Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

How's Fishing?

It's been a great opening season at Bennett Spring.  Although the air was cool, the water has been more like what you would expect in the middle of the summer rather than the first part of Spring.  We are expecting warm weather and some rain off and on this week, and the water levels will naturally be higher and faster.  The classic lures have been working well.  Black and yellow marabou, cracklebacks, and bumble bee rooster tails for example.  This next week will probably show a slight shift.  The water may not be as clear, so a lure like a possum hair roach or gingersnap marabou may work a bit better.
There has been a lot of comments on fish size.  Remember that the winter flood washed part of the fish out of the hatchery pools.  The flood didn't grade them. (joke).  There are large, small, and everything in between in the stream.  This includes brown trout as well.  Remember your limits for the brown trout, they need to be 15 inches long to keep.
The lunkers just keep rolling in.  It may be raining off and on this week, but if you're from Missouri, this is not a deal breaker for a chance to go fishing when the fishing is good!

What's Working?
Fly case
Bennett blue or red crackleback
original crackleback
Mega worm

Zone 1 or 2
white floss
john deere
Black & gold, ginger, moss green, red & yellow, red & white, or crawdad marabou
sparkle green grub
bumble bee, black sparkle or brown sparkle rooster tail

Zone 3
Salmon egg, pink, or garlic dough bait
Shrimp flavored salmon eggs

Fishing Times
March          6:30 a.m./7:30 a.m. dst-   6:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. dst
April            7:00 a.m.                     -   7:30 p.m.
May             6:30 a.m.                     -   8:15 p.m.
June/July      6:30 a.m.                    -   8:30 p.m.
August          7:00 a.m.                    -   8:00 p.m.
September     7:30 a.m.                   -   7:15 p.m.
October         7:30 a.m.                    -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions
March 2, 2016 for Bennett Spring:
Gage house level is 1.95 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
current level is 144
Median is 179
Mean is 211
75th percentile is 239
Max was 1100 in 1973

March 7, 2016 for Niangua River:
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.66 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 59 in 1996
Today's reading is 75
25th percentile is 118
Median is 257
Mean is 342
75th percentile is 560
Max was 842 in 1995

Lunker Board

March 3, 2016
Gene Huelskamp from Raytown, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jeff Campbell from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red crackleback in zone 1

Mike Moore from Trenton, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 2

Jeff Hall from Laplata, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

March 5, 2016
Patrick O'Connor from Camdenton, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a orange trout magnet in zone 3

Robbie Pauley from Ashland, MO
2-3/4 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Brandon Harris from Farmington, MO
2-1/2 plus on a self tie deer hair (catch & release) in zone 2

Rod Nathan from Collinsville, IL
3-1/2 pounds on a  white rooster tail with white blade in zone 2

Ann Jones from Mesquite, TX
4 pounds on a brown stimulater in zone 2

March 6, 2016
Brad Reeves from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Brian Reeves from Lebanon, MO
3- 1/4 pounds on  a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Liana Hannsz from Liberty, MO
2 pounds on a skunk rooster tail with brass blade in zone 1

Pat Williamson from Pleasant Hill Mo
3 pounds on a black & yellow jig in zone 2

Joseph Davies from Belleville, Ill
4-1/25 on a white roach in zone 2

March 7, 2016
Kyle Johnson from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a red salmon egg in zone 3

Mike Stehlick from Mascoutah, IL
2 pounds on a marabou jig in zone 2

Michael Stehlick from Mascoutah, IL
3.4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

Calendar of Events

March 23rd & 24th: Moss Cutting
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 24th & 25th: Moss Cutting
June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting
October 31st: End of Regular Season
November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 65. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Thursday: Showers. High near 62. Chance of precipitation is 80%..
Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Quote of the Week

In every species of fish I've angled for, it is the ones that have got away that thrill me the most, the ones that keep fresh in my memory. So I say it is good to lose fish. If we didn't, much of the thrill of angling would be gone.
Author:  Ray Bergman
Published:  The Armchair Angler

Thanks for reading,  Lucy

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