Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017

How's Fishing?

Fishing has really improved the last couple of days.  Earlier this week, fishing was a little less productive.  At least the 'catching' part of fishing. ( Fishing is always good!)  It seems like the heat will drive the fish down to find cooler water.  There are browns that are also trying to escape the heat of the Niangua as it gets lower, and these fish are swimming up into zone three.  Please remember the 15 inch minimum size for these fish.  If you are unsure what a brown looks like, ask for a picture at any of the places where you buy your bait or check the internet.
 The simpler lures seem to be working the best. Mega worms or mop worms, orange marabou or power bait are all working well. Salmon color is good across the board. For example, a salmon colored glo-ball with a red dot,  Salmon and brown marabou, or salmon peach power bait.
Everyone has their favorite, of course, and it never hurts to throw a black & yellow marabou.

What's Working?

From the fly case:
mega worm, white
mop worm, white, pink or chartreuse
zebra midge - olive
RGN golden olive

Zone 1 & 2
ginger marabou, unweighted or 1/100 ounce
peacock grub
brown floss, white floss with red
John deere, gray deere
brown ghostie mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, salmon, orange & white, black, orange
salmon with red dot glo ball
Wooly, black
Brown rooster tail

Zone 3
orange extra scent, Chunky Cheese, pink glitter, or salmon peach power bait
red salmon eggs
Pink Worms

Fishing Times

June/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.

Water Conditions

Both the Spring and the River continue to get lower, slower, and clearer every day.

July 17, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 114
Median is 134
current level is 145
Mean is 153
75th percentile is 183
Max was 330 in 2015

Niangua River conditions - If you are planning on floating and fishing this is a great time for it.

July 17, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.03 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 59
Today's reading is 67.1
Median is 94
Mean is 146
75th percentile is 168
record high max was 511 in 2015

Lunker Club

Garrett Niemeyer form Humble, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an olive leech in zone 2

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2-1/2 pounds on a black wooly in zone 1

Nick Burkart from Overland Park, KS
2 pounds on a pink & white mop fly in zone 2

Tracy Woodworth from OFallon, MO
2 pounds on a white worm in zone 3

Ryan Kayhill from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a john Deere mini jig in zone 1

Tim Fischer from Festus, MO
2 pounds on red salmon eggs in zone 3

Charles R Odell from Columbia, MO
2-1/2 pounds on sherbert  power bait in zone 3

Cameron McAtee from O'Fallon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an orange marabou in zone 1

Bob Wohmeyer from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a yellow & black marabou

Michael Warden from Bilozi, Mississippi
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Tracy Woodworth from St. Charles, MO
3 pounds on salmon peach power bait in zone 3

Melissa Hayes from Pevely, MO
2-1/4 pounds on pink glitter marshmallow in zone 3

Nancy Sappington from Camdenton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black marabou in zone 1

Bryan Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a crackleback

Doug Kuebler from Hermann, MO
2 pounds on a white jig with red tip

Daniel Boswell from Maryland Heights, MO
2 pounds on an orange marabou in zone 2


Michelle Wielms from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on power bait in zone 3

Austin Wiegand from Wood River, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail in zone 2


Larry Newell from Clinton, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Briley Gregg from Bogard, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Tyler O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a white mini jig in zone 2


Drew Sanders from Glasglo, MO
2.4 pounds on a cream color jig in zone 2

Duane Bash from Huntsville, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
(brown 18-1/2")

Wesley Lahay from Sunrise Beach, MO
2 pounds on white marabou in zone 2

Justin Molitor from Foristell MO
2-1/8 pounds on a peach with red dot glo ball in zone 2

Richard Hunt from Manchester, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2


Tyler O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Heather Menzel from Ottawa, KS
2 pounds on  power bait in zone 3

Calendar of Events

Friday - July 21nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a basket making class in the Nature Center Classroom. $35 includes all materials to make and take one home. If anyone is interested in the class, please call the nature center to reserve a spot. It will be taught by Judy Patterson-McKinley and there is a size limit to the class.

Friday, July 21, from 11am to 1 pm Bear Aware.  Learn about watching bears safely and being bear aware.

Saturday, July 22,  9 am photo walk with Al.  Walk with Al Griffin to learn  how to take photos of various subjects.  Meet at the Nature Center.
Saturday, July 22,  2 pm story time in the playground across from the Park Store.

Sunday July 23, 2pm Nature video.  Missouri's Watkins Woolen Mill.  Meet at the Nature Center

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

Weather Conditions

Thursday   Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 100. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night   Mostly clear, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Friday    Sunny and hot, with a high near 98..
Saturday    Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
Sunday    A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.
Monday    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
Tuesday    A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Quote of the Day

(When wet fly-fishing) - Good fish take in the gentlest manner. It feels like somebody touching your sleeve so delicately to attract attention without giving offense. If anything happens during the drift, assume it is a fish. In Spring I hook catkins, in Autumn Willow leaves, both are easier to detect than a good brown trout.

Author:  Jim Ring

Thanks for reading.


Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062

Craig Fuller
Fisheries Management Biologist
417-532-7612 x 224

Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
(: 417-532-3925| 6: 417-532-7006

Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111.

Dallas County Conservation Agent Matt Hitchings and Ryan Wood
Matt.Hitchings@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-3876
Ryan.Wood@mdc.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-0286.
Conservation agents for Laclede County
Jarrad.Jewell@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-718-1111
Jarad.Milligan@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-288-8744

Trout Cam At Bennett Spring State Park https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam

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