Monday, September 5, 2016

September 6, 2016

How's Fishing?

As you can see from the pictures, this Labor Day Weekend was a very busy one here at Bennett.   People enjoyed the amazingly good weather,  the camaraderie, and the chance to wet a line with their friends and families.
Water conditions haven't changed appreciably the last six weeks.  The stream still has quite a bit of color and is higher than is expected for this time of year.
There hasn't been many lunkers caught this week, but neither has there been a lot of 'frowny faces'  (That means that the fishing has been good).  The classic lures are working.  John Deere, black & yellow marabou, brassies, scuds and san juan worms.  They are all good.
As we  head into the fall spawning period, peach is coming forward as a dominant color.  In zone one and two, the peach fur bugs, glo balls, and salmon marabou are good choices. Peach plastic worms or salmon peach power bait will work if you are in zone three.  It seems that a trout will always eat an egg!

Fishing Times

September       7:30 a.m.        -   7:15 p.m.

October           7:30 a.m.        -   6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions

The water levels at Bennett Spring continue to be a little on the high
side and receding very slowly.  The clarity and levels continue to improve daily.

For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.98 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
 minimum was 70 in 1936
 25th percentile is 98
 Median is 123
Mean is 133
 75th percentile is 146
 current level is 134
 Max was 391 in 2008

Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.97 feet
 Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 20 in 1996
25th percentile is 32
Median is 58
Mean is 94
75th percentile is 80
Today's reading is 149
Max is 540 in 2010
Today's reading is 149

What's Working?

From the Fly Case:
Renegade 16 & 18.
Gray or white Scud
RGN light olive, rust or brown
red san juan worm
zebra midge, red or black
Chamois worm

Zone 1 & 2
Red brassie
Brown Wooly Bugger
Marabou: Shell & white, salmon,
Possum Hair Roach
 Glo Balls: salmon, white
 john deere mini jig
peach fur bugs

Zone 3

Power Bait: Salmon Peach or Brown

Lunker Club


John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on Chamois worm in zone 2


Jeff Grobe from Lenexa, KS
2+ pounds (Catch and release) on a gingersnap in zone 2


Barth Buchmann from St. Louis, MO
2.5 pounds on home tied lure

Russ Grobe from Hillsboro MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow Marabou in zone 1

Of Interest
With permission, I am reprinting a blog written by Walt Fulps of  Next week - Browns!

What is a Trout?

It makes sense to start at the beginning, and the first question is obviously "what is a trout?" The trout found in Missouri are members of the salmonid family, and they act similar to salmon in many ways. We have two primary species available in Missouri: the rainbow trout and the brown trout. Over the years, I've heard the occasional rumor floated about some brook trout and even a few golden trout here and there. If this is true (not bloody likely), they're well-guarded in waters without public access, not to mention that the "golden trout" are most certainly "palomino trout," which is essentially a yellow and white rainbow trout -- NOT a true golden trout. All Missouri trout are restricted to cold water locations where the water temperature doesn't generally move much above 75 degrees, even in the hottest part of the summer. Since the Southern half of Missouri is so rich with springs, there are numerous cold water rivers and streams that are perfect for these fish.

The Rainbow Trout is by far the most numerous trout found here. They were first introduced in Missouri's cold water streams in the 1880's. In fact, some of the earliest stockings were accomplished by railroad workers who dumped buckets of small trout into the streams the trains crossed. Some of these original strains of trout continue to exist to this day. Although there are several wild rainbow populations that can be found throughout the state, most of the decent-sized rainbow trout you'll find are hatchery-raised. Hatchery trout spend 15 months or so eating about 1-1/4 pound of trout chow to grow to stockable size.
Rainbow trout, once they've lived wild for a while, will feed almost exclusively on aquatic insects (mayflies, caddis, midges, etc.), and terrestrial insects (ants, beetles, grasshopper, etc.). In some waters, the trout may feed largely on small crustaceans like scud (small freshwater shrimp) and sowbugs (aquatic "rolly pollies"). Once they reach about 17-18 inches in length, they may find it difficult to maintain their weight by bug-eating alone, and they'll start transitioning to a more pisciverous lifestyle, meaning they start hunting non-bug prey. In addition, larger rainbows will also tend toward scavenging behavior, roaming slack water picking up smelly bits of dead stuff. This gives them the great amount of protein they need to maintain their size while allowing them to conserve energy. It also offers them some protection from fisherman. Recently released hatchery fish, however, will bite on any number of items (i.e. corn, marshmallows, dough bait, etc.), mainly because they were raised on lumps of food thrown at them. After stocking, it will take a little time for them to experiment with natural food sources before they give up their preference for the hand-fed cafeteria style of feeding. It seems as though all trout, however, have some genetically imprinted desire to eat fish eggs. In virtually every trout stream, good old fashioned salmon eggs or an egg fly can work wonders when nothing else will.

After decades of trial and error, two primary strains of rainbow trout are now grown in our state-owned hatcheries and stocked in our state. These two strains are called the "Missouri Strain" and the "Missouri Arlee Strain". Yep, our state actually developed it's own strains. Cool, eh? The whole point of playing mother nature was to develop a strain of fish that grew quickly, was resistant to disease, and resilient to changing water conditions. The reason for two strains is to have a strain that will spawn in the autumn and another that will spawn in the springtime. This, of course, increases efficiency and yield from the hatcheries. All in all, they've devised a pretty neat system.

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 7 to 11 mph.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

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
The one great ingredient in successful fly-fishing is patience. The man whose fly is always on the water has the best chance. There is always a chance of a fish or two, no matter how hopeless it looks. You never know what may happen in fly-fishing.

Author:  Francis Francis, 1862

Thanks for reading.

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