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












 



 



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