Monday, March 28, 2016

How's Fishing?

Fishing continues to be very good.  Still a good amount of lunkers left in the stream, as well as some that are smaller fish.  A group of browns self released during the Christmas time flood that are not legal size.  Remember that a brown needs to be 15 inches to be kept.  The water is very low for this time of year and fairly clear.  You have about three feet of very clear water before there is a stain to it.  Sometimes a bit of murk will help hide the little mistakes we make and make fishing even better.
Also, it has been mentioned to us a couple of times that the fishing is what can be called 'spotty'.  If you aren't catching fish in a spot, move.  Your luck could improve greatly.

What's Working?
Fly case
Walt's Worm
Mega worm
gray scud
possum roach

Zone 1 or 2
white floss jig
john deere or gray deere
Black & gold, gingersnap, shell & brown, brown, or pink marabou
gray deere
bumble bee, brown, or skunk rooster tail
glo ball - brown, easter egg, white, red & white, or salmon with red dot
brassie - red or red & white

Zone 3
Orange power bait worms
minnows or worms

Water Conditions

March 28, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 139
current level is 139
Median is 211
Mean is 225
75th percentile is 268
Max was 562 in 1975

March 28, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.99 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 59 in 1996
Today's reading is 114
25th percentile is 192
Median is 383
Mean is 431
75th percentile is 641
Max was 961 in 2010

Fishing Times

7:30 a.m.                  -   7:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m.                  -   7:30 p.m.

6:30 a.m.                    -   8:15 p.m.

6:30 a.m.                    -   8:30 p.m.

7:00 a.m.                  -   8:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.                   -   7:15 p.m.

7:30 a.m.                 -   6:30 p.m.

Lunker Club

Grant Kilgore from Green Castle, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a john deer mini jig in zone 2

Eric Giebelhausen from Jacksonville, IL
2-3/4 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1

Grant Gravis from Kearney, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & silver rooster tail in the Niangua River

Blake Rutherford from Pleasant HIll, MO
3 pounds on a blue crackleback in zone 1

Calendar of Events

April 19th & 20th: Moss Cutting

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Weavers Tackle for Kids- more details to follow.

May 14 :  Kansas City chapter of Missouri Trout Fisherman's Association will hold a Tagged Fish Derby
Registration at the Park Store starts on May 13th after 7pm.  A $5 donation is suggested,
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Quote of the Week

In this ever changing world, there are few things that have remained constant for me. The chance of hooking a nice trout still excites and thrills me to this day....just as it did when I was a kid. I like that!

Author  M A Bookout

Thank you for reading,

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