Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How's Fishing?

Despite the off-and-on rain, there were a whole bunch of people fishing this last weekend.  For the three day period, there were 2543 adult tags plus 679 kids tags sold.  On Saturday alone there were over 1700 tags purchased.
The fish size continues to be decent.  We had a lot of fish being brought up to Weaver's to be weighed, but most were just under the two pound requirement for our lunker pins.  Still, nice fish!  A pound and a half is a decent fish to take home.

Neither the stream or the Niangua is flooded like some of the other waterways are to the south of us.  We will watch the levels and let you know if there are any significant changes to the stream conditions.

With the water in such good condition, the classic lures and flies are working well.  Black and yellow marabou never goes out of style.  Renegades and the suductive midge are a couple of good top water choices.  The cracklebacks, especially olive and, when we can get them, aqua, are working great as well.  Now that the moss is cut, the possum hair roach is working again.  It works great on a sinking line or  tippet just above the weeds.
If you fish the Niangua, Rooster Tails - especially white - are just perfect.  A brown wooly with a spinner is also a good choice.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

May 26, 2015
Gage house level is 1.93 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 82 in 1936
Current 142
25th percentile is 140
Median is 217
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 320
Max was 2150 in 1990

Niangua River:

May 26, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 90
minimum was 51 in 2012
25th percentile is 155
Median is 322
Mean is 442
75th percentile is 551
Max was 1370 in 2011

What's Working?
From the fly case:
Cracklebacks - aqua or olive
tan caddis, black caddis
tube jig, white
pale morning dun
seductive midge
brown rabbit roaches
white thread jig
white mega worm

Zone one & two:
Chartreuse, aqua or red brassie
john Deere
Marabou :black & yellow, black head and thread, tiny white (ghost) with red collar
Glo Ball- peach with red dot, original tri color
black & yellow marabou
gray deere
rooster tails:white (snow)
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

Zone 3:
white, yellow, or chunky cheese power bait
red salmon egg
trout magnet- red & white, pink & white

  Lunker Club
Reka Behrman from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 -1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 1

Hannah and Addison Watkins (team effort, you go, girls!)
from Bolivar MO
2 pounds on a white thread jig in
 zone 1

Phillip Perry from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on white/orange dough bait in the Niangua River.

Lane Glenn from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on a trout magnet in zone 3

Fishing Time

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

Calendar of Events
May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

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. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

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

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Weather Forecast

Thursday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 77.

Sunday:   A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Quote of the Week
This one is for all of those fly tying maniacs out there....

The trout makes the angler the most gentlemanly and readiest sport of all other fishes. If you fish with a made fly, this is the chief pleasure in angling.
Author:  Lawton
Published:  1613

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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