Monday, October 29, 2018

Fishing Report 10/29/2018




How's Fishing?

This season is coming to a close, but catch and release should tide over the die hard anglers (myself included).  Many memories have been made this season, lessons learned, and traditions passed on for generations to uphold.  Individuals and their families will return next season for their annual pilgrimage to Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri trout mecca. 

Fishing has been great.  The cooler temperatures are keeping the trout active.  Egg patterns throughout the day seem to be very productive.  mid afternoon is slow, but the evenings are beneficial when dry fly patterns are presented.  The stream is low, gin clear, and inundated with beautiful trout. 

All of us here at Weaver's Tackle Store wish you a wonderful rest of your year and can not wait to see everyone next season!

Of Interest:

Thanks again to the amazing Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery Staff and Park Store Staff for all their continued hard work!  The tag totals for this season as of Sunday October 28, 2018 are as follows:  Adult tags sold:  118,249 and Children's tags sold: 19,424.  The approximate number of trout stocked is somewhere in the "trout" park of 300,000.  Thank you to Assistant Hatchery Manager, Mike Perry for the information.  Any updates or corrections will be posted at a later date if needed.




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 28, 2018
Gage house level is 1.77
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 68.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 95.6
Median is 114
Mean is 126
75th percentile is 134
Max was 391 in 1971




Niangua River
October 28, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.94 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 52
Today's reading is 43.2
75th percentile is 97
Mean is 215
record high max was 2130 in 1997



What's Working?



 From the Fly Case

Griffith's Gnats
Rabbit Hare midges
beetles
Renegades
red zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
gray scuds
 red San Juan worms
olive green Megaworms


Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, black and olive, ginger, white, and red and black
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Yellow Black Tiger, Metallic Gold Spot


Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs




Fishing Times

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

Catch and Release hours begin November 9, 2018 until February 11, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season
2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February
  (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m.  to  4 p.m.



Weather Forecast

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Wind chill values as low as 39 early. South wind 6 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Saturday: A chance of sprinkles and flurries. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.



Lunker Club

10/21/2018

Matt Mosher from Salina, KS
2 1/8 pounds zone 2 with a homemade lure

Shea Stille from Bellflower, MO
2 pounds zone 3 on a rubber worm

10/22/2018

Ed Bain from Temple, TX
2 pounds in zone 1 on a red and white thread jig

Jerry Brown from Shawnee, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive marabou

10/23/2018

Tracy Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on an orange plastic worm

10/23/2018

Jerry Denzel from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

10/24/2018

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and white midge

10/27/2018

Derek Gray from Chillicothe, MO
5 pounds in zone 2 on a caddis fly

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3.8 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm

10/29/2018

Gary Hey from Augusta, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly



Calendar of Events

November 9, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season Begins

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m.  to  4 p.m.


Hike to the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel
On Jan. 1st

When: 11 a.m., January 1st, 2019
Where: Natural Tunnel Trail
Bennett Spring State Park
(The trail head is just past park cabins and Bennett Spring.)

Length: 7.5 miles (Approx. 5 hours)

The Natural Tunnel is a 296 feet long tunnel forming an S through a hill. Anticipate being outdoors on the trail from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This trail consists of natural surfaces including dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surfaces, exposed roots and down vegetation on the trail. There are inclines over 10% and stream crossings without bridges. It is suggested that participants wear shoes that fit well, dress appropriate for weather, bring a snack and water.

For more information about the event, call the Bennett Spring Nature Center at 417-532-3925 and ask for Patricia Chambers. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.



Quote of the Week

In this busy, noisy, impatient world, faster often seems better. Many of us wear stress like a badge of honor and take pride in exhaustion. Perhaps we won't solve these problems by going fishing. But I like to think it can't hurt.

Author:

Shawn Perich

Thanks for reading,

Devin













Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fishing Report 10/23/2018




How's Fishing?

Fishing was really good this last week.  The weather was much cooler with scant precipitation.  The sun came out and the trout obliged avid anglers with tight lines.  The stream is low, clear, and very well stocked.  We have about a week left in the catch and keep season, but there is still time for that last fishing excursion.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 21, 2018
Gage house level is 1.81
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 80.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 94
Current level is 103
Median is 111
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 148
Max was 407 in 1984



Niangua River
October 21, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.11 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 48
Today's reading is 56.1
75th percentile is 135
Mean is 103
record high max was 491 in 2017





What's Working?


