Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fishing Report 9-23-2018



How's Fishing?

The stream is low, very clear, and stocked well at this point in the season.  The weather has been very mild and cooler as we continue to lack rain. The cooler temperatures have made for ideal fishing conditions.  We have heard mixed reviews on what is working.  Some individuals are stating smaller flies are better while others state bigger flies are working better.  Some anglers prefer to fish dry flies on top, others swear by sub-surface presentation.  A well stocked fly box alleviates any question on what to use in any given situation.  Sometimes it seems like the trout are constantly changing their feeding choices, so we in turn are perpetually changing our tactics. It may seem like a vicious cycle, but it defines the difference between fishing and catching. 

Of Interest this week:

 September 29th~Ladies Fishing Day~ See Calendar of Events section for full details 




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 23, 2018
Gage house level is 1.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 99.4
Median is 109
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 144
Max was 570 in 1970




Niangua River
September 23, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.79 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 40
Median is 52
Today's reading is 36.8
75th percentile is 154
Mean is 254
record high max was 2500 in 1993



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

olive woolies
olive zebra midges
seductive midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
orange cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
orange mopflies
chartreuse mopflies



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
light roe glo-balls
Easter egg glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, brown, pink and white, tequila sunrise, John Deere, moss and brown, ginger
Roostertails-  rocket red spot, Bumblebee, skunk, snow, watermelon




Zone 3

green pumpkin powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
salmon eggs
orange mousetails



Fishing Times

 September

7:30 A.M.
7:15 P.M.

October   
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.



Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.




Lunker Club

9/18/2018

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

9/19/2018

Forrest Holtkamp from Mexico, MO
2 1/4 pound in zone 3 on a salmon egg

Ron Sullivan from Sullivan, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait

9/20/2018

Darryl Niemeier from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a watermelon roostertail

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on and olive crackleback with ginger hackle

9/21/2018

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/16 in zone 2 on a ginger marabou

Alyssa Courtaway from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Brian Gregory from St. Joseph, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Erica Lindsay from Allen, TX
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown marabou

9/22/2018

Hunter Mildfelt from Ft. Scott, KS
2 1/2 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a
chartreuse mopfly and brown marabou

Gina Richardson from Bethalto, IL
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a bumblebee roostertail

Addie Evans from Ft. Collins, CO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a red salmon egg

9/23/2018

Andy Fairchild from Belleville, MI
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a ginger marabou



Calendar of Events

The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

B E N N E T T  S P R I N G  S T A T E  P A R K

Spring Branch Clean-up Saturday - October 6th, 2018
Join Stream Team #5462 as they hold a trash clean up at the Bennett Spring Branch. We will talk about making a visual survey of our spring branch to check or characterize the riparian corridor of the stream.

1:00 PM
- Meet at the Nature Center as we work our way to the Whistle Bridge cleaning up trash. At the Whistle Bridge, join Dan Silas to learn about the Riparian Corridor. After the lesson, head back to the Nature Center for a snack social!
For additional information or questions please contact the Bennett Spring State Park Nature Center at 417-532-3925


October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Schedule of Events October 20th

1 pm
Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.


2 pm
The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest.   Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm
Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm
Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

 7 pm
Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

 8 pm
Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B. 



Quote of the Week

Fishing largely consists of not catching fish; failure is as much a part of the sport as knee injuries are of football.

Author:

Robert Hughes

Thanks for reading,

Devin








 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fishing Report 9/17/2018




How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The mornings are good for the first few hours with the trout shutting down around 10:00 A.M.  Activity seems to pick back up in the afternoon.  The weather is unseasonably warm, which can be a contributing factor to the trout activity or lack of.  The trout are super active on top water in the evenings. The stream is low, clear, and filled with trout.  Don't forget Ladies Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday September 29, 2018. 



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 16, 2018
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 64.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 98
Current level is 97.5
Median is 116
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 140
Max was 546 in 2008




Niangua River
September 16, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.95 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 24.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 36
Median is 48
Today's reading is 48.1
75th percentile is 420
Mean is 436
record high max was 3870 in 2007



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechangers
brown or olive woolly buggers
zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
orange cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
Pale Evening Dun
orange mopflies



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
orange glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, brown, pink and white, tequila sunrise
Roostertails- fluoroscent orange, chartreuse,




Zone 3

Lucky Lady pink and white worms
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
nightcrawlers
orange trout magnets
salmon eggs
orange mousetails


Fishing Times

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 89. Heat index values as high as 93. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.



Lunker Club

9/10/2018

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy

J.R. Barber from Stockton, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on an orange roostertail

9/12/2018

Sandy Bornfleth from St. Charles, MO
3 1/4 pounds in  zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

9/13/2018

Keith Schuster from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a green crackleback

9/15/2018

Hayden Bradshaw from Griggsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a tequila sunrise marabou

Emily Wilson from Wellington, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a rainbow trout roostertail



Calendar of Events


The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.


BENNETT SPRING NATURE CENTER PROGRAMS

SATURDAY – September 22th 
11:00 AM – Karst Topography   Join a park staff at the Nature Center to discuss where all the water that leads into the Bennett Spring originates.  Karst topography tells the story of the groundwater and the building of features like Ozark springs, caves and sinkholes.




