Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

How's Fishing?

Big doin's this weekend!  The conservation Federation of Missouri is hosting the first annual Trout Fest at Bennett Spring.  On both Saturday and Sunday there will be events all day.  If you catch a tagged fish, you can take it to the CFM tent at the whistle bridge for a prize.  Demonstrations and information about fishing will be located at shelter B in the Park.  There's even a movie at 8:30 pm in Shelter B.  Appropriately, the film that is being shown is A River Runs Through It.  For more information see the flyers that are posted around the park and the local stores, or scan the QR code on this report to upload times and events to your phone.
The weather seems to be cooperating as well.  Temperatures in the low 80's with a chance for rain on Friday and Sunday. Overall, very nice weather is forecast.

Water Conditions
The water continues to be pretty murky in places at this time.  It's been dropping steadily from a high of 3.49 on May 30 to today's level of 2.70.  This measurement is taken at the gage house.  For those of you not familiar with what the numbers mean, the number that indicates the level we have been used to seeing this year is closer to 2.0 feet.  We are currently seeing about 3/4 of a foot above that.  It should be down to a very fish-able level by this weekend.

Bennett Spring:
Highest level on 5-31-15
June 2, 2015
Gage house level is 2.70 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1936
25th percentile is 143
Median is 189
Mean is 223
75th percentile is 259
current level is 325
Max was 898 in 1935

Niangua River:
June 2, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02

Daily Discharge levels:
minimum was 66 in 2014
25th percentile is 134
Median is 238
Today's reading is 376
75th percentile is 652
Mean is 800
Max was 4410 in 2007

What's Working?
From the fly box
Chartreuse or aqua crackleback
tube jig, white
seductive midge
brown or gray possum roaches
John's soft hackle

Zone one & two:
white thread jig
john Deere
Marabou :salmon, white, red & white, black & yellow marabou
Glo Ball- pink lady, original tri color, chartreuse with dot
gray deere
rooster tails: white, tinsel fire tiger, skunk
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

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

Lunker Club 

Brian Tumlin from La Plata MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chartreuse crackleback in zone 2

Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg, IL
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Joshua Unger from Springfield, MO\
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Michelle Kee from Olathe, KS
6-3/4 pounds on a black & white marabou in zone 1

Fishing Times
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

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
"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."

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

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Quote of the Week
A trip to the river is a series of actions and choices. Which fly? Where to cast - how best to reach the spot I am aiming for? Some days I don't catch a thing, some days quite a few. Fly fishing takes a mulish patience, a recognition of limits, a willingness to put up with mistakes, take them in, learn from them. On the river the world is neither perfect nor broken, but always fixable, adjustable, always ripe for restoration.
Author:  Frank Soos
Published:  Bamboo Fly Rod Suite

Thanks for reading,

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