Monday, October 3, 2016

How's Fishing?

Rick and I are on the road.  He has wanted to show me where his family had their cabin in Michigan and the camp where he went as a boy and later as a counselor.  The only reasonable time to do this is before the snow flies.  Now that our son, Eric is able to manage the store with the help of Chelsea and Charlie, we have a chance to do this. 
We are currently staying in a cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  No internet, no TV, no radio.  For some reason, we do have cell service. 
To answer your first question, no we haven't been fishing here, although we have managed to eat a few very tasty whitefish. 
The beauty of Bennett is it's very consistency.  Without being there I can almost tell you how fishing is based on the following information from this report. 

There haven't been any lunkers caught this week that were brought up to our store, so fishing is not crazy good. However, I see pictures that our photographer, George Sharon, took and there are people catching fish and stringers of fish, so I also know that fishing has been good for some.  So, with water levels where they should be and warm mild weather, I guess I would say "what do you have to lose? Go fishing!" 

Remember that October 3rd and 4th were scheduled days for moss cutting.

Fishing Times

October      7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Water Conditions.  For this time of year, the level is at a very average 1.93

For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.93 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1939
25th percentile is 98
Median is 109
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 136
current level is 123
Max was 848 in 1987

Niangua River - Back to a very middle-of-the-road type of level
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.78 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 28 in 1993
25th percentile is 34
Median is 44
Today's reading is 121
Mean is 86
75th percentile is 78
record high max was 457 in 1994

What's Working?
From the Fly case
Grey Scud
Griffith's gnat
RGN golden olive
white san juan worms

Zone 1 & 2
Marabou jigs:  Black & yellow, white, black & pink, orange & yellow
glo balls:  original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
gray deere

Zone 3
power bait: orange & white or salmon peach
florescent orange minnow grubs
orange & white worms

Of Interest

 Very exciting news for our state.  Sara Parker Pauley has been named as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation. She is an extremely qualified and well liked Conservationist.   I am reprinting the article written on September 28, 2016 by Joe Jerek and published  by

Conservation Commission names Sara Parker Pauley as Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation

Joe Jerek
Sep 28, 2016

The Missouri Conservation Commission has selected Sara Parker Pauley as the ninth director of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), effective Nov. 1, 2016.
“As a lifelong conservationist, hunter, and outdoorswoman, Sara Parker Pauley appreciates and understands the value of Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife resources,” said Conservation Commission Chair Dave Murphy. “Sara has a breadth of experience and a proven track record of success to lead the Department.”
“I look forward to this opportunity the Commission has entrusted me with,” Pauley said. “I began my career working for the Department and I look forward to working with the staff, dedicated volunteers, and committed partners to lead this agency into the future.”
MDC protects and manages the fish, forest, and wildlife resources of the state, and provides opportunities for citizens to use, enjoy, and learn about these resources. Pauley replaces Robert Ziehmer, who resigned in July to work in the private sector. She is the first female director in the Conservation Department’s 79-year history.
"Sara Parker Pauley is an excellent and well-qualified choice as Conservation Director," said Gov. Jay Nixon. "I've had the great pleasure to hunt and fish with Sara several times, and I've seen first-hand her respect and love of the outdoors. With her significant management experience, she is poised and prepared to take the best state conservation department in the U.S. to even greater heights, especially in getting even more young people involved in the outdoors."
Since December 2010, Pauley has served as the Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Pauley previously worked as a project manager for D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources communications firm. She worked with federal and state agencies on policy development, marketing, and environmental compliance. From 2001 to 2005, Pauley served as the deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. She also served as chief of staff to former Missouri House Speaker Steve Gaw.
Pauley has been an executive committee and board member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. She was a member of the board of the American National Fish & Wildlife Museum, where she served as director of conservation programs. She has published a number of articles on wildlife and natural resources management.
A native of Columbia, Pauley received both her law degree and her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia, and did post-graduate studies in Australia as a Rotary Fellow. She was an instructor at the University of Missouri's School of Natural Resources, where she taught a course in natural resource policy and administration.

Weather Forecast
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83..

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Columbus Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Calendar of Events

October Programs at the Nature Center - 417-532-3925 - in Bennett Spring are on Saturdays (Exception-No programs on October 22nd)

9 a.m. – Guided Hike on the Spring Trail (2/3 mile). The hike will start at the nature center. Bring Water! Directly afterward we will participate in the cultural tradition of raising the American and Missouri flags. Symbols on the Missouri flag will be discussed. Once inside the nature center, watch the indoor aquarium fish being fed.

11 a.m. – Ms. Patty Storytime with Activity near the picnic and playground area diagonally across from the park store.

2 p.m. – Family Program and Movie in the Nature Center Classroom followed by games to be played outdoors!

           •   Why Bats Matter (October 8th,15th, 29th)

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 best time to fish is with the moon in the right phase, barometer on the rise, appropriate light and temperature - you can't miss! But remember to hold your mouth right and spit over your left shoulder. Trout fishing with a fly consists of manipulating an infinite variety of unknown variables. That's probably what brings all of us to worship at this altar. Don't pay any attention to anyone who tells you when is the best time to fish, friend. The best time to fish is when you're fishing.
Stephen 'Salty' Saltzman
The Best Time to Fish for Trout, in Flyfishing December 1989
Thanks for reading!


  1. You guys are amazing. You just decided to take your adventures to a whole new level. I admire each and every activity that you did partake. However, I am more concerned with the fishing. Do you have some specific tips that you can share? I was lucky to find a few from the following fisherman’s guide: