Wednesday, June 27, 2018



How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great!  The stream is considerably lower than previous years at this time during the season, but there continues to be a large amount of fish being stocked.  The water remains clear due to the lack of rain fall.  This is providing a great fishing experience for young and old alike. 

Historically Bennett Spring has been a gathering place for friends and family.  Many memories and firsts are recalled by visitors to Weaver's Tackle Store on a daily basis.  Many people return year after year, because Bennett Spring State Park is one of their earliest and fondest memories from childhood and they are returning to share that tradition with younger generations. 

 I recently learned that besides lunker patches for 3 pound and over fish, the park store hands out ribbons for kids along with a copy of their picture that is posted online as well as in the photo albums at the front reservation counter.  Weaver's also honors anglers by giving out pins for lunkers that are 2 or more pounds and pins for first trout caught at Bennett Spring State Park.




Water Conditions

 Bennett Spring
June 24, 2018
Gage house level is 1.80
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 130
Current level is 107
Median is 162
Mean is 192
75th percentile is 216
Max was 679 in 1935


Niangua River
June 24, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.82 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 35.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 72
Median is 111
Today's reading is 38.8
75th percentile is 363
Mean is 214
record high max was 571 in 1995



What's Working


 From the Fly Case

pink panther
white and red thread jig
green tinsel jig
light brown mop fly
black caddis
Bennett blue crackleback
olive crackleback
white mega worm

Zone 1 or 2

 peach or pink glo-ball
white with red dot glo-ball
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous-  white,  black and yellow, red and white, and John Deere
brown glitter roostertail
white and red roostertail
bumblebee roostertail

Zone 3

 yellow glitter, orange and white powerbait
nightcrawlers
glitter salmon eggs



Fishing Times

 
June  6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.

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

Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.


Lunker Club

6/18/2018

Kole Sims from Champagne, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a rattle trap

Tracy Woodworth from O'fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

6/19/2018

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown pheasant

6/20/2018

Wilma Fendrick from Laddonia, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a green tinsel jig

6/21/2018

Nathan O'Neill from Oakgrove, MO
2.75 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

6/22/2018

Katie Scroyer from Lawson, MO
2.25 pounds in zone 1 on a bumble bee roostertail

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2.5 pounds in zone 1 on a beetle

6/23/2018

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
4.25 pounds in zone 1 on a jig

Jackson Wright from Lake Ozark
2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink glo-ball

Eugene McDonald from Vandalia, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a roostertail



Calendar of Events

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

June 29th - Seasonal staff member Justine will be doing a photo scavenger hunt at the Nature Center on Friday evening at 7 pm

June 30th - Saturday, Springfield Plateau Master Naturalists will have an Outdoor Hazards display at the Nature Center from 10 am to 2 pm with a formal presentation at 2 pm at the nature center.  Ozark Astronomy program at 8:45 pm on Saturday the 30th near the back end of the fish hatchery.  He will have a telescope for viewing.

July 1st - Nature's Fireworks program at the Nature Center at 2 pm.

July 4th - Nature's Fireworks program at the Nature Center at 2 pm.

July 5th - Dan will share his geology and Karst Topography knowledge in a formal presentation at 2 pm at the Nature Center.

July 6th - Ozark Astronomy program at 8:45 pm on Saturday the 30th near the back end of the fish hatchery.  He will have a telescope for viewing, presented by Dan.

July 7th -  Carol leads a Fish Hatchery Tour at 10 am
                   11 am Story Time and activity with Patty in the playground near the park store and/or fish hatchery
                   2 p.m. Program at the Nature Center "How Do We Cross Water" that will involve creating a water vessel by Justine.

July 8th - Ranger Ride at 1 pm, Join Bennett Park Ranger Bobby Sharp at the Fish Hatchery for a bicycle safety check and ride to Shelter A and back.
                 10 am to 3 pm Sunday Funday - Craft Time at the Nature Center with Justine.

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 know where they live, I know what they eat. Now it's time to fool them with thread, feathers and roadkill.

Author:

Notnoin

Thanks for reading,

Devin

Monday, June 18, 2018



How's Fishing



Fishing has been HOT!!!  The temperature outside and the amount and size of fish being caught are hot.  The stream is low and almost gin clear, but not quite.  The turbid water conditions we had been experiencing have resolved. 
   