 
From the Fly Case

Klinkhammer
copper wrap zebra midges
olive zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
gray scuds
dark red San Juan worms

Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
peach with a red dot glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, cerise, ginger, white, and red and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Leech, Frog Spring

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
green pumpkin powerbait
salmon eggs

Fishing Times

 October

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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.





Lunker Club

10/16/2018

Gary Kniepkamp from St. Jacob, IL
3 pounds in zone 2 on a green crackleback

10/17/2018

Marty Strauser from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese bait

Bill Sales from Kansas City, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a wooly bugger

10/18/2018

Steve Paulus from O'Fallon, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a blue crackleback

David Preter from Louisburg, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

Steve Paulus from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a blue crackleback

10/19/2018

Mike Mathis from Moberly, MO
2 1/4 pounds zone 2 on a white jig

Clayton Charleville from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive jig

10/20/2018

Tim Russo from Hillsboro, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white brassie

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a mopfly

Randy Duncan from DeSoto, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait

10/21/2018

Geoff Schaefer from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a crawdad marabou

Luke Reynolds from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on  white powerbait



Calendar of Events

Hike to the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel
On Jan. 1st

When: 11 a.m., January 1st, 2019
Where: Natural Tunnel Trail
Bennett Spring State Park
(The trail head is just past park cabins and Bennett Spring.)

Length: 7.5 miles (Approx. 5 hours)

The Natural Tunnel is a 296 feet long tunnel forming an S through a hill.  Anticipate being outdoors on the trail from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   This trail consists of natural surfaces including dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surfaces, exposed roots and down vegetation on the trail.  There are inclines over 10% and stream crossings without bridges.  It is suggested that participants wear shoes that fit well, dress appropriate for weather , bring a snack and water.

For more information about the event, call the Bennett Spring Nature Center at 417-532-3925 and ask for Patricia Chambers.  For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks



Quote of the Week

I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. It's a nice position. No one considers you to be dangerous, but very little is expected of you.

Author:

John Gierach

Thanks for reading,

Devin

















Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fishing Report 10/16/2018



How's Fishing?

The weather was not very cooperative, but there was a great turn out for the Holland Derby this past weekend.  The spotty rain and cool weather made for some ideal fishing conditions.  According to the Bennett Spring Park Store $1809.60 was donated to the American Cancer Society.  The little bit of rain we did get did not change the stream conditions.  The water is low, clear, and filled to "swimming room" only capacity with beautiful trout.

Of Interest:

The 2018 catch and keep trout season is coming to a close.  If anyone would like to message either by Facebook or email the names of those anglers that have passed on during this past year.  We would like to pay our respects to them.  You can include just the name or a related story if you wish.  Weaver's Tackle Store on Facebook or weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com.





Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 14, 2018
Gage house level is 1.95
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was  in 76.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 132
Median is 112
Mean is 152
75th percentile is 132
Max was 1500 in 1970




Niangua River
October 14, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 47
Today's reading is 83.3
75th percentile is 107
Mean is 101
record high max was 485 in 2010



What's Working?



 
From the Fly Case

copper wrap zebra midges
red zebra midges
Copper John midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green holographic cracklebacks
gray scuds
sow bugs
dark red San Juan worms



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
peach with a red dot glo-balls
Steelhead Orange glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, cerise, ginger, white, and orange
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Orange Tiger, Tinsel Shad
Grasshopper Mylar Vibric Roostertail




Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
sherbet powerbait
mint green Lady Luck worms



Fishing Times

October

7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.
   
 Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

Friday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 58.



