Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 11, 2014

How's Fishing?
   The wind is calm, the temperature is warm (70 degrees as I write this) and it's not raining.  Oh, and the fish are biting!  We are getting reports of catch-and-release anglers pulling in 30 plus fish before 10 a.m.  The most positive thing we have been hearing is that these fish are of an acceptable size.   Anywhere from  one and one quarter to one and three quarters seems to be the typical size.  There are still smaller fish in the stream,  but it has been very encouraging to see the larger fish in the stream and to hear the reports.
    The water is still super clear and very low.  It's been so long since we've had rain in this area that the rain that we do get soaks into the ground as if the ground were a sponge.  The weather forecast for the week calls for rain off and on, but I don't anticipate a significant change in the condition of the stream.    
The best day of the week will probably be Saturday.  Sunny and warm with little wind.

Who's Fishing?

   I enjoy seeing the returning groups and catching up on their lives.
    One of the groups that we see this time of year is Skip Russell's family and friends who come to Bennett every year to celebrate Skip's birthday.  The group has a trophy (as several groups do) that gets passed to the team with the best stringer.  This year they decided, that because there are now so many of them, to limit each stringer to two fish. We have pictures of the event posted on our facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store.   Thanks for helping us to remember the reason we are here!  And special thanks to Chad for getting the whole group to start coming to Bennett.


Water Conditions
April 9, 2014 for
Bennett Spring, MO
Bennett Spring output is 104 cubic feet per second - slightly higher than last week
For this week:
minimum was 82 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
Median is 197
Mean is 237
75th percentile is 308
Max was 740 in 1929
Gage house level is 1.99 feet

Niangua River
minimum was 96 in 2007
25th percentile is 130
Median is 251
Mean is 312
75th percentile is 469
Max was 789 in 2008

What's Working?
Marabou:  white, powder pink, or gingersnap
John deere and gray deere
glo balls:  tri color #4, pink lady
brown woolie, spinner optional
brassies are the biggest winner:  red, copper brown, or candy cane
From the fly case:
cracklebacks: red or blue holographic
pale morning dun
renegade or double trouble

Zone 3
salmon peach power bait
red or pink plastic worms.

Fishing Times
April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Weather Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 76.  South wind 10 to 16 mph, gusty
Friday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny with a high of   71.   East wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday :   A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 69.
Monday:  A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy with a high near 56.

Calendar of Events
April 22-23, Moss cutting
May 3 - Kid's Fishing Day
May 20-21, moss cutting
June 7 & 8, Free fishing weekend
June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days
June 24-25 moss cutting
July 29-30 moss cutting
August 19-20 moss cutting
September 16-17 moss cutting
October 14-15 moss cutting
October 31 - last day of regular trout season
November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Quote of the Week                                                

Now  I am . . . like anyone with a strong preference for the fly rod, totally indifferent to how large a fish I catch by comparison with other fishermen. So when a fifteen-year-old called Fred, fishing deep in midsummer with a hideous plastic worm, caught a four and a half pounder . . . I naturally felt no resentment beyond wanting to break the kid's thumbs.

Vance Bourjaily 1981
 Thanks for reading!

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