Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014

How's Fishing?

Bennett is a much quieter place these days.  All the kids are back in school, and, despite the excessive heat this week, we are heading into the fall season.  The water is just as you would expect for this time of year and just how it's been all summer.  It's very clear with just a tinge of color, low and slow.  There has been some excellent top water action the last couple of days early in the morning and last part of the fishing day.   For the rest of the day the fish are hiding in the deeper, cooler pools.  They dislike heat even more than we do.  Fortunately for the fish as well as for us,  this weekend the temperatures will drop back into a more tolerable mid 80's range.
As far as what to fish with...there are a couple of good lures to suggest.  Black zebra midges and dark brown RGN's continue to work well.  Green woolies with orange hackle have been a good choice as well as brown with brown.  Pale evening dun, tan caddis and crane flies are a lot of fun late in the day.
Labor day is early this year - it's this coming weekend.  Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who will be taking advantage of the three day holiday for one last fishing trip to Bennett.

What's Working?

zebra midge - black or olive
RGN's - olive, brown
blue holographic crackleback
crane fly

Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
Marabou -black & yellow, shell & brown, tequila sunrise (yellow & orange), gingersnap
Rooster Tail: brown sparkle body, bumble bee
Ginger grub, bedspread
mini ghost, green, black & yellow, woolies with or without spinner, brown, green with orange hackle
glo- balls - white, original tri color

Zone 3
Gulp salmon eggs, florescent orange or white
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
assorted cheese marshmallows

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color is gin clear and flowing slowly
Gage house level is 1.83 feet
August 25, 2014
minimum 68 in 1936
25th percentile is 100
current level is 79
Median is 123
Mean is 128
75th percentile is 144
Max was 214 in 2013

Niangua River:

August 25, 2007
Gage House reading is 1.33
minimum was 18 in 1993
25th percentile is 26
Today's (August 25) reading is 30
Median is 33
Mean is 50
75th percentile is 70
Max was 133 in 2007

Lunker Board

Stephen Pyle from Seymour, TN
3 pounds on a home tied jig in zone 1
(the spring hole)

Andy Novara from Creal Springs IL
3 lbs, 1 ounce on a chartreuse spinner

Calendar of Events

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

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

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 101. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Labor Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Quote of the Week - something to think about as we head back into the fall routine.

In this busy, noisy, impatient world, faster often seems better. Many of us wear stress like a badge of honor and take pride in exhaustion. Perhaps we won't solve these problems by going fishing. But I like to think it can't hurt.


Shawn Terrich

Thanks for reading.

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