Lunker Club

10/8/2018

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white fur bug

10/9/2018

Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Mepps spinner

Ann Jones from Texas
2 pounds in zone 2 on a secret lure

10/10/2018

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a dark green crackleback

10/12/2018

Justin Brown from Florence, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a bronze and black roostertail

Mike Mathis from Moberly, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/8 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud

Dustin Plack from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a lime green glo-ball

10/13/2018

Fred Hangartner from St. Joseph, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Sam Wilson from St. Charles, MO
2 3/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Justin Brown from Florence, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a peach marabou

Dalton Smith from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

Angie Oyler from Lee's Summit, MO
 2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on an olive marabou

Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a red zebra midge

Charles Schmidt from Frohna, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white brassie

Ron Ard from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

Fred Todd from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere fly

Rachael Klemme from Moscow Mills
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

10/14/2018

Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Super Duper

Bradley Van Fleet from Blue Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white thread jig

Greg Meng from Solon, IA
3 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

Justin Scherer from Atchison, KS
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive midge

Derek Hubler from Pinckneyville, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a gold crackleback

Gary Knapp from Jacksonville, IL
4 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black gnat



Calendar of Events


October 20, 2018 Hoot Hoot Halloween~ Bennett Spring State Park

1 pm

Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.

2 pm


The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest. Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm


Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm

Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

7 pm

Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

8 pm

Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B.



Quote of the Week

You won't catch every fish you try for, but don't let that discourage you, because the best fisherman who ever lived can't do it either.

Author:

H. G. Tapply

Thanks for reading,

Devin
















 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10/7/2018 Fishing Report



How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great.  The stream conditions remain the same.  Clear and low with an abundance of trout throughout all the zones.  It was another fun and educational weekend  hosted by Hidden Valley Outfitters .  Many vendors and organizations came together to support and showcase fly fishing.  Attendees included, but were not limited to the following:  The Conservation Federation of Missouri, Reading's Fly Shop, Weaver's Tackle Store, The Wooly Bugger Fly CO., and Trout Unlimited to name a few.  The weekend was capped off with the presentation of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday October 6, 2018.  To learn more about this presentation and others near you visit www.flyfilmtour.com.  We would also like to give a shout out of appreciation to those that volunteered their time to Spring Branch clean-up Saturday with Stream Team #5462. 

Of Interest:

CLARENCE HOLLAND FISHING DERBY

10/13/2018 TO 10/14/2018 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO

This memorial fishing derby begins on Saturday and ends on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Holland was a previous park hatchery superintendent at the park. For a small donation, participants can enter the derby. All donations go to the American Cancer Society. Registration is open to the public.  Prizes for tagged fish will be held on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the historic CCC dining lodge. Drawings for additional prizes will also occur at that time.

26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338 




Water Conditions


 
Bennett Spring
October 7, 2018
Gage house level is 1.94
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1933
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 130
Median is 109
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 133
Max was 488 in 1987




Niangua River
October 7, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.97 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 47
Today's reading is 49.7
75th percentile is 67
Mean is 65
record high max was 278 in 1994



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

olive zebra midges
Copper John midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green holographic cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
Galloup's Ant Acid



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
light and dark roe glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, chartreuse and black, ginger, white
Rooster Tails -  Bumblebee, Skunk, Cop Car




Zone 3

red fluoroscent powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait



Fishing Times

October

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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Wednesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
.
Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.



Lunker Club

9/30/2018

Sophie Jaworski from Shawnee, KS
2 pounds in zone 2 on an orange marabou

Keaton Smith from Quincy, IL
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a tan marabou

Dan Bauer from Quincy, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a roostertail

Ron Goben from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon glo-ball

Quentin Goben from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon glo-ball

Devin Jaegers from Coeltztown, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white floss jig

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm

10/1/2018

Russell Wisa from St. Charles, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Bumblebee Roostertail

Josh Dietrich from Gladstone, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white thread jig

10/2/2018

Jim Dockins from Kansas City, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a white nymph

10/3/2018

Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on an "Old Man" John Deere

10/4/2018

Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

Derrick Scheper from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud

Brayden Allee from Lebanon, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a ginger marabou

10/5/2018

Mark Drazba from New London, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a bedspread

Jeff Gibbs from Liberty, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on an olive, gold head (homemade Weaver's fly)

10/6/2018

Jason Hall from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on white powerbait

Matt Courtaway from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly bugger

Larry Bush from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an Galloups Ant Acid

Erika Snodgrass from Salisbury, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Wayne Brown from St. Peters, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere marabou



Calendar of Events

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby

 October 20, 2018 Hoot Hoot Halloween~ Bennett Spring State Park

1 pm

Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.

