Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April 3, 2013

How's  Fishing?
The conditions at the Spring are starting to be more like we would expect to see in April.  This weekend is the first time that there is a forecast that really looks good!  Gradually the flow is slowing and the water is clearing.  The water looks better than it has all spring.  Although it's still green, it's not too muddy.  All in all, pretty fish-able!

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.

Who's Fishing?
Most of the schools are back in session.  The stream is quiet.  Those who are fishing are more likely to be retired or just lucky enough to get a week off this time of year.

Lunker Board
Cody Porter from Lebanon,, MO
6 pounds, 2 oz on white roostertail in zone 2

Diana Syfert from Keosaugua Iowa
5 pounds on white dough bait in zone  3

Gail Dustman from Kansas City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on white dough  bait in zone 3

Cathy Mabry from  Taylorville  IL
2-1/2 pounds on a black wooly with grizzly hackle in zone 1

Jake Anthony from Lebanon  MO
2-1/8 pounds on a white worm in zone 3
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 259 CFS, down from more than 300 a couple of days ago.
Minimum was 79 in 1936,
The 25th percentile is 140, the median is 192 and the mean is 225.
The 75th percentile is 280 and the max was 660 in 1983.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.63.

What's Working?

Zone 1 & 2
Rooster Tail, red
Red wooly with spinner
White or cream thread jig
Tinsel jigs
Streamers - green & ginger
gold plated black and yellow
pink & White Marabou
John deere mini jig
Bedspread mini jig
white glo ball
White roach
Tri color glo ball, jimmi hendrix

Zone 3
White power bait
Corn yellow bait
White extra scent power bait
gulp salmon eggs, white
chunky cheese dough bait
Pink & white worms

Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. North wind 3 to 8 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 65. Light and variable wind.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.
Monday: A chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.

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

May 4 Kids Fishing Day
May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting
April 9th 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

Everyone should believe in something; I believe I’ll go fishing.–Henry David Thoreau

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

Contact Information:  - real time water levels and cubic feet per second as well as historical data  - official Spring site!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page

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