Thursday, December 28, 2017

How's Fishing?

First of all, I would like to say thank you to all of the anglers who have frequented Bennett Spring and Weaver's Tackle Store.  We truly appreciate you and look forward to seeing you this coming  year. 

It's been a very nice fall and early winter and the fishing has been great.  The hatchery continues to do some dredging work and repairs during this down time.
As you can see from the water level section in this report, the water is very low, and, if it continues for too long, could be a concern for the health of the fish.  We  have a competent team working diligently to address this issue and before opening I'm confident we will see the stream go back to more normal levels. Remembering the catastrophic flood last year at this time, it's hard to see low water levels as a problem, but they bring their own difficulties.

At this point is getting really cold.  The whole mid-section of the country is getting a super cold blast of winter.  Hopefully old man winter will get it out of his system and grant us a balmy opening day this year.  March 1st.  Only a couple of months away!

The old saying goes that home is where the heart is.  If this is true, then for many Bennett is their home.  At the first of the  year we often think about the past year and those who are no longer with us.  If you have a memorial you would like to see in this report, please feel free to send me a paragraph about the person and their relationship to Bennett.  I'm sure there are other anglers in the Bennett family who would appreciate hearing from you.

Water Conditions

Decenber 28, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.8
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66 in 1938
Current level is 86.7
25th percentile is 95
Median is 143
Mean is 208
75th percentile is 215
Max was 1980 in 2016

Niangua River conditions
December 28, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .93 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 38.8
Minimum was 40.8 in 2013
25th percentile is 59
Median is 155
Mean is 1030
75th percentile is 301
record high max was 13100 in 2016

Lunker Club
A note about this reports' lunker club members:  If you caught a lunker and it didn't get on this list it was unintentional.  Please let me know and I will make sure it's on the next report.  Use a heading of " missed lunker".

Trey Barnes from Jacksonville, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a brown & yellow marabou in zone 2

Miles Eubanks from Springfield, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a pink grub in zone 2

Stuart Buehler from Carrollton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Greg Hink from Gardner, KS
4 pounds on a hares ear fly in zone 2

Tom Jones from St. Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gray deere in zone 1

Gred Hink from Gardner, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a pheasant tail fly in zone 2
2-1/4 pounds on a pheasant tail in zone 2

Ed Petersheim from Columbia MO
2-1/2 pounds on a woolie bugger in zone 2

Ed Locke from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mount Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Chris Bradly from Pittsburg, KS
2.9 pounds on a green, red and yellow rasta spinner in zone 2

Forrest Holtkemp from Mexico, MO
2 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3

Stacy Stanek from Bennett Spring, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a crackleback in zone 1

Scott Visocsky from Perry , KS
3 pounds on a peach jig in zone 2

Mark Fahy from ST. Louis, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a white and pink marabou in zone 1

Kris Sanders from Lawerence, KS
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Rosie Mertens from Jeff City, MO
3.25 pounds on dough bait in zone 3

Chris Crews from Baldwin, MO
2 pounds on a white spinner in zone 1

Clyde Maxey from Schumeys, MO
3 pounds in zone 3 on powerbait

Calendar of Events

Catch and Release  dates are from 11/10/2017 TO 2/28/2018
Fishing is allowed Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Park Ranger Bobby Sharp will leading a First Day Hike on January 1, 2018 at 10 a.m.  If you are interested in joining him to begin the new year healthy, meet him at the Savanna Ridge/Natural Tunnel Trail Head at 10 a.m.   The Savanna Ridge Trail is 2.5 miles and consists of a woodland along a ridge overlooking the east side of Spring Hollow.  The trail makes use of roads used by people living in the area from the 1840’s to present.  I hope you can “Come Out and Play” with our awesome Park Ranger!
Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
 417-532-3925: 417-532-7006

Opening day is March 1, 2018 for Catch & Keep.

Quote of the Week
If we become conceited through great success, some day the trout will take us down a peg.
Theodore Gordon

Thanks for reading the report this season.  I've enjoyed the great communication with our fishing community.   Lucy