Sunday, March 4, 2018



Trout Fishing Report for Bennett  Spring
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March 4, 2018

How's Fishing?
I'ts been an unusual opening this year.  Although the water receded from the previous high water levels earlier in the week the fishing was still more difficult than usual.  The problem was the swiftness of the current and the color - which had a distinct similarity to chocolate milk.  There were some good sized fish caught and mostly satisfied anglers, but very few were really happy with the conditions.  It has gotten better with time, and will continue to, but the opening was tough.  One comment we heard more than one time was that once a 'pool' of fish was found, the catching was pretty easy.
The best lures have been white, yellow, orange or pink.  And a little sparkle is a good thing.
Total tags sold for Bennett Spring Opening Day were 1471.  This was up about 100 from last year.

Fishing Times

March 6:30 a.m. (7:30 Daylight savings Time )    -6:00 pm    (7:00 Daylight Savings time)
April   7:00 a.m.  -   7:30 p.m.
May  6:30 a.m.  -   8:15 p.m.
June/July 6:30 a.m.  -   8:30 p.m.
August 7:00 a.m.   -   8:00 p.m.
Sept  7:30 a.m   -   7:15 p.m.
October 7:30 a.m.  -   6:30 p.m.



What's Working?

From the fly case
Pink & white mega worm

Zone 1 & 2

White floss
Salmon brassie
Marabou - black & yellow, pink, white and peach & white. orange
Rooster tails - brown glitter, black with gold blade, Orange

Zone 3
Yellow power bait
Rainbow power bait
Salmon eggs
Opening Day 2018


Water Conditions
Bennett Spring

March 4, 2018
Gage house level is 2.52
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 87.3 in 2015
Current level is 267
25th percentile is 128
Median is 176
Mean is 165
75th percentile is 219
Max was 2250 in 1984

Niangua river

Niangua River conditions
March 4, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 4.20 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 260
Minimum was 75 in 1996
25th percentile is 88
Median is 199
Mean is 415
75th percentile is 513
record high max was 2650 in 2008




Lunker Club

March 1, 2018
Kenny Verser from Columbia, MO
3.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ken Clements from Caseyville, IL
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Rich Osborn from Mascoutah, IL
2.5 on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Tyler Plant from Quincy, IL
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Brian Wilson from Wellinton, MO
3 pounds on a black &yellow marabou in zone 1

Corey Bigler from Grandview MO
4.8 pounds on a orange /back spinner in zone 2

Matt Turley from Evansville, IN
3-1/8 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 2

Matt Turley for Evansville, IN
2-1/4 pounds on a black & white marabou in zone 2

Tony Griffith from Holts Summit, MO
3 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on home bait in zone 3

Chris Gregory from Colombia, MO
2.25 pounds on a rainbow rooster tail in zone 1

Ken Clements from Caseyville, IL
2.2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Mark Drummond from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds on a glo-ball in zone 1

Wesley Moritz from Ashland, MO
2.5 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Ed Miller from Houstonia, MO
2.5 pounds on yellow sparkle power bait in the river

David Brown from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a brown woolie in zone 2

Shawn Viau from House Springs, MO
2.5 pounds on a glo ball in zone 1

Darla Todd from Mexico, MO
2.25 pounds on pink & orange power bait  (and spit)

Fred Todd from Mexico, MO 
2.5 pounds on pink & white power bait (no spit)

Brian Wilson from Wellington, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ron Hoffman from Evansville, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2



3-2-18

Bob Brandt from Eldon, MO
2.25 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Jay Lewis from Huntsville, MO
2.25 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

Austin Welch from Lee's Summit, MO
2-3/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Jeff Wheelan from Hannibal, MO
2.5 pounds on black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Arron Pauley from Columbia, MO
3.5 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Garnet Peck from Kirksville, MO
2.25 pounds on powerbait in zone 3

Ken Clemends from Cassybille, IL
2 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

Kenny Verser from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on white marabou in zone 2

Joe Gicona from OFallon, MO
2 pounds on white woolly bugger in zone 1

Tim Dejarnette (age 14) from Lee's Summit, MO
2.25 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Terry Hampton from Lee's Summit, MO
3.25 pounds on a black & red marabou in zone 2



3-3-18
Jake Sewell from Wellsville, MO
2 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

Wayne Robinson from Dittmer, MO
3 pounds on a red & black marabou in zone 1

C.J. Curd from Wellsville, MO
2 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3

Cody Groner from New Haven, MO
2.25 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Bob Brandt from Eldon, MO
2.25 pounds on rainbow power bait in zone 3

Mark Brandt from Eldon, MO
2 pounds on rainbow power bait in zone 3

Jason Williams from KC Kansas
2.25 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Zach Smith from Walnut Grove, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Matt Sanders from Glasgow MO
2-1/4 pounds  on a San Juan worm

Mary Hollingsworth from Union city OK
2-1/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1


3-4-18

Ron Hoffman from Evansville, IN
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

John McCetchan from Monticello,  MO
2-1/4 pounds on white power bait in zone 3

Jason Farris from Russellville, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou jig in zone 2

Nels Johnson from Lebanon, MO
2-1/8 pounds on cheese dough bait in zone 3



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. .

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 48.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.




Calendar of Events

There will be events happening every weekend at the Nature Center. For more information about these events call Patricia Chambers.

Patricia Chambers
Interpretive Resource Specialist
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Bennett Spring State Park
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
417-532-3925 or 417-532-7006

April 11 & 12 Weed cutting

April 21 Veterans Fishing Day

May 5 Kids Fishing Day

May 23 & 24 Weed cutting

June 9 & 10 Free Fishing Weekend

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

It is the glory of the art of angling that its disciples never grow old. The muscles may relax and the beloved rod become a burden, but the fire of enthusiasm kindled in youth is never extinguished.
Author:   George Dawson
Published:   The Pleasures of Angling

Thanks for reading.  Lucy