1:00 PM – Autumn Sensory Hike  Meet at the Nature Center where Justine Acton will take you on a hike that allows you to use all five senses to discovery the world around you as we change into autumn. We will be working with basic journaling skills to keep track of all the interesting things we see, smell, hear, and feel on our hike. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress to match the weather.


*In the Case of Rain Alternative Program will be offered:*
1:00 PM – The Incredible Journey      Transform yourself into a single drop of water and join us on the incredible journey that the water cycle takes you on. Discover how water transforms the Earth in this fun and active mission.  Meet at the Nature Center.



SUNDAY – September 23th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Sunday Funday Join Nature Center Staff as we talk about why and how nature changes into the autumn season. We will participate in an autumn leaf themed craft. We will be crafting outside so we can collect supplies from the world around us.


 

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

When a man picks up a fly rod for the first time, he may not know, he has been born again.

Author:

Joseph D. Farris

Thanks for Reading,

Devin



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fishing Report 9/12/2018



How's Fishing?

The fishing has been outstanding this past week.   We had a few rainy days, but the water in the stream remains low, gin clear and beautiful Bennett Spring blue.   As opposed to the Niangua River that looks like chocolate milk at the moment.  Quite a few people have come into Weaver's Tackle Store and commented on how abundantly stocked the stream continues to be.  Hatchery Manager Ben Havens and his staff have revived the stream from the flooding in December 2015, July 2016, and May 2017.  Keep up the great work!   

   

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 9, 2018
Gage house level is 1.97
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 136
Median is 120
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 140
Max was 280 in 1994




Niangua River
September 9, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Median is 58
Today's reading is 262
75th percentile is 130
Mean is 93
record high max was 352 in 2007



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

RGN's
zebra midges
white or gray roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
Elkhair caddis
chartreuse mopflies



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
Easter egg glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, brown and moss, orange,   pink and white, red and chartreuse, and white
Roostertails- white or black
Limit Taker Roostertail
Orange Fire Tiger Roostertail



Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait
nightcrawlers
chartreuse trout magnets



Fishing Times

September
7:30 A.M.
7:15 P.M.

October   
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.



Weather Forecast

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light northeast wind.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

Lunker Club

9/3/2018

Dominic Biscari from Kansas City, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig

Tyson Thomas from Walnut, IA
2 pounds in zone 2 on a black roostertail

9/4/2018

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy

9/6/2018

Michael Selby from Trenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a peach megaworm

Brian Selby from Trenton, MO
3 pounds in zone 1 on a white roostertail



Calendar of Events

The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.

 Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

Give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish, and you can sell him fishing equipment

Author:

Mr. Penn

Thanks for reading,

Devin








 




 
 






 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fishing Report 9/4/2018


How's Fishing?

Fishing was great this last week and through Labor Day weekend.  The water is low and gin clear.  An ample amount of trout remain in the stream to be caught and kept.  Hoppers and midges used in tandem can be useful and different as a tactic.  A few individuals are utilizing the hopper with a dropper method.  We have included a diagram as a visual guide.







  





Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 3, 2018
Gage house level is 1.80
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Current level is 101
Median is 122
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 146
Max was 349 in 2010




Niangua River
September 3, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.82 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 21.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 35
Median is 57
Today's reading is 38.8
75th percentile is 88
Mean is 175
record high max was 1950 in 2010



What's Working?

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechanger
zebra midges
brown roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Elkhair caddis



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
egg colored glo-balls
shrimp pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, moss green and white, orange and black, peach and brown, red and chartreuse, and white
white thread jigs
peacock jigs



Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
white powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait
black and yellow worms
nightcrawlers




Fishing Times

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. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Heat index values as high as 92. South wind 9 to 11 mph.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.





Lunker Club

8/25/2018

Chris Ellis from Richmond, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a holy moly clog poly

8/27/2018

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

Jeff Forck from Columbia, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Braydon Allee from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and red crackleback

8/28/2018

Louis Mewharter from Starsburg, IL
2 pounds in zone 3 on a grasshopper

8/29/2018

Scott Garrett from Monroe City, MO
2 pounds on a green machine

Gene Heelskamp from Raytown, MO
3 pounds on a silver jig

Cathy Jones from St. Joseph, MO
2.8 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a tan mopfly

8/30/2018

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
4 pounds in zone 1 Old gray John Deere

8/31/2018

Jason Greaman from O'Fallon, MO
3.5 pounds in zone 1 on a gray jig

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a chartreuse megaworm

James Reid from Sweet Springs, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

Cathy Jones from St. Joseph's, MO
3.3 pounds in zone 1 on a tan mopfly

Tracy Werdehavsen from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a shammy

Jason Chiesi from Independence, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a Joe fly

Jason Pauley from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball

9/1/2018

Jonathan Goodman from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on Dan's secret bait

Krystal Stigers from Florissant, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Ron Tilson from Park City, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a black and yellow roostertail

Quinn Martin from Hillsboro, MO
3 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brown scud

9/2/2018

Walter Williams from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

Tayden Cary from LaGrange, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow




Calendar of Events

The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.


Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby



Quote of the Week

Hooks are not part of the trout's developed searching or matching image. Therefore, in grossly oversimplified form, trout don't care about the hook.

Author:

John Merwin - Fishing Editor

Thanks for reading,

Devin