Monday, March 30, 2015

Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report April 1, 2015

How's Fishing?

The Niangua River is high and moving fast.  The Spring is higher than it has been, but not flowing as high as the river.  In fact, it is just at a normal level for this time of year. The volume of the river, however, is backing some water up into zone three.  
Even with the heavy rains, the stream is lower and clearer than it could be for this time of year. The additional rain that is forecast for this Thursday will doubtfully make the stream flood.  If you are able to make it to Bennett for the weekend, it will be sunny and in the mid 60's. 
There is more silt in the water than we have seen for a couple of years, but not to the point of making it            un-fishable. In fact, it probably is just enough to make it harder for the fish to figure out what you are up to!  
Although the Spring is no where close to being flooded, it is running a bit faster than it has been.  You might try the heavier marabou such as a gingersnap or white jig with an 1/8 ounce head.  If you are on a fly rod, the scuds (gray is good) and midges are doing great.  There are also a couple of sweet, fluffy little roaches tied with rabbit fur that are working very well.  Seems appropriate for the Easter weekend!  

What's Working?

From the fly case:
Black Caddis 
RGN - green
zebra midge - all colors
gray scud
copper john
pheasant tail nymph
San Juan worm, brown or white
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:
Bedspread mini jig, 
Marabou : Gingersnap, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- flame tri color, 
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
white floss or mega worm

Zone 3:
florescent orange or red  power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 30, 2015
Gage house level is 2.31 feet
minimum 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 140
Current level is 156
Median is 207
Mean is 261
75th percentile is 303
Max was 1420 in 1985

Niangua River:

March 30, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.17
Today's reading is 308
minimum was 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 158
Median is 309
Mean is 425
75th percentile is 595
Max was 1270 in 12013

Lunker Club

Gary Madole from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Steve Vincent from Olathe, KS
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 2

New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at . 

The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year. There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available. 

Fishing Times

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

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items. 

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

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 10, Holland Derby 

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


Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Quote of the Week

If all the fish in the world suddenly disappeared, I know of many fly tyers who would go right on tying flies as if nothing had happened, myself included!

Author:  Jimmy D Moore

Published:  Outdoor Memories 1999

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