This Father's Day weekend there were an abundance of lunker browns caught.  Fun fact brown trout are not indigenous to the United States they were imported from Germany in 1883, hence why some individuals call them "Germans."  I have included a web link in case you would like more information on this topic. 
     
https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=931





Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 17, 2018
Gage house level is 1.83
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 127
Current level is 113
Median is 166
Mean is 208
75th percentile is 244
Max was 726 in 1935

 Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 17, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.87 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 109
Median is 237
Today's reading is 42.2
75th percentile is 1530
Mean is 905
record high max was 4290 in 2013



What's Working

From the Fly Case

peach brassie
white thread jig
black and olive jig
white mop fly
black caddis
brown roaches
white mega worm
Kapok

Zone 1 or 2

tricolor or peach glo-ball
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- peach and brown, white, tricolor,
black and white, black and yellow, red, and  John Deere
brown roostertail
white roostertail


Zone 3
brown, yellow, orange glitter, and white powerbait
mousetails red and brown
nightcrawlers


Fishing Times


 June  6:30 A.M.  8:30 P.M.

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

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Heat index values as high as 93. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.



Lunker Club

6/11/2018

Brian Hinson from St. Clair, MO
 2 5/8 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Kellen Rotert from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Jason Schwoeppe from Dutzow, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere marabou in zone 1

Elijah Brown from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a brown roostertail in zone 2

Harold Cunningham from Ashland, MO
2 pounds on brown powerbait in zone 3

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2 3/4 pounds on a #14 blue cracklback in zone 2

6/12/2018

James Simmons from Bismarck, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a white rooster tail in zone 1

Mark Brown from Bethany, IL
2 1/8 pounds on a ginger/orange crackleback in zone 1

6/14/2018

Isabel Ringel from Kansas City, MO
2.1 pounds on a tricolor marabou in zone 1

Linda Hey from Augusta, MO
2.5 pounds on a black and olive jig in zone 2

6/15/2018

Trevon Sanders from Glasgow, MO
3 1/2 pound brown on a pastel multicolor glo ball in zone 2

Brian French from Smithton, MO
3 1/4 pound brown on a blue crackleback in zone 1

Dave Noce from Festus, MO
7lb 14oz brown on a white jig in zone 2

6/16/2018

Addie from O'fallon, MO
2 pounds on a black and yellow mini jig in zone 2

6/17/2018

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
4 pound brown on a white marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 2

Leah Smith from Sturgeon, MO
2 1/4 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Brenda Gallaher from St. Louis
2 pounds on a red marabou in zone 1

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a white mopfly in zone 2



Calendar of Events


JUNE 22nd - FRIDAY
8 PM Where Eagles Soar
Celebrate our national emblem by joining us at the Nature Center to learn the importance of the Eagle in Missouri. We’ll describe some steps being taken to bring this majestic bird back from the brink of endangerment.


JUNE 23rd - SATURDAY
2 PM What’s the Buzz?
It’s national pollinator week. Meet at the Nature Center. Come discover the importance of pollinators in our environment and identify some creatures that are pollinator pros. We will be using recycled materials to craft a temporary home for some pollinator friends.

8:30 PM Going Batty
Wear comfortable shoes, bring your flashlight and meet at Shelter A. We’ll keep our eyes open and learn about the structures they use to find their prey while going on a night hike to find some bats to observe.


June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting


JUNE 29th - FRIDAY
7 PM Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
It’s national camera day! Bring your cellphones/cameras to the Nature Center as we talk about some things you can find here in the park. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as we will hit the trails to find many of the things we’ve discussed.


JUNE 30th - SATURDAY
10 AM – 2 PM Basic Outdoor Hazard and Safety Awareness Display - Nature Center
Program 2 PM – 3 PM
Learn more about the outdoor hazards a person can encounter when exploring the great outdoors through a display at the nature center. Knowing more about basic outdoor safety and awareness will assist in making outdoor activities more enjoyable. There will also be a presentation on Basic Outdoor Hazards and Safety. Learn more about enjoying the great outdoors with bats, poison ivy, snakes stinging insects, ticks and chiggers, spiders and wildlife. The presentation is being presented by Springfield Missouri Master Naturalist and Jr. Leaders.


