Monday, June 6, 2016

June 8, 2016

How's Fishing

The water clarity and the mild weather have brought people out of their lazyboys and into the water.  Check out the pictures of how clear the water is and the size of the fish on the stringers of folks walking around.  It was a great weekend.  The week is looking even better!
The classic lures are working, john deere and original tri color glo balls, for example.  There has been a bit of top water action lately.  A renegade, cinnamon ant, or an olive griffith's gnat is a good place to start.  The browns that are in the stream are creating a lot of talk.  They tend to be fighters and can make for an interesting catching event.  Remember the length must be 15 inches to put it on your stringer.
Copper Zebra midge or Hot shots in brown or gray are working well for deeper water.
The possum hair roach continues to be a good 'go-to' lure.   Fish is deeper and let it tumble along the bottom.  More easily done now with the sandy bottom of the stream that the Christmas flood created.

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 6, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.88 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 131
current level is 111
Median is 181
Mean is 203
75th percentile is 240
Max was 477 in 1994

June 6, 2016 for Niangua River:  The river is almost a record low for this date

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.41 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 52
minimum was 51 in 2012
25th percentile is 162
Median is 275
Mean is 315
75th percentile is 444
Max was 703 in 2008

What's Working?

san juan worm - red
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, holographic green, pearl
scuds, olive or orange
copper or black zebra midge
gray RGN
preggy scud - tan with a hot spot in the center.

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 with gold spinner
glo ball: original tri color, jimi hendrix
Marabou - red & black, orange & yellow, gingersnap, yellow & brown, shell & brown
Copper Brassie
Black Wooly worm with spinner
black roach

Zone 3

rainbow or pink power bait
salmon peach, yellow - power bait.
white trout magnet

Lunker Club

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

Chris Sprinkel from Carlinville, IL
3 pounds 8 ounces on a white chenille grub in zone 2

Darby Seabaugh from Sullivan, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a night crawler in zone 3

Sheri Seabaugh from Sullivan, IL
2 pounds on a night crawler in zone 3

Annette Long from Amazonia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on peach and salmon power bait in zone 3

Brad Harris from Raymore, MO
2.2 pounds on a black zebra midge in zone 1

Dallas MIldfelt from Chicago IL
3 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

Scott Veeck from Wadesville, IN
2-1/4 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2

Les Bodensted from Dellwood MO
2 pounds on a  black & yellow marabou in zone 1

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Shawna Gordon from Palmyra MO
2.3 pounds on a T..B.'s Best in zone 1

Of Interest
Hatchery Manager, Ben Havens, sent out a monthly Trout Tag Sales Comparison.  It seems that tag sales are up almost 7% over last  year.

Tag Sales year to date for 2016 are 47,956.  Last year's to date sales were 44,930 .The total difference for the year is 3,026 or 6.73%.

This month in May for 2015 there were 17,214 sold, 2,322 of those were kids' tags.  May of 2016 saw 17,804 sales with 2,416 of those kids' tags.

With the amazing weather we are having and good hatchery management, this trend should continue for at least the next few months. It should be a great summer to be at Bennett Spring.

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.
Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Calendar of Events

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
The capture of a really big fish is a pleasant surprise; were it a forgone conclusion, angling would be robbed of much of its fascination. It is the unknown in our sport which is so tempting.

Author:  E. Marshall Hardy

Published: Mirror of Angling 1937

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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