Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  Even though the water is much slower and clearer, we haven't seen significant amounts of top water fishing, although we are moving into that season.  Renegades and terrestrials are selling well.
This time of year the air is filled with buzzing and generally annoying flying and jumping things.  Dropping a grasshopper or cicada pattern into the slow water beneath some trees can have some great results.  I recently read an article that I will pass along.  It's from Mid-Missouri Trout Unlimited member, Gene Kelly.  I found it interesting and you may, too.

The Circadas are Coming

The year was 1794: George Washington was President, Congress changed the U.S. flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes, Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, Sylvester Graham developed the graham cracker, and the 17 year periodical cicadas and 13 year periodical cicadas both emerged the same  year in Missouri  Co-emergence of the two periodical cicada species only occurs every 221 years in Missouri and 2015 is the year it will happen again.
The periodical cicada is the longest-lived insect in North America.  The genus Magicicada includes three species of 17 year periodical cicadas (Brood IV) and four species of the 13 year periodical cicadas (Brood XXIII).  Although both Broods will emerge in Missouri this summer, the Broods are widely separated and their territories may not overlap.  Brood IV will occur primarily along the western edge of Missouri while Brood XXIII will occur mostly in southern Missouri including the Mississippi valley.
Genetic programming going back to the ice age determines what year the periodical cicadas emerge, however, the weather determines the time of the year the emergence occurs.  Since their last emergence the periodical cicada nymphs have been underground sucking sap from tree roots and quietly growing.  When the soil reaches a sustained temperature of 65 degrees F. eight inches below the surface, they emerge in astonishing numbers, sing with great gusto, mate and die - all within the period of a month or so.  In Missouri these emergencies usually occur during late May and early June, depending on the weather.  For example, a warm rain can warm their bodies causing them to emerge sooner.
To a naturalist this spectacular event is fascinating, but to a fisherman it's a bonanza.  A bait that will catch most Missouri fish will remain within easy reach for over a month.  Trout fishermen are specially pleased.  Trout quickly become aware of cicada nymphs falling into the stream before they are fully developed or adult cicadas splashing down because they are such poor fliers.  To a trout fisherman casting a cicada pattern on a warm spring day, the possibilities are endless....

What's Working?
 From the fly box

Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
Mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
Olive RGN's
griffith's gnat
Olive Copper Hot Shots

Zone one & two:

Possum roach
Marabou: ginger, gingersnap, olive, olive & orange, chartreuse & black
Glo Ball-chartreuse with red dot, original tri color
Rooster tails: metallic gold spot, yellow Dalmatian
john deere or gray deere
gray grub
Bumble bee grub
Bedspread with tail

Zone 3:
Orange PowerBait
trout magnet pink or chartreuse & white

Lunker Club

Nathan Lewis from Canton, MO
2 pounds on salmon eggs in zone 2

Cathy Page from Emerson, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Boyd Waugh from Olathe, KS
2-1/2 pounds on crawdad marabou in zone 2

Joseph Gantner from O'Fallon, MO
3 pounds on chartreuse glo ball in zone 2

Kenneth Crawford from Olathe, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Water Conditions
August 17, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.21 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75 in 1941
25th percentile is 101
Median is 124
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 150
current level is 178
Previous Max was 295 in 2013

August 17,  2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 2.16
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 11 in 2007
25th percentile is 26
Median is 45
75th percentile is 67
Mean is 59
Today's reading is 81
Max was 240 in 2013

Fishing Times
August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Weather Forecast
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

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

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Calendar of Events

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

Quote of the Week

There was never an angler who lived but that there was a fish capable of taking the conceit out of him.
Author:  Zane Grey

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

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