Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 26, 2016

How's Fishing?
This year started out with an epic flood and a brand new hatchery manager at Bennett Spring.  The weather did not cooperate for the entire spring and most of the summer, it just rained and rained.

And yet, as far as fishing, this has been the best season we have had for many years!  There were over 765 lunkers - which, for our store, is over two pounds - brought in to the store this year.  It seems the whole year has been great despite the really poor beginning.  Lunkers continue to be brought up and most anglers are very happy with their catches.  One experienced angler and her husband each caught and released more than 60 fish on Monday.  Quite frankly, I'm impressed with their stamina (joke).

       We are very pleased with the job that Ben Havens, the new hatchery manager, and Mike Perry, the Assistant Manager, have done.  They, and their amazing staff, have done a great job this year. We look forward to seeing even more great stuff this winter season and next year.

       There is only one more week before the end of the catch-and-keep season.  The weather is finally cooperating and it should be pleasantly warm and no rain.  We look forward to seeing  you one more time this season.

Fishing Times


7:30 a.m.        -   6:30 p.m.

Catch and release will begin on November 11, 2016
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only

Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70 in 1938
current level is 103
25th percentile is 96
Median is 108
Mean is 124
75th percentile is 139
Max was 258 in 1985

Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.35 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21 in 1993
25th percentile is 30
Median is 53
Today's reading is 140
Mean is 91
75th percentile is 123
record high max was 368 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly case

RGN light olive, brown
brown or red San Juan worms
white scud
ginger crackleback
Bennett blue crackleback
Gray hares ear nymph

Zone 1 & 2

Marabou jigs:ginger, black & olive moss & black, salmon
glo balls: original tri color, Jimi Hendrix
white floss jig
glo ball, original or jimi hendrix tri color
white grub
yellow or skunk Roostertail
rooster tail - pink

Zone 3

PowerBait: orange & white or salmon peach
brown or black & yellow worms
Salmon Eggs UV

Lunker Club

Rodney Scheulen from Florissant, MO
2.1 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds plus, catch & release on a pink & white marabou in zone 1


Kathy Pezold from Columbia, MO
2.3 pounds on a tri color glo Ball in zone 2

Earl Nachtrieb from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds, 8 ounces on a olive wooly bugger in zone 2

Norm Geary from Ashland, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink rooster tail in zone 1

Miles Eubanks from Springfield, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 2

Shane Vannocker from Emporia, KS
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2


Nate Mader from Cedar HIll, MO
3 pounds on a red san juan worm in zone 2

Jence Griffith from Adrian, MO
3.23 pounds on a white grub in zone 1

Scott Mogelnicki from Florissant, MO
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Peyton Dunn (age 9) from St. Clare, MO
2 pounds on orange dough bait in zone 3

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Of Interest

These areas will be stocked between October 31 and November 2nd
 Bennett Spring Hatchery
 Everyday Pond / St. Joseph / Buchanan County
 Kiwanis Lake / Mexico / Audrain County,
 Spur Pond / Kirksville / Adair County
Veterans Park Pond / Fulton / Callaway County
 McKay Lake / Jefferson City / Cole County
Cosmo Bethel / Columbia / Boone County
Liberty Park Pond / Sedalia / Pettis County
 Busch Wildlife Area/ Weldon Spring / St. Charles County
Montauk Hatchery
 Giessing Lake / Farmington / Ste. Genevieve County
 Jackson Rotary Lake / Jackson / Cape Girardeau County
Veterans Park Pond /Fulton / Callaway County Perry County
 Legion Lake #1 / Perryville / Perry County
 Koeneman Lake / St. Louis, west of Jennings / St. Louis County
 Busch Wildlife Area/ Weldon Spring / St. Charles County
Numerous Lakes throughout STL Urban Area

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 29th)

October 31st: End of Regular Season

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

Quote of the Week

I look into ... my fly box, and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: 'Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eighths of an inch long.
Author:  Allison Moir
Published:  'Love the Man, Love the Fly Rod', in, A Different Angle: fly-fishing Stories by Women

Thanks for reading!

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