Friday, April 29, 2016

April 25, 2016

How's Fishing?

At Bennett it has been, and continues to be, a very mild spring. As I am writing this, there are storms to the north and south of us. We could use some rain in this area, it's very dry.  The stream reflects this as it is very low and clear for this time of year.  There has been quite a few anglers fishing top water using renegades, double trouble, or pale morning dun.
 The biggest action has been on the very ugly little possum fur roach.  It can be used on fly rod or spin.   Put it two and a half to three feet under an indicator.  Fish it right off the bottom, let it tumble along.  Our friends from Kansas, Mike and Keith, were having a friendly competition using the ugly bug and both pulling in over forty in an afternoon. (They always catch-and-release, of course.)  Keith graciously admitted that Mike has out-fished him since they were kids, but we are pretty sure Keith does a little better than just okay himself.
This coming weekend, the first Saturday in May, is kids fishing day.  There are tons of activities and fun for all.  In addition to the great events the Missouri Department of Conservation and Bennett Spring Park Hatchery has planned, there will be 110 poles given away in a random drawing.   Larry Murphy is donating these in memory of his father. (A link for more information is:  )
Tents will be set up in zone 2 for these events.  Adults can help kids with their lines, etc. but are not allowed to fish in this area themselves during the event.  Zone 1 and Zone 3 are both open to all.

Fishing Times

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.

What's Working?

Fly box

Pale morning dun
Mega or wopper worm - pink or pink & white
Chartreuse mega worm- new color at Weaver's Our tier swears by it.  If you try it, let me know how it does!
Walt's worm - 2 feet drift, under an indicator
Peacock Crackleback
Copper hot shots
Possum hair roach
Gray scuds

Zone 1 or 2

john deere mini jig
white, gingersnap, black & yellow marabou
bumble bee, or brown glitter rooster tail
glo ball - original tri color
brassie - red or pink
brown roach and possum hair roach

Zone 3

orange egg - power bait.
minnows or worms

Water Conditions

April 29, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 88 in 1981
25th percentile is 160
current level is 115
Median is 217
Mean is 289
75th percentile is 289
Max was 2240 in 1983

April 29, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.34 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 122 in 2015
Today's reading is 168
25th percentile is 199
Median is 401
Mean is 1240
75th percentile is 1350
Max was 6930 in 1996

Lunker Club


Scott Taylor from Waynesville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Joel Rivard from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Nate Atkins from Savannah, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait egg in zone 3

Jake Guthrie from St. Clair,MO
2 pounds on a peacock crackleback in zone 2

Calendar of Events

May 7: Kids Fishing Day
Fly Rod and Reel give away at Bennett Spring for Kids- more details to follow.
See link above for more info.

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. Location: Spring Branch
For more information, call Bill Beckman at 913-387-9090.

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society..
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

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

Weather Forecast

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Quote of the Week
I got 99 problems and fish'n solves all of 'em
Author:  Earl Dibbles Jr.

Thanks for reading!

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