Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 How's Fishing?

Matt Schepers 8th grade, picture taken by Brian Schepers

This week and next we are opening up the report to accept your favorite photos.  We have some submissions this week and, if you can send it to, we will include your favorite photo.  It's always fun to see the Spring from others' perspective.
Fishing has picked up a bit.  A good choice for this time would be a crackleback.  Blue or green have been the preferred colors.  Try using the smallest ones available.  A peach fur bug or an olive RGN are also good choices.
 This is absolutely my favorite time at Bennett.  The leaves are beginning to turn, the weather is still warm, but the evenings are cool enough for a campfire.   Hope to see you all here!

What's Working?
From the fly case:
green or blue crackleback
Picture by Robert Moles
gray scud
sow bug
rust or olive RGN's
white San Juan worm
copper john
black & red streamer

Zone 1 & 2:
orange fur bug
john deere mini jig
white thread jig
marabou, olive & black, shell, shell & white , pink
glo ball - orange, light roe

Zone 3:
salmon peach power bait

Water Conditions
September 20, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.97
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
Median is 112
Mean is 134
Current level is 134
75th percentile is 145
Max was 739 in 1993

Niangua River conditions
September 20, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .95 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20 in 1996
25th percentile is 51
Today's reading is 35.5
Median is 60
Mean is 139
75th percentile is 200
record high max was 4000 in 1993

Fishing Times
September   7:30 A.M.   -   7:15 P.M.

October        7:30 A.M.   -   6:30 P.M.

Brantley & Dad taken by Kristy Elkins

Lunker Club

Darrell Weyman from Trophy Club, TX
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2

Christopher Bothe from Shelbina, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a light roe glo ball in zone

Weather Forecast
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 93. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74.

Picture is courtesy of Robert Moles

Calendar of Events

STORYTIME DATES: SEPT. 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.
TIME: 11 A.M.

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

Sleeping Khloe by Chelsea Kirchberg

Quote of the Day
And if a child has taken up the rod, he has shaken hands with nature, thus sealing an agreement to both understand and protect her many wonders. For fishing can be conceived in no other way.

Author:   Phillip Brunquell

Published:   Fly-Fishing with Children

Thanks for reading, Lucy


  1. Omg I am literally craving for the fishing after reading this article of yours. Truly want to have this experience at least once in a life time.