Located 500 yards east of Missouri's Bennett Spring State Park

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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
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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 Forecast

 
 



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


 
 



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





 
     
     
     
     
 



OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:


 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
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 fisherman 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



 
     
     
     
     
     
 


PERSONS OF INTEREST

 
 

Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062


Craig Fuller
Fisheries Management Biologist
417-532-7612 x 224
craig.fuller@mdc.mo.gov


Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
(: 417-532-3925| 6: 417-532-7006
www.mostateparks.com


Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111.



Dallas County Conservation Agent Matt Hitchings and Ryan Wood
Matt.Hitchings@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-3876

Ryan.Wood@mdc.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-0286.




Conservation agents for Laclede County
Jarrad.Jewell@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-718-1111

Jarad.Milligan@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-288-8744


Trout Cam At Bennett Spring State Park https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam




 
     
     
     
     
   
 

Mike Sapp Photo

 
     
   
 

Mike Sapp Photo

 
     
     
     
     
     
 


Noted fly fisherman Lefty Kreh was once asked by a non-fisherman what was the sense of catching fish only to let them go. He responded, "Do you burn your golf balls after a game?"



 
     

 

 

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