 2 pm


The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest.   Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm


Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm

Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

 7 pm

Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

 8 pm

Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B. 



Quote of the Week

Fishing in rainy conditions may make fisherman seem crazy to the great mass of unimaginative people, but then few fishermen care what they think.

Author:

John Gierach

Thanks for reading,

Devin










   


Monday, October 1, 2018

Fishing Report 10/1/2018



How's Fishing?

The 2nd Annual Ladies Fishing Day was a great success.  Thank you to all that attended and all of those individuals that made it possible.  As a "lady" I appreciated it very much!  I hope everyone had as much fun as Chelsea and I did (Weaver's Girls'). 

The water is low and clear, the trout plentiful, and the weather maintains temperate.  The leaves are falling faster than some of us would like, but the fishing is amazing.  Any time spent at Bennett Spring State Park is a pleasure.  I have tried to explain to people that have never experienced a visit to this place, but there are not words to describe it.  It is comfort.....home.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 30, 2018
Gage house level is 1.77
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 94
Current level is 95.6
Median is 106
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 139
Max was 700 in 1986




Niangua River
September 30, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.74 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 26.0 in 1995
25th percentile is 36
Median is 48
Today's reading is 33.6
75th percentile is 101
Mean is 128
record high max was 929 in 1993



What's Working?


 

From the Fly Case

olive zebra midges
seductive midges
Blue Wing Olive
Blue Dun
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
chartreuse megaworms
copper hotshots



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, orange, chartreuse and black, ginger, peach and white
Rooster Tails - White Red, Bumblebee, Clear Winner




Zone 3

green pumpkin powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
salmon eggs
nightcrawlers



Fishing Times

October
   
7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

Weather Forecast

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.



Lunker Club

9/23/2018

Matt Stegink from Independence, MO
3 pounds in zone 1 on Kapok

Scott Richmond from Chesterfield, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a gol San Juan worm

Eddie Jones from Farmington, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brown woolly

9/24/2018

Laurel Wade from Marshall, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a nightcrawler

9/25/2018

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/8 pounds in zone 2 on an olive woolly hackle

9/26/2018

Martin Harding from Witchita, KS
2 pounds in zone 1 on a skunk roostertail

Scott Lord from Kingsville, MO
5 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

9/27/2018

Gary Whitson from Liberal, MO
2 pounds 1 ounce in zone 1 on a pink and silver roostertail

Braydon Allee from Lebanon, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a red and black crackleback

9/28/2018

Norm Bissonnette from Canton, TX
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a zebra midge

9/29/2018

Judy Heckadon from Nevada, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Landon Pummill from Ashland, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Sherria McDonald from Blue Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on multicolored powerbait

Cecilia Pummill from Ashland, MO
 2 pounds in zone 3 on multicolored powerbait

Dale Korn from Columbia, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a roostertail

Patricia Miles from BellSlower, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a black Road Runner

Casey Myers, Steedman, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black Road Runner

Leslie Talkington from Bowling Green, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on a gingersnap marabou

Bethany Kreisel from Marshall, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white weighted fly

Kristen Merrilt from Sullivan, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on doughbait

Jessica Fessenden Palmyra, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a yellow marabou

Brittany Honey from Newburg, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on doughbait

Claire Davenport from Centillia, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on white doughbait

Roberta Moore from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white and orange glo-ball

Jim Lucas from Jefferson City, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on an orange worm

Kayla Romack from Silex, MO
3 pounds and 2 pounds in zone 2 and 3, rubber leg and orange worm

Kristan Martin from Hillsboro, MO
3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 1/4, and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig (Yes, a stringer of Lunkers)

Gayle Siccinski from Marceline, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a gold spinner



Calendar of Events

Spring Branch Clean-up

 Saturday - October 6th, 2018

Join Stream Team #5462 as they hold a trash clean up at the Bennett Spring Branch. We will talk about making a visual survey of our spring branch to check or characterize the riparian corridor of the stream.

