Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013

How's Fishing?

The weekend was super, but the last couple of days have been tough for many anglers.  I often wonder why this happens occasionally, and have asked quite a few people for their best guess.  I had one gentleman who has fished all his life tell me that the barometer can play a big part in this.  He said not to worry, that once it starts to rain, the fish will begin to actively feed.  Whatever it is, today has been better than the last couple of days, and, hopefully, the weekend will be better still.  With the temperatures pushing 70 degrees and very little chance of rain after Friday, this is probably our best weekend weather-wise for the whole season.  It may actually be Spring!

Who's Fishing?
Most of our pictures reflect the "Kids Day" event.   Primarily because of the nasty weather that was forecast, the numbers were light for this event.  Those who did brave the cold to fish were blessed by a cold, but calm day.  As you can see, there were a lot of really nice fish caught by the kids.  The volunteers for this event and others like it at the other Trout Parks make a real impact on the future of fishing in Missouri.
There is also a shot of the dedication of the new accessibly ramp by the old hatchery that happened on Saturday.  A big thank you to all of those who contributed to the ramp.

What's Working?
Zone 1 or 2

Heavy gold plated marabou in Gingersnap, Pink & white, and Black & Yellow
Crawdad Marabou - 1/8 oz
blue crackleback, gold crackleback
red & white mini marabou
Bead head woolly buggers, green or sculpin olive
San Juan worms, pink, red
glo balls - easter egg, jimi hendrix
Rooster tails - Yellow & black, brown with orange tail, white with silver blade
rubber leg jigs, green & yellow, bumble bee
copper john
brassie - florescent pink
Lake Dragon
Pheasant tail nymph
Zone 3
White sparkle Zekes Gold brand dough bait
Berkley white power bait eggs 
Trout magnet in red or red & white, or pink
Berkley Powerbait Chunky Cheese

Lunker Club


Andy Bryant from St. Louis MO
2 pounds on a white jig in aone 2

Dalton Witherspoon from Windsor MO
2 pounds on a red & green marabou in zone 2

Dylan Witherspoon from Windsor MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red & green in zone 2

Neal Bachmann from Perryville MO
2-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Landon Geist from Wellsville KS
2-3/4 pouns on white power eggs in zone 3

Brandon Fritz from Fulton, MO
2-1/4  pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2


Mark Elliote from California MO
2-1/2 pounds on Phmyn (sp?)


Leland Ragan from  Barry IL
2 pounds on orange power bait with glitter in zone 3

Joseph Phelps from KC MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap 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 257 CFS, down from 408 one week ago
Minimum was 81 in 1934, 
The 25th percentile is 157, the median is 214 and the mean is 316. 
The 75th percentile is 344 and the max was 2004 in 2009.
The water level at the Gage House is 2.62, .

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. North wind 6 to 10 mph

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Calendar of Events

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

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

If - The fisherman's conjunction - Jud said aloud and smiled a bit. -The fishing will be good tomorrow, if the wind doesn't blow, if the mayflies come out, if it doesn't rain, if it's not too hot, if it's not too cold, if the creeks don't rise, and if the trout are willing.

Author:  Scott Waldie

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

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