Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 31, 2013

How's fishing?

The Spring is, as they say, "straightening up".  The water is slower, lower, and much clearer.  There are some storms predicted for the area, but most of the serious stuff should miss us and cause little effect on the stream.

We often are asked about the numbers of fish in the stream and how the Hatchery knows how many fish to put in the Spring.   I asked Hatchery Manager, Mike Mitchell how this happens.  He was kind enough to send me an e-mail explaining the procedure.  He asked me to encourage you to contact him with any questions or comments.  His email follows:

Lucy,  (Mike Mitchell writes)
The average size is based upon the 100 individual fish lengths that we take of every release pool.  These 100 lengths show us the average size and size structure of the population within our release pool.  If the size structure meets the requirements (objective 2.2 of the “Plan for Missouri Trout Fishing”) of being between 10-14 inches with less than 5% being under 10” then these fish are ready to be released

Please note in the Number /Half Inch Group that 80 out of 100 fish (80%) were 12 inches and above.

March – May 17, 2013 Bennett Spring has sold 29,783 tags VS. 37, 699 in 2012
-7,916 tags or -21%
Stocked 70,073 fish (avg. size has been 12.42”)

2.35 fish/tag sold VS.  2.25 fish/tag that we try to maintain.

100 individual fish lengths of every release pool

226 Lunkers stocked this year so far this year.


Michael J. Mitchell
Bennett Spring Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
phone 417-532-4418
fax 417-532-5507
cell 417-718-3000

As for this Holiday weekend - the tag sales are as follows:
May 24th  - 577
May 25th  - 1192
May 26th  - 1259
May 27th 892
the total for the weekend was 3926, down a little from last year's 4343.

Who's Fishing?

Well, just about everyone.  We had so many groups of families and friends that are finally getting a chance to come to Bennett and uncurl some line.  We are anticipating another good weekend and hope to see you here,

What's Working?

Zone 1 & 2

John Deere has been the big player this week
White & cerise marabou
Giingersnap maragou, orange marabou
Glo balls - white, Easter egg, egg with dot, jimi hendrix
Rooster tails - Brown with brown tail, brown with orange tail, white with red stripe and white blade
Copper john - green is best at this point
Brown, trout, fire tiger rooster tails
Salmon, brown midge
Black ant
Blue. red and gold crackleback
white floss

Zone 2

Chrome Rattletraps
Chrome Super Dupers star

Zone 3

Berkley Powerbait, Salmon Peach, white glitter
Salmon eggs
Trout Nuggets, orange

Lunker jClub
Henry Campbell from St. Louis MO
3-1/4 lbs on a salmon egg in zone 3

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 May 29th is 198 CFS,The rate it is flowing  is normal for this time of year.
Minimum was 79 in 1936.
The 25th percentile is 141, the median is 188 and the mean is 239
The 75th percentile is 268 and the max was 1060 in 1935
The water level at the Gage House is 2.28,
The difference can be more or less significant in different parts of the stream.


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

June 4 & June 11:   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 begin

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Quote of the Day
I always fish with better anglers than myself. That way I get to see nice fish being caught


Unaccomplished Angler

Thanks for reading, Lucy.

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