Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016

How's Fishing?

Flocks of people came to Bennett this weekend to escape the storms that hit north and south of us.  It was a beautiful Memorial Day with only a few showers.  Tons of fish caught and quite a few larger stringers of fish.  We have even seen a couple of browns that are of a legal size.
Traditional lures were working well.  Some that are consistent are gingersnap, black and yellow marabou, white floss, renegades, olive zebras midges and crane flies.  Zone three has been a good spot to use the salmon peach power bait and worms. We saw nineteen fish that were over two pounds caught this week.
For those of you making your first trip this weekend, remember that there was a flood at Christmas time and the stream is a changed place.  Where you remember a rock, there is a hole and where there was a hole is now filled with gravel.  Not at many weeds/moss are growing as in years past. The stream bed was scoured clean with the force of the water.   Dredging will happen after the season is over.

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 water is clear with some color to it.  Very low and running slowly for this time of year.
May 31, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.95 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1936
25th percentile is 136
current level is 125
Median is 190
Mean is 216
75th percentile is 267
Max was 511 in 1995

May 31, 2016 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.84 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 95
minimum was 71 in 2014
25th percentile is 149
Median is 252
Mean is 374
75th percentile is 470
Max was 1240 in 2015

What's Working?

From the fly box

crane fly
san juan worm - white
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, holographic green, pearl
scuds, olive or orange
olive zebra midge

Zone 1 or 2

peacock hurl mini jig
White floss
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black with gold spinner
glo ball: original tri color, jimi hendrix
Marabou - black, red & yellow, gingersnap, yellow & brown, shell & brown

Zone 3
rainbow power bait
salmon peach, yellow - power bait.
salmon eggs

Lunker Club

Carl Jackson from Marshfield, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Darren O'Neill from Blue Springs, MO
2+ (catch & release) on a peach fur bug in zone 2


Ryan Crissler from Lawrence, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a black &  red mepps in zone 2

David Houk from Milan MO
2-1/2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in zone 3

Ellysa Gallinger (age 13) from Keaney, MO
2-3/4 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in zone 3

Zane Gragg (age 11)  from Blue Springs, MO
2-1/2  pounds on an orange glo ball inzone 1

Trent Bick from Batchtown, IL
2 pounds on a tinsel jig in zone 1

Nate Bick from Batchtown IL
2-1/4 pounds on a tinsel jig in zone 1

Kenton Mayes (age 12) from Wellsville, MO
2 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Karissa Creel from Brookfield, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Caleb Martin (age 14) from Newburg, IN
2-3/4 pounds on a white mini thread jig in
 zone 2

Dee Nibarger from Springfield, MO
3 pounds on cheese power bait in zone 3

Nick Mount from Creve Coeur, MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

Max Sibley (age 8) from Marceline, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a marshmallow in the river

Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a white bomb (self tie) in
 zone 2

Hunter Thornton from Bethalto, IL
2 pounds on a brown glo ball in zone2

Drew Young from Lake St. Louis, MO
3 pounds on pink power bait in zone 3

Parker Daniels (age 13) from St. Joseph, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a brown & black mini jig

Diana Reed from St. James, MO
2-1/4 pounds on Hatchery pellet power bait in zone 3

Of Interest

This piece of legislation is very important to all of us who frequent the parks in Missouri.  Please help us to get the word out on this issue which will be on the November ballot.

May 9, 2016
Initiative protecting Missouri’s natural resources and state parks has been overwhelming popular with voters for three decades
Jefferson City, MO
Gov. Jay Nixon today announced that Missouri’s Parks, Soils and Water sales tax, which is up for renewal this year, will appear on the November ballot.

“Missouri’s farm families have long been innovators and leaders in protecting our soil, air and water. That’s why we were the first state in the nation to pass a Parks, Soils and Water sales tax more than 30 years ago,” Gov. Nixon said. “Missourians have given this program their support for several decades, and I am confident that support will continue for many years to come.”

“Soil and water stewardship is important to Missouri farmers, and we are fortunate to have a state program that helps farmers implement costly but needed conservation practices on their land.  Missouri is the envy of other states with the improvements made possible by the one-tenth cent parks and soils sales tax, both for soil and water conservation and for our state parks,” said Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. “We appreciate Governor Nixon’s support for renewal of this landmark program and encourage Missouri voters to renew it once again this November.”

“Missouri corn farmers have a long history of investing in our soil and natural resources,” said Morris Heitman, President of the Missouri Corn Growers Association. “The parks, soils and water effort extends an existing program that has proven itself valuable to agriculture and conservationists alike.”

“Missouri soybean farmers are firmly committed to ensuring the long term sustainability of our state's natural resources,” said Missouri Soybean Association President Matt McCrate of Cape Girardeau. “The parks, soils and water sales tax has had a key role in upholding that commitment. We’ve benefited from 30 years of successful partnership, bringing Missourians together on the common goal of ensuring the wise use of our natural resources, and we are committed to continuing that partnership moving forward.”

Missouri’s Parks, Soils and Water sales tax was created through a constitutional amendment specifically to support efforts to stop soil erosion and provide funding for the state park system. The tax was first approved by voters in 1984, and has since been reapproved by voters three times in 1988, 1996 and 2006.

Agriculture is Missouri’s number one industry. With nearly 100,000 family farms and 28 million acres of farmland, agriculture is a twelve billion dollar business in the Show-Me State, creating nearly 300,000 Missouri jobs.

Missouri’s Parks, Soils and Water sales tax provides funding for the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Program, which assists farmers and landowners with soil and water conservation by providing partial reimbursement for a number management practices.

Since the tax was last renewed in 2006, more than 61,000 conservation practices have been implemented through $348 million in cost-share grant projects coordinated by Missouri’s local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. To date, more than 177 million tons of soil have been prevented from eroding into Missouri’s streams, rivers and lakes.

Missouri’s Parks, Soils and Water sales tax is also the primary source of funding for Missouri’s nationally acclaimed 88 state parks and historic sites.

The 2016 General Election will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.

Missourians who are not yet registered to vote can find registration information on the Missouri Secretary of State’s Website,

Weather Forecast
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 76.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Calendar of Events

June 8  Picnic in the park. Pavilion 2 across the whistle bridge. Time: 9:30 AM

June 11 & 12: Free Fishing Weekend

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 Week

Soon he was in the regular rhythm of it: cast-and-retrieve, step down, cast again. With each movement he felt more of the week's accumulated stress ease out of him, and his spirits rose accordingly.
Author:  Steve Raymond
Published:  Trout Quintet

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