Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How's Fishing?

Ahhh, fishing at Bennett.  Yes, it's still good!   The water continues to be low, slow and clear.   The strong storms are tracking north or south of us so the weather here is very tolerable.  This weekend is mostly sunny again.  
The moss is being cut this week.  We are often asked how this affects the fishing experience.  I have spoken with quite a few anglers about their experiences during the cutting and generally the answer is the same.   The moss is an annoyance but the lack of  cover and the increased aquatic bug activity results in what is best described as a feeding frenzy.  So, if your tolerance for getting moss on your line is high, the fishing is great!  By this coming weekend, the moss will be primarily flushed out and the stream will be in great shape.

What's Working?
Fly Box
Olive Crackleback, chartreuse Crackleback,
pale evening dun
tan caddis
orange bunny leech

Zone 1& 2
Wooly (brown or olive) with spinnerl
Marabou - white, pink & white
rooster tail: flame dot, rusty coach dog
gold plated wooly bugger - 
bedspread with tail
peach fur bug
white grub
john deere
white floss

Zone 3
gulp bubble gum trout worms
florescent white gulp salmon eggs
power bait - marshmallow, yellow
Gulp florescent white salmon eggs
white extra scent power bait
trout magnet meal worms

Weather Conditions
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 8 mph. 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 24, 2014
minimum was 83 in 1934
Today's output is 96 cubic feet per second
25th percentile is 131
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 697 in 1935
Gage house level is 1.92 feet, unchanged from last week.

Niangua River
June 24, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.94
minimum was 53 in 1997
Today's (June 24) reading is 96
25th percentile is 131
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 679 in 1935

Lunker Board

Conner McAteer from Dradenne Prairie, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou

Jo Gotcher from Broken Arrow OK
3 pounds on a red & yellow marabou in zone 1

Heath Kirchoff from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a john jDeere in zone 2

Michael Combs from Independence MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink & white marabou


Grace Westfall (age 12) from Higbee, MO
2 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Durke Dickey from Excelsior Springs, MO
2-1/4  pounds on a black & yellow marabou, gold plated head in zone 2

Jim Capek from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Cassandra Caldwell from Olathe, KS
2 lbs on a red jig in zone 2

Randy Bennett from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Calendar of Events

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

Every fisherman seeks a spot, dreams of a spot, roams the waterways of the earth pursuing his personal spot
Author:   David Benjamin
Published:  The last Kid Picked

Thanks for reading,

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