Friday, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014

How's Fishing?

   What a great weekend it was for Kid's Fishing Day.  You can see by the pictures (and by the number of lunkers caught by kids) that the Hatchery did everything it could to make sure that the kids had a chance of catching some memorable stringers of fish.
    The fishing continues to be enjoyable.  There are plenty of fish that are decent sized.  The water has been low, slow and still very clear.  This morning I had several anglers in our store buying 'bunches' of one lure - the one they were (and are) convinced is the
best one and the most fun to use.   Ironically, this magic lure has
been different for every single one of them.   This tells me that it's
a great day for fishing at Bennett, no  matter what your favorite lure is.  And the answer to the question you have in your mind:  bumble bee, deer hair food pod,  gold crackleback, copper hot shot, and a blue wing olive dun.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
May 7, 2014
minimum was 84 in 1981
Today's output is 108 cubic feet per second 25th percentile is 160 Median is 199 Mean is 266 75th percentile is 321 Max was 1060 in 1994 Gage house level is 1.19 feet, very low for this time of  year.

Niangua River
May 7, 2014
Gage House reading is 2.03
minimum was 82 in 1992
25th percentile is 214
today's level is 93
Median is 543
Mean is 1240
75th percentile is 1250
Max was 8170 in 1994

What's working?

Copper Hot Shot, brown or olive
 Black caddis
olive hermit
john deere
ginger grub
gingersnap marabou, black & yellow - gold plated head rooster tails: coach dog, black, white,  yellow with dots white marabou, black & white marabou zone 3 orange extra scent power bait, orange mice tails.
orange (do we see a theme?) minnow grubs

Lunker Club
Tim Thomason from Vandalia, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white RoosterTail

Payton Selby, age 5 from Trenton, MO
3 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Claire Russell, age 11, from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Michael Schultz from Lebanon, MO
2-3/4 pound on a black & white marabou in zone2

Ty Evans from Vadelia, MO
2 pounds  on a black & yellow marabou in 
zone 2

Devon Goshorn, age 9, from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Stephen Taylor from St.Joseph, MO
2-1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

Tyler Emmons, age 4, from Washington, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & white jig  in zone 2

Grant Tribley, age 11, from O'Fallon MO
2 pounds on gold & pink power bait in zone 3

John Lewis from Moberly, MO
2-1/2 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow.

Payton Witherspoon from Windsor,  MO
2-1/2 pounds on an olive & brown maraobu in zone 2

David McNutt from St. Louis,  MO
5.5 pounds on a black & gold plated head marabou

Andrea Selby, age 9, from Trenton, MO
3 pounds on orange power bait in zone3

Stephanie Circle from Ottawa, KS
2-1/4 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

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

Saturday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Calendar of Events

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

There will be no end to angling controversies for there is no one best way for everyone to fish.
Lee Wulff

Thanks for reading!  Lucy