Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 25, 2017

How's Fishing
Last Saturday I drove down to the park to see how things were.  There were so many people there that it looked - and almost felt like - July!  The fish were biting, the sun was shining, and there was no wind.  The water was very clear and flowing well.  It was an amazing day, probably the nicest one all winter.
We had quite a bit of rain on Sunday and the stream rose to over three feet, but it's coming down nicely.   The Niangua River rose to six and a half feet on Sunday, but today is down to four.
By the way, there are only three more weekends to enjoy the catch and release season.

Of Interest

This is an e-mail that Ben Havens, the hatchery manager, sent out to local businesses on January 6, 2017.  I've copied it for you all to read.

Hello all-

I hope everyone is staying warm now that winter has finally found us here at Bennett. The snow has fallen and so have the temperatures. It’s a great time here in the park!

The winter C&R season is in full swing and be it cold, there are still a handful of fishermen out finding a quiet place to relax and wet their line. The C&R season will continue through Monday February 13th.

This leads us to our next order of business, the annual MDC Hatchery Pre-Season meeting. This year the meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be located at “The Bennett Room” on Hwy 64 just as it was last year. I will present a summary of 2016 and a forecast of what to expect in 2017.

In addition to MDC Hatchery staff, Craig Fuller, Fisheries Biologist for our area, will be available for questions. The Dept. of Natural Resources state park staff will also be on hand to introduce some of their new staff and answer questions about the park, camping, facilities and improvements they have going on.

If you have any questions you would like answered, please forward them on to me and I will be sure they get addressed. Or you can just bring them along with you that night.

Please feel free to print out the attached flyer and post it for your patrons to see.

As always, my door is open for visitors anytime. Feel free to stop by to chat or take a peek in the hatchery building. It’s a bustling place these days!

I look forward to seeing you all soon.


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

Fishing Times

Catch and release began on November 11, 2016 for the trout parks of Missouri
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only
The last day for catch and release in the trout parks of Missouri is February 13th.

Opening day for the catch and keep season is March 1, 2017

Water Conditions

For Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 2.76 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 73 in 1940
25th percentile is 100
Median is 148
Mean is 168
75th percentile is 198
current level is 364
Max was 676 in 2010

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.04 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49 in 2013
25th percentile is 60
Median is 181
Mean is 422
75th percentile is 484
Today's reading is 629
record high max was 4170 in 2010

Weather Forecast

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 3I. West wind 8 to 11 mph.

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Sunday:   Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday:    Sunny, with a high near 42.

Quote of the Week

It is the constant - or inconstant - change, the infinite variety in fly-fishing that binds us fast. It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.

Theodore Gordon

Published:  1914

Dredging has been done in this area.  Watch your footing

Thanks for reading!  Lucy