Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 9, 2015

How's Fishing?

There were 60 or more lunkers dropped in the stream this last weekend and a number of those where brought in.  There might be  some smaller fish swimming about, but most angler are reporting larger than what is normally expected this time of year as well as some lunker sized fish that eluded this weekend's anglers.  Trout can be cagey.
 The most popular lures this last weekend have been the Bennett classics - black & yellow marabou, john deere, renegade, or bedspread for example - but almost any lure that is used properly is working.  The water is clear and much slower than it has been earlier this summer. This coming weekend looks like a beauty.  We are expecting a bit of rain this week, but should be clearer and pleasantly cooler by the weekend.

The hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell, has taken a new position.  He will be the Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries Division Administrative Manager in the Central Office. The search for a new hatchery manager for Bennett has begun and will continue for a few months.  Mike Perry, formerly the assistant manager for Bennett will be the interim manager until one has been appointed.  We wish them well.

What's Working?

Aqua or chartreuse cracklebacks
Olive Zebra Midge
Copper Hot Shots

Zone one & two:
Marabou: gingersnap, orange & brown, black & yellow
Glo Ball: chartreuse, original tri color, orange
john deere
mini jig - peach. white
super duper - frog pattern

Zone 3:
White glitter or Orange PowerBait
trout slayer - watermelon and natural
worms - pink, red
white plastic mini jig

Lunker Club

Ray Abbott from Jefferson City, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Alex Helms from Lake St. Louis, MO
2-1/2 pounds on white plastic mini jig

Tom Hayes, Sr, from Wentzville, MO
3-1/4 pounds on an orange glo ball in zone 2

Jack Buchschacher from Crestwood, MO
6-1/2 pounds on a red plastic worm in zone 3

Mike Berhman from Marcline, MO
3 pounds on a white powerbait in zone 3

Reed Benne from Montgomery City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a john deere mini jig in zone 1

Chris Glenn from Sweetsprings, MO
2-1/2 on a pink worm in zone 3

Darren O'Neill from Blue Springs, MO
3 pounds on a peach mini jig in zone 1

Greg Barry from Pattonsburg, MO
2 pounds, 4 ounces on a red and white marabou in zone 2

Caleb Martin (age 13) from Evansville,IN
2-1/8 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Tesa Pearman from Keytesville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Emerson Kretzer from St. Joseph, MO
2-3/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Brandon Morrison from Hume, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

Greg Lewis from Moberly, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Water Conditions

September 7, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.03 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70 in 1936
25th percentile is 96
Median is 120
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 146
current level is 142
Previous Max was 377 in 1994

September 7, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading is 1.85 feet
Daily Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 19 in 1996
25th percentile is 27
Median is 47
75th percentile is 81
Mean is 60
Today's reading is 56
Max was 160 in 2010

Fishing Times

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Calendar of Events

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

You won't catch every fish you try for, but don't let that discourage you, because the best fisherman who ever lived can't do it either.
Author:  H. G. Tapply

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

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