Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 5, 2015

How's Fishing?
This weekend promises to be a super weekend for fishing at Bennett.  Most anglers have been coming up to Weaver's Tackle Store with smiles and happy reports of catching fish.  It's also going to be exceptionally good weather, not as humid, no rain in the forecast (after the middle of the week) and milder temperatures.
Finally, finally! there is a little bit of top water action happening.  This has been happening just in the last day, and, of course, the best times are earlier and later in the day.  The water is starting to look pretty good.  Much clearer than it has been.  Still running fast, but not exceptionally high.  Moss cutting happened, so the stream is in good shape.

A report from Mike Mitchell, hatchery manager at Bennett Spring -
He has given a comparison of 2014 and 2015 as far as trout stocked and attendance.  This July is an exceptional year because of the flood that occurred around the 4th of July.
The 2015 adult tags sold were 15203 and kids were 4353 for a total of 19556.  Last year the adult tags totaled 19516 and kids were 5061 for a total of 24577.  The difference for the two years is 20.43% less this year.  The year to date decrease is only 4.95% even with the larger July decrease.
The year to date comparison numbers are 80707 for 2015 and 84908 for 2014.  If we continue to have weekends like we are getting this time, those numbers will probably be even closer.
The largest difference is between 2000 and this year.  If you compare these two years, the number is down by over 1/3.

What's Working?
From the fly box
Aqua or green holographic cracklebacks
weighted crackleback
woolly bugger- bead head, olive and brown or brown
mega or Weaver's Whopper worm
copper hot shot

Zone one & two:
Possum roach
Marbou: gingersnap, white, black & yellow, yellow
Glo Ball- jimi hendrix, easter egg or pink with red dot
rooster tails: bumble bee, brown glitter
john deere or gray deere
gray grub

Zone 3:
Red worms, Power bait scented.
yellow or salmon peach PowerBait

Lunker Club
Jim Navert from Quincy, IL
3 pounds 10 oz on a night crawler in zone 3

Sheri Seabaugh from Gays, IL
4 pounds on a night crawler in zone 3

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a glo ball in zone 2

Water Conditions
The Spring is getting lower and clearer every day. There is a bit of clearer water in zone 1 and very close to normal levels, although the current is still very strong. Color continues to improve.

August 3, 2015 for Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.32 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 1914
25th percentile is 111
Median is 134
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 160
current level is 243
Previous Max was 298 in 1995

August 3, 2015 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading is 2.37
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 38
Median is 47
75th percentile is 71
Mean is 182
Today's reading is 223
Max was 1360 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

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Calendar of Events
August 8th - Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby. Fund Raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA. Registration at Park Store Fri night 7 PM to close and Sat. morning until 7 AM.

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

Fly fishing is a fluid art in more ways than one. There is little room for dogmatism in our sport, and if one believes there is, a trout will soon change his mind. It is the curious and inventive angler who, by questioning often long held beliefs, makes us examine our sometimes fixed views.

Author:Norman Marsh
Published:  Trout Stream Insects of new Zealand, How to Imitate and Use Them

Thanks for reading.

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