Tuesday, July 31, 2018




How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The water remains low and clear with our minimal rainfall.  Dry fly patterns seem to be the best method for individuals utilizing a flyrod, especially in the evening.  Cracklebacks' of various colors including red, Bennett blue, and green, renegades, and the Griffith's gnat. 

Those using spincast rods are having great luck with marabous and roostertails. Fluorescent orange, red, and black and white being the best colors this week.  Minnows, orange powerbait, and salmon eggs  were at the top of the request list for zone 3 anglers that visited Weaver's Tackle Store this week.   




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 29, 2018
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 112
Current level is 103
Median is 132
Mean is 142
75th percentile is 163
Max was 246 in 1938




Niangua River
July 29, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.70 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.0 in 2012
25th percentile is 38
Median is 55
Today's reading is 0.70
75th percentile is 82
Mean is 104
record high max was 648 in 2016





What's Working?

From the Fly Case

red San Juan worms
white, white/pink, red megaworms
orange or white mop flies
B.C. Gamechanger
brown or white roaches
Bennett blue cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
zebra midges
white nymphs

Zone 1 or 2

white and pink jigs
white and red jigs
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
light peach colored glo-ball
John Deere
marabous- white and black, black and yellow, gingersnap, tricolor (crawdad), peach, salmon, and orange
black and white roostertail
fluorescent orange roostertail
bumblebee roostertail

Zone 3

cheese bait
salmon peach powerbait
rainbow powerbait
yellow powerbait
orange powerbait
white powerbait
salmon eggs
green worms



Fishing Times

 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. Cloudy, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the morning.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.



Lunker Club

7/23/2018

Drake Champlin from Hartford, IL
2 pounds in zone 3 on a green rubber worm

7/25/2018

Ford Ogle from Brookfield, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white and black roostertail

Jim Blankenship from Independence, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

7/27/2018

Dalton Wolf from Kansas City, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white nymph

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a B.C. Gamechanger

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a yellow megaworm

7/28/2018

Chris Scott from Harrisonville, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a red marabou

Jasper Allison from Ft. Scott, KS
2 pounds in zone 3 on salmon peach powerbait

Austin Kirby from Hannibal, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white jig

7/29/2018

Clay Teter from Bevier, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on white cheese bait

Calendar of Events

 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

All of us search for that perfect trout stream. Those who find it treasure it the rest of their lives. Those who don't, keep on searching.

Author:

Jimmy D. Moore

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fishing Report 7/24/2018




How's Fishing?

Fishing is amazing!  The trout are plentiful and large.  The water is low and gin clear, which can be challenging for the most seasoned and avid angler.  Perseverance and patience are helpful along with some lighter line/tippet.

 This last week has seen many visitors to Bennett Spring State Park.  Children will be returning to school soon telling their friends fish stories of all sizes.  Telling them how they can not wait to return to Bennett Spring the first chance they get.

      

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 22, 2018
Gage house level is 1.81
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1940
25th percentile is 112
Current level is 109
Median is 140
Mean is 145
75th percentile is 163
Max was 273 in 1994




Niangua River
July 22, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.75 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.1 in 2012
25th percentile is 41
Median is 82
Today's reading is 0.75
75th percentile is 147
Mean is 110
record high max was 296 in 2015



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

white, white/pink, red megaworms
orange, gray, brown mop flies
Renegades
B.C. Gamechanger
brown or white roaches
Bennett blue, olive cracklebacks
olive woolybugger
possum hair roach
zebra midges

Zone 1 or 2

white, salmon, peacock, and red jigs
tricolor glo-ball
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
salmon colored glo-ball
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- white, black and yellow,  ginger, gingersnap, tricolor (crawdad), peach, salmon, and brown
brown glitter roostertail
bumblebee roostertail

Zone 3

rainbow powerbait
yellow powerbait
orange powerbait
white powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait
nightcrawlers



Fishing Times

 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: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.



Lunker Club

7/15/2018

Monica Bean from Moscow Mills, MO
 2.1 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

7/16/2018

Tim Kahle from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive midge

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white

7/17/2018

John Torrey from Port Orange, FL
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive crackleback

7/18/2018

John Torrey from Port Orange, FL
3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive woolly

Kelsey Hutson from Troy, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

Rick Rothernich from Troy, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou

Melissa Knoll from Jonesburg, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a red thread jig

7/19/2018

Brody Stone from Ewing, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on Grandpa's bait

7/20/2018

Silas Roderick from Rogersville, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white megaworm

Billy Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a tan scud

7/21/2018

Annabelle Cress from Godfrey, IL
2 pounds in zone 3 on homemade bait

7/22/2018

Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon marabou

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

MaLora Ray from Bates City, MO
4.1 pounds in zone 1 on a white roach



Calendar of Events

BENNETT SPRING
NATURE CENTER ACTIVITIES

Thursday – July 26th
 
8AM – Natural Tunnel Trail Hike – Meet at the trailhead for a staff led adventure on Bennett Spring’s most famous trail. This trail is 7.5 miles through many different habitats and terrains. Prepare for this hike by bringing your lunch, plenty of water, appropriate footwear, and don’t forget your adventurous spirit. This hike will take a minimum of 5 hours to complete.

