Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 24, 2014

How's Fishing?

In every crowd, there are a few grumblers.  As annoying as they may be at times, they keep us honest and often push us to be just a little bit better.  My reason for stating this is that we are noticing that even our most favorite 'grumpers' have quit grumping.  The fish are plentiful and decent sized.   Not lunkers, just decent fish from one to one and three quarter pounds and plenty of them.  Credit must be given where credit is due.  The new hatchery and proper management of the fish raising process is finally showing results. 
The weather on the weekends has been really nice - this weekend is going to be no exception - and the water is slow, clear, and low.  The color is very faint blue green, almost totally clear.  We will need to get a LOT of rain to make these conditions change appreciably.  The ground is so dry it simply sponges up the water, and although there may be some runoff, it shouldn't drastically affect the stream. We do have a series of storms that are forecast, thankfully.  This area desperately needs the moisture.  However, most rain will occur during the week.  Friday and Saturday for the next couple of weekends looks clear and warm.
May 3rd is Kids Fishing Day.  Kids will be allowed to fish for free.  They will also receive a goodie bag and a free lunch.  There will be experienced anglers there to help and also to provide fly tying demonstrations.  This coming weekend, unlike last year, should be great weather as well.  So book your cabin or get the camper ready and tell the kids to turn off the computer or put down the I-pad because you're heading to Bennett for fun.  
Watch for some Department of Conservation programs in the future that focus on the experience of fishing together as a family.  I will mention these in future reports when they become available.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
April 23, 2014
minimum was 84 in 1981
Today's output is 103 cubic feet per second - slightly down from last week
25th percentile is 179
Median is 238
Mean is 267
75th percentile is 336
Max was 1200 in 1973p
Gage house level is 1.95 feet, down .03 from last week.

Niangua River
April 23, 2014 
Gage House reading is 1.98
minimum is 87 , previous low was 110 in 1990. Today is again a record low for the Niangua on this date
25th percentile is 216
Median is 599
Mean is 1050
75th percentile is 1130
Max was 5570 in 1996

Lunker Club

Mike Udall from Buffalo, MO
2-1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black beaded wooly

Aaron Spratt from Springfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a Pink & white marabou

Daphne Beebe from Gladstone, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a mulit-color spoon

What's Working?

Marabou: red & white, tequila sunrise or gingersnap
John deere and gray deere, white mini jig
green with orange hackle woolie
brassies : red
Red glo balls
White Rooster Tails are still working well.
From the fly case:
RGN's all colors
zebra midge, red or black
cracklebacks: brown, gold or grey with olive
pale morning dun
renegade or double trouble
white or hot pink scud
Zone 2
Super Duper, trout or gold with red tip
Little Cleo Spoons
Zone 3
Orange, pink, salmon egg, or bubble gum power bait
Power Bait Power Dust

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 Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 7am. High near 68. South wind 10 to 14 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 76. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.
Sunday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Monday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Tuesday A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

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 SeasonFebruary 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends   


Quote of the Week  (this quote is for my own son who is one great Dad, thanks for all you do for my grandchildren, Matt Oberle!)
It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
John Sinor
Thanks for reading,

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