Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March 28, 2013

How's Fishing?

The big news? It's not going to be freezing cold this weekend.  After all the cold weather we have been dealing with, temperatures that are in the low 60's will feel like it's time to break out the shorts and sandals.  This last weekend has been bitter for most of us.  Mother Nature just threw a little surprise winter on top of our spring.  The coming weekend should be a welcome relief for all of us, even if thereis a chance of rain.
The stream is up a little bit - four to six inches - depending on where you are. The water is blue/green but not too muddy.  It is still running a little fast.
Even though there are showers predicted off and on for the week, it's not enough to cause any real problems for the stream.  Sounds like it's time to go fishing.

Who's Fishing
Congratulations to Jake Pethan.  He proposed to the lovely Courtney Bennett (her little brother likes to say "yea, we own the place. Welcome to our park!) by the waterfall at Bennett Spring and she said "yes!".  They are planning a September wedding.  Our best wishes to a really nice couple.

Lunker Board
March 23, 2013

Brian Juette from Palmyra, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a white puff ball in zone 2

Bill Raynor from Overland Park, KS     
2-1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black & yellow rooster tail

Bernard Bales from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on white thread jig

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.
Starting April 1st the time changes to 7:00 am to 7:30 pm
May 6:30 to 8:15
June and July 6:30 to 8"30
August 7:00 to 8:00 pm
September 7:30 to 7:15
October 7:30 to 6:30

Catch-and- release season is the second Friday in November through the 2nd Monday in February'.  Times for this time of year are 8:am to 4:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

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 28 is 241 CFS.   Minimum was 87 in 1936, the 25th percentile is 141, the median is 202 and the mean is 224.   The 75th percentile is 265 and the max was 600 in 1973.  The water level at the Gage House is 2.57.

What's Working

Zone 1 & 2
Rooster Tail, Brown glitter, black & yellow, red
White or cream thread jig
gold plated black and yellow and pink & White Marabou
John deere mini jig
white glo ball
olive or ginger wooly buggers

Zone 3

White power bait
White extra scent power bait
gulp salmon eggs, white
chunky cheese dough bait
Pink & white worms

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Wind chill values as low
as 33 early. Southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high
near 56. Light south wind.
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.
Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Calendar for 2013
If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar,
please let me know.
Our email is

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.
This group will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings 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                                             

Quote of the Week
You won't catch every fish you try for, but don't let that discourage you, because the best fisherman who ever lived can't do it either.
Author:   H. G. Tapply

Thanks for reading.    Lucy

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