Thursday, June 23, 2016

How's Fishing

The general trend of this year so far has been a very clear and slow moving Bennett Spring branch and Niangua River.  There was a brief storm this last week that brought water levels closer to the normal range. The water is getting clearer every day, so keep that in mind as you plan your trips.  What has been working this week will change up a bit as the water does.
  Father's Day weekend proved for most anglers to be a great one.  There were stringers of larger fish and quite a few lunkers as well.  The action continues this week, fishing deep (remember trout like colder water) is more productive than top water with one or two exceptions.  Grasshoppers, small and brown, and black caddis are both good choices.

Fishing Times

 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 :   The color and clarity are improving daily.
June 21, 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 1934
current level is 141
25th percentile is 161
Median is 229
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 225
Max was 2020 in 1935

June 21, 2016 for Niangua River: .Moving well, just above average for discharge and levels.

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.22 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 189
minimum was 49 in 2012
25th percentile is 88
Median is 175
Mean is 303
75th percentile is 474
Max was 1120 in 2015

What's Working?

From the Fly Box:
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, original
copper zebra midge
rust  RGN
copper hot shots, all colors
black zebra midge
white mega worm
black caddis

Zone 1 or 2
White mini jig
white floss mini jig
red brassie
John deere mini jig
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black glitter with gold spinner
glo ball: white, original tri color, jimi hendrix, gater (green with orange spot)
Marabou - black & yellow - first thing in morning, moss & Brown, olive and brown gingersnap, ginger, yellow & brown, shell & brown
green  Wooly bugger, fished deep
silver super duper (zone 2 only)

Zone 3

white trout magnet
salmon peach, green glitter, salmon red - power bait.
orange power bait worm - plastic type

Lunker Club

Jeffrey Finch from Otterville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on white floss in zone 2

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2-1/2 pounds on a blue crackleback in zone 1

Tracy Scherder Woodworth from St. Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a orange power bait worm

Cindy Monnig from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a red brassie in zone 2

Eugene Bruggenann from Highland, IL
2-1/2 pounds on fluorescent red power bait

Eric Hendrix from Sullivan, IL
3-1/4 pounds on white fur bug in zone 1

Zoey Todd from Independence, MO-
2.5 pounds on gray & white zonker rabbit in zone 1

Zoey Todd from Independence, MO - second lunker
2.6 pounds on gray & white zonker rabbit in zone 1

Carletta West from Caledonia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on green glitter dough bait in zone 3

Brenda Looper from Buckeye, AZ
2-1/2 pounds on a super duper - silver

Of Interest

One of the biggest sellers at Bennett Spring is the marabou jig.  Most anglers have their favorite way to fish these, but the following may be of interest to those of you who don't or haven't tried them in the past.  This is copied from

Marabou jigs (not Crappie jigs) will flat out catch trout if you know how to fish them. Many fishermen are under the mistaken assumption that marabou jigs imitate minnows, but they actually imitate the swimming action of certain large aquatic insects. by dancing up and down rather than side to side. In fact, a marabou jig is technically a fly and can be used on waters designated as fly-fishing only. Even so, this lure is best fished with a spinning outfit. Trout and salmon appear to be programmed by nature to react to this motion almost without fail, so these lures will work even when the actual insects they imitate are not present. In fact, when marabou first became popular as a fly-tying material, some states actually outlawed its usage in some waters due to the massive success fishermen were having and how it actually depleted some trout and salmon populations.
To achieve the proper effect, cast and allow the jig the sink for a few moments. Then retrieve the jig at a slow rate while simultaneously and rapidly twitching your rod tip up and down. Rapid twitching means RAPID twitching. Your rod hand should bounce down perhaps 4x per second while your retrieve hand is making no more than one revolution per second. Try counting "one-one-thou-sand, two-one-thou-sand..." and so on, while bouncing your rod hand on each syllable. It takes a little practice to get the feel of it. Many trout fishermen are jig fisherman exclusively and can't imagine why anyone would consider fishing any other way. And with the success they enjoy, it's hard to argue with them. Favorite jig colors are white, hot pink, and black & yellow mixed. There are also those that prefer to fish these jigs under a bobber or strike indicator, just giving the lure an occasional twitch. Using this method will work better with a smaller jig -- sometimes called micro jigs -- and fished very close to the bottom. This is basically nymph fishing with a spinning rod. Cast upstream, and allow the lure to drift back toward you, passing the jig by as many fish as possible.

Weather Forecast
Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 95. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Calendar of Events

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

July 26th & 27th Moss cutting

August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : 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

Quote of the Day

Perhaps it was only a trick of the water, a trompe l'oeil of the late summer light, or maybe just one of those hallucinatory visions provoked by hours on end of upstream nymphing. You know the feeling: cast, lift, reach, lift, cast again, over and over, always staring, until the world fades away, sun and bird song and roar of water, until all that's left is the endless downstream dance of the strike indicator

Author:  Robert F. Jones

Thanks for reading, Lucy

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