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








 




 
 






 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fishing Report 9/4/2018


How's Fishing?

Fishing was great this last week and through Labor Day weekend.  The water is low and gin clear.  An ample amount of trout remain in the stream to be caught and kept.  Hoppers and midges used in tandem can be useful and different as a tactic.  A few individuals are utilizing the hopper with a dropper method.  We have included a diagram as a visual guide.







  





Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 3, 2018
Gage house level is 1.80
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Current level is 101
Median is 122
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 146
Max was 349 in 2010




Niangua River
September 3, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.82 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Median is 57
Today's reading is 38.8
75th percentile is 88
Mean is 175
record high max was 1950 in 2010



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechanger
zebra midges
brown roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Elkhair caddis



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
egg colored glo-balls
shrimp pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, moss green and white, orange and black, peach and brown, red and chartreuse, and white
white thread jigs
peacock jigs



Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
white powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait
black and yellow worms
nightcrawlers




Fishing Times

September

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

October

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



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Heat index values as high as 92. South wind 9 to 11 mph.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.





Lunker Club

8/25/2018

Chris Ellis from Richmond, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a holy moly clog poly

8/27/2018

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

Jeff Forck from Columbia, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

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

8/28/2018

Louis Mewharter from Starsburg, IL
2 pounds in zone 3 on a grasshopper

8/29/2018

Scott Garrett from Monroe City, MO
2 pounds on a green machine

Gene Heelskamp from Raytown, MO
3 pounds on a silver jig

Cathy Jones from St. Joseph, MO
2.8 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a tan mopfly

8/30/2018

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
4 pounds in zone 1 Old gray John Deere

8/31/2018

Jason Greaman from O'Fallon, MO
3.5 pounds in zone 1 on a gray jig

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a chartreuse megaworm

James Reid from Sweet Springs, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

Cathy Jones from St. Joseph's, MO
3.3 pounds in zone 1 on a tan mopfly

Tracy Werdehavsen from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a shammy

Jason Chiesi from Independence, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a Joe fly

Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

9/1/2018

Jonathan Goodman from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on Dan's secret bait

Krystal Stigers from Florissant, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Ron Tilson from Park City, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a black and yellow roostertail

Quinn Martin from Hillsboro, MO
3 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brown scud

9/2/2018

Walter Williams from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

Tayden Cary from LaGrange, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow




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

Hooks are not part of the trout's developed searching or matching image. Therefore, in grossly oversimplified form, trout don't care about the hook.

Author:

John Merwin - Fishing Editor

Thanks for reading,

Devin



Monday, August 27, 2018

Fishing Report 8/26/2018



How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The little amount of rainfall we did receive did not change the stream.  The water is low and clear.  The trout remain quite active on top water.  This weeks favorites for top-water action have been Elkhair Caddis, Cracklebacks of various colors, and beetles.

We mention Cracklebacks quite a bit, so we are going to provide some background information.  The founder of Feathercraft in St. Louis, MO, Ed Story, originally developed the Crackleback fly pattern.  It is a very versatile pattern that can be tied or fished numerous ways.  It can be fished dry or wet.           



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 26, 2018
Gage house level is 1.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 67.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Current level is 99.4
Median is 123
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 144
Max was 207 in 2013


Niangua River
August 26, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.79 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 16.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 27
Median is 36
Today's reading is 36.8
75th percentile is 108
Mean is 75
record high max was 309 in 2016



What's Working

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechanger
zebra midges
orange mopflies
white roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Elkhair caddis


Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
 egg colored glo-balls
shrimp pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, moss green and white, orange and black, peach and brown, red and chartreuse, and white
white thread jigs
peacock jigs

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
white powerbait
salmon eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait



Fishing Times


 
August

7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.

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

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



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 98. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Wednesday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southwest wind around 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Showers likely before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.



