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

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