Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017

How's Fishing?
The fishing has been good. Do you love to fish a brassie? How about john deere mini jig, bedspread or Bennett Blue crackleback?  Whatever your favorite lures and flies are and should be working for you.
 If they slow down, keep in mind that this is a spawning period for trout.  Because the stream bed and temperatures are not optimal in the Bennett Spring branch, most spawning behavior is instinctual and ends up being just for show.  However, this has increased the effectiveness of almost anything that is peach or salmon colored.
 The hatchery staff anticipates at least as good of a season next year as we have seen this year  The hatchery is currently working on the spawning and it is going well.  Barring any unforeseen fish tragedies, there are good fish that are slated for being released into the stream for the next couple of years.

What's Working?

From the fly case:
Bennett Blue crackleback
gray scud
sow bug
gray RGN's
zebra midge
pink & white mega worm

Zone 1 & 2:
Olive wooly with spinner or olive red tail
gray wooly with spinner
brown roach
peacock mini jig
marabou, olive & black, shell, shell & brown , white
glo ball - orange, salmon

Zone 3:
orange extra scent power bait
orange mouse tails - powerbait
salmon peach power bait

Water Conditions

September 13, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.99
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66 in 1937
25th percentile is 97
Median is 120
Mean is 121
Current level is 138
75th percentile is 138
Max was 212 in 1930

Niangua River conditions
September 13, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .97 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 14 in 1996
25th percentile is 32
Today's reading is 36.8
Median is 49
Mean is 139
75th percentile is 79
record high max was 1000 in 1993

Fishing Times

7:30 A.M. to 7:15 P.M.

7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M

Lunker Club

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a self tied fly in zone 1

Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds on a bedspread mini jig in zone 2

Branten Ingram from Center, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a fly in zone 1

Tim Davis from St. Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Tim Alge from St. Peters, MO
5 pounds on a black & olive marabou in zone 2

Scott Westfall from Long Poc, CA
4 pounds on peacock woolie with gold spinner in zone 1

Calendar of Events
STORYTIME DATES: SEPT. 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.
TIME: 11 A.M.

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

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 7 to 13 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Quote of the Day
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Ovid - Died around AD 17-18

Thanks for reading.  Lucy

1 comment:

  1. I love fishing, despite never being able to actually go sometime to do it. It is on my priority list, going to be heading out very soon. Great update though!