Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fishing Report 2/23/2019

How's Fishing?

We had a great Catch and Release Season the winter weather was mild for the most part. Fishing was amazing especially on very cold days the trout were very active. You may have seen me and said, "look at that crazy redhead, she is going to freeze to death." Frozen eyelets were the least of my worries most weekends for sure. The stream remained relatively low and clear for most of catch and release.

Opening Day is quickly approaching and we are getting some rain and most of the snow has melted away. The temperature on March 1st should be mild in the 40's, which will feel like a heat wave at this point. We are very excited to see everyone and create new memories and lose ourselves in the nostalgia of a simpler time when everyone camped next to the stream and the limit was 5 trout instead of 4.

Kay Crabtree and Ed Elersic are two individuals that can give an insight to those times. They have been chosen to sound the whistle for Opening Day and received the first tags of this season. They both have enjoyed Bennett Spring and the people that frequent its amenities for decades. They are pillars of the Bennett Spring community. We commend all their efforts on and off the stream.

Of Interest:

The Pre-Season Meeting held on Wednesday February 20, 2019 was a wealth of information. The meeting was broadcasting live and a recorded version can be found on the Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook page. A special thank you to Chelsea Kirchberg for recording it.

Ben Havens, Hatchery Manager of Bennett Spring State Park started the meeting off by going over the statistics from last year 2018. 138,678 tags were sold which is the 2nd best in 10 years. 301,000 were stocked in Bennett Spring State Park and the Niangua River with an average length of 13 inches. This year 2019 with favorable weather they predict at least 1700 anglers to descend on Bennett Spring State Park. Over 100 lunkers will be stocked. All trout will be 8 1/2 inches or more in length averaging 13 inches, like last year. None of the fishing regulations have changed.

The wooden bridge will be open on February 28, 2019 at 8:00 A.M.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
February 22, 2019
Gage house level is 2.42
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76.6 in 2015
25th percentile is 119
Current level is 271
Median is 178
Mean is 199
75th percentile is 250
Max was 524 in 1985

Niangua River
February 22, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.02 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 94
Median is 212
Today's reading is 555
75th percentile is 711
Mean is 457
record high max was 1430 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Rainbow Trout

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs

Fishing Times

March 6:30 a.m. (7:30 Daylight Savings Time ) -6:00 pm (7:00 Daylight Savings time)

April 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

May 6:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.

June/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: Sunny, with a high near 50. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Wednesday: A chance of rain and snow before 7am, then a chance of rain between 7am and noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Friday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

Calendar of Events

Opening Day of Trout Season- March 1, 2019

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Hatchery Visitor March 8, 2019 from 6-8 P.M.

Weed Cutting- April 10-11

Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019

Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019

Weed Cutting-May 22-23

State of Missouri Statewide Free Fishing Days--- June 8th and 9th

Weed Cutting- June 26-27

Weed Cutting- August 7-8

Weed Cutting September 18-19

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019

There is a list at that gives all the details of other activities; such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring Park though out the year.

Quote of the Week

The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with all the sense of wonder and awe of a child approaching Christmas.


Robert Traver

Thanks for reading,


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