Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016

How's Fishing

Fishing has been really good this whole season.  The fish may be a tad smaller, not noticeably so, with the exception of the super big lunkers that were caught this week.  The water continues be high and somewhat discolored.   Usually by this time of year the water has receded and is gin clear.  This is an upside down year with those conditions happening the first part of the season and typical spring conditions happening now.
The best success has been fishing deep with dark lures such as a Walt's worm or an RGN.  Copper Hot shots and brassies are also doing well.
As far as top water action, terrestrials do well this time of year, and the murky water hides a less than perfect cast.  All fun!

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
For Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 2.21 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75 in 1941
25th percentile is 101
Median is 125
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 154
current level  is 190
Max was 295 in 2013

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.67 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 11 in 2007
25th percentile is 27
Median is 47
Mean is 61
75th percentile is 72
Max is 240 in 2013
Today's reading is 281

What's Working?
RGN, all colors, darker are the best
Walt’s Worm
 Copper Hot Shot
Crane Fly
Salmon fur bug, no bead

Zone 1 or 2

• Marabou – gingersnap, orange and black, orange, white, salmon
• Brassies, orange, brass
• Glo-balls: original tri color, jimi Hendrix, champagne glo-ball
• orange rooster tail
• ‘spoons’
• White floss

Zone 3

• Power bait: orange, rainbow, brown
• zeke's corn yellow bait
• bubble gum Mouse tails
• Orange Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs

Lunker Club


Charlie Richards from Festus, MO
2 pounds on champagne glo-ball


Nick Wray from Harrisonville, MO
5 pounds, 13 ounces on a white marabou in zone 1
Shannon Wray from Harrisonville, MO
3 pounds, 8 ounces on black & white spinner in zone 2

Nick Wray from Harrisonville, MO
8 pounds, 2 ounces on a white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Goucher from Warsaw, MO
2 pounds 2 ounces on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Nick Lock from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on home made bait in zone 3

Chase Palmer from Center MO
4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Charlie Baker from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pound brown trout on brown power bait in zone 3

Calendar of Events

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

I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.

William Tapply

A Fly-Fishing Life

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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