Lunker Club

8/19/2018

Russ Grobe from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a green rubber leg jig

Rylan Gann from Callao, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a gray zebra midge

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

8/20/2018

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a chartreuse and red jig

8/20/2018

Mark Drazba from New London, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink glo-ball

8/22/2018

Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
4 pounds 2 ounces in zone 2 on a pink glo-ball

8/23/2018

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

Tim Kessler from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a yellow thread jig

Darren Oneill from Edwardsville, KS
3 pounds in zone 1 on a peach mini jig

8/24/2018

Joe Gicona from O'fallon, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

Nicole Sommerhauser from Imperial, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a John Deere grub

8/25/2018

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a yellow and pink glo-ball

Bill Cloke from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a white powerbait worm

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
5 pounds in zone 3 on homemade bait



 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

BENNETT SPRING NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

THURSDAY – August 30th 

2:00 PM –Sinkholes and Water Flow   Join park staff at the Nature Center to discuss where all the water that leads into Bennett Spring originates. Karst topography and geology tell the story of the groundwater and the building of features like Ozark springs, caves and sinkholes. Several rock and mineral samples will be displayed 

FRIDAY – August 31st 

8:45 PM –Ozark Astronomy   Join Dan Slais as he shares his knowledge and telescope for participants to see the summer constellations.  A telescope will be set up across from the Park Store next to the Fish Hatchery at 8:45 p.m. Participants are asked to utilize the parking lots near the Park Store or Fish Hatchery and walk to the viewing area. Viewing will include planets Jupiter, Venus and perhaps Saturn as well as the full moon and other summer constellations. Bring a flashlight to aid in finding the viewing area.

SATURDAY – September 1st

9:00 AM  – Seed Story Time   Join Miss Patty at the playground area across from the Park Store for story time followed by seed harvesting and exploration.  The books, A Seed Is Sleepy and The Saved Seed will be read.  All participants will be able to harvest seeds from a sunflower head to take home.

10:00 AM – Hatchery Tour   Missouri Department of Conservation staff will give a guided tour of the fish hatchery on the first and third Saturdays during the on season of March through October. Meet at the newest hatchery building to find out what it takes to raise all those fish. The hatchery tour duration is approximately 45 minutes.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Animal Pelt Table   Join Butch Simmons at the park store. There will be a table set up filled with different animal pelts for you to touch and see. Learn about where all the pelts come from and the ways we can use them. 

2:00 PM – Bennett Fen & Hike   Meet at the Nature Center for a power point presentation on an Ozark Fen and Natural Area followed by a hike to the Spring Trail to see and experience the Hanging Fen.  The Spring Trail hike will be a little over a mile since we will make a loop and come back to the Nature Center.  The hike follows the west side of the Spring Branch in Zone 1.

 Nature Center Hours:  10am – 4pm Wednesday thru Sunday (closed Mon-Tues) 417-532-3925




Quote of the Week

There is only one theory about angling in which I have perfect confidence, and this is that the two words, least appropriate to any statement, about it, are the words "always" and "never."

Author:

Lord Edward Grey (Grey of Fallodon)

Thanks for reading,

Devin





 




 
 



Sunday, August 19, 2018







How's Fishing?

Fishing has been exceptional this week.  The stream is low and clear, even after some much needed rainfall that we thought might stain the water.  The trout remain plentiful as do the fisherman attempting to catch them. 

Of Interest:

Catch and release has been and will continue to be a topic widely discussed through various public and private forums.  There are varying viewpoints on the subject of catch and release.  Many individuals choose to catch and release no matter the season.   A successful catch and release involves doing as little harm to the fish as possible.  The way you handle the fish and its time outside the water are important variables in this process.

 The mucus coating on a trouts skin is a protective covering that keeps them free from disease and gives them less friction in the water, so the less handling the better.  When holding a fish gentle is better and they must be held behind the gill plate to avoid damage to the gills.  Removing a hook is much easier with forceps or just eliminating the barb on your hook.  There are times a hook is swallowed or set deep.  When this occurs it is the best option to cut the line and leave the hook in place.  The fish has a better chance of survival when this is done.  When releasing, moving the fish back and forth in the water promotes oxygen and blood flow to the gills for a positive release outcome.  More information on this process and any information you could potentially need when enjoying the outdoors in Missouri is included in the following link:  www.missouriconservation.org

