Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

How's Fishing?
The water is surprisingly clear for the amount of rain we have had.  It's running a bit faster and deeper than normal, but it is on the way down at this point.  They are predicting some rain for the coming nights and the ground is pretty well saturated, so we may or may not see an improvement of conditions.
The pictures that you see tell a true story of the amount and size of fish being caught.  The ones we have seen have been around a pound to a pound and a half each.  As an example, we have a favorite customer of ours who is just six years old who brought up a full stringer both days that she was here. Each stringer total was over three pounds, gutted.   I talked with some of the more successful anglers to see what they were doing and what worked well.  Their suggestions were pretty consistent.  The fish are deeper than you think.  Your lure either needs to be heavy enough to get past the fast water to the slower, clearer water on the bottom, or small enough on sinking line or tippet to do the same.  Examples: on a spin rod, using an 1/8th ounce marabou, or on a fly rod, scuds, a  zebra midge, or a WD-40.  Happy fishing!

Who's Fishing?
Congratulations to Justin Allen and best wishes to Sara Allen who came to Bennett Spring to be married on June 1st.. To say that they will have memories of the event is putting it mildly. They showed up with 40 close friends and family members for the rehearsal, only to find that there was a mix up on their venue for the wedding.  They spent a frantic day finding an alternate location.  They thought that was about as bad as it could get.  They were wrong.
  The night before the wedding, the men were camping in tents and a pop-up, and the bride and the bridesmaids were staying in units 5, 6, 7 & 8 of the Bennett Spring State Park Cabins.  In the middle of the night Sara was awakened by her maid-of-honor, Stephanie Black, because the vent in the bathroom was glowing red.  They didn't realize it at that time that there were flames shooting out of the roof of the building.  They grabbed the wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses and ran outdoors to wake up the rest of the family in the other units.  An Uncle drove up to the campsite to wake up Justin and the other men who arrived on the scene very quickly. Justin jumped out of a moving car when they got close, lost a shoe in the process, to find his bride to be, Sara, and the rest of the family all waiting on the lawn for the firetrucks.

  Because Stephanie happened to be awake, everyone got out in time, The building, however was a total loss.  The official cause of fire has not been determined at this time, but those who live in this area, and those who love the Spring, I'm certain will join me in thanking the volunteers who were up most of the night and a good part of the next day preventing the fire from spreading.  Sara and Justin met when he was a deputy sheriff and she worked for the Domestic Violence Agency in Clark County, Missouri.  They were very impressed with the level of cooperation between counties and the number of volunteers and personnel who responded. The fire departments that responded were Bennett Spring, Lebanon Rural, Louisburg, Eldridge, Conway, Sleeper, and the city of Lebanon.  Thank you all very much for what you do!
   The next day a group of friends went rafting together, and, as you have probably guessed from the way the story has started, it was almost a disaster as well.  Sara and her friends' raft ran up against some branches in the river followed by the next raft ramming them and almost flipping them both.  Justin and his friends were paddling as hard as they could against the current trying to get to them, and somehow did get them all untangled, but not before Justin ended up in the water and came up under a different raft.
By the time we talked with them, Justin was going to go fishing one more time and Sara wasn't going to leave the  pop-up.  Definitely a great story to tell the grandkids in another 40 years.
 We asked them to come see us next time they come fishing at Bennett (you are coming, back, right?) and they promised that they would.   So, if you know them, or even if you just see them fishing in the stream,  wish them all the best in their future adventures.

What's Working?
Try something orange.
Zone 1 & 2
John Deere
Gold Plated balck & yellow marabou, 1/8 ounce in orange is good, too
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 black strobe.
Chartreuse brassie
brown roach,  brown or army green floss jig
Easter Egg glo ball
Gingersnap marabou
white floss

Zone 2
Chrome with red Super Dupers
Gold with red Super Dupers

Zone 3
Berkley Powerbait, white extra scent, yellow, or Orange
Zeke's Sierra Gold white glitter
Salmon eggs

Lunker Club
Mary Pitts from Lawrence, KS
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Matt Raetz from Belleville IL
2  pounds on a brown mini jig in zone 1

Al Jorgenson from Cameron, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Adam Barron from Oak Grove, MO
3 pounds on his own secret lure in zone 2

Fishing Times
Regular Season for Trout Fishing at Bennett Spring is March 1st to October 31.
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 June 4, 2013 is 309 CFS,  The color is surprisingly good. .
Minimum was 80 in 1977.
The 25th percentile is 141, the median is 184 and the mean is 217
The 75th percentile is 254 and the max was 831 in 1935
The water level at the Gage House is 2.70,
The difference can be more or less significant in different parts of the stream

In Remembrance

Julie (Jules) Taylor wrote a little memorial about her Dad, Joe Blattel, who passed away On May 4th of this year.

She writes:
If you have camped at Bennett Spring, Montauk, Pomme deTerre or Mark Twain State Parks over the past 9 years you were possibly greeted at the fee booth or campsite by Joe Blattel, campground host.  When registering guests he would often say, "I've been sitting her all day waiting for you."  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and always had a fish story to tell.
Often times when trout fishing, people would ask him what bait or lure he was using. Almost always he would let them have his lure or some of his homemade bait - but would never give them the recipe.  In order to be able to fish several days in a row and not have too many fish in his possession, he gave away many trout.
the Blattel campsite was a gathering place for many cookouts including fish, ribs and homemade ice cream, Joe's specialties.  Joe was also noted for helping people set up their satellite dishes, saving the people a service fee.
Joe and his wife, Dean, arrived at Bennett Spring State Park March 13th and planned on leaving July 1st, then return in the fall to complete the 2013 hosting season.  However, in the early morning of May 4th, Joe passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep.  Even though he is and will be deeply missed we all take comfort knowing he was doing what he loved most.

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

June 8 & 9 Free Fishing Weekend

June 11: Fly tyers forum at Weaver's Tackle store at 7pm.
check facebook Fly Tyer's Forum at Weaver's or email

June 14, 15 & 16, Hillbilly Days
A Root-grass festival featuring music, crafters games & demonstrations. Call 417-532-4430 for more information.

June 22 - Bennett Spring Church of God is hosting a fund raiser for their youth group.  Join them in a fish fry lunch starting at 11 am on Saturday,  a $5 donation would be appreciated.  

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

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 5 to 9 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 84

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Quote of the Day

Normally people learn to cast, then to cast really far, and finally to cast short and actually fish.
Author::  Normann Kotzurek,  Fishing guide and instructor

Thanks for reading,


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