Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How's Fishing?

This time of year is typically  slow as far as number of anglers at Bennett.  This year does not seem to be that way.  I'm not sure if it's the amazing weather or the record numbers of fish larger than two pounds being caught, but fishing has just been fun!
For the fly fisherman that likes top water, the beetles and other small terrestrials have been a favorite.  To fish -  cast over into the tree shadows and let drift.  When that isn't working, the zebra midges in red or black have also done well in the deeper pools.
The anglers that are using spin rods have been having good luck with marabou in salmon colors or the gingersnap.  The classic john deere or white floss jigs have also been a good choice.
Large brown as well as rainbow have been caught in zone three as well.  One consistent color has been brown - hatchery pellets or brown dough bait.  
The water is close to normal levels but has some slightly stronger currents than you may expect.  The color is slightly stained.

What's Working?
From the fly case:

gray scud
olive weighted wooly
black zebra midge
brown crackleback
red zebra midge

Zone 1 & 2:

peach fur bug
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, shell & white; black & yellow, white, pink & white
salmon with orange dot or original tri color glo ball
Wooly worm,red tail. olive
white mini jig with red head , thread jig with red, olive or salmon thread

Zone 3:

orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait or yellow power bait
power bait trout nuggets
orange & white worm
salmon colored trout magnet
Crawdad Trout Slayer

Water Conditions

August 27, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.09
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 67 in 1936
25th percentile is 105
Median is 122
current level is 162
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 145
Max was 201 in 2013

Niangua River conditions
August 27, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.49 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 15 in 1993
25th percentile is 25
Today's reading is 81.3
Median is 34
Mean is 61
75th percentile is 86
record high max was 218 in 2016

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.

Lunker Board

Judy Schurman from Carlyle, IL
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Tim Borchardt from Kearney, MO
2.5 on a white marabou in  zone 2


Steve Townley from Rocheport, MO
3 pounds on brown dough bait in zone 3

Micah Tice from Beloit, KS
2 pounds on a black zebra midge

Tim Borchardt from Kearney, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 2

Austin Moore from Lebanon, MO
2.5 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Joe Gicona from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a brown crackleback in zone 1

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
7 pounds on a trout magnet, salmon, in zone 3

John Cearlock from Vandalia, IL
3-1/4 pounds on a flesh fly in zone 1

Jim Lucas from Wright City, MO
3 pounds on an olive jig in zone 1

Ashley Sommer from Wright City. MO
2-3/4 pounds on a sculpin jig in zone 1

Kevin Baltz from Belleville, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a john deere in zone 2

Nick Mildfelt from Winfield, KS
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

John Gotway from Dardenne Prairie, MO
3.2 pounds on a trout slayer crawdad

Lucas Cashman from Sedalia, MO (age 11)
4.5 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3.
A nice thank you to Clyde Maxey for helping him get it in!

Calendar of Events

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required. There will be a section of stream that is designated for the ladies only.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on

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: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Quote of the Day

Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won't feel so thankful then.

Author:  Garrison Keillor

And thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. This blog is very interesting as I enjoy your blog because fishing is one of my favorite hobbies. After every 2 months i usually go for fishing and your tips will help me for my next visit. Thank you :)