Monday, August 14, 2017

How's Fishing

Fishing continues to shine.  The weather has been great and almost anything you throw will get some interest from the local trout.

The colors orange or salmon are working for almost any kind of lure or fly from worms to marabou to cracklebacks.  The unweighted globalls have also come into their own with the slower, clearer water.   Terrestrials, such as beetle patterns, are doing very well, too.  Cast across, when possible, to the other bank and try for the shadows under the trees.

What's Working?
   From the fly case:
olive weighted woolie/crackleback
Bennett blue crackleback
zebra midge - olive, black
Rust or olive copper hot shot
gray scud with hot spot

Zone 1 & 2:
John deere
yellow grizzly  or olive wooly worm with plated head
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, salmon & brown, orange & white, white
salmon or original tri color  glo ball
Wooly worm, white with red
rooster tails - white, green,  or may fly
White mega worm
white mini jig with red head

Zone 3:
orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait
orange & white worm


Water Conditions                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
August 13, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.07
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
Median is 130
current level is 162
Mean is 141
75th percentile is 157
Max was 419 in 2013

Niangua River conditions
August 13, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.42 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 12 in 2007
25th percentile is 30
Today's reading is 72
Median is 50
Mean is 106
75th percentile is 98
record high max was 580 in 2016

Lunker Club

Jeri Green from Wellsville, Ks
2 pounds on an olive and black marabou

William Turner from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a rainbow power bait in zone 3

Paul Lipcamnon from Nebo, IL
2.5 pounds on a home made jig in zone 1

 Mike Luck from Wood River, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 1

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 pounds on white mega worm in zone 1

Paul Hopen from Augusta, MO
3 pounds on a whjite mini jig with a red head in zone 1

Felix Owens from Chesterfield, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jeremy Stapleton from Smithville, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a white roostertail in zone 1

Duane Crawford from ST Charles, MO
4.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bradley Parsons from St Joseph, MO
2.5 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud #18 with an orange hot spot

Tom Ziegler from Perry KS
8 pounds on a may fly rooster tail in zone 1

Michael Schmidt from St. Louis, MO
4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Matthew Wyne from St. Louis, MO
2-1/2  pounds on a green rooster tail in zone 2

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
2-3/8 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

Hunter Dougherty (age 8) from Higbee MO
2-1/4 pounds on a home tied white fly in Zone 1

Richard Hollar from Topeka, KS
3-1/2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

John Hayes from Lebanon, MO
3.75 pounds on a silver super duper in zone 2

Bob Drury from Arnold, MO
3-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Cassy Buehler from Carrollton, MO
2-3/8 pounds on a little cleo in Zone 2

Fishing Times
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 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

Trout Derby
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society. Two-day event October 14th, 15th.
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Weather Forecast
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Heat index values as high as 95. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84..

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Quote of the Week

Ninety percent of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.

Author:  Lefty Kreh

Thanks for reading,

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