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

A beautiful pattern poorly tied does not make for a beautiful fly. But an ugly pattern brilliantly tied might, because it embodies hope

Author:

Erin Block


Thanks for reading!
Devin

























Monday, June 11, 2018

How's Fishing



Last week we mentioned RGN's.  We would like to revisit this, since there have been a few questions about what they look like and what RGN means.  RGN stands for Ross' Glitter Nymphs named after the individual that makes them locally. They are a fairly simple fly to tie, but are available here at Weavers for purchase.



The stream is stocked to the gills, pun intended.  Fishing has been great in all the zones and the Niangua River.  Free fishing weekend was very successful with many people enjoying Bennett Spring.  The water is low due to the lack of rain, so far this season and the clarity is getting better with each passing day.

Of Interest:
Lucy here...I would like to introduce you all to Devin.  She will be the guest writer of the fishing report.  She has written a couple of reports with my 'guidance' and seems to have a handle on what you all are looking for in the report.   I hope you all will let her know how much you appreciate her efforts, just as you did for me!  When you visit our store, be sure to chat with her about your successes and struggles.  She absolutely loves to fish and will appreciate  your input for the report.
Rick and I won't be around as much as we have been, but we will be here off and on.  We have accepted the next phase of our life which is to be more fishing, more golf and more art.  Sounds rough, but I think we are up to it.  (joke) .  We so appreciate all the support and, yes, the love, you have given us over the years and hope you will continue to stop in and shop.  We are giving the next generation a chance to shine.  We are counting on our son, Eric, his wife Chelsea, and Dan and Devin to continue to give you the best customer service possible.



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 10, 2018
Gage house level is 1.88
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 131
Current level is 101
Median is 182
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 255
Max was 598 in 1937



Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 10, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.06 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 41.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 137
Median is 329
Today's reading is 77.1
75th percentile is 740
Mean is 871
record high max was 6680 in 1995



What's Working

From the fly case

Bennett blue crackleback
Black, tan, white, megaworms
Chartreuse, white/pink, tan mop flies
crane flies

Zone 1 or 2

pink or white thread jigs
John Deere
John Deere yellowtail
tinsel jigs
peach globalls
marabous -black and yellow, peach and brown, ginger, white

Zone 3

rainbow doughbait
salmon fix trout magnets
Lucky Lady white or black/yellow rubber worms



Fishing Times

June        6:30 A.M-.8:30 P.M.

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


Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.



Lunker Club

6-4-2018

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
 2 1/8 pounds on an olive woolly bugger in zone 1

6/5/2018

Chris Horley from Mexico, MO
3 1/8 pounds on a pink thread jig in zone 1

6/6/2018

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

6/7/2018

Rick Sabath from Lenexa, KS
2 1/2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/16 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 2

6/8/2018

Dan Voelker from Waterloo, IL
2 pounds on a salmon fix trout magnet in zone 3

Chester Hill from Grafton, MO
2 pounds on a white rubber worm in zone 3

Ruth Todd from Raytown, MO
3 3/4 pounds on a black megaworm in zone 1

Dave Matkin from St. Louis, MO
2 1/16 pounds on a white jig in zone 2

6/9/2018

Julia Diehl from Steelville, MO
2 1/8 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/4 pound on a peach globall in zone 2

Chase Bresler from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a tan mop fly in zone 1

Stanley Barnes from Edwardsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds on a white megaworm in zone 1

6/10/2018

Toni Starman from Clarksville, MO
2 pounds on white powerbait in zone 3

Drew Sabath from Olathe, KS
2 1/4 pounds on black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Robert Moore from Lebanon, MO
2 1/2 pounds on a nightcrawler in zone 3



Calendar of Events


JUNE 22nd -  FRIDAY
8 PM   Where Eagles Soar 
Celebrate our national emblem by joining us at the Nature Center to learn the importance of the Eagle in Missouri.  We’ll describe some steps being taken to bring this majestic bird back from the brink of endangerment.