Bennett Spring State Park catch and release begins the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February.  The hours for catch and release are 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday inside Bennett Spring State Park.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 19, 2018
Gage house level is 1.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 74.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
Current level is 101
Median is 128
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 157
Max was 378 in 1940




Niangua River
August 19, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.78 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.5 2012
25th percentile is 30
Median is 44
Today's reading is 36.1
75th percentile is 95
Mean is 77
record high max was 279 in 2017



What's Working


From the Fly Case

white megaworms
green mini mopflies
white mopflies
 beige mopflies
brown roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
yellow cracklebacks
Copper Johns



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
Easter egg glo-ball
marabous-  black and yellow, moss green and white, orange and black, and peach and brown
white thread jigs
peacock jigs
Yellow Coachdog roostertail
Glitter Fire Tiger roostertail
Limit Taker roostertail
Frog Super Duper



Zone 3

orange powerbait
green powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
white powerbait
black and yellow rubber worms
bubblegum mousetails
salmon eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait


Fishing Times

 August

7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.

September

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

October

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



Weather Forecast

Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.




Lunker Club

8/13/2018

Cooper Schaefer from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a John Deere fly.

8/14/2018

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a Weaver's gold jig

Ken Elledge from Alton, IL
3 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a beige megaworm

8/16/2018

Jamie Thiemet from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brown and shell marabou

Jesse Cook from Niangua, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on green powerbait

Eugene McDonald from Vandalia, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Super Duper frog

Roger Bunse from Cosby, MO
2 pounds 7 ounces in zone 2 on a white jig

8/17/2018

Landon Punnill from Ashland, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a shell and brown marabou

8/18/2018

Gavric Bowen from Shelbina, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a peach jig

Justin C. Allen from Rogersville, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a black and yellow worm



Calendar Events

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

BENNETT SPRING NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

THURSDAY – August 23th

2:00 PM – Fossils – Curious about fossils?  Join us at the Nature Center where you’ll see a display of several types of fossils and rocks.  The collection includes “crinoids” our Missouri State Fossil. You will leave with a better understanding of the natural materials that surround us and understand how they can be clues to our past history.

FRIDAY – August 24th

2:00 PM – Geology – Join Dan Silas at the Nature Center to learn about Geology. You will see various rock types that can be found on the Earth and talk about how different rocks are formed.
8:30 PM – Sculpin Hunt - Anyone who has an aquarium knows the importance of a bottom feeder. The sculpin has adaptations for this specific purpose and is vital to our Ozark waterways. These unique fish are active at night, giving us the perfect opportunity to see them at work. Meet at the Nature Center to discuss sculpins and then join us as we walk down to the spring to find some ourselves.


SATURDAY – August 25th

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Bat/Caves – Stop by the Nature Center to learn more about bats and caves from 10 AM until 2 PM. Since Missouri is known as the cave state, come learn more about this unique bat habitat. The Missouri Master Naturalist Springfield Plateau Chapter will have a professional presentation at 2 PM about Caves and Bats.

11:00 AM – 1:00PM – Animal Pelt Table – Join Butch Simmons at the park store. There will be a table set up filled with different animal pelts for you to touch and see. Learn about where all the pelts come from and the ways we can use them. 

SUNDAY – August 26th

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – SUNDAY FUNDAY - Join staff at the Nature Center anytime between 10 AM and 3 PM to participate in a project that is inspired by the nature around us.




Quote of the Week

Sometimes when the water is quiet...you can almost hear the fish laughing at you

Author:

Unknown

Thanks for Reading,

Devin


Sunday, August 12, 2018






How's Fishing?

This past week fishing has been great.  The weather continues to be warm and dry.  The stream is low and gin clear.  We are aware of how repetitive this sounds to everyone reading this each week.  We wish it would rain, but it seems to go around us every time.  The weather report from the National Weather Service at the following web address:  https://www.weather.gov/ for Long Lane, MO is what we use for the fishing report.  This seems to be the most accurate forecast for our exact location and Bennett Spring State Park.

