Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How's Fishing?

The weather at Bennett has been mostly scattered showers, not anything substantial, but with the rainy weather in the surrounding areas, we haven't seen a lot of people fishing this week.  Although a bit dingy, the water levels in the stream and in the river are low, definitely not flooded here.
Despite the low numbers of anglers, we have had quite a few people bringing up good sized stringers of fish.  There are some smaller, some bigger, but generally the 'keep-able' fish are tending to be one and a half pounds and just over 13 inches.  A very good size for eating.

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
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
Hare's ear nymph

Zone 1 & 2

green wooly worm with red tail
john deere mini jig
angry john deere or gray deere
Marabou - gingersnap, red & yellow, salmon & brown, salmon & white, olive & black
glo ball - orange, salmon, original tri color
white brassie

Zone 3
Hatchery pellet
pink 3" grub
Power bait - chunky cheese

Water Conditions

Spring Branch
Still low water, only slightly higher but a bit murky or stained .

Gage house level is 2.05 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
current level is 148
25th percentile is 128
Median is 192
Mean is 237
75th percentile is 273
Max was 562 in 1968

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.76 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 110 in 2016
25th percentile is 150
Today's reading is 272
Median is 300
Mean is 459
75th percentile is 562
record high max was 1770 in 2015

Lunker Club

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Chris Morris from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone1

William Ballantyne from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a black & olive marabou

Chris Morris from Lee's Summit
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 1

Tim Colyer from Independence MO
2 pounds on a black & gold Marabou

Kenny Pessetto from California, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Noah Driskell from Marshall, MO
2 pounds on a green wooly bugger in zone 1


Aaron Brown from INdependence, MO
2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 1

Randall Rinehart from Marshall, MO
2 pounds on a black & orange marabou in zone 2

Matt Joslin from Kansas City, MO
2.3 on a 3" hot pink grub

Charles Beatty from Lake Wales, FL
2 pounds on a shell cracker

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday: Patchy frost before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 73.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 6

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

Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.
Ernest Hemingway

Thanks for reading!

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