Friday, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

How's Fishing?
Of course, fishing is not allowed in the Spring branch until the first of March, but with the weather being so amazing, people are flocking to the area to hike, picnic, and let the kids play and feed the fish.  Fishing has been reported to be really great on the Niangua.
The gravel removal project was completed over the winter.  Some of the old areas that were nice deep pools are there again.  Be cautious about where you step. especially in zone one.   One of the most noticeable improvements are the rebuilding of the handicap accessible jetties.

Of Interest
The annual pre-season meeting was held on February 16 in the Bennett Room at Family Crossing Park on Highway 64.  There were over 50 people that attended.  It was informative on several levels.  The presenters were very positive about the upcoming year.   The fish in the hatchery are growing nicely and there will be plenty of lunkers for those that enjoy the lure of the big fish.  I will have some more statistics for the next report.
The last four openings that occurred on a Wednesday were 1989 with 2197 tags sold, 1995 with 2071, 2000 with 2377, and 2006 with 2107 tags sold.  The official guess for opening this year is 2100.  I'm going out on a limb and saying that this number is too low.  I'm guessing we will have even more than the 2377 number that was in 2000.
There will be 7000 fish put in the stream for opening with 50 lunkers.  One with your name on it, I'm sure!

The siren ringer will be Gary Modale, a well liked and respected person on the stream.  His first visit to Bennett was in 1957.  He and his wife of 52 years have been coming to Bennett every year since then.  They moved to this area permanently in 2007 from Windsor, Missouri.  Congratulate him when you see him!

What's Working?
Every year anglers start out with their favorite 'go to' lures.  These include the black & yellow marabou, John Deere, white floss, gingersnap marabou, and possum hair roaches.  Then there is a switch to fly rods and the standard cracklebacks and renegades are first out of the box.  From there, you tell me what's working!  Game on!

Fishing Times

Month                          Begin                   End

March                           6:30                     6:00
March daylight savings   7:30                     7:00
April                             7:00                     7:30
May                             6:30                      8:15
June/July                      6:30                      8:30
August                         7:00                      8:00
September                   7:30                      7:15
October                       7:30                      6:30

Water Conditions
Bennett Spring
February 17, 2017

Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76 in 2015
25th percentile is 121
Median is 180
Mean is 199
75th percentile is 247
current level is 123
Max was 1020 in 2008

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 57 in 1996
25th percentile is 104
Median is 238
Mean is 749
75th percentile is 411
Today's reading is 102
record high max was 7490 in 2008

Weather Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 11 mph.

Washington's Birthday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Calendar of Events

March 1st         Opening Day for catch and keep
April 7th           Veterans Free Fishing Day
May 6th            Kids Free Fishing Day
September 30   Ladies Free Fishing Day

Quote of the Week

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish...feed yourself. He's a grown man and fishing is not that hard.

Author:  Ron Swanson - 2011

Thanks for reading.