Monday, April 23, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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How's Fishing?

This has been a great weekend for most anglers. It was the second annual Veterans Day event. We have a guest photographer for this report, Greg Stanek, who has a son in the Army, 82nd Airborne. There are a few more pictures in this report than I usually add, but it was hard to eliminate any and I wanted you to get a feel for the event. There were fun events such as a Mad Fly Challenge where contestants are given a bag of fly tying materials and have to make their best fly using just what was given. There were also casting and fly tying demonstrations. Adaptive equipment was featured which included strong arm and self-retrieving reels as well as specially designed fly tying tools for amputees.

What's Working?

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
gold crackleback
RGN - olive
gray scud
Griffiths gnat

Zone 1 & 2

floss jig - white
white chenille jig
john deere, glittter deer
Marabou - gingersnap,Chartreuse mini marabou
glo ball - roe with red dot, white or easter egg
rooster tail - glitter brown , yellow and black, black
Chartreuse rooster tail
bumble bee mini jig

Zone 3
power bait, orange, salmon peach
worms - plastic in pumpkin seed color or pink
night crawlers

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
April 22, 2018
Gage house level is 2.04
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1981
25th percentile is 160
Current level is 135
Median is 224
Mean is 288
75th percentile is 366
Max was 868 in 1972

Niangua River conditions
April 22, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.75 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 89.8 in 2014
25th percentile is 195
Median is 459
Today's reading is 169
75th percentile is 799
Mean is 804
record high max was 4250 in 2017

Lunker Club


Mike Mathis from Moberly, Mo
2-1/4 pounds on black & silver jig in zone 2


Jerry Hanlin from Quincy, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou inzone 1


Carol Huffman from Lawrence, KS
5 pounds on a bronze roostertail in zone 1

John Cremer from Jeff City, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Ken Henley from Lake Ozark, MO
3 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2-5/8 pounds on a Cloe in zone 2

Gayle Siecinski from Marceline, MO
2 pounds on a green & yellow marabou in zone 2

John Siecinski from Marceline, MO
2 pounds on a green & yellow marabou in zone 2

Janet Brown from Florence, MO
2-7/8 pounds on a brown roostertail in zone 2

Jay Slater from Quincy, IL
2 pounds on a green wooly in zone 1

Cindy Kinney from Sheleima, MO
2 pounds on a cleo in zone 2

Keith Rogers from Wellsville, KS
2 pounds on a yellow and black rooster tail in zone 1

Ben Breitenstein from Lonedel, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2


John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a brown scud 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

Saturday, April 28 Snake Awareness
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by to View and learn more about Missouri snakes by attending a live snake presentation by the Missouri Master Naturalist Springfield Plateau Chapter and Teen Jr. Leaders. A presentation will take place at 2 p.m. in the nature center in which participants will have an opportunity to touch live snakes.

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 Day
There is no subsititue for fishing sense, and if a man doesn't have it, verily, he may cast like an angel and still use his creel largely to transport sandwiches and beer
Author: John Voelker (Supreme Court Judge) aka Robert Travers
Published: Trout Madness - 1960

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