Monday, July 25, 2016


How’s Fishing?
The main story for this weekend has been the heat.  Next week offers us a cool down to more normal temperatures and should make the times before and after fishing more fun.  You may even want to put a campfire together for s’mores.
 As the season is progressing, so is the action on top water.  Renegades, ants, and mosquitoes are good choices.  Cracklebacks have come into their own as well.  The Bennett Blue continues to be the favorite crackleback.  The small weighted ginger or chartreuse woolies are perfect for these water conditions, too.

Of Interest

No moss cutting this week.
The water temperature, for those of you that have been checking, continues to hold at 57 to 58 degrees, despite the hot spell we are having, so we may be stressed by the heat, but the fish are not.

Fishing Times
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
Bennett Spring 7-25-16
Gage house level is 2.33 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 111
Median is 135
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 160
current level  is 221
Max was 253 in 1995

Niangua River:7-25-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.58 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 17 in 2012
25th percentile is 36
Median is 69
Mean is 92
75th percentile is 85
Max was 387 in 2015
Today's reading is 541

What’s Working
From the fly box
Cracklebacks – Bennett blue, dark colors
Red ants
Mega wopper worms
Dave’s hopper
Zone 1 and 2
Marabou –ginger,  brown & olive, salmon & brown, olive & black, gingersnap
Peach fur bug
Possum hair roach
Ginger or chartreuse wooly
John deere

Zone 3
Power bait, garlic green or salmon peach
Power bait worms, natural or brown

Lunker Club
Jan Jones from Springfield, IL.   6 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1
Bob Eveler from Jeff City, MO.  2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2
Fred Todd from Mexico, MO.  2 pounds on garlic green powerbait in the Niangua River
Russ Grobe from Hillsboro, MO.  2 pounds on a Black & yellow marabou in zone 2
Colby Hutson fromTroy, MO.  2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2
Wyatt Delcour from Richland, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on a hopper in zone 2
Edward Minor from Houstonia, MO.  3-1/4 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3
Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO.  2 pounds on a red crackleback in zone 1
Steve Hauser from Defiance, MO.  3 pounds, 12 ounces on a black & Yellow marabou in zone 2
Stacy Breeden from Lexington, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on bubble gum power bait in zone 3.

Calendar of Events
July 26th & 27th Moss cutting has been canceled
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

Weather Forecast
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.
Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.
Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Quote of the Week 
Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
Mark Twain

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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