Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April 11, 2013

How's Fishing?

Last week, as you can see from the pictures,.there were anglers catching nice sized fish.  There was one notable exception to this.  If you were fishing zone two by the whistle bridge,  you probably weren't doing nearly as well.  We had several groups of  people come into our shop who were not catching very many fish  and all of them were fishing in that area.   The water has cleared pretty well from the rain last weekend and isn't running as fast.
As for fishing this week and this weekend...tomorrow and the next day will be stormy.  If you can wait a few days, say until Friday or Saturday, you won't be fighting the weather as you try to fish.  The forecast for the weekend will be sunny and, by Sunday, we should see some nice 70 degree temperatures.  We always have to wait and see just how much rain we do get, but by the weekend  the Spring will have time to clean herself up a little bit. 
Oh, and be glad you didn't plan that fishing trip to Colorado that you were thinking of. 19 degree and blizzarding. 

Who's Fishing?

 Missouri Western State offers a class titled Bait & Fly Casting.  The past few years we have seen students from this class that have come to Bennett for practical fishing experience.  This week, the  four students who came up to show us their  fish were Bethany Fude, Carly Compton, Lexy Hicks and Kathie Marquart. (I know there were a couple more of you from the class that I am not mentioning, and I apologize to you for not getting your names.) 
I asked them why they chose this class.  They seemed to agree that, besides filling the PE requirement, this class sounded like a lot of fun.  They all liked the idea of being able to actually practice what they had learned in class.  They also told me that their teacher, Caleb Gentry,  is one of their favorites at the school.  
It's not uncommon for inexperienced anglers to walk away with an empty stringer the first time they fish for trout.  Happily, everyone in this group earned their 'First Fish at Bennett' badges.  Thank you all for sharing your experience.  We look forward to seeing  you with your friends and family members in the future.

What's Working?
zone 1 or 2
blue crackleback, green crackleback
grey scud or tan scud
gingersnap marabou,
 pink & white marabou
peacock with tail
bumblebee fly
tinsel jig
zone 2
kastmaster, silver blade
zone 3
yellow extra scent power bait
go getum trout bait
white floating salmon eggs ( made by gulp ) 

Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring 
is March 1st to October 31.
April:  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 April 9th is 271 CFS, down from more than 300 a couple of days ago.
Minimum was 82 in 1936, 
The 25th percentile is 130, the median is 189 and the mean is 235. 
The 75th percentile is 303 and the max was 740 in 1929.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.67.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. West wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.


If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.
Our email is weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com

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 Weekend

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
Catching fish is not a mental game between fish and angler. A 'smart' trout is only smarter than other trout, not smarter than a fisherman. An angler must take the puzzle of the day's conditions, and matching those conditions and his knowledge of the fish come up with a good catch. He competes with a concept, not with a fish's brain.

Author::Lee Wulff

Published:  Some Fishing Basics in Rod and Reel Magazine, January 1981

Thanks for reading,  Lucy

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