Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How's Fishing?
May 10, 2017

It's been a tough Spring for fishing if you don't like rain.  Every weekend has been rainy with a state wide flood thrown in to boot.  Our hearts and prayers go out to our friends and neighbors who are dealing with the aftermath of these times.  
At Bennett Spring we were spared the worst of it.  Water rose and receded.  It smacked at the edges of the hatchery pools, but the great staff we have in place in the Hatchery worked overtime and kept losses to a minimum.  We appreciate all their hard work and foresight in setting things up to minimize the brunt of the flooding.  
So the question is, how is the fishing now?  Well, I know it's not all about size, but there were twelve lunkers for the report this week.
  As far as what's working now, generally four feet seems to be a good depth to start, but I have even had some people using cracklebacks on top water.  They have to be well tied and have quite a bit of hackle to use this way, but are effective when they are. 
Top water hatches have increased the interest for those that like to fish that way.  Bring your morning dun and caddis patterns to start with, and watch for what's hatching.  

Of Interest

There is a new group in town.  It's called the Bennett Spring Stream Team and their goal is to improve the Bennett experience for everyone.  If you would like to a founding member of this group, sign up at the Shelter House A by the Spring at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 13th.  . 
This will also be a clean up day for those that are able to help.  There are no dues or fees, just a bunch of people who love Bennett.

Water Conditions
Still cloudy, running high and fast.  Fishing the edges and eddys will bring the best results.

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 (prydlund@usgs.gov573-308-3572) or Shane Barks (csbarks@usgs.gov573-308-3674).
May 8, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 3.22 feet, down from over 5 feet just eight days ago.
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 154
Median is 190
Mean is 305
75th percentile is 331
current level is 559
Max was 2440 in 2009

May 8, 2017
Niangua River
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.54 feet.  
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 79 in 1992
25th percentile is 123
Today's reading is 492
Median is 524
Mean is 1400
75th percentile is 2310
record high max was 5820 in 2008

What's Working?

From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
morning dun

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - red & black,  gingersnap, black
angry deere
brown wooly (some with spinner, some without)

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

Lunker Club
Kyle Aukamp from Vandalia, IL
2 1/8 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Hunter Wilson from Bonne Terre, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on home made bait in zone 3

Brad Benne from Kingdom City, MO
2 pounds on a black & red marabou in zone 2

Larry Stater from Quincy, IL
2-3/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2

Scott Westfall from Vandenberg Village, CA
2 pounds on a gold hildebrandt spinner and green wooly

Rhett Cook from Lancaster  MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jack Eichenlaub from O'Fallon, MO 
2-1/8 pound on a black & brown woolie in zone 2

Ryder Stevens from Grain Valley , MO
2  pounds on doughbait in zone 3

Kaden Borchardt from Keaney, MO
2 pounds on a brown roach in zone 1

Jeff Zink from Iberia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Austin Knight from Cosby, MO
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Fishing Times
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

Sat. 5/13 Photo Walk with Al Griffin, meet at nature center at 5 p.m. and it will last until about 7 p.m.  He is a professional photographer.  It will begin with a discussion of techniques and principals followed by going on a hike and taking pictures.  Bring a camera or cell phone camera.

Bennett Spring Stream Team meets for the first time. Sign up to be a founding member at the Shelter House A by the Spring at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 13th.  There will be an opportunity to join in to help clean up the stream, as well.  

Sunday, 5-14-17
2 p.m. Nature Center video – Lead, from Mine to Metal.
Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, 5-20-17
9 a.m. Spring Trail Hike.  Begins at the Nature Center.
1 p.m. Eagle program at the Nature Center. 
3 p.m. Hellbenders in the Niangua River power point presentation on this endangered species at the Nature Center.

Do you like dulcimer music?   Mike Pace is playing in the nature center on May 26th at 7 p.m.  Feel free to spread the word!

Saturday, 5-27-17 
10 a.m. Savanna Trail Hike, meet at the trail head above Bennett Spring.
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Insects & Bug Puzzle Time at the Nature Center
8 p.m. – Spider Sniff at the Nature Center. Bring a flashlight for a night hike.
Sunday, 5-28-17
2 p.m. Nature Center video – The St. Francois Mountains of Missouri

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .
Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 10, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day (originally in May).  special area stocked just for the kids
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

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

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. South wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. .

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Quote of the Week

The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.
Gladys Taber - 1941

Thanks for reading!   Lucy

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