Monday, September 4, 2017

  1. How's Fishing?

As we transition into fall - which seems to be coming early this year - we typically see smaller and fewer fish.  The hatchery has done an amazing job this year by supplying us with good sized fish to catch.  The floods that happened earlier this season took a toll on all of the trout parks, but by banding together they made sure that our experiences this season surpassed our expectations.
This week promises to be much cooler. We will see more of the trees changing and leaves swirling around us as we cast across the stream.  It's such a beautiful time of year in the Ozarks.  Imitating the different terrestrials that are falling into the water is a good way to catch a fish.  The scuds, especially gray or salmon, fished deep is another.  RGN's have been exceptionally hot, also.
Hopefully you are able to take advantage of this great season.

What's Working?
From the fly case:
gray scud
sow bug
gray RGN's
pink & white mega worm

Zone 1 & 2:
Olive wooly with spinner or olive red tail
gray wooly with spinner
brown wooly with grizzly hackle
peacock mini jig
marabou, red or green & yellow
glo ball - orange

Zone 3:
orange extra scent power bait
brown power bait or yellow power bait
power bait trout nuggets
hatchery pellet power bait

Water Conditions
September 3, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Median is 122
current level is 145
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 147
Max was 349 in 2010

Niangua River conditions
September 3, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.17 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21 in 1996
25th percentile is 25
Today's reading is 51.3
Median is 57
Mean is 181
75th percentile is 86
record high max was 1950 in 2010

Fishing Times
September 7:30 a.m. -   7:15 p.m.
October     7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.

Lunker Club

Darren O'Neill from Edwardsville, KS
2-1/2 pounds on a red marabou in zone 1

Brian Clayton from Centralia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green & yellow marabou in zone 2

Laura Griffith from Adrian, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white  mega worm in zone 1

Ryan Gander from Hume, MO
2-1/2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Curtis Hinton from Overland Park, KS
4 pounds on a tiger tail in zone 1

Layton Peddicord from West DesMoines, Iowa
2-3/8 pounds on a black rooster tail with silver blade in zone 2

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on a brown grizzly wooly with spinner in zone 2


Ron Smith from St. Charles, MO
2.65 pounds on an orange glo ball in zone 2

Calendar of Events

STORYTIME DATES: SEPT. 2, 9, 16, 23  Join a naturalist on the dates below at the playground across from the park store to hear a story about an animal resident at Bennett Spring State Park.
(Sept.  9 – National Teddy Bear Day!  Bring your Teddy bear to Storytime!)
TIME: 11 A.M.

Saturday , September 9 th,  2017  
9 a.m. -  Spring Trail  Hike   Join us at the Nature Center to begin a beautiful morning hike along the Spring Trail.

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

Snake Awareness and Safety will be presented by the Missouri Master Naturalists’ Springfield Plateau Chapter and Teen Jr. Leaders. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a display of live Missouri native snakes in the grassy area next to the park store (weather permitting). From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the same display will be inside the park’s nature center.
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  - Grassy area next to the park store
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Bennett Spring Nature Center

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.
No trout tag is required for women from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. on this day only.  A special area will be roped off at the Bennett Spring for ladies to fish in. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist in this outdoor sport.  A special area of Zone 2 will be just for ladies. Fun community-sponsored displays and activities are planned during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include fish filleting, cooking and enjoyment of Missouri’s natural resources.

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 Event to take place at Hidden Valley Outfitters - Oct. 6th and 7th

10/13/2017 Informational Meeting
Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities

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

Bring your costumes for a fun family event at Bennett Spring State Park. Haunted Hatchery Tours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,  as well as Trunk or Treat in the Shelter B parking lot.  Show Me Sports will be handing out candy and showing off their custom cars. The outdoor movie “Monster House” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the pool area.  Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.
In the campgrounds, a campsite decorating contest will occur.  All campgrounds within Bennett Spring State Park are encouraged to participate.  Judging will occur by 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Awards and prizes will be presented prior to the outdoor movie.
All activities are free and open to the public.
EVENT TIMES: 5 P.M. - ?(417) 532-4338

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Quote of the Day

I am almost certain fishermen posess a peculiar bend to their makeup. Fisherman are optimists, and the fish in the future is always preferable to the fish at hand. Even the best fishermen catch fish only a small percentage of the time, which means we persevere in a sport that features failure as its main ingredient. Truly great days, when the fish hammer the fly as soon as it lands on the water are rare.
Author:  Joseph Monniger
Published:  Home Waters

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the fun and informative blog. It was really interesting to read your fishing experience and thaks for sharing all the hacks, tips and tricks with us