 A huge thank you to the Hatchery Manager Ben Havens and his staff for all their hard work.  The stream and the trout look amazing!  We have included an update from Ben Havens the Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery Manager that should give some insight on their processes at the hatchery.  Have a great week! 


Of Interest

Hatchery update from Hatchery Manager Ben Havens: 

Hello all—

 July has been a steady but quiet month around the hatchery. Staff are working diligently on cleaning and sanitizing raceways. We have several empty pools at the moment as we work through cleaning and setting up production for the coming year. Soon all the raceways will be full as we grade, sort and split pools. Fish are flying out the door at a rapid pace.. June, July and August are our heaviest stocking months as we stock almost 50% of our total season commitment in those 3 months alone. This past July 49,743 fish were stocked here at the park. The hatchery currently holds 620,000 trout on inventory.

 The outside fish production is making steady gains. Fish size and numbers are looking good for the remainder of this season.  Water or lack thereof is beginning to become an issue. We desperately need some precipitation to help out spring flows. We started the month at 101 or 62.5 million gallons/day and we ended the month at 101CFS or 62.5 million gallons/day while the avg. flow is 137 CFS or 88.5 million gallons/day. We received rain this past month which equated to between 1.5” of precipitation. The stream remained very clear and fishable all month. We did get a 3” rainfall event in 55 minutes. However, all this fell on or north of the hatchery and did not help our low water conditions.

 JULY TAG SALES

 July tag sales were similar to last year. This number is about 1,000 tags more than the 5-year average, so it was nice to see things remain constant. The heat has been brutal so it’s not surprising that we saw no increases.

 As we look ahead, we will begin trout spawning activities here in early September. Staff will also be helping out during September and October with catfish, paddlefish, and sunfish harvests at our warm water hatcheries.

Ladies Free Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday Sept. 29th.  Lots of good things planned and new activities as well. Let me know if you have questions!


Thanks-

Ben Havens

Hatchery Manager

Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

26142 Hwy 64A

Lebanon, Mo 65536

417-532-4418 x1062



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 12, 2018
Gage house level is 1.76
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 103
Current level is 95.6
Median is 132
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 167
Max was 479 in 2013


Niangua River
August 12, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.66  feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 14.5 in 2007
25th percentile is 32
Median is 67
Today's reading is 29.0
75th percentile is 118
Mean is 112
record high max was 655 in 2013



What's Working?


From the Fly Case

Chartreuse megaworms
white mopflies
chartreuse mopflies
white megaworms
white roaches
red cracklebacks
olive wooly buggers
Double Trouble
Pale Evening Dun
RGN's

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Easter egg glo-ball
marabous-  black, black and yellow, red,  cerise and black, chartreuse and red. orange, gingersnap, coral
white thread jigs
peacock jigs
skunk roostertails
orange fluorescent roostertails
tinsel black roostertails
frog spot roostertails



Zone 3

orange powerbait
pink powerbait
white powerbait
chartreuse powerbait
mousetails
salmon eggs
nightcrawlers



Fishing Times

August

7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.

September

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

October

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




Weather Forecast

Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.



Lunker Club

8/4/2018

Isaac Tate from Ainsworth, IA
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white bedspread
3 pounds in zone 3 on white dough bait

8/5/2018

Trevon Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a coral marabou

Hope Rapps from Fulton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

8/6/2018

Ron Thomas from Fulton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Patty Bloomer from Holts Summit, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a shammy

Tyler Ramey from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a chartreuse megaworm

Scott Garrett from Monroe City, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a zebra midge

8/7/2018

Sammy Fields from Kearney, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on an orange trout worm

8/7/2018

Clyde Maxey from Jefferson City, MO
4 pounds in zone 3 on a yellow and white trout magnet

Christopher Looten from Dardonne Prairie, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

8/8/2018

Andrew Dalton from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a blue crackleback

8/10/2018

Jaxson Haer from La Plata, MO
2.4 pounds in zone 1 on a white moss jig

Jordan Haer from La Plata, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

8/11/2018

MaLora Ray from Bates City, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white roach

Kim Deister from Rushville, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white thread jig



Calendar Events

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

Successful trout fishing isn't a matter of brute force or even persistence, but something more like infiltration.

