Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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June 1, 2018

How's Fishing?

Summer has really come into it's own! A nice way of saying "It's hot out there!".
Fishing in the stream or floating down the Niangua are good ways to enjoy that warm weather.
Fishing has been really good, lots of big fish and good sized stringers. Top water hasn't been really strong yet, probably because, although the stream is in good shape, it is still a bit dingy. Renegades seem to be an exception. They are good.

Bennett blue Cracklebacks, brown roaches, black ants, zebra midges,and John Deere mini jigs have all been working well this week.



What's Working?
From the Fly Case

White Mega Worm
orange mop worms
Possum Hair Roach or brown roaches
Bennett blue cracklebacks
Renegades
black ants

Zone one or two
Gingersnap or black & yellow marabou, Salmon & Brown, peach
wooly bugger - red, brown
John Deere
White floss
Glo balls - red or jimi hendrix, chartreuse with red dot
Ginger with gold plated head, woolies
Tinsel green or brown, or black rooster Tail
pink or red brassie
Rubber Leg Jigs various colors, green is good

Zone 3

power bait: yellow, salmon peach, or orange sparkle
lady luck pink worms
night crawlers


Fishing Times
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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.


Lunker Club

5-24-18
Krista Schuessler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a black rooster tail

Caleb Donty from Adrian, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a red and yellow marabou in zone 2

Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds 1 ounce on a black marabou in zone 1

5-25-18
Shelby Turnbought from Fenton, MO
2.75 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Roger Dixon from Olean, MO
9.75 pounds on orange powerbait in the Niangua River

5-26-18
Dennis Warden from Branson, MO
2.25 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 2

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
4 pounds on a red jig in zone 2

Tyson Cox from St. Joseph, MO
2.5 pounds on an olive wooly bugger in zone 1

Jim Spatola from Barnhart, MO
2 1/8 pounds on pink and white lucky lady worm in the Niangua River


Travis Toelke from Springfield, MO
2.25 pounds on a white plastic worm in zone 3

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a white midge in zone 2

Bill Daubendiek from Sibley, MO
2.5 pounds on a pink marabou in zone 1

Eddie Burks from Harrisburg, MO
2.25 pounds on a yellow mop fly in zone 2

5-27-18
Dennis Warden from Branson, MO
2 pounds on a red and white marabou in zone 2

Matthew Warden from Virginia Beach, VA
2 1/8 pounds on a red and yellow marabou in zone 2

Vance Brindley from Highland, IL
2.5 pounds on a black and yellow roostertail in zone 2

5-28-18
Faith Brindley from Highland, IL
2 pounds on black and yellow roostertail in zone 1

Danny Curran from Belton, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere in zone 1

Jordan Aleman from Broken Arrow, OK
2 1/8 pounds on a brown roostertail in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2.25 pounds on a black and gold marabou in zone 2

Larry Gibson from Kirksville, MO
2.25 pounds on a black and gold marabou in zone 2

Jack Eichenlaub from O'Fallon, MO
2.5 pounds on a red wooly in zone 1

Greg Block from Bonnots Mill, MO
2 1/8 pounds on yellow dough bait in the Niangua River

5-30-18
William Cole from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Matt Gibson from Webb City, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 1/8 pounds on red brassie in zone 2


Calendar of Events

SAT JUNE 2

10 AM FISH HATCHERY TOUR – A guided tour will be given of the fish hatchery. 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.
2 PM BLACK BEAR PROGRAM – Meet at the Nature Center classroom to learn more about bears. Watch a video about their habitat and behaviors. Learn to safely observe bears, follow a few precautions and become “Bear Aware”. Come check out a pelt, skull and scat.

SAT JUNE 9 SUN JUNE 10 – Free fishing weekend. Allows anyone to fish for free without a state fishing permit or daily trout tag, however all other fishing rules and limits apply. For more information or questions contact the Missouri Department of Conversation’s Bennett Spring Hatchery by phone at 417-532-4418.

SUN JUNE 10
1-2 PM RANGER RIDE - Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABCs 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.

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
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby


Quote of the Week

I always thought a fly fisherman was the ultimate optimist; anyone who believes he can trick a wary wild fish with a concoction fashioned from feathers and fur can't be a pessimist.

