Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October 9, 2013

How’s Fishing?

My father-in-law, Phil Oberle was - to put it mildly - an avid fisherman. As my late husband and his brothers and sisters sorted through photos after their parents had passed away, one of them commented on the fact that there were more pictures of fish than there were of his five kids. It got a good laugh, probably because it was true.

The other day I was remembering when he came to visit us in Colorado and I took him up in the hills to fish. Before we headed home he took his trout, and, as is done here, he cut off the heads and filleted his fish at the waters’ edge. I had never seen trout treated this way before. As I was growing up, the trout we caught in the mountain streams were, well, plate sized. These fish were gutted, washed, then the entire fish, head and all, was rolled in corn meal, and cooked quickly in a hot skillet. They were good. Really good. The fish I have eaten from Bennett Spring have never lived up to this memory, and I’m wondering if it has less to do with naturally raised bug eaters vs hatchery fed than the maturity of the fish. I guess I’m going to have to go catch a few bitty ones and find out for myself.

I did ask for input from our photographer, George Sharon. Her favorite small fish recipe is to gut, clean and stuff the cavity with hot sauce and onions. Wrap in ungreased foil and toss on the campfire or grill. When you pull the foil off, the skin comes with it and the fish is succulent. I’ll have to try that one, too!

In general, people have been very happy with the amount of fish they are catching and, for those who like to catch the bigger fish, those are being caught as well. There were nine lunkers brought up to Weaver's again this week. The stream is in super condition and the weather promises to continue to be fabulous for the foreseeable future. The Holland Derby is this coming weekend so you may want to plan a trip to Bennett to try your luck at winning a fabulous fish prize!

Lunker Club
Norris Gale from Holt’s Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on gold plated ginger marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Dave Miller from St. Peters, MO
2 pounds on a skunk Rooster Tail in zone 1

Alfred Brookman from Opdyke, IL
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Larry Slater from Quincy IL
2 pounds 2 ounces on black & yellow maraqbou in zone 2

Sheila McEwen rfrom Macon, MO
5-1/2 pounds on a worm in zone 3

Eric Hylton from Ofallon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Myron Bollinger from Bethalto, IL
31/4 pounds on yellow xtra scent power Bait in zone 3

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 1

What’s working?

Zone 1 & 2
This week almost anything you threw that was peach worked.
Salmon marabou, Gold plated ginger marabou
Roe Glo Balls with red dot, white, easter egg glo balls
gold plated Wooley bugger, all colors
Brown trout Rooster Tail, white Rooster Tail, skunk Rooster Tail
Jimi Hendrix or bedspread with tail
blue holographic or red holographic crackleback
black & yellow marabou ginger streamers
Zone 3
white or yellow sparkle extra scent power bait.
white or salmon mini trout magnet white power bait worms

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.
Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.
Columbus Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

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.

Calendar of Events

October 12 & 13: Holland Derby

October 31: end of Regular Season

Quote of the Week
The woods and waters of the outdoors became my church, a place where I could examine my thoughts and feel I was connected to all living things. This feeling is especially strong when, with rod in hand, I am wading a river for trout or salmon...where everything makes sense, where there is nothing but truth. There will be no disenchantment with this church.

Joan Salvato Wulff

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