Friday – July 27th

8:45PM – Ozark Astronomy – Join Dan Slais as he shares his knowledge and telescope for participants to see the summer constellations. A telescope will be set up across from the Park Store next to the Fish Hatchery. Participants are asked to utilize the parking lots near the Park Store or Fish Hatchery and walk to the viewing area. Viewing will include planets Jupiter, Venus and perhaps Saturn; as well as the moon and other summer constellations. Bring a flashlight to aid in finding the viewing area.

SATURDAY – July 28th
   
9AM – Trail Hike – Savanna Trail – Meet volunteer Jim Welch at the trailhead to enjoy this 2.5 mile hike that winds through open woodland and along a ridge

2PM – 4 PM – Puzzle Time – Join in the fun of putting together a GIGANTIC nature related puzzle.  Be prepared to identify some of our furry friends as you piece together the puzzle and interact with Nature Center staff.

8:30 PM – Spider Sniff - Take time to practice looking for spiders by learning how to “sniff” them out at dusk.  Meet outside the Nature Center for an evening outdoor program about spiders.  This adventure will include information about spiders found in Missouri and includes a searching technique you’ll enjoy.  Participants are encouraged to bring a flash light.

SUNDAY – July 29th

10AM – 3PM   Sunday Funday – Meet at the Nature Center to have fun and participate in art projects inspired by nature.

 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

If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies

Author:

Bob Lawless

Thanks for reading,

Devin


Tuesday, July 17, 2018


How's Fishing?

Friends, family, and fishing at Bennett Spring makes great memories and even greater stories that are usually told around campfires.  The Ozarks offer so many options for outdoor activity.  Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, and the list goes on.  The Nature Center at Bennett Spring State Park has many options for activities coming up this week, which have been included in the calendar of events section of the fishing report.

The stream is low and clear.  The trout are well stocked and very active on top water.  Mornings and evenings remain the best times to catch your limit.  The Bennett blue cracklebacks, Japanese beetles, and Griffith's gnats have been the go to dry flies this week.  Olive nymphs, brown roaches, and zebra midges have been great for drifting below the surface.




-Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 15, 2018
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 116
Current level is 103
Median is 142
Mean is 162
75th percentile is 190
Max was 473 in 2016




Niangua River
July 15, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.85 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 59
Median is 111
Today's reading is 40.8
75th percentile is 185
Mean is 384
record high max was 2890 in 2016



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

white, white/pink megaworms
orange, gray, brown mop flies
WD-40
B.C. Gamechanger
Copper hotshots
RGN's
Bennett blue, olive cracklebacks
olive woolybugger
possum hair roach
zebra midges

Zone 1 or 2

white jig
tricolor glo-ball
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
salmon colored glo-ball
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- white, black and yellow,  ginger, gingersnap, tricolor (crawdad), pink
brown glitter roostertail
bumblebee roostertail

Zone 3

Chartreuse/orange mousetails
yellow powerbait
orange powerbait
white powerbait
nightcrawlers



Fishing Times

 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 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 96. Light and variable wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the morning.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Northeast wind around 7 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Thursday: A chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.



Lunker Club

7/8/2018

David Houlihan from Carthage, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a cheese worm

Jim Lucas from Chesterfield, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a nightcrawler

Katie Barnes from Tahlequah, OK
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

7/9/2018

Susie Needles from Lake Lotawana, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait

7/11/2018

Anna Jo Hill from Jefferson City, MO
2 pound brown in zone 2 on a Rebel crawdad

Cliff Hill from Jefferson City, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

7/13/2018

Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Mepps spinner

7/14/2018

Jim Lucas from Chesterfield, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on Bentley's Secret bait

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a B.C. Gamechanger

Jim Lucas from Jefferson City, Mo
4 pounds in zone 1 on a B.C. Gamechanger

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
3 pounds in zone 1 on a B.C. Gamechanger

Bryan Bean from Wentzville, MO
2.1 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

Caden Neubauer from Osage Beach, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an orange mopfly

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a B.C. Gamechanger

7/15/2018

Eric Scoggin from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on dough bait





Calendar of Events

Of Interest ~ Missouri State Parks ~Nature Center Activities



Wednesday July 18th 2PM~Fishy Who's Who



Thursday July 19th 2PM ~Karst Topography:  The Story of Sinkholes, Caves, and Springs



Friday July 20th 8:45PM~Ozark Astronomy



Saturday July 21st



9AM Trail Hike



10AM Fish Hatchery Tour



11AM Story Time



2PM Wondrous Watersheds



Nature Center Hours:  10AM-4PM Wednesday through Sunday call 417-532-3925 for additional details



 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 look into my fly box, and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: 'Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eighths of an inch long.

