Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 20, 2016

How’s Fishing?
It’s truly amazing how quickly the Spring can recover from a high water event.  Just last week on July 14th, the water rose to over six and a half feet.  This is two and a half feet over flood level, and within four hours, it was back down to four feet, also back in its banks, and showing signs of clearing.  As I write this report, the water has clear edges, some murk in the center but the Spring is pumping out clean water.  Fishing has been good for most. The fish that are being caught and kept are of a decent size – between one and two pounds.  Lures are tending toward the dark side.  Black marabou or rooster tails.  The exception to this is anything that is salmon or peach, from dough bait to glo-balls.
The Niangua rose more slowly, reached a height of over twelve feet and receded by the end of the next day to four feet.
The best advice that I got from those that were actually catching fish was to fish the edges and the eddies.  Fish the far bank.  As long as you aren’t in the middle, you are going to do well.

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 7-19-16

Gage house level is 2.38 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 112
Median is 191
Mean is 154
75th percentile is 174
current level  is 238
Max was 588 in 1988

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 10 in 1997
25th percentile is 141
Median is 191
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 283
Max is 931 in 2015
Today's reading is 866

What’s Working
From the fly box
Cracklebacks in dark colors, original
Black zonkers, streamers
Zone 2
Marabou – white & yellow, black & olive, pink & white, red & black, peach, black & yellow with gold head and red thread
Peach fur bug
White grub, white grub with tail
Peach fur bug
Zone 3
Power bait, bubble gum or salmon peach

Lunker Club
Matthew Powell from Bethel, MO, 2-1/2 pounds on a peach fur bug
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO, 2+ catch & release on black & orange marabou in zone 2
Kyle Eggers from Rogers, AR, 2.25 pounds on a black & olive marabou in zone 2
Jeremy Bedell from Kansas City, MO, 2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
Russ Grobe from Hillsboro , MO, 3 pounds on a ginger in zone 2
Drew Sanders from Glasgow, MO, 2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2
Renae Hampton from Festus, MO, 4-1/4 pounds on a peach marabou in zone 1
Jim Asher from Atchison, KS, 2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2
Brian Dolan from St. Louis, MO. 2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90

Spring Hole during high water

Of Interest
The flood was the most interesting thing that has happened for a while.  I’m just going to let the pictures speak for the event.

zone 1 July 14,2016

Roller Dam, July 14, 2016

Quote of the Week (thanks to the nice ladies in our shop that approved this one!)
Bass fishermen watch Monday night football, drink beer, drive pickup trucks and prefer noisy women with big breasts. Trout fishermen watch MacNeil-Lehrer, drink white wine, drive foreign cars with passenger-side air bags and hardly think about women at all. This last characteristic may have something to do with the fact that trout fishermen spend most of the time immersed up to the thighs in ice-cold water.
Author:  Not Known
Published:  New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 1994

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to heading down to Bennett Spring next week for an annual fishing pilgrimage (gotta get out of Illinois). Can't wait to stop by Weaver's and stock up on the world's best marabous!