Author
David Klausmeyer - Editor

Published:
Fly Tyer Magazine

Thanks for reading!
Lucy

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bennett Spring Trout Fishing Report
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May 24, 2018



How's Fishing?

Despite the rains we have recently had, the water in the Spring is clearing up nicely. There is still quite a bit of stain, even murkiness, but every hour improvements can be seen.
It should be a very nice weekend weather-wise. There may be a few pop up storms on Friday or Saturday, but generally temperatures in the 80's and sunny.
Ginger has been a good go to color the last few days. We have seen some action on brassies as well as brown roaches. The possum hair roach is a good choice for this, bounced or tumbled along the bottom if you are able to do that.

At the end of the report there is a calendar of events. This includes moss cutting and free weekends as well as special events. If you have an event at Bennett and would like to have it included, let me know.


Of Interest:

We had an e-mail from Ben Havens, our hatchery manager. I would like to share that with you.
He writes as follows:
Hello all-
I hope everyone is enjoying this much warmer, stable weather!
Here is an recap of last month here at Bennett Spring.

Spring Flows

We started the month of April at 307 cfs or 198 million gallons/day. We ended the month at 135 cfs or 87.2 million gallons/day. Average for this time of year is 187 million gallons/day. We received rain this past month which equated to between 2-3” of precipitation. The stream started the month murky and dirty from all the extra spring flows but ended the month very clear and fishable.

Tag sales were down for April compared to a year ago.

Adult Kids Total

April 2018 9,658 904 10,562
April 2017 10,548 1,458 12,006 (-1,444)

Tag Sales year to Date

2018 26,655
2017 27,350
Total difference -695 or -2.54%

Fish Production

The stable water levels and occasional rain is helping our fish production make steady gains. Fish size and numbers are looking great for this season. We have had several volunteers help with production efforts this month. Fingerling numbers are looking good. We have moved several more lots outside from the building this month and have around 200,000 more fingerlings coming along. Bennett Spring Hatchery currently has 821,600 fish on inventory.

Fish Stockings

We completed the following stockings last month. Avg. size of fish stocked was 12.87” long and our stocking rate was 2.53 fish/tag. This is more than the 2.25 fish/tag stocking rate that we aim for… For those curious, the hatchery has stocked 150 lunkers so far this season.

Niangua River TMA – 900 fish
Bennett Trout Park-- 26,231 fish

Let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks—

Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062


What's Working?
From the Fly Case
white mega worm
orange mop worms
Possum Hair Roach

Zone one or two
Gingersnap or black & yellow marabou, Salmon & Brown, peach
wooly bugger - red, brown
white mini marabou
John Deere
White floss
Tan, brown, green or white mini jig
Chartreuse or white brassie
Glo balls - red or jimi hendrix, peach with red dot
Ginger with gold plated head, woolies
Tinsel green or brown rooster Tail

Zone 3

power bait: yellow, salmon peach, or orange sparkle
worms


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.


Lunker Club

5-14-18
Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds on yellow rubber jig in zone 3

5-15-18
Jeff Poleski from Union MO
2-1/4 pounds on a tan jig

5-16-18
Allington Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

5-18-18
Jason Kuhlmann from Wright City, MO
2-5/8 pounds on yellow dough bait in zone 3

5-19-18
Gary Degraffenreid from Eugine, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a brown rooster tail, zone 2 - 2 times

Elijah Smith from Jeff City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Deb Buehler from Carrollton, MO
2 pounds on a green rooster tail in zone 2

Jason Kuhlmann from Wright City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Charles Dubbert from Martinsburg, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a brown jig in zone 2


5-20-18
Dan Miller from Terre Haute, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow Marabou in zone 2

Casey Green from Westphalia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on peach marabou in zone 1

Kyle McCain from St. Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

Brandon McCourt from Leavenworth, KS
2 pounds on orange sparkle dough bait in zone 3

Tim Schroeder from Maywood, MO
2 pounds on white jig with a redhead in zone 1


Weather Forecast

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Memorial Day: Sunny, with a high near 88..

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.


Calendar of Events
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
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week
After all these years, I still feel like a boy when I'm on a stream.

Author: Ex USA President Jimmy Carter

Thanks for reading,
Lucy

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store


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
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store

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