Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 4, 2013

How's Fishing?

The weather and the water have cleared.  There have been quite a few lunkers brought up to the store.  It's fun to get a lunker pin and to have bragging rights on this report, but the fish in general are smaller.  This is typical for this time of year and we were told to expect smaller fish at this time when we attended the pre-season meeting.  If you have any questions about fish size or any other hatchery matters please contact Mike Mitchell who is the hatchery manager.  We are looking forward to next year after the hatchery has been up and running for a full season.and, barring any mean tricks by mother nature, we should see some really nice fish next year.

Water Conditions

Most Recent Instantaneous Value on September 4, 2013 - 221 cubic feet per second.
 Minimum for this date was 70 (1936)
25th percentile is 99, Median is 121, the mean is 125,
75th percentile is 144, and the Max is 391 in 2008.

The water level at the Gage House is 2.25, down almost a foot from last week.  If you are coming for a weekend trip, it should be very close to typical for September: cool, clear and sweet.

7-3/4 pound brown caught by Emerson Kretzer on September 1, 2013

Lunker Club

Norman E. Black Jr. from Rolla, MO
6-1/4 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Joe Stites from Springfield MO
4 pounds 9 oz. on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Steve Anderson from  St. Joseph, MO
2 pounds on his own lure in zone 1

Emerson Kretzer IV (see picture) from St. Joseph MO
7-3/4 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Tate Rigby (age 12) from Kirksville MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red rooster tail in zone 1

Jim Shortall from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds on bait in zone 3

Barbara Barnes from Edwardsville  IL
2-3/4 pounds on "purple and brown thing" in zone 1

Fred Todd from Mexico MO
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

What's Working

Zone 1

Glo Ball - egg with red dot, roe with red dot, apricot with red dot
yellow brassie
copper john
orangy scud
Crackleback - holographic green or olive
brown fire tail woolie with spinner
Rooster tail - salmon fly, brown glitter, white with red tail. red with red tail
Marabou - red & white, white

Zone 2
silver super duper with red tip

Zone 3
black and yellow beetlespin
Power Bait - white, fluorescent orange

Weather Report A beautifully boring forecast!
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the morning.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Fishing Times 

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

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 - Bennett Spring Church of God is hosting a BBQ and concert. Potters Wheel is the entertainment. Kids games start at 4 pm. No charge for this event. Love offering accepted.

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

Don't confuse your own incompetence with a fish's intelligence.

Author:Jay Zimmerman

Thanks for reading! Lucy


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