Author:

John Gierach

Thanks for reading,

Devin









Tuesday, August 7, 2018



How's Fishing?

The stream is low and clear continuing to be a wading dream.  The trout are plentiful and sizeable.  They are biting light this week, which is nothing an indicator and a pair of polarized glasses will not cure.  A day of fishing at Bennett Spring State Park will always beat a day at work.

 Red or fluorescent orange have been great colors to use in marabous, cracklebacks, and pretty much any lure of your choice.  Sinking leader or full sinking line on your fly rod  in the deeper areas of the stream seems to be quite effective for catching some of the elusive larger fish this week.  Making weight adjustments using lure choices and split shots is an effective way for those using a spincast to reach greater depths too.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 5, 2018
Gage house level is 1.76
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82.5 in 2014
25th percentile is 109
Current level is 99.4
Median is 131
Mean is 145
75th percentile is 154
Max was 390 in 2013




Niangua River
August 5, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.66 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 58
Today's reading is 29.0
75th percentile is 161
Mean is 521
record high max was 7290 in 2013



What's Working?


From the Fly Case

red San Juan worms
white megaworms
brown roaches
green cracklebacks
zebra midges
RGN's

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
egg colored glo-ball
marabous- white and black, black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, peach, salmon, and orange, brown
Tinsel black roostertails
Flash Red roostertails
peacock jigs



Zone 3

Bentley's Secret Bait
fluorescent orange powerbait
yellow powerbait
white powerbait
salmon eggs
minnows



Fishing Times

August

7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.

September

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

October

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



Weather Forecast

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 97. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. West wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.



Lunker Club

7/30/2018

David Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white megaworm

Mark Brueckmann from Ballwin, MO
4 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a peach colored nymph

Rick Bandermann from Cape Girardeau, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a gold spoon

Shelly Smith from Bethany, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black roostertail

8/1/2018

Rusty Thomas from Rich Hill, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on Cody Myrtle's special lure

8/2/2018

Mathew Kraemer from Quincy, IL
3 pounds in zone 3 on Grandpa's bait

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2.6 pounds in zone 1 on an olive crackleback

Gavin Cobb from Salisbury, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white megaworm

8/3/2018

Payden Nagel from New Bloomfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink glo-ball

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

8/4/2018

Kinzey Woody from Loose Creek, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a peacock jig



Calendar Events

 August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

BENNETT SPRING NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

FRIDAY – August 10th
2PM – Sink Holes - Sink holes are created when voids occur in bedrock.  Missouri is known as the “Cave State”, but might also be known as the “Sink Hole” state.  Come and learn why.

SATURDAY – August 11th 
10AM – Stream Team – More than 100 million gallons of water gush from Bennett Spring each day.  Protecting this stream is a very important task of the Stream Team. You will learn more about the Stream Team program, protecting our streams and you’ll assist hands on in helping to maintain its beauty.

SUNDAY – August 12th
1-2pm – Ranger Ride – Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABC’s of bike riding.  Participants should meet at the fish hatchery fish feeding station across from the park store.  Participants will ride together across the historic CCC bridge around Bennett Spring to Shelter A and back.  The riding terrain is flat with some grassy off road riding and one hill.  Bring your bicycle, helmet and water.

MONDAY – August 13th
3AM – 5AM METEOR SHOWERS - Yes, you’re are seeing correctly
Join Dan Slias as he watches the year’s best meteor shower.  Go to the parking area at the Nature Center from 3am-5am.  There will be a short hike along the road to our viewing site.  As comet Swift-Tuttle orbited the sun it left particles and debris when crossing the earth’s orbital path.  These particles will enter the earth’s atmosphere and will burn up, producing a fantastic light display. The light show can produce as many as one meteor a minute. Bring your blankets, chairs and snack to enjoy this fantastic display.


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

The fishing will be good tomorrow, if the wind doesn't blow, if the mayflies come out, if it doesn't rain, if it's not too hot, if it's not too cold, if the creeks don't rise, and if the trout are willing.

Author:

Scott Waldie

Thanks for reading,

Devin