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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
May 28, 2015

How's Fishing?

Despite the off-and-on rain, there were a whole bunch of people fishing this last weekend. For the three day period, there were 2543 adult tags plus 679 kids tags sold. On Saturday alone there were over 1700 tags purchased.

The fish size continues to be decent. We had a lot of fish being brought up to Weaver's to be weighed, but most were just under the two pound requirement for our lunker pins. Still, nice fish! A pound and a half is a decent fish to take home.

Neither the stream or the Niangua is flooded like some of the other waterways are to the south of us. We will watch the levels and let you know if there are any significant changes to the stream conditions.

With the water in such good condition, the classic lures and flies are working well. Black and yellow marabou never goes out of style. Renegades and the seductive midge are a couple of good top water choices. The cracklebacks, especially olive and, when we can get them, aqua, are working great as well. Now that the moss is cut, the possum hair roach is working again. It works great on a sinking line or tippet just above the weeds.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

May 26, 2015
Gage house level is 1.93 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 82 in 1936
Current 142
25th percentile is 140
Median is 217
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 320
Max was 2150 in 1990

Niangua River:

May 26, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.02
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 90
minimum was 51 in 2012
25th percentile is 155
Median is 322
Mean is 442
75th percentile is 551
Max was 1370 in 2011

What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - aqua or olive
tan caddis, black caddis
tube jig, white
pale morning dun
renegade
seductive midge
brown rabbit roaches
white thread jig
white mega worm

Zone one & two:

Chartreuse, aqua or red brassie
john Deere
Marabou :black & yellow, black head and thread, tiny white (ghost) with red collar
Glo Ball- peach with red dot, original tri color
black & yellow marabou
gray deere
rooster tails: white (snow)
brown or brown/green wooly with spinner
white thread jig

Zone 3:

white, yellow, or chunky cheese power bait
red salmon egg
trout magnet- red & white, pink & white




Lunker Club

5-22-15

Reka Behrman from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds on white power bait in zone 3


5-23-15

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
2 -1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 1

Hannah and Addison Watkins (team effort, you go, girls!)
from Bolivar MO
2 pounds on a white thread jig in zone 1


5-24-15

Phillip Perry from Lebanon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on white/orange dough bait in the Niangua River.


5-25-15

Lane Glenn from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on a trout magnet in zone 3


Fishing Times

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30



Calendar of Events

May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16


Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 77.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Quote of the Week

The trout makes the angler the most gentlemanly and readiest sport of all other fishes. If you fish with a made fly, this is the chief pleasure in angling.

Author: Lawton

Published: 1613
Thanks for reading! Lucy


Contact Information for Bennett Spring Area http://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam  - trout camera
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500  - real time water levels and cubic feet per second as well as historical data
http://www.mo.gov/Recreation/Outdoors/Fishing/  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page

Phone numbers for Park Agents:

Dallas County: Matt Hitchings 417-733-3876 or Jarrad Jewell 417-733-0286
Laclede County: Walt Hutton 417-718-1111 or Jarad Millican 417-288-8744

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
May 20, 2015

How's Fishing?

The moss was cut this week. With the low water levels that Bennett has been experiencing over the last couple of years, the moss has become more of a problem than it has been in the past. When the light can reach the plants, they grow faster. It can be an inconvenience when the cutting is actually happening, but it's very necessary for the overall health of the stream and the fishing experience. As far as your lures getting caught on moss, try using the little white floss jig - it works especially well right after the moss has been cut. I was told that it resembles the crustaceans that grow on the weeds, and when the weeds are cut, they end up floating down stream along with the cuttings. If someone knows that this is not correct, please feel free to 'school' me.

Fishing continues to be good...there is a chance of showers off and on all week so the conditions will require some adaptability. Not as hot as it has been some years, for some of us that's a real plus! Overall, should be a great weekend.

I would like to say thank you to all those who are reading who have served, or had family who have served, to protect our county. Even if you are not told every day, we appreciate you for giving us the privilege of our freedom.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

May 11, 2015
Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 85 in 1977
Current 142
25th percentile is 143
Median is 214
Mean is 271
75th percentile is 330
Max was 1330 in 1981

Niangua River:

May 18, 2015
Gage House reading is 1.94
Daily Discharge levels:
Today's reading is 81
minimum was 72 in 2012
25th percentile is 165
Median is 556
Mean is 749
75th percentile is 759
Max was 2730 in 1993

What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - orange
gray scuds
copper hot shot, olive or brown
pheasant tail nymph
pheasant soft hackle
brown rabbit roaches


Zone one & two:

Chartreuse or white brassie
john Deere
Marabou :black & yellow, black head and thread, tiny white (ghost) with red collar
Glo Ball- Easter egg, gater, and original tri color
Bedspread mini jib
ruby G grubs
rooster tails: tinsel fire tiger (yellow orange & chartreuse), pumpkin seed


Zone 3:

orange power bait
trout magnets, white & pink or pale pink
Pumpkin seed Grub



Lunker Club

5-11-15

Patrick Senter from McKinney, Tx
2 pounds on a brown Mepps Aglia


5-12-15

Loren Vinson from Lees summit, MO
2 pounds on a yellow wooly in zone 2


5-17-15

Leland Fisher from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL (is that 6 this year, Bruce?)
2-1/4 pounds on a deer hair lure in zone 2

Josh Bogan from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3


5-18-15

Nathan Wadlow from Washington, MO
2 pounds on powder blue marabou in zone 2

Linda Hay from Augusta, MO
2.3 pounds on a black & olive mini jig

Fishing Times

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Calendar of Events

May 26 - Fly Tyer's Forum meets in Weaver's Tackle store at 6:30 to 8:20. Free to all, no need to pre-register. Tying Light Spruce and the Madam X. Topic is Leaders, fly lines and cleaners.

May 30 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

"Wayne is an avid fly tier and has been tying flies for a lot of years. He's known around the Bennett Spring area as the soft hackle king because he loves to tie and fish with soft hackle flies. These flies have been around for a lot of years and are still great flies to fish with today. Stop in and watch Wayne tie, and listen as he effortlessly hands out priceless knowledge as he does. Wayne is one fine fly tier and loves to share what he knows about fishing and the flies he ties."

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them. for more info check out confedmo.org/trout-fest.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

June 27th - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 25th 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 22nd - 9-12 am -Wayne Simpson fly tying demonstration at Weaver's Tackle Store

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

October 31st - end of regular fishing season

November 13th - start of catch and release for 2015/16

February 8th, 2016 end of catch and release season 2015/16




Weather Forecast

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

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

Memorial Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75.



Quote of the Day

The difference between hunting and fishing is that hunters seek their prey while fishermen try to become prey; they do their best to make their lures look attractive and vulnerable so that fish will attack them.

Author:

W.D. Wetherell

Thanks for reading! Lucy





Contact Information for Bennett Spring Area http://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam  - trout camera
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?06923500  - real time water levels and cubic feet per second as well as historical data
http://www.mo.gov/Recreation/Outdoors/Fishing/  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page

Phone numbers for Park Agents:

Dallas County: Matt Hitchings 417-733-3876 or Jarrad Jewell 417-733-0286
Laclede County: Walt Hutton 417-718-1111 or Jarad Millican 417-288-8744


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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