Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 2, 2013

How's Fishing?

All week long I have been hearing anglers say "The fish are in there, but you need to use heavy lures and bounce em' along the bottom!"  We have also heard talk about fishing successfully in the river using the same method. The lures we are selling the most of are gold plated (for extra flash) marabou  or woollies, and various rooster tails.
The water is high -  about one foot over summertime levels -  running fast, and it's murky.  These conditions make it possible to use a heavier line and larger lures.
The perfect weather that is forecast for the next few days should help a great deal to improve color and clarity.  Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday and it will probably bring levels up a bit, but I would guess, based on the weather models, that it will not be significant. 
The big event for this weekend is Kids Fishing Day. If you are bringing a young person to the event, you may want to pack a jacket.  There is a chance of rain and the temperatures will be a little cool.  There will be an area set aside for the kids to fish where, as I was told by one long time area fisherman, "they throw in enough fish for the kids to walk over the stream without getting wet."  An obvious exaggeration, but it still means good fishing for the rest of us on Sunday, too!

What's Working?

Zone 1 or 2

Again this week the big winner - gingersnap marabou
Heavy gold plated marabou in red & green, Orange, and Black & yellow
Fuchia & black, salmon, or black & chartreuse  marabou
Crawdad Marabou - 1/8 oz gold head
blue crackleback, gold crackleback
Bead head woolly buggers, green or sculpin colored
San Juan worms, pink, green, red
brown roach. john  deere
glo balls - easter egg, salmon, hatchery brown 
Rooster tails - Yellow & black, black & white, brown with orange tail, solid black 
Rooster tail sonics
Zone 3
Beetle spin - black & yellow, orange & black
white power bait eggs 
trout magnet in red or red & white, or pink

Lunker Club
Jordan Lewis from Elkland, MO
2 pounds on white jig in zone 2

Fishing Times

Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.

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 catch-and-release are 8:00 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 408 CFS
Minimum was 87 in 1936, 
The 25th percentile is 175, the median is 225 and the mean is 301. 
The 75th percentile is 315 and the max was 1510 in 1970.
The water level at the Gage House is 3.05.

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then periods of showers after 1pm. High near 51. North wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.                 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Calendar of Events

If your group or activity would like to be included in this calendar, please let me know.

May 4 Kids Fishing Day

May 14 & 15 Moss Cutting

May 7, 14, 21, 28  Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook Fly Tyer's Forum at Weaver's or email

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

Fish come and go, but it is the memory of afternoons on the stream that endure.

Author::  E.Donnall Thomas

Thank you for reading.  Lucy

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