Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

How's Fishing?

This weekend will be the first cool one of the fall season.  The days are getting shorter and it will be perfect weather for a campfire.
 Later in this  report,  I put night time temperatures in to allow you to prepare - bring a sweatshirt, fill the propane tanks, bring extra blankets and, of course, get some firewood.  Remember that any firewood brought in from outside the area needs to be burned completely to prevent the spreading of insects and disease.  It's better to plan on buying locally cut wood.  

As far as fishing....anglers are continuing to catch record number of fish.  No one is complaining about numbers.  There were quite a few more lunkers caught this week than there have been for a  while.  The water is very clear! It has that beautiful blue green cast that Bennett is so famous for.  Water levels are good and the small chance of showers forecast for the weekend should do little to change this.  It's been too warm for the leaves to turn, but this weekend may get that process started. I'm looking forward to the fall season.  My opinion is that fall at Bennett is the best.  (At least until Spring.)

Water Conditions
Most Recent Instantaneous Value on October 1, 2013 - 160 cubic feet per second. Down 1/10 of an inch from last week.
Minimum for this date was 76 (in 1939)

25th percentile is 96, Median is 110, the mean is 256

75th percentile is 139 and the Max was 6350 in 1987.

The water level at the Gage House is 2.13 feet. Higher than some years, but not noticeably so.

What's Working?
Zone 1 & 2

Salmon marabou, Gold plated ginger marabou
Griffith's Gnat size 14, Zebra midge size 18
Brown Wooley bugger
Brown Rooster Tail, white Rooster Tail
Jimi Hendrix or roe with red dot glo ball
Bead head Crackleback
blue holographic, and red holographic crackleback
1/8 oz black & yellow marabou

Zone 3

white or yellow sparkle power bait.
Zeke's white
white or salmon mini trout magnet

Lunker Club

Jim Shortell from Lebanon, MO
3-3/4 pounds  on Power Bait in zone 3

Edward Cantwell from Derby, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a wooly bugger with spinner in zone 2

Edward Cantwell from Derby KS
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chris Washburn from Evansville IN
4-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Quintin Hyatt (age 12) from Smithville MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a bumblebee mini fly

Mike (aka Poppie) McAuley from Wellsville KS
3-1/2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1

David Pitts from Independence MO
3 pounds on a olive jig in zone 1

Craig Bell from Napa CA
2-1/2 pounds on a soft hackle olive/red tie in zone 1

Richard Gutermuth from Winfield MO
3 pounds, 2 ounces on a 1/8 oz black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Sheri Seabaugh from Gays IL
2-1/2 pounds on a crawdad in the river

Sheri Seabaugh from Gays IL
2 pounds on a nightcrawler in zone 3

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

          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.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 7 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82
Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Calendar of Events

October 12 & 13: Holland Derby
October 31: end of Regular Season

Quote of the Week
I caught ten rainbows, five browns, three brookies and seven cutthroats and was savoring the "grand slam" that I'd been trying for all my fly fishing life. I was basking in my success and getting ready to post my report to the VFB, FFW, and Hill CountryFly Fishing Lists, when my wife woke me up with, "Jimmy, you promised me you'd fix the shower drain this morning." Ah, retired life, ain't it great!
Jimmy D Moore

Thanks for reading.

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