Monday, September 12, 2016

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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September 13, 2016

How's Fishing?
The following is an e-mail from Ben Havens,who is the Hatchery Manager:


Another month has passed as we slowly work our way to the end of the trout season..

As of the first of September, spring flow is at 145cfs or 93mgd…. Avg. for this time of year is 127cfs.

The water has been brown and dingy almost all last month and we have had two “floods”, both of which brought our water temp up to 74 degrees. Not ideal for our fish, but we slid by and things have drastically improved. Now if we could just get rid of that brown algae…..

We have received over 8” of rain here at the hatchery this month. The majority of rain falling on Thursdays/Fridays.. These factors have undoubtedly brought our August tag sales down a bit, the first month all season that we didn’t have an increase… In fact, all the MDC hatcheries have experienced a decline in tag sales this August as compared to 2015. I’m happy to say that Bennett declined the smallest amount of the parks, down just 10%. Overall, our season total numbers remain up and are the best since the 2010 season.

This season’s average stocking size of trout continues to be good. So far we have averaged 12.75” from March – August. Stocking size will remain steady for the remainder of the season.

I heard some rumors have been flying around between the fishermen that we aren’t going to really do any work on the stream this off season…. I feel actions speak louder than words, and those skeptical folks will soon have to find something else to talk about…Preparations have been made and plans are still in place for gravel removal work (specifically in Zone 1)  to begin as soon as the season closes. I appreciate everyone’s patience.

Hopefully this coming month will bring us fair weather and tight lines for many anglers!

Call me with questions, or stop by, my office door is always open.

Have a great month!

Tag Sales for August

                                  Adult          Kids          Total
August     2016        14637          2551          17188
August     2015        16118          3063          19181

Tag Sales for the year are up 5.97%

2016        10,5856
2015         99,888

Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062

Fishing Times

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 1.95 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70 in 1936
25th percentile is 96
 Median is 119
 Mean is 122
 75th percentile is 144
 current level is 128
Max was 223 in 1994

Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.52 feet Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 32 in 1995
25th percentile is 117
Median is 132
Mean is 165
75th percentile is 228
Previous record high max was 311 in 2013
Today's reading is 426

What's Working

From the Fly Case:

Renegade 16 & 18.
RGN light olive, rust or brown
red san juan worm
zebra midge, red or black
flashback midge
Chamois worm

Zone 1 & 2

Red brassie
Marabou: Shell & white, salmon,
Possum Hair Roach
Glo Balls: salmon with red dot, white, peach
john deere mini jig
peach fur bugs

Zone 3

Power Bait: Salmon Peach, White, or Brown

Lunker Club

Cindy Wallut from Deep Water, MO
2 pounds on a jig in zone 2

Of Interest

With permission, I am reprinting a blog written by Walt Fulps of  Last week was rainbow trout basics, this week is the Brown.

About Brown Trout

The brown trout was first imported from Europe in the 1890's, according to many accounts. It was considered a good transplant for many areas, because it was able to tolerate water temperatures warmer than the smaller and slower-growing native brook trout. To this day, the brown trout is a very popular and sought-after fish. Part of the reason is that it is considered a more selective feeder, meaning it is a greater challenge to catch than its rainbow cousin. There are also fewer brown trout out there. The Missouri Department of Conservation raises between 1.5 and 2 million rainbow trout per year, but rarely more than 300,000 brown trout.

Yes, the brown trout feeds and behaves differently than the rainbow, but there is no study we're aware of that supports the supposition that browns are more selective. In fact, brown trout feed very much like rainbows until they reach about 12" in length and a pound in weight. Shortly thereafter, their diet begins to include more big stuff -- minnows, sculpins, crayfish, etc. -- and fewer bugs. This is simple nature. The reason? No one knows for sure, but there are a few theories which still need study. One is that they are simply more aggressive by nature. Another is that they need more protein per meal in order to meet their complex energy requirements. A third theory is more complicated, stating that browns may engage in seasonal gorging to bulk up on fat, thus allowing them to survive more dormant seasons like the coldest part of winter and the hottest part of summer. We'll leave the final decision to the biologists, but the result for fishermen is the same. Instead of picking at caddis larvae all day, a brownie will chase down a couple of sculpins or crayfish and be full for hours. They're not more selective -- they're just stuffed. They'll still bite, because they're opportunistic feeders, but you'll have to drift your bait to them just right. If they've recently fed, they certainly won't chase your fly or lure, unless it looks big and meaty and appears to be an exceptionally easy target.

Brown trout spawn in the fall and begin to gorge themselves prior to spawning. This pre-spawn buffet period generally begins in October and can stretch into mid-November. It is during this period that true brown trout trophy hunters come out. And since brown trout also tend to be a lot more active at night than rainbows, those trophy hunters will often try their hand casting a big streamer or small crankbait at night in search of that 30+ pound monster hiding out there somewhere. The world record brown trout was caught in Arkansas and weighed roughly 40 pounds. Missouri will break that record eventually.

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82..

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 78.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

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

Fish are, of course, indispensable to the angler. They give him an excuse for fishing and justify the fly rod without which he would be a mere vagrant. But the average fisherman's average catch doesn't even begin to justify, as fish, its cost in work, time, and money. The true worth of fishing, as the experienced, sophisticated angler comes to realize, lies in the memorable contacts with people and other living creatures, scenes and places, and living waters great and small which it provides

Sparse Grey Hackle (Alfred W. Miller)

Thanks for reading,

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