Thursday, October 9, 2014

How's Fishing?

Just a couple more weekends for this year's regular season.   It's been a good year at Bennett Spring.  There wasn't one time when the Spring rose significantly.  It's been low, clear and slow for the entire Season.  (Note that today is a new all time low).  Superb for those that like to sight fish.
 Tag sales have been up for the year by 4.74%.  This month was a little down from last year (-6.62%).   There were 13220 adult and 1071 kid tags sold during September.  There were 29806 fish released for a fish to tag ratio of 2.09.  This is one of the lowest Septembers for tag sales in the last 10 years.  Considering the improved fish size and the excellent weather, this surprised me.

The end of season meeting will be Friday at 6pm in the Nature Center at Bennett Spring.  A good time to voice your opinions and to find out what will be the plan for next year at Bennett Spring.

What's Working at Bennett Spring

From the fly box

Ginger crackleback - weighted or unweighted, both are effective
chartreuse  crackleback, gold crackleback
red or black zebra midge
RGN's, olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Hot pink, baby pink, jimi hendrix, peach, and white & cerise glo balls
original tri color glo ball
black glitter, orange or pink rooster tails
black wooly
roaches - gray, brown & black
john deere
peach fur bug
Marabou - pink & white, shell, white, gingersnap, and black & yellow

Zone 3

Zekes white power bait
salmon peach power bait

Lunker Club
Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Harold Griffin from Centralia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Zack Ellison from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Bean from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on a shell colored marbou in zone 1

Joe Barkwell III from Fulton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white glo ball in zone 2

Water Conditions at Bennett Spring
Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.80 feet
October 8, 2014
minimum is today - 75
previous minimum was in 1933 - 81
25th percentile is 97
Median is 113
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 133
Max was 466 in 1987

Niangua River:
October 8, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.47
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Today's (October 8) reading is 39
Median is 55
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 219
Max was 1610 in 1995

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Showers. High near 64. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Columbus Day: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Quote of the Week

“In my opinion, fishing then becomes a mirror which reflects all of our being and our values in life – and in return our values determine how we fish. One goes into the other and the boundaries merge… Doing becomes being and being becomes doing; a magic circle with no beginning or end and our hearts always standing where they belong – directly in the centre.” Lani Waller

Thanks for reading.   Lucy

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