Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 28, 2015

How's Fishing

Just a couple more days till the end of the season.  It has been a great year, overall.  There was an excessive amount of rain for the first half of the summer - topped off with a flood on July 2nd.  The water continued to have a strong discharge rate, even though the levels of the stream approached much more normal conditions.  The fall went the opposite direction with hardly any rain at all.  At this point the stream is is beautiful shape for top water fishing or sight fishing.  It amazes me how clear it is.

I will post the tag sales for the year on the next fishing report.  We still have a few more days as this is written.

I hear that we have a new hatchery manager. His name is Ben Havens.  I haven't met him yet, but I have copied an article from the Lebanon Daily newspaper for your information.
From the newspaper:
On Oct. 16, Havens began his new job as manager of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. He replaces Mike Mitchell, who was promoted to Fisheries Administrative Manager at MDC’s Central Office in Jefferson City.
Assuming the job of hatchery manager at Bennett Spring gives Havens the unique accomplishment of having worked at the MDC hatcheries of all four Missouri trout parks. He began his nearly 14-year career with MDC with a three-year stint at Roaring River Hatchery. After that, he was assistant manager at Montauk Hatchery and then assistant manager at Maramec Spring Hatchery for the last five years.
“I’ve always been interested in fish, fishing and the outdoors,” the Sullivan, Ill. native said. “I love raising trout and being able to see them grow from egg to stocker size.

Water Conditions

October 28, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.89 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
current level is 96
Median is 115
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 136
Max was 391 in 1971

October 29, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.81 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 28 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 55
Today's reading is 40
75th percentile is 136
Mean is 154
Max was 783 in 1997

What's Working

Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Seductive midge
san juan worm, red
pheasant tail, bead head midge

Zone 1 & 2
Marabou: olive & black, gingersnap, ginger
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix,  pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown sparkle
john deere mini jig
gray grub

Zone 2
Super Duper, gold with red tip,  Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Zone 3:
rainbow power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon

Lunker Club

Kevin MItchell from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Paul Przybylski from Wildwood, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a pheasant tail in zone 2

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a weaver gold jig in zone 1

Rich Hunt from Manchester, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

October, 1923
Walter E. Staley from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds - before there were zones.
Shared by his son, Philip Staley.

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 62. Wind chill values as low as 31 early. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday Night: Periods of showers. Low around 48. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. South wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Fishing Times

October from 7:30 to 6:30

November 13th:  start of catch and release for 2015/16
Fishing is permitted on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Catch and Release only during this time.

February 8th, 2016:  end of catch and release season for 2015/16

Quote of the Week

I still don't know why I fish or why other men fish, except we like it and it makes us think and feel.

Author:  Roderick L. Haig-Brown
Published:  A River Never Sleeps

Thanks for reading!  Lucy


  1. I am used to river fishing, just a few meters from my backcountry house. I usually do most of my fishing in the evening. There’s a lake just a few miles away, but fishing times are different. I found more fishing times here: