Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring

How's Fishing

  Fishing conditions have been pretty tough for a while.  As one angler told me, "I don't mind freezing legs and a blazing hot head, as long at I can catch fish!"  The weather is finally going to give us a bit of a break.  There is no significant chance of rain and temperatures in the low 90's for the entire week and weekend.
  The water remains clear and low, despite the showers we had the other day.  For anglers who prefer to sight fish, now is the time. For the top water angler, terrestrials are doing quite well. That being said, interestingly, one of the lures we are selling the most of is a marabou with an eighth ounce head.  If you have a favorite deep pool, this would be a great lure.  We've had a run on red & black marabou in particular.  We called our supplier to put together a quick order of this color for us. The other color that is good right now, in almost every type of lure from dough bait to a fur bug, is peach.  Regardless of the type of fishing you like, it's always a great time when you come back to the Spring. 


Fishing Times
6:30 am to 8:30 pm

Water Conditions

All measurements are in cubic feet per second with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on July 9, 2012  - 132 cfs
Minimum was 81 (1934)
25th percentile is 117
Median is 144
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 173
Max 351 (1995)
The water level at the Gage House is holding steady at 2.06 feet.

What's Working

Zone 1 & 2

Marabou: black & yellow, gingersnap, salmon & white, salmon, red & black, olive
Rooster tail - shiny black, bumble bee
Glo balls:  white, pink, red & white, salmon colored
Mini Jigs:  john deere, grey deere, white floss, bedspread with tail, peacock grub, 
From the fly case:
crackleback: red with grey hackle, green, and olive
peach fur bug
prince nymph
Copper John
Zone 3:
Trout nip
worms: pink, pink & white

Weather Conditions

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Friday:   Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Saturday:   Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Sunday :  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Monday:   Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.
Tuesday Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Lunker Club

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

Cindy Flandermeyer from Concordia MO
2-1/2 on a minnow in zone 3

Alexis Wydra from Lamont IL
5-1/4 on a salmon glo ball

Frank Bazzell from St Charles, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 2

Lorra Jagow from Olathe, KS
10 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Lawrence Murphy from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a yankee brown crackelback in zone 1

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

The fly angler who says they have never, ever fallen while wading , is either a pathogenic liar, or has never been fly-fishing.

Jimmy Moore

Thanks for reading!


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