Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 27, 2017

How's Fishing?

You know you live in Missouri if fishing in the rain is just another day.
There have been lots of nice sized fish being caught.  The only trick is dodging the raindrops and occasional lighting!  The water is up a bit at this time, but not terrible.  There may be more water to deal with this weekend.  It often goes around the Bennett Spring Park area, but not always.  We'll try to keep you updated.
There have been a couple of camps on the best way to fish the murky water.  Most are using something like a possum hair roach, heavy marabou, or large gray scud and tumbling it along the bottom.  Zone two spin rod fishermen are using the super dupers.  Lots of flash and noise.
A florescent orange power bait grub, or any florescent worm -such as florescent pink,  has  been great for the third zone.
.  We  have also been selling quite a few of the Bennett blue cracklebacks, but haven't heard a definite report on how they are currently working.

What's Working?
From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
red crackleback
Chartreuse with yellow hackle crackleback
gray scud
RGN Olive or brown

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - shell & white, black & yellow, black
angry deere
glo balls - peach, jimi hendrix, or pink
peacock mini jig
olive wooly
rooster tail - white & black

zone 3
power bait: yellow, salmon peach
florescent orange grubs, power bait
florescent pink worms

Lunker Club

Gayle Siezcinski from Marceline, MO
2.7  pounds on a green spinner in zone 2

Cael Kreitler from St. Genevieve, MO
2.5 pounds on a brown marabou in zone 2

Teresa LoGrasso from Springfield, IL
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Josh Albert from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a pink marabou in zone 1

Bud Eberhardt from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail in zone 1

Connie Harms from Lenexa, KS
2 pounds on doughbait in zone 3

Bennett Johnson from Minneapolis, MN
2.25 pounds on gulp cheese in zone 3

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2.5 pounds on mystery lure in zone 1

Steve Harms from Lenexa, KS
2 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Water Conditions
One of the budget cuts that the government is planning is eliminating the site that measures the flow and levels of the rivers and springs. I will continue to give reports on the water conditions, but they will be objective and the result of physical observation.

The notice on the USGS site is as follows: NOTICE: Streamgage data collection activities MAY BE DISCONTINUED at this location on July 1, 2017, due to lack of funding. For inquiries concerning this streamgage, contact Paul Rydlund (, 573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (, 573-308-3674).

Spring Branch
Average water, a bit murky or stained .will probably rise in the next few days, depending on how the weather plays out.

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.64 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
current level is 145
25th percentile is 159
Median is 218
Mean is 259
75th percentile is 310
Max was 1200 in 2011

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.17 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 90.7.1 in 2016
25th percentile is 161
Today's reading is 737
Median is 447
Mean is 1320
75th percentile is 815
record high max was 12900 in 2011

Fishing Times
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.

Calendar of Events

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th.  special area stocked 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

Weather Forecast
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
Friday Night: Showers. Low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. High near 67. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a low around 57.
Sunday: Showers likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Quote of the Week
No angler merely watches nature in a passive way. He enters into its very existence
Author:  John Bailey
Published: Reflections On The Water's Edge

Thanks for reading!

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