1:00 PM
- Meet at the Nature Center as we work our way to the Whistle Bridge cleaning up trash. At the Whistle Bridge, join Dan Silas to learn about the Riparian Corridor. After the lesson, head back to the Nature Center for a snack social!

For additional information or questions please contact the Bennett Spring State Park Nature Center at 417-532-3925

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Nature Center Schedule of Events October 20th

1 pm
Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.


2 pm
The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest. Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm
Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm
Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

7 pm
Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

8 pm
Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B.



Quote of the Week

I go fishing, because without it, I'm basically a 2-year-old whose blankie is in the washer.

Author:

Unknown

Thanks for reading,

Devin




 




 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fishing Report 9-23-2018



How's Fishing?

The stream is low, very clear, and stocked well at this point in the season.  The weather has been very mild and cooler as we continue to lack rain. The cooler temperatures have made for ideal fishing conditions.  We have heard mixed reviews on what is working.  Some individuals are stating smaller flies are better while others state bigger flies are working better.  Some anglers prefer to fish dry flies on top, others swear by sub-surface presentation.  A well stocked fly box alleviates any question on what to use in any given situation.  Sometimes it seems like the trout are constantly changing their feeding choices, so we in turn are perpetually changing our tactics. It may seem like a vicious cycle, but it defines the difference between fishing and catching. 

Of Interest this week:

 September 29th~Ladies Fishing Day~ See Calendar of Events section for full details 




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 23, 2018
Gage house level is 1.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 99.4
Median is 109
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 144
Max was 570 in 1970




Niangua River
September 23, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.79 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 40
Median is 52
Today's reading is 36.8
75th percentile is 154
Mean is 254
record high max was 2500 in 1993



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

olive woolies
olive zebra midges
seductive midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
orange cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
orange mopflies
chartreuse mopflies



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
light roe glo-balls
Easter egg glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, brown, pink and white, tequila sunrise, John Deere, moss and brown, ginger
Roostertails-  rocket red spot, Bumblebee, skunk, snow, watermelon




Zone 3

green pumpkin powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
salmon eggs
orange mousetails



Fishing Times

 September

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

October   
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.




Lunker Club

9/18/2018

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive woolly

9/19/2018

Forrest Holtkamp from Mexico, MO
2 1/4 pound in zone 3 on a salmon egg

Ron Sullivan from Sullivan, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait

9/20/2018

Darryl Niemeier from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a watermelon roostertail

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on and olive crackleback with ginger hackle

9/21/2018

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/16 in zone 2 on a ginger marabou

Alyssa Courtaway from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Brian Gregory from St. Joseph, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Erica Lindsay from Allen, TX
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown marabou

9/22/2018

Hunter Mildfelt from Ft. Scott, KS
2 1/2 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a
chartreuse mopfly and brown marabou

Gina Richardson from Bethalto, IL
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a bumblebee roostertail

Addie Evans from Ft. Collins, CO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a red salmon egg

9/23/2018

Andy Fairchild from Belleville, MI
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a ginger marabou



Calendar of Events

The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

B E N N E T T  S P R I N G  S T A T E  P A R K

Spring Branch Clean-up Saturday - October 6th, 2018
Join Stream Team #5462 as they hold a trash clean up at the Bennett Spring Branch. We will talk about making a visual survey of our spring branch to check or characterize the riparian corridor of the stream.

1:00 PM
- Meet at the Nature Center as we work our way to the Whistle Bridge cleaning up trash. At the Whistle Bridge, join Dan Silas to learn about the Riparian Corridor. After the lesson, head back to the Nature Center for a snack social!
For additional information or questions please contact the Bennett Spring State Park Nature Center at 417-532-3925


October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Schedule of Events October 20th

1 pm
Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.


2 pm
The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest.   Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm
Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm
Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

 7 pm
Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

 8 pm
Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B. 



Quote of the Week

Fishing largely consists of not catching fish; failure is as much a part of the sport as knee injuries are of football.

Author:

Robert Hughes

Thanks for reading,

Devin








 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fishing Report 9/17/2018




How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The mornings are good for the first few hours with the trout shutting down around 10:00 A.M.  Activity seems to pick back up in the afternoon.  The weather is unseasonably warm, which can be a contributing factor to the trout activity or lack of.  The trout are super active on top water in the evenings. The stream is low, clear, and filled with trout.  Don't forget Ladies Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday September 29, 2018. 



