Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 4, 2017
Picture taken in Bennett Spring outlet by Mike Sapp in a early spring dive

How's Fishing?
As always, people are catching fish!  The water has been high, but not as bad as most places in the state.  Our hearts go out to those who have been hit hard with this last round of storms.

The water is running fast and high.  There is a lot of run off making the water anything but clear.  Most places you can wade, but you need to keep your head up and pay attention to the conditions even more than you usually do.

Our facebook friend, Adam, posted a comment in that made me laugh.  He was asking what I was going to say in the fishing report and suggested that I add "Fishing in the parking lots of Zone 3 has been GREAT this week..."  It's funny because it's true.

Tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday) we are expecting another round of rain.  Hopefully this will not impact the stream too heavily.  If there is a major effect, we will try to update you.
 And, on the up side....the weekend is dry sunny and a warm 70 plus degrees.

Also please be aware that Kid's fishing day has been postponed until June 10, 2017, to give the park and hatchery workers time to regroup and clean up from the high water.

A big thank you to Ben Havens and staff for all the hard work they have been putting in this week to keep the fish alive and everything going in the right direction.  It's no easy task and we appreciate all you do!

What's Working?
From the fly case

Griffith's gnat
bennett blue crackleback
mega worm

Zone 1 & 2

Possum hair roach
John Deere
Marabou - shell & white, black & yellow, black
angry deere
white grub with tail
brown glo ball, easter egg glo ball
peacock mini jig

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

Lunker Club

John Seyler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a brown glo ball in zone 1

Jason Dane from Parkhills, MO
2 pounds on a mega worm in zone 1

Kylr Patrick from Moberly, MO
2 pounds on a white grub with tale in zone 1

Joey Perkins from Clark MO
2-1/8 pounds on an Easter Egg glo ball in zone1

Ben Lambert from Troy, MO
2 pounds on a peacock grub in zone 1

Water Conditions

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
HIgh water,  murky, and will probably rise in the next few days, depending on how the weather plays out.

Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 3.58 feet, down from over 7 feet just three days ago.
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
current level is 741 down from almost 4000 just 3 days ago
25th percentile is 159
Median is 212
Mean is 288
75th percentile is 360
Max was 1000 in 1970

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.66 feet.  Over 20 feet just 3 days ago
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 105. in 2015
25th percentile is 184
Today's reading is 972
Median is 357
Mean is 731
75th percentile is 1120
record high max was 3660 in 1995

Photo by Mike Sapp from an early spring dive in the Bennett Spring outlet

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

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

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

June 10th,11th Free Fishing and Kids Fishing Day
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 8:15 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: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. North wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. .

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 71..

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 75.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

This was the condition of the water earlier this week - amazing what a difference a few days makes.

Quote of the Week

Even if you've been fishing for 3 hours and haven't gotten anything except poison ivy and sunburn, you're still better off than the worm.
Author:  Pithee Scryb

Thanks for reading!  Lucy

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