Monday, April 2, 2018

How's Fishing?

The fishing has been tough for the last few days but today it seems everything changed. The fishing has been really great! It may be the sporadic cold weather that's moving in or they may just have gotten hungry, but either way, it's good for the angler.
There are very few people fishing right now, the weather is a bit on the damp and cold side. If you love to have the stream to yourself, this is your chance. The folks that are here fishing are very happy with the amount and size of fish they are catching.

What's working?
From the fly case

mega worm, white or pink
mop- worm, orange
RGN - olive
copper hot shot, olive or brown
zebra midge, black or olive
possum hair roach
weighted woolies

Zone 1 & 2
mini marabou, pink
john deere
Marabou - black, gingersnap, tequila sunrise, black, ginger or black & yellow.
rooster tail, tiger or black
grizzly wooly worm

Zone 3
Yellow X-scent powerbait
Salmon Peach X-Scent Powerbait

Water Condtitions
Bennett Spring
April 2, 2018
Gage house level is 2.63
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
25th percentile is 139
Median is 190
Mean is 265
75th percentile is 289
Current level is 364
Max was 1450 in 1983

Niangua River conditions
March 29, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.30 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 113 in 2014
25th percentile is 172
Median is 350
Today's reading is 391
75th percentile is 485
Mean is 537
record high max was 2860 in 2015

Lunker Club

Keith Kesler from Herman, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a black marabou in zone 1

Joe Hutson from Troy, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Jordan Webster from Lebanon, MO
3-1/8 pounds on a pink mini marabou in zone 2

Fishing Times
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.
September 7:30 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.
October 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Calendar of Events

April 10, 2018

Bennett Spring State Park is going to have a large amount of high school students (100) coming for a spring “work day” on Tuesday, April 10th. We need help and welcome everyone to participate as we need help facilitating/leading youth in different projects. To build relationships, character and pride of ownership within our community, an annual spring and fall work day are coordinated. The bondable moments create positive memories for all those involved. The event lasts from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break for lunch. (on your own-most have a picnic) Below are some projects listed for that day:

Missouri State Parks: Shovel and wheel barrel gravel onto the Savanna Trail, Nature Center wild garden clean-up, Remove flood and falling limbs from park grass, pick up trash and Garlic Mustard or other invasive species removal. We are in need of a lot of wheel barrels and shovels. If any of you can loan them for the day, please let me know. Last year we had 5-6 students per wheel barrel and it worked great.

Missouri Dept. of Conservation Projects: Spread Gravel, Rake Flood Debris and Limbs from Hatchery Areas, those with wagers will scrub the fish hatchery pools and mulch flower gardens. (MDC provides their own facilitators)
I still need volunteers to: Walk with some youth along the trail to look for invasive species (I have ID Cards) and pick up trash:

1. Bridge Trail and Oak Hickory Trail-around 1 mile
2. Natural Tunnel Trail-7.5 mile loop
3. Spring Trail-approx. 1 mile loop around spring
Put up canopy, table for first aid and drinking water station up by the Savanna Trail Head.
Stay inside at Nature Center to give guidance for late arrivals, those looking for a bathroom and guide youth in vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping inside floors.
Stand near gravel to assist those shoveling.
Walk or stage themselves along the difficult wheel barrel route on the Savanna Trail to assist when needed and give encouragement. Example: Deep rutted areas & steep hill.
Assist youth as they smooth/rake gravel in specific erosion spot on the Savanna Trail

If you are interested, please let me know! J If you know other members of the community that would like to help, please let them know to contact me.


Patricia Chambers
Interpretive Resource Specialist
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Division of Missouri State Parks
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

Sometimes, concentrating on some deeply undercut bank, if you were lucky you could catch a glimpse of something dark and larger than anything your imagination could conjure.

Author: Nick Lyons
Published: Mornings

Thanks for reading.

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