Tuesday, March 19, 2013

                                                               March 21, 2013

How's Fishing?

It's a typical spring week at the Spring.  If you hate crowds, this is your time.  Anglers are catching fish, but they are the ones who remember what their grandpa taught them:  "Fish deep or fish where you would stand, and don't tuck your poncho into your waders!" I got you all to smile, now didn't I?

Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
Opening whistle is 7:30 and ending whistle is 7 pm.

What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2
 Rooster Tail, Brown glitter
cream thread jig
Red Cracklebacks or green cracklebacks
moss green, yellow & moss, and pink & White Marabou
John deere mini jig
tinsel jig
streamers - green or ginger

Zone 3

Salmon peach power bait
White power bait
florescent orange trout nibbles
brown & green worms

Weather Forecast

Thu      Mar 21 Rain / Snow Showers 37°/33° 60 %
Fri       Mar 22 Showers 44°/40° 60 %
Sat      Mar 23 Showers 53°/36° 50 %
Sun     Mar 24 Rain / Snow Showers 42°/27° 40 %
Mon    Mar 25 Partly Cloudy 46°/26° 20 %
Tue     Mar 26 Mostly Cloudy 47°/32° 10 %
Wed    Mar 27 Cloudy 55°/36° 20 %
Thu      Mar 28 Sunny 60°/41° 0 %
Last Updated Mar 19 11:09 a.m. CT

Water Conditions
All measurements are in cubic feet per second (CFS) with the exception of the Gage House reading.
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on March 14 is 3.18 CFS
Minimum was 80 in 1936
 25th percentile is 141
 Median is 188
 Mean is 266
 75th percentile is 276
 The max was 1770 in 2008
 The water level at the Gage House is 3,16

Lunker Board

March 15, 2013
Jack Stites from Springfield, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou

Wally Doty from Rocky Mount, MO
8 pounds, 1 ounce on a minnow in zone 3

March 17, 2013
Chris Gray from Louisiana MO
2-1/3 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

Calendar for 2013
April 2 & 3rd Moss Cutting
May 4 Kids Fishing Day
May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting
April 2nd Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm
and every Tuesday evening during the season.
June 8 & 9 Free Fishing Day
June 25 & June 26 Moss Cutting
August 6 & 7 Moss Cutting
September 17 & 18 Moss Cutting
October 12 & 13 Holland Derby
October 31 end of Regular Season
November 8 Catch and Release Season begins

This is an e-mail I received during the winter season from Darrell Nichols.  I thought you might like reading it as much as I did.
He writes:

I was just looking at your fishing report as I am planning a traditional trip that my dad and I always took.  I saw your reminder about sending the names of the passed away  since the end of last years season.  I want to share a story how Bennett Springs has become such a special place for me and my family.

Growing up as a young kid my dad and I would ride his motorcycle to Bennett to go camping and never fished for trout.  Nine years ago my dad started fly fishing around the lakes and ponds in Moberly, Mo the town in which he and my mother lived.  I live in Macon, MO this same year 2003 I started a family, my dad always being a man of wisdom and guidance knew the stress of starting a family and carrier kept trying to get me to start fly fishing with him.  I kept telling him I did not have time I was to busy getting ready for a new baby and working.

September 2003 our first child was born, my dad convinced me to go fly fishing and camping with him at Bennett Spring park the last weekend of October we did packed a tent and left our air mattress at home and bought a couple blow up water rafts to sleep on.  During our weekend stay we went to a tackle store up the rode called "Weavers".  Jerry helped us get a leader tied on and setup us up with waders and away we went.  Few hours later and one water dip later my dad somehow caught a fish.  Bennett Spring was from then on our favorite place to go visit and fish.  Since the first trip we would always look at your Website and visit about the pictures and hot flies.  Weavers has been the place where we go to buy our tackle and waders for our family.  Weavers helped my children pick out their hip waders and gave my oldest daughter a safe wadding lesson.

Last year my dad asked me to go on our annual fishing trip to Bennett which we just always took as a father son trip, and I had to many other obligations.  This was the first year we did not go on our annual trip together so my mom and dad went.  On November 3, 2011 my dad called me on the phone to tell me about some new vintage motorcycle project.  In our phone conversation he said I wish you could have been at Bennett this weekend it was Beautiful.  I said next year maybe.  Three hours later my mom called and said the hospital had called and my dad had been rushed to the ER.  Less then 24 hours later November 4th, 2011 he was gone.

Bennett Spring has become a great place for my family and I to go and spend time together.  Since the first fishing trip my dad and I took our father so weekend to Bennett Springs we have became friends with so many great people like Mike and Donna Ross Bennett Springs residents.  My children have developed great friendships and memories.

This coming weekend my brother in law will be carrying on our annual fishing trip that my dad and always took.  I would love for you to mention his name with the list of others who loved the Bennett Spring area and have passed away.  Bobby "BOB" Nichols March 17, 1946 November 4, 2011.

Thank you,
Darrell Nichols

Quote of the Week
My best fishing-memory is about some fish that I never caught.
Author::  George Orwell
Published::  Coming Up for Air - 1939

Thank you all for reading.

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