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 16, 2018
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 64.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 98
Current level is 97.5
Median is 116
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 140
Max was 546 in 2008




Niangua River
September 16, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.95 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 24.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 36
Median is 48
Today's reading is 48.1
75th percentile is 420
Mean is 436
record high max was 3870 in 2007



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechangers
brown or olive woolly buggers
zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
orange cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
Pale Evening Dun
orange mopflies



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
orange glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, brown, pink and white, tequila sunrise
Roostertails- fluoroscent orange, chartreuse,




Zone 3

Lucky Lady pink and white worms
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
nightcrawlers
orange trout magnets
salmon eggs
orange mousetails


Fishing Times

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

October   
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 93. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.



Lunker Club

9/10/2018

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy

J.R. Barber from Stockton, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on an orange roostertail

9/12/2018

Sandy Bornfleth from St. Charles, MO
3 1/4 pounds in  zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

9/13/2018

Keith Schuster from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a green crackleback

9/15/2018

Hayden Bradshaw from Griggsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a tequila sunrise marabou

Emily Wilson from Wellington, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a rainbow trout roostertail



Calendar of Events


The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.


BENNETT SPRING NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

SATURDAY – September 22th 
11:00 AM – Karst Topography   Join a park staff at the Nature Center to discuss where all the water that leads into the Bennett Spring originates.  Karst topography tells the story of the groundwater and the building of features like Ozark springs, caves and sinkholes.




1:00 PM – Autumn Sensory Hike  Meet at the Nature Center where Justine Acton will take you on a hike that allows you to use all five senses to discovery the world around you as we change into autumn. We will be working with basic journaling skills to keep track of all the interesting things we see, smell, hear, and feel on our hike. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress to match the weather.


*In the Case of Rain Alternative Program will be offered:*
1:00 PM – The Incredible Journey      Transform yourself into a single drop of water and join us on the incredible journey that the water cycle takes you on. Discover how water transforms the Earth in this fun and active mission.  Meet at the Nature Center.



SUNDAY – September 23th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Sunday Funday Join Nature Center Staff as we talk about why and how nature changes into the autumn season. We will participate in an autumn leaf themed craft. We will be crafting outside so we can collect supplies from the world around us.


 

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

When a man picks up a fly rod for the first time, he may not know, he has been born again.

Author:

Joseph D. Farris

Thanks for Reading,

Devin



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fishing Report 9/12/2018



How's Fishing?

The fishing has been outstanding this past week.   We had a few rainy days, but the water in the stream remains low, gin clear and beautiful Bennett Spring blue.   As opposed to the Niangua River that looks like chocolate milk at the moment.  Quite a few people have come into Weaver's Tackle Store and commented on how abundantly stocked the stream continues to be.  Hatchery Manager Ben Havens and his staff have revived the stream from the flooding in December 2015, July 2016, and May 2017.  Keep up the great work!   

   

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 9, 2018
Gage house level is 1.97
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 136
Median is 120
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 140
Max was 280 in 1994




Niangua River
September 9, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Median is 58
Today's reading is 262
75th percentile is 130
Mean is 93
record high max was 352 in 2007



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

RGN's
zebra midges
white or gray roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
Elkhair caddis
chartreuse mopflies



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
Easter egg glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, brown and moss, orange,   pink and white, red and chartreuse, and white
Roostertails- white or black
Limit Taker Roostertail
Orange Fire Tiger Roostertail



Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait
nightcrawlers
chartreuse trout magnets



Fishing Times

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

October   
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.



Weather Forecast

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light northeast wind.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Lunker Club

9/3/2018

Dominic Biscari from Kansas City, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig

Tyson Thomas from Walnut, IA
2 pounds in zone 2 on a black roostertail

9/4/2018

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy

9/6/2018

Michael Selby from Trenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a peach megaworm

Brian Selby from Trenton, MO
3 pounds in zone 1 on a white roostertail



Calendar of Events

The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.

 Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, and you can sell him fishing equipment

Author:

Mr. Penn

Thanks for reading,

Devin