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.

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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.

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

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.

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


Erin Block

Thanks for reading!

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