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
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.

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