Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22, 2015

How's Fishing?

I attended the annual pre-season meeting last night.  The good news is that there won't be any changes to the rules, limits, or costs for you in 2015.  No bad news.  Even opening day is forecast to be almost 40 with a low of 27 with a low chance of precipitation.  I have lived here long enough to realize this could change hourly, but it's a warming trend, and I have found that a trend is more likely to be an accurate forecast.  Keep your fingers crossed.  Based on this information and tag sales history, the opening tag sales for opening weekend could reach 3500.  

The siren ringer for 2015 is Chet Snyder from Grandview, MO.  Chet has been to a consecutive 60 Trout Season Opening Days.  An amazing record.  Congratulations, Chet.

For opening day there will be 9000 fish released with up to 150 of those being Lunkers .  The average size fish for 2015... drum roll please...12.28 inches. This size will be slightly better for the early part of the summer and slightly lower for the fall months.

 Didymo continues to be a threat.
A reminder that porous soled boots have been banned from Missouri trout streams. 17 states have banned this type of sole so far, with more to follow. Please be especially careful if you fish both in Arkansas streams and Bennett Spring. Didymo has been found in streams in our neighboring state, the White River being the closest infestation.

After fishing:

Check all gear and equipment after use and remove any visible algae. If you notice algae on your equipment at a later time, do not dispose of the algae by putting it down a drain. Dispose of it in the trash.

If you fish in any stream other than Bennett Spring, you need to wait 48 hours before fishing at Bennett to allow all of your tackle to dry thoroughly. If it's not possible to allow everything to dry (wader cuffs, fly line, shoelaces, nets, etc) it should all be washed in a salt solution. You can make your own 20% salt solution by dissolving 2 pounds of salt per gallon of water. When using a 20% salt solution, soak your equipment for 3 minutes. A 5% solution can be made with 7 ounces of salt per gallon. When using a 5% salt solution, soak for 20 minutes. This does the same thing as putting salt on a slug. Bleach solutions can also be used, but it can ruin the fabric of waders so It's not recommended for this use.

A reminder that you need to have a valid fishing license from the State of Missouri to fish the streams. If you are in doubt if you need to have a license or not, please refer to the Missouri of Conservation Web site.
In addition to your license, to fish in the Trout Parks you also need a daily tag.  To keep trout that you catch in the Niangua River you must possess a trout 'stamp'.
The daily limit is four, no matter where you catch them.  When the fourth fish is put on your stringer, you are finished fishing for the day.  You may have in your possession eight fish total - keep the daily tag with them according to the Missouri State fishing regulations.  Always refer to the Conservation website or ask a Conservation agent if you have questions.

Fishing Times
March from 6:30 to 6:00 ( (7;30  to 7:00 pm after March 8, daylight savings time)
April from 7:00 to 7:30/
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

Calendar of Events

February 28th - Chili/Soup Supper at Bennett Spring Church of God on 64A Highway in Bennett Spring Park. All are welcome.  There is a suggested donation of $5.  Chili or soup, crackers, dessert, tea, lemonade or coffee.  For more information call 532-7531.
March 1st - All you can eat pancake breakfast.  7 to 10 am.  A $5 donation supports the Bennett Spring Fire Protection District, an all volunteer group that consists of first responders and fire fighters.  The firehouse is located at 11626  highway 64. The event is being catered by Chris Cakes of St. Louis.  All the pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice that you want.
June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend
June 6th and 7th - June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest.
This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation.  There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.
June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting
July 28th & 29th - moss cutting
August 25th & 26th - moss cutting
September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting
October 20th and 21st - moss cutting
October 31st - end of regular fishing season
November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16
February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16

Weather Forecast

Sunday: Scattered flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. North wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Wednesday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Thursday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33.

Water Conditions
The water is very low, very clear and slow.

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.81 feet
February 20, 2015
minimum 80 in 1936
Current level is 75
25th percentile is 119
Median is 176
Mean is 191
75th percentile is 240
Max was 488 in 1988

Niangua River:

February 20, 2015
Gage House reading is 1.77
Today's reading is 64
minimum was 52 in 1976
25th percentile is 127
Median is 213
Mean is 253
75th percentile is 366
Max was 734 in 2008

Quote of the Week

The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.

Author:  Robert Traver

Thanks for reading!