Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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May 8, 2018

How's Fishing

Last Saturday was Kid's Free Fishing day. As you see from the pictures, it was quite a success. What a great way to introduce the next generation to the great sport of fishing. It's one of the few sports that the entire family - from little ones to great grandparents - can enjoy together on equal footing.


For those of you who shy away from the first Saturday in May because of the number of rowdy young people, I will let you in on a little secret. Zone one is a ghost town. It's stocked normally and doesn't get fished most of the weekend. Probably one of your best weekends if you like a little elbow room in zone one when you are fishing.


What's Working?

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
gold crackleback
Renegade
chartreuse, pink or white - mega worm or mop worm


Zone 1 & 2

john deere
Marabou -Red, Peach, gingersnap, & Chartreuse mini marabou
glo ball - roe with red dot, orange or easter egg
rooster tail - glitter brown , yellow and black, black
Chartreuse rooster tail
bumble bee mini jig
wooly bugger - black & yellow, brown
chartreuse or white mini marabou

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


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
May 7, 2018
Gage house level is 2.0
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1981
25th percentile is 155
Current level is 126
Median is 193
Mean is 265
75th percentile is 321
Max was 1060 in 1998

Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
May 7, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.75 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 82 in 1992
25th percentile is 131
Median is 413
Today's reading is 173
75th percentile is 1110
Mean is 1010
record high max was 8170 in 1994


Fishing Times

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.


Weather Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.


Calendar of Events.

May 12th Savanna Trail Hike 9 a.m., meet at Savanna Trail Head

May 19th & 20th Missouri Trout Fishermans Association Trout Derby
Sponsored by Springfield Chapter Register Fri Night after 5 PM

May 19th Fish Hatchery Tour 10 am & Photo Walk 9 am to 11 am, Nature Center

May 23 & 24 - Weed cutting

May 26th Spring Trail Hike 10 am, meet at nature center

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

Good fishermen know that in talking about fishing, nothing is more interesting than the truth.

Author: Arthur Ransome

Published: Rod and Line 1980

Thanks for reading.
Lucy

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Trout Fishing Report
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May 2, 2018



How's Fishing?
Just possibly last weekend was the best weekend for fishing ever. It was warm, clear and fairly still. The stream is in very good condition, especially considering the time of year. It's a bit low, but there are some rain showers forecast for the middle of this week and it should rise a bit. The coming weekend is also forecast for the same kind of weather. It just may beat last weekend!
Please remember, or in case you were not aware of it, zone two had some excavation done to it over the winter. Where you have been used to gradually working your way in to deeper water - there is a drop off. Several anglers have stumbled and fallen into the deep water. So, Angler, Beware!


What's Working?

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
gold crackleback
Renegade
RGN - dk olive and dk brown
Gray Scud
Griffiths gnat
Copper Hot Shot

Zone 1 & 2

peacock jig
white chenille jig
john deere, angry deere
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
wooly bugger - olive
chartreuse mini marabou

Zone 3

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


Lunker Club

4-27-18

Richard Guternuth from St Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Dennis Wisnewski from Hazelwood, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

4-28-18

Robert Duree from Blue Springs, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach dough bait in the river

4-29-18

Barry Walter from Sedalia, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 1

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson city, MO
2-1/4 pounds on home made bait

4-30-18

Tony Brake from Niangua, MO
2-1/4 pounds in the Niangua river on orange power bait


Water Conditions


Bennett Spring
May 2, 2018
Gage house level is 2.04
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 162
Current level is 135
Median is 213
Mean is 297
75th percentile is 381
Max was 1000 in 1970


Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
May 2, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.87 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 105 in 2015
25th percentile is 196
Median is 449
Today's reading is 195
75th percentile is 1180
Mean is 804
record high max was 3660 in 1995



Fishing Times

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.


Weather Forecast
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 77.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74

Calendar of Events

May 5th Kids Free Fishing

May 6th Bicycling with a Park Ranger 1 pm, Fish Hatchery to Shelter A and back.

May 12th Savanna Trail Hike 9 a.m., meet at Savanna Trail Head

May 19th Fish Hatchery Tour 10 am & Photo Walk 9 am to 11 am, Nature Center

May 26th Spring Trail Hike 10 am, meet at nature center

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

There's more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.

Author: Lefty Kreh

Thanks for reading!
Lucy