Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How's Fishing

I hope this doesn't jink us, but it seems like Spring may actually have come back again this year.  For a while I wasn't sure if it ever would.  I'm watching closely for the first flowering trees.  They are one of my favorite things about this area of Missouri.
As far as the fishing, it seems to be good.  With the extra fish put in on the opening day and the lower than expected numbers, there have been reports of really high numbers of fish caught and released and, for those that like to keep them, limiting out very quickly.
 I have also heard some grumbling about smaller fish so I will keep an eye and ear out for substantiation of the rumor.  The answer I have gotten so far is that the fish that were still in the stream from last year had so little food, that they didn't grow at all.  That answer makes sense because almost everyone agrees that the fish are 'spotty'.  (Meaning good sized ones mixed with smaller fish) .

What's Working
The standards have been the best so far.  It's not unusual for folks to start out with what they know and those would be the standards.  As we go into this next month, Morning Dun and Black Caddis should be excellent choices to tie up and have ready.

Marabou :  Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, green & yellow, pink & white, red
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white or Easter Egg
Brown Woolie - spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, fire tiger
Zebra midge - red primarily, black also
San Juan worm  - red or pink

Fishing Times
March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

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

Lunker Club
Ken Atchison from St Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a John Deere in zone 1


John Clay from Columbia MO
2 pounds on an olive wooley in zone 1

Vince Campbell from Mexico, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red marabou in zone 2

John Mitchell from Cabool, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Austin Wiekhorst from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white puff ball in zone 1

Calendar of Events

March 24, 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day

May 19 - 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

Weather Forecast

Wednesday...Warmer. Mostly sunny. Areas of fog in the morning. Highs around 70. Light wind.

Wednesday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Light wind.

Thursday...Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the lower 60s. East winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain. Lows in the mid 40s.

Friday...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 50s.

Friday Night...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. Lows in the lower 40s.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Highs around 60. Lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows around 40.

Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows around 40.

Monday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 10, 2015
Gage house level is 2 feet
minimum 84 in 1936
Current level is 99
25th percentile is 126
Median is 191
Mean is 288
75th percentile is 267
Max was 2270 in 1974

Niangua River:

March 10, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.61
Today's reading is 180
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 111
Median is 261
Mean is 439
75th percentile is 561
Max was 1980 in 2013

Quote of the Week

Even as a child back in Indiana, whenever I took a Butterbelly off the hook I used to ask myself, "Does this fish think?" I would even ask others, "Do you suppose this Butterbelly can think?" And all I would get in reply was a look. At the age of eighteen, I left the state.

Will Cuppy

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