues to be good.  I would like to tell you what's working, but moss cutting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. If you are planning what lures or flies to bring, keep that in mind.  Most people who have fished at Bennett for any amount of time know what happens when the moss is cut.  Some avoid it at all costs and others look forward to it.  In general terms, the fish are stirred into a feeding frenzy.  All kinds of sweet little bugs are shook loose from the moss when it's cut and these little critters float in the water column.  Nymphs, scuds and white floss are all great lures when this happens. The negative side, of course, is that there will be gobs of moss floating as well.  By this weekend, there may still be some glumps floating around, but the fishing should be greatly improved, especially if you like sight fishing.

Fishing Times

6:30 to 8:30
July times are the same as June's.

Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the gage house reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on June 26 - 132 cfs
Minimum was 78 (1934)
25th percentile is 130
Median is 159
Mean is 183
75th percentile is 200
Max 734 (1935)
The water level at the Gage House is 2.06 feet.

What's working?

This is a list of what was working, before moss cutting.  Keep in mind that you may want to bring small white things such as white floss, scuds, nymphs or white brassies.
zone 1 & 2
Marabou:  black & yellow, moss, gingersnap, salmon & white, salmon, pink & white, brown & yellow, red & yellow
brassies: hot pink, white, red
from the fly case:
crackleback: green, chartreuse, red holographic
peach fur bug
Pale Morning Dun,
black caddis, mosquito, white scud

zone 3
White sparkle power bait
worms: black & yellow, pink, pink & white
white power bait eggs

Weather Conditons 
Because of the extreme weather I am including the weather report for nights as well for the campers' information.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Southwest wind between 6 and 9 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97

Lunker Club

Jordan Kidd from O'Fallon MO
2-1/2 pounds on a brown & yellow marabou in
zone 1

Andrew Winters from Murphysboro, IL
4 pounds 8 ounces on a pink & White Marabou in zone 2

Dan Milborn from Mattoon, IL
2 pounds on a cricket in zone 1

Michael McAteer from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds 6 ounces on a pink & white marabou

Carl Cannell from Fulton, MO
2 pounds on white power bait eggs in the River

Harold Dehner from Lewistown, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Calendar of Events

Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
June 26 and 27 was moss cutting
August 7 & 8 is next moss cutting
September 18 & 19 is moss cutting
November 9, 2012 is first day of Catch & Release Season

Quote of the Day

Often, I've been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito-bitten, but never, with a flyrod in my hand, have I been unhappy.

Charles Kuralt

Thanks for reading!


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