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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September 19, 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


 
 


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




 
     
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
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September 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

 
 


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 for a lifetime.

Author:

Mr. Penn




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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Lebanon, MO  65536

Phone: 417-532-4618

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