Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May 1, 2014

How's Fishing?

Fishing continues to be great.  We just haven't had enough rain,
despite the storms passing over,  to make a significant difference in
the Spring's fishability.  As far as what to bring  in your tackle
box, it's the same classics that you love. John deere, cracklebacks,
renegades, black & yellow or gingersnap marabou are all working their
magic.  Small black - ants, caddis and gnats - are also doing very
well right now.  Fish size continues to hold, it's still good.
The main subject for this weekend will be Kid's Fishing Day.  I'm
going to let Mike MItchell, the hatchery manager speak from an e-mail
that he sent out.  One more thing....no snow this year!  It's an
almost perfect weekend forecast.
The following is the email from Mike Mitchell:

Bennett Spring State Park is a popular place to fish, but did you ever
wonder what happens to rainbow trout before they’re released into the
stream? You’re invited to two special events that will provide
behind-the scene looks at the raising of the trout and will also show
trout fishing’s popularity.

At 2 p.m. Friday, May 2 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s
Bennett Spring Hatchery; you’re invited to take a behind-the-scenes
look at how the hatchery operates.  This will be a great opportunity
to learn how trout are raised, how stocking sites within the park are
chosen, and how hatchery staff raises nearly a half-million trout
annually for Bennett Spring and other sites around the state. This
special event is for media, local businesses and organizations
involved with the park.

As a follow-up, please plan to return the next day – Saturday, May 3 –
to see the fruits of this work at Bennett Spring’s Kids Free Fishing
Day. This annual free event is for children 15 years and younger.
There will be a specially stocked area for children to fish. Lunch
will be provided from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for children (15 and younger) and
there will also be educational activities from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. At 2 p.m.
that day, Bennett’s Hatchery staff will further explain trout-rearing
procedures at the hatchery. They will discuss the process of how we
select fish for stocking (we don’t just lower a dip net into a pool
and hope for the best!), but feel free to ask questions about any part
of our hatchery operation. We hope these efforts help to inform you of
the procedure Missouri Department of Conservation hatchery staffs
across the state follow to ensure quality fishing for the public.
I appreciate your time and effort in attending this demonstration and
I look forward to seeing you on May 2 & 3, 2014.
Michael J. Mitchell
Bennett Spring Hatchery
phone 417-532-4418
cell 417-718-3000
email: Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov

Water Conditions:

Bennett Spring
April 28, 2014
minimum was 118 in 1984
Today's output is 158 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 166
Median is 224
Mean is 253
75th percentile is 284
Max was 919 in 1994
Gage house level is 2.26 feet,up, for the first time in a long time.

Niangua River
April 28, 2014
Gage House reading is 3.18
minimum was 124 in 2012
25th percentile is 244
today's level is 313
Median is 494
Mean is 1190
75th percentile is 2220
Max was 3894 in 1994

Lunker Club

Otto Seebold from Overland Park, KS
3 pounds in zone  2 on a white rooster tail

What's Working

Zone 1 and 2
Marabou: peach or creamsicle
John deere and gray deere, white mini jig with red tail or collar
brown  roach, bedspread
bumblebee grub
brassies : red
Red glo balls
White Rooster Tails are still working well.
From the fly case:
copper hot shots
black caddis
black ants
cracklebacks: holographic red or black
renegade or double trouble

Zone 3
Orange power bait
salmon eggs, red
Pink Worms

Fishing Times

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  -  a just about perfect weekend!

Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 55.
Thursday Night   Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Friday    Partly sunny, with a high near 68
Friday Night    Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Saturday      Mostly sunny, with a high near 76
Saturday Night    Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Sunday     Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Sunday Night      Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Monday      Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Calendar of Events
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

What are more delightful than one's emotions when approaching a trout
stream for the initial cast?
T. Nash Buckingham

Thanks for reading,

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