JUNE 23rd - SATURDAY
2 PM  What’s the Buzz? 
It’s national pollinator week.  Meet at the Nature Center.  Come discover the importance of pollinators in our environment and identify some creatures that are pollinator pros.  We will be using recycled materials to craft a temporary home for some pollinator friends.

8:30 PM  Going Batty
Wear comfortable shoes, bring your flashlight and meet at Shelter A.  We’ll keep our eyes open and learn about the structures they use to find their prey while going on a night hike to find some bats to observe.

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

JUNE 29th -  FRIDAY
7 PM  Nature Center Scavenger Hunt
It’s national camera day! Bring your cellphones/cameras to the Nature Center as we talk about some things you can find here in the park.  Make sure you wear appropriate footwear as we will hit the trails to find many of the things we’ve discussed.

JUNE 30th -  SATURDAY
10 AM – 2 PM   Basic Outdoor Hazard and Safety Awareness Display    -  Nature Center
Program 2 PM – 3 PM 
Learn more about the outdoor hazards a person can encounter when exploring the great outdoors through a display at the nature center.  Knowing more about basic outdoor safety and awareness will assist in making outdoor activities more enjoyable.  There will also be a presentation on Basic Outdoor Hazards and Safety.  Learn more about enjoying the great outdoors with bats, poison ivy, snakes stinging insects, ticks and chiggers, spiders and wildlife.  The presentation is being presented by Springfield Missouri Master Naturalist and Jr. Leaders.

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

The sporting qualities of a fish are dependent neither on its size nor its weight, but on the effort of concentration, the skill and mastery the fish demands from the fisherman.

Author:

Charles Ritz

Thanks for reading!
Devin




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How's Fishing?



A gentleman that was fairly new to fly fishing recently came into Weaver's. We assisted him with lure selection. One thing we suggested were brassies, and we gave him tips on a good way to fish them. He left the store and returned within a couple hours to thank us for his amazing day of fishing, which included catching a trout every other cast.

The stream is stocked very well with many larger trout. Fishing in the morning with black and yellow of any sort remains a prosperous trend. Afternoons tend to be slower with the heat. Evenings pick back up when the weather cools. The water is low and fairly clear, which is very appealing for fly fishermen of all ages. Crane flies, Bennett blue cracklebacks, and olive RGN's stay at the top of the flybox list.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 5, 2018
Gage house level is 1.92
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 134
Current level is 109
Median is 183
Mean is 203
75th percentile is 244
Max was 480 in 1935

Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 5, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.22 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 54.7 in 2012
25th percentile is 168
Median is 286
Today's reading is 95.0
75th percentile is 461
Mean is 302
record high max was 580 in 2013



What's Working
From the fly case

olive RGN-golden olive
chartreuse mop worms
olive woolly
Bennett blue cracklebacks
copper hotshots
rabbit skin~white chamois
crane flies


Zone one or two
red/green, rust, charteuse brassie
marabous-black & yellow, chartreuse, and gingersnap
pink and white jigs
pink lady glo balls
John Deere
little cleo

Zone 3
yellow, orange, and brown powerbait
salmon eggs





Fishing Times
.
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: Sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.




Lunker Club

6-1-2018

Brayden Faulkner from White Hall, IL
2.5 pounds on a pink and white jig in zone 2

Ian McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2 pounds on yellow powerbait in zone 3

Matt Berron from Beaufort, MO
2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Jared Lootens from Jefferson City, MO
3.5 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

6-2-2018

John Berron from New Haven, MO
2 pounds on a floating rapala in zone 2

Norman Black from Edgar Springs, MO
9.25 pounds on brown bait in zone 3

6-3-2018

David Berron from Washington, MO
2.1 pound on a mop fly in zone 1

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

Trent Bauman from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere in zone 2

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a Cleo in zone 2

Nicholas Basore from Stillwell, KS
2.8 pounds on a rabbit skin white chamois

6-4-2018

Steve Lagarce from Troy, MO
2 pounds on a Bennett blue crackleback in zone 2

Sean McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2.5 pounds on orange powerbait in zone 3


Calendar of Events

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 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

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.
Anonymous

Thanks for reading!