Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 6-14-16

How's Fishing?

Fishing at Bennett continues to be a really great experience for this time of year.    The water is low, slow and clear.  So much so that you might think you were fishing the stream in August, except there are more big fish!   We have had as many two pounds or better fish brought up to Weaver's Tackle Store for the Lunker Club this year than we had the entire last year.  A pound and a half to a pound and three quarters are very typical sizes to see on stringers.
There has been periods of top water action for those of you that like that style of fishing.  Renegades, pale evening dun, and black or tan caddis have all been doing well.

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

June 12, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.88 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1977
current level is 105
25th percentile is 129
Median is 190
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 257
Max was 409 in 1995

June 12, 2016 for Niangua River: The river isat 51 cubic feet per second.  This is a record low for this date

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.14 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 51
minimum was 61 in 2012
25th percentile is 132
Median is 317
Mean is 609
75th percentile is 865
Max was 2210 in 1993

What's Working?

San Juan worm - red
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, holographic green, pearl
copper zebra midge
gray RGN
preggy scud - tan with a hot spot in the center.
black zebra midge
Walt's worm

Zone 1 or 2
John deere mini jig
White floss and white sparkle; pale aqua sparkle grub
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black glitter with gold spinner
glo ball: original tri color, jimi hendrix, red & yellow
Marabou - black & yellow, moss & Brown, orange & yellow, gingersnap, ginger, yellow & brown, shell & brown, pink & white
Copper Brassie
Black Wooly worm with spinner
black roach
pheasant grub with tail
pink or white mega worm

Zone 3
white trout magnet
salmon peach, yellow, orange, brown, salmon red - power bait.
white trout magnet
white worm - plastic type

Lunker Club
Terry Klamert from Imperial, MO
2 pounds on black rooster tail in zone 1

Linda Calhoun from Lawson, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Jerry Lewis from Staunton, IL
4-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Glenn Slonecker from Fairway, KS
4 pounds on orange powerbait in zone 3

Suzie Rager from Evansville, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Jeffrie Smith from Columbia, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 2

Ron Heins from Liberty, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a blue crackleback in zone 1

Jeremy Robeen from St. Louis MO
2-1/2 pounds on a plastic white worm in zone 3

Travis Callahan from Steelville, MO
2-1/4  pounds on a ginger  marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
3 pounds, 10 ounces on brown bait in zone 3

Chamberlain Albert (age 7) from Tonganoxie KS
2 pounds on a red salmon egg powerbait in zone 3

Colby Guggey from Kansas City, MO
2.1 pounds on broken Minnow in zone 2

Todd Groshans from Colllinsville, IL
2 pounds on tan powerbait in zone 3

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ken Unmisig from Lebanon, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a red and yellow glo ball in zone 2


Kyn Gordon from Palmyra, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an Easter Egg glo ball in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow jig in zone 1

Ethan Hampton from Festus, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone1

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

David Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a pink mega worm in zone 1

Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds 3 ounces on a black glitter rooster tail in zone 1

Wesley Beason from Topeka, KS
3-1/2 pounds on original trout magnet in zone 3

Matt Hephner from Buckner, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Aaron Dixon from Columbia, MO
2.1 pounds on a Hopper in zone 2

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 89.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

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 Week

It is quite easy to debase the sport, change its values, dilute its ethics and destroy its traditional associations with quietness, relaxation and the opportunity to think. Angling is not a competitive sport. The fisherman'- s only real competition is with his quarry and his only real challenge is the challenge to himself. Nothing can add to this, but the blight of interhuman competition can certainly detract from it.
Author:  Roderick Haig-Brown
Published:  Bright Waters, Bright Fish

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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