Thursday, March 30, 2017

April 1, 2017

How's Fishing?

The Spring is being fished lightly this time of year.  Lots of room to throw  your line, and a decent amount of fish to annoy.   Stripping Cracklebacks and white floss jigs is still working well.  Nymph fishing about two feet down or a little more is also a productive way to go.  The water is up a little bit from what it has been, and if we get a significant amount of rain this week it should continue to be that way.  It's close to what is considered normal, so not too daunting.

Of Interest
Don't forget to remind any veterans that April 7th is a free fishing day at Bennett Spring for them.  This is the first year of the event for Bennett Spring.  Weaver's always gives all veterans and active military 10% discount on their total purchase. For this special event, it will be 15%.  Just show us your military ID card. It's a small way for us to say that we appreciate you!

Fishing Times

MONTH         BEGIN                 END

April        7:00 A.M.         7:30 P.M.
May           6:30 A.M.                8:15 P.M.
June           6:30 A.M.         8:30 P.M.
July           6:30 A.M.         8:30 P.M.
August        7:00 A.M.                8:00 P.M.
September 7:30 A.M.           7:15 P.M.
October        7:30 A.M         . 6:30 P.M.

What's Working?
From the fly case

Bennett Blue or red crackleback
RGN's - rust
mega worms - white or pink
zebra midge - black

Zone 1 & 2

green wooly worm with red tail
john deere mini jig
Marabou - gingersnap, red & yellow, salmon & brown, salmon & white
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
white brassie
hatchery pelletl

Zone 3

Power bait - chunky cheese
green & yellow worm

Water Conditions

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for several weeks.

Gage house level is 2.20 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 87 in 1936
current level is 185
25th percentile is 141
Median is 213
Mean is 238
75th percentile is 293
Max was 718 in 1988

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.59 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 87 in 1996
25th percentile is 166
Today's reading is 510
Median is 341
Mean is 478
75th percentile is 633
record high max was 1800 in 2009

Lunker Club


Shaun Bohm from Huntsville, MO
2 pounds on a midge in zone 2

Chris Hawley from Columbia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1

Austin Knight from Cosby, MO
2 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive crackleback in zone 1

Brady Cleeton from Moberly, MO
2.1 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 1

Shirley Neiswender from Circlevile, KS
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Weather Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Wind chill values as low as 38 early. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. East wind 8 to 11 mph.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a chance of showers between 10am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Wednesday: Showers likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Thursday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

 Calendar of Events

New *** Veterans free fishing day. Friday, April 7th. No tag needed just license if required.
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

April 8 - Four free events from the Nature Center

Bridge Trail Walk - Time to be announced - call 417-532-3925 for more information. Trail has a gentle grade up and along the hillside behind the nature center then down to the CCC Bennett Spring bridge. Distance is .70 miles

Black Bear Program - 2 pm. The American black bear is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri. Participants will learn more about the increasing bear population in Missouri.

Mole, Vole, Shrew program at 4 p.m. Held at the Nature Center. These small burrowing mammals are hard to tell apart. Participants will learn the differences between these tunneling creatures.

Evening Photo Walk. 4 p.m. starting at the Nature Center. Al Griffin will meet participants in the Nature Center. Bring your camera!

Weed cutting April 12,13 @ 8:00 AM

Free Events from the Nature Center on Saturday, April 15th.
April 15th at 9 a.m. there will be a Spring Trail Hike. Meet at the Nature Center. This hike will go to the Spring then along the stream branch to the fish hatchery. Distance is one mile
Fish Hatchery tour begins at 10 a.m. Staff led tour will meet at the hatchery building across from the park store near the raceways.
The Bat Program will meet at the Nature Center at 2 p.m. Video, games, and activities will follow a presentation about Missouri bats.

April 22 - Earth Day Activities. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited - all free events. Meet above Bennett Spring near Pavilion/Shelter A
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Free Tree Seedlings. Build a Birdhouse. Leaf Rubbing Activity, Woodpecker Craft, Try a kayak on land! Water Exhibit, Stream Team Display. Soil Exhibition. Wildlife Activities. Games & Crafts.
At 2 p.m. There will be a bicycle class followed by participants joining the Park Ranger in a bicycle parade to the Nature Center.

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th. We stock special area just for the kids :).
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

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

Thanks for reading.

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