Author:

Allison Moir

Published:

'Love the Man, Love the Fly Rod', in, A Different Angle: fly-fishing Stories by Women

Thanks for reading,

Devin












 



 



Monday, July 9, 2018


How's Fishing?

Fishing continues to be fantastic this season.  Beetles, mop flies, and John Deere flies continue to be a popular choice in zones 1 and 2.  Individuals fishing in zone 3 have had great success on cheese bait and various colors of powerbait with orange, yellow, and white being the top picks.

 The stream is low and clear due to our continued lack of rainfall.  The hatchery staff is doing a great job maintaining and stocking the stream.  Ben Havens let us know a total of 6,150 trout were stocked July 6th through the 8th, which did not include the 12 lunkers released on Thursday July 5th. Tag sales have increased 2% for this year, which is a determining factor in the stocking of the stream.        



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 8, 2018
Gage house level is 1.77
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 124
Current level is 101
Median is 149
Mean is 169
75th percentile is 183
Max was 638 in 2015




Niangua River
July 8, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.79 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21.0 in 2012
25th percentile is 62
Median is 140
Today's reading is 36.8
75th percentile is 242
Mean is 319
record high max was 2820 in 2015



What's Working

From the Fly Case

Megaworms
Mop flies
beetles
salmon cracklebacks
white cahill
RGN's
possum hair roach

Zone 1 or 2

white jig
tricolor glo-ball
pink or salmon colored glo-balls
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- white, black and yellow,  white, peach and brown
skunk roostertail
bumblebee roostertail
blue pirate roostertail
claudia (pink tail, white glitter body, with a chartreuse spinner)

Zone 3

red/natural mousetails
bubblegum mousetails
yellow powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
white powerbait
pink powerbait
cheese bait
salmon eggs



Fishing Times

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 Conditions

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 96. Light and variable wind.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.Lunker Club



Lunker Club

7/1/2018

Clyde Maxey from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese bait

7/2/2018

Ken Beard from Union City, TN
2 3/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

7/3/2018

Christian Wattenbarger from Brookfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on pink powerbait

Levi Beard from Union City, TN
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Brian Tripp from Elkville, IL
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white floss jig

Matt Breeze from St. Louis, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

7/4/2018

Cayla Wasson from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

McKinley Smith from Quincy, IL
2.1 pounds in zone 2 on a hand tied nymph

Sandra Brock from Edwardsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow jig

Donna Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a mop fly

Harvey Warren from The Woodlands, TX
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white megaworm

Clyde Maxey from Jefferson City, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese bait

7/5/2018

Aiden Beck from Henrietta, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese bait

7/7/2018

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a yellow mopfly

Alex Martin from Lee's Summit, MO
2.1 pounds in zone 1 on white/red jig



Calendar of Events

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 have one fly that works so well, the government only allows me to tie a limited number per year; and they must be placed in military survival kits.

Author:

Major Lyer

Thanks for Reading,

Devin














Tuesday, July 3, 2018



How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The best times to fish seem to be in the morning and the evenings with the heat.  The afternoon is slower with the trout hanging out in the shade.  The water is low and clear. The trout have been top watering a lot more since the bit of rain we had last week. 

 We are including a link to some of the most used flies at Bennett Spring as well as other popular Missouri Parks. We often refer to these fly patterns in the fishing report as though they are common to everyone.  This article includes what materials are needed to tie them, how to fish with them, and some even include what body of water they are used at.   https://www.ozarkflyfishers.org/fly/flymisc/bst25flies.pdf   
 


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 1, 2018
Gage house level is 1.80
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 123
Current level is 107
Median is 158
Mean is 204
75th percentile is 205
Max was 1630 in 2015


Niangua River
July 1, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is  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

Elk hair caddis
brown mini jigs
white megaworms
brown mop flies
black caddis
Bennett blue crackleback
renegades
double trouble
zug bugs


Zone 1 or 2

tricolor glo-ball
pink or salmon colored glo-balls
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- white, black and yellow, red and white, peach
brown roostertail
copper tinsel brown trout roostertail
bumblebee roostertail


Zone 3

yellow, orange, and white powerbait
nightcrawlers
minnows


Fishing Times


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 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 100. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. 

Independence Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.



Lunker Club

6/24/2018

Katie Northway from Godfrey, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow roostertail

Gayle Siecinski from Marceline, MO
 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig

6/25/2018

Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Mepps spinner

6/28/2018

Scott Wagner from Mt. Vernon, IL
2.3 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Aaron Bain from Temple, TX
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Ethan Bain from Houston, TX
 2 pounds in zone 1 with a black and yellow marabou

6/29/2018

Tristan Conner from Lewisville, TX
2 pounds in zone 1 on a tricolor glo-ball



Calendar of Events

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

The fly fishermen who devotes a little of his time to observing ... trout food insects is amply repaid in the knowledge that many trout are caught by reason, and not just good luck.

Author:

Norman Marsh

Thanks for reading,

Devin