Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring

How's Fishing?
A very quiet Fourth for us and for most of the Midwest and West.  Hope you had a good one, despite the fire and fireworks restrictions.
Moss cutting happened this week.  The water is low, clear and just about perfect.
The heat continues to be a topic of conversation. "Hot enough for ya?"  The heat also can make the fish go deep for relief from the heat.  In the evenings there has been some nice top water action, though. 
If this is your first time fishing for trout this year, you may not have heard that there is a ban on porous soled waders.  We are asked about the ban and what it means at least five times a day.  Here is a posting from a previous report that may help answer your questions:

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..
Each time you fish please do the following:  
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.
 I am getting more reports of cobblers who are willing to resole boots. The boots that I have seen were pretty impressive.  If you would like to treat the felt, copy and paste the following website to find out how treat your felt soles to make them legal:   or go to the Missouri Dept of Conservation website and it will direct you.   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.

Fishing Times
6:30 to 8:30

Water Conditions
All measurements are in cubic feet per second (cfs) with the exception of the gage house reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on July 3 - 133 cfs
Minimum was 78 (1934)
25th percentile is 125
Median is 152
Mean is 179
75th percentile is 200
Max 508 (1969)
The water level at the Gage House is holding steady at 2.07 feet. 

What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2
Marabou: black & yellow, gingersnap, salmon & white, salmon, brown & yellow, red & yellow, moss & black
brassies: hot pink, white, red
Rooster tail:  shiny black, bumble bee, brown or brown and orange
Glo balls:  any tri color glo balls
From the fly case:
crackleback: green, blue holographic, red holographic
peach fur bug, mosquito, royal coachman
prince nymph, Renegade, PMD's, 
black caddis, mosquito, white scud
foam beetles and hoppers
Zone 3:
White or yellow extra scent sparkle power bait
worms: black & yellow, pink, pink & white, or real
white power bait eggs
Gulp Alive maggots - pink or minnows.

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Southwest wind around 6 mph. 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Lunker Club
see pictures on Weavers Tackle facebook page
Maria Berron from Union, MO
2.3 pounds on a worm in zone 3

John  Greer from Sweet springs, MO
3 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

Fred Ahrberg from Stillwater OK
6 pounds, 10-1/2 oz on a #18 royal coachman 

 Mitchell Graeler from O'fallon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red & white glo ball in zone 2

Calendar of Events
Hatchery tours are the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10:00 AM.
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
One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions
John Ashley-Cooper

Thanks for reading!

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