Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August 28, 2013

How's Fishing?
Fish are fickle.  Last night they were biting, this morning they aren't.  You can see the dang fish swimming around, they just don't seem to have an interest in what you are offering.  Usually the hatchery stocks the stream well for the Holiday weekends.   
You may be one of the lucky ones who get an extra day off to enjoy this last fling for the summer.  It seems that half the people you talk with are adamant about avoiding the holiday and the other half are just as excited to be here. The weather is forecast to be low 90's with little chance of rain.  The day is dedicated to the economic and social achievements of the American Workers (you!).  It's only fitting that you should spend this day however you choose, and if fishing at Bennett is what you would like to do, then we will look forward to seeing you.
Remember that the fishing times change for September.  The opening whistle blows at 7:30 and end whistle at 7:15.

How to fish for Trout in hot weather
You may know this from your experience.  I thought J Motes did a nice job of addressing it 
Here are some tips for hot weather trout fishing. While trout fishing is perhaps best enjoyed on cool spring mornings, this does not mean that trout cannot be caught in hot weather. With a few adjustments to your baits or lures and techniques trout can be caught even on very hot days.
Before looking moving to the trout fishing tips in hot weather here is one thing to consider. Fisherman need to make certain that hot weather fishing is allowed in their area. Hot weather is rough on the trout (causing closed seasons during the summer in some areas). If you are fishing for stocked trout and plan on keeping them, then hot weather fishing is of no concern. But for catch and release fishing, it is best to hit the smallmouth bass or other game fish and not risk killing a trout by hooking, fighting, and releasing it to die from the experience. Native trout should not be fished in hot weather for this same reason.

Hot weather tends to drive trout deeper into the water in search of cooler water. Fisherman need to adjust their offerings to put the baits and lures on or near the bottom of the stream. In crystal clear water, trout will still rise to the top to strike flies or bait, but expect deeper presentations to work best in hot weather. Of course, when fishing near the bottom snags will be common. Anglers need to pay attention to their line to keep the bait or lure moving, but snags are going to happen.

As with other fish, seek out trout in hot weather in the early morning and late evening as the day cools and the sun's rays stop striking the water. Spring water coming into a stream will also be cooler than the stream itself in warm weather making this a great place to target your trout fishing. Another option is to simply fish for trout at night in hot weather. I have heard anglers state that trout strike best under a full moon and others say they hit best in the pitch darkness. However, I firmly believe in fishing whenever you can. I do prefer to trout fish at night under a full moon as it is simply easier.

Don't give up on the trout during hot weather. Though not ideal, trout can be caught in hot weather. Fish deeper and fish at the right time and you'll be frying trout in no time.

Published by J. Motes
Motes has been published in a variety of national and regional publications on subjects ranging from frugal living to rabbit hunting

Water Conditions
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on August 28, 2013 - 257 cubic feet per second down from last week of 306, and down significantly from the previous week when it was 570. Minimum  for this date was 68 (1936) 25th percentile is 103, Median is 121, the mean is 125, 75th percentile is 142, and the Max is, of course, today, but previously it was 202 in 1979. 

The water level at the Gage House is 3.18.

Lunker Club
Joe Harvey from Camdenton MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Paul Hempen from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on an original tri color glo ball in zone1

Luke Samo from Clearfield Iowa
2-3/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Dan Milburn from Mattoon IL
5-3/4 pounds on a green nymph in zone 1

Alan Cortvrient from Meta MO
2 pounds on a 32nd oz white marabou in zone 1

What's Working?
Zone 1
John Deere, bedspread with tail
White marabou, black & yellow, salmon & white marabou 
gingersnap marabou and ginger marabou.   
Glo Ball -  hot pink & white, original tri color
Red Brassie, chartreuse brassie
copper john 
grey or pink scud, green nymph
Crackleback -, white, sparkle or bead head orininal
black woolie bugger, ginger woolie bugger
brown tail woolie with spinner
Rooster tail - white with red sparkle tail, black with black tail
Zone 2
Super Duper - silver with red tip or gold with red tip

Zone 3
orange power bait
rainbow nuggets power bait scented
Clear with red dot beetlespin
Power Bait - white, yellow sparkle, orange & yellow 

Weather Report

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 100. West wind 3 to 5 mph. 

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94

Labor Day: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 86.

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

          August: 7:00 to 8:00
          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

Calendar of Events
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

Angling is a way to round out a happy life

Charles K.Fox

Thanks for reading1  Lucy

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