Monday, August 8, 2016


How’s Fishing?
Fishing has been really, really good these last few days.  Our store seems to be a good barometer of the Bennett Spring anglers’ happiness.  If the fish are fussy and reluctant, we see bunches of people rambling about the store asking each other and us “what are they bitin’ on?” Today everyone has come in saying “I was using (fill in the blank here) and it was really hot!”
One angler made me laugh today.  She said that she had caught and released so many fish that she was exhausted!   Hard to feel sorry for her, isn’t it?
Maybe the fish got hungry, maybe the cool front coming through has helped, I’m not sure.  All I know is that fishing is good.

Fishing Times
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 continues to have a bit of murkiness.   We are expecting some rain this week, and because of this, we probably won’t see the stream clear up totally.

Bennett Spring 8-7-16

Gage house level is 2.36 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 2014
25th percentile is 106
Median is 128
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 155
current level  is 229
Max was 626 in 2015

Niangua River

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

Minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 44
Mean is 260
75th percentile is 153
Max is 2013 in 2013
Today's reading is 318

 What’s Working
From the fly box
RGN, all colors, darker are the best
Walt’s Worm
Copper Hot Shot
Cinnamon ant
Zone 1 or 2
Marabou – orange and black, salmon, black & white.
Brassies, red, gold, or copper
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Glo-balls:  original tri color, jimi Hendrix
orange rooster tail
White roach
Zone 3
Power bait: hatchery brown, yellow, or salmon peach
Tan power bait worms
Pink and White Mouse tails
Orange Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs

Lunker Club
Gary Carpenter from Warrensburg, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3
Kevin McGrath from Warrensburg, MO.  3 pounds on a white roach in zone 2
Jack Kraft from Bethel, MO.  2-1/8 pounds on carpet bug in zone 1
Aaron Artz from St. Louis, MO.  2-1/8 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
Dillon Elliott from Belton, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on an orange rooster tail in zone 2
Jay Stuart from Perry, MO.  2-1/2 pounds in zone 2
Frank Dubach from Winfield, MO.  2-1/4 pounds on a cinnamon ant.
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO.  2-7/8 pounds on a black & white marabou.

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Calendar of Events
August 13:  Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby.  A fund raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA.  Donations are appreciated.  Registration at Park store staring 7pm on Friday – August 12th until store close and Saturday, August 13 from store opening until 7 am.  Derby rules available when you register.
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
Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time
Author:  unknown

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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