Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 13, 2016

How's Fishing?
We went from no lunkers to thirteen in one week.  Almost everyone I ask is commenting on the nice sized fish.  The water is much lower and slower than it has been for, well, quite a while!  The renegades, cracklebacks, and naturally the soft hackles are doing well.  
For those of you that are planning a weekend to Bennett - the weather is going to be stellar.  The water is low and slow.  The weeds have been cut and the stream has been well stocked.
This is also the weekend for the progressive sale at Weaver's.  With some exceptions, almost everything the store is 10% off on Friday, 15% on Saturday and 20% on Sunday.

Fishing Times
October    7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.90 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1935
current level is 80
25th percentile is 96
Median is 111
Mean is 139
75th percentile is 132
Max was 623 in 2010

Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.67 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 52
Today's reading is 61
Mean is 416
75th percentile is 90
record high max was 5050 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly case

Griffith's gnat
brown san juan worms
Mahogany dun
ginger crackleback
bennett blue crackleback
Hare's ear

Zone 1 & 2

Marabou jigs: Plated Black & yellow, gingersnap, brown & orange, brown & yellow
glo balls: original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
red wooly with spinner

Zone 3

power bait: orange & white or salmon peach
brown worms
Gulp chunky cheese

Lunker Club

Steve Kinney from Quincy. ILL
2 pounds on a jimy hendrix glo ball in zone 2

Mitch Stuchel from Ottumwa Iowa
4-1/2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 2

Tiea McDole from Foristell, MO
4-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow in zone 1

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Payton Heibbrad from Two Rivers, WI
2 pounds on  power bait in zone 3

Ed Petersheim from columbia, MO
3 pounds on a spoon in zone 2

Gerald Medcalf from Amsterdam, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a white rabbit hair jig in zone 1

Shirley Baranavic from Florissant, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Kathy Amelung from Bowling Green, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow jig

Linda Pantano from Imperial, MO
2-1/2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Virgil Goucher from Warsaw, MO
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Laura Maes from Overland, MO
2 pounds gulp chunky cheese in zone 3

Weather Forecast
Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind 8 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 66.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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)

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017

Quote of the Week

The water was shallow and crystal clear, and the gravel patches acted almost as reflectors, so that you could see everything the fish did and almost tell what they were thinking about
Author:  Harry Plunkett-Greene
Published:  Where Bright Waters Meet

Thanks for reading!

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