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
Weaver's Tackle Store
June 23, 2016

 
     
   
     
 


How's Fishing


 
 

The general trend of this year so far has been a very clear and slow moving Bennett Spring branch and Niangua River. There was a brief storm this last week that brought water levels closer to the normal range. The water is getting clearer every day, so keep that in mind as you plan your trips. What has been working this week will change up a bit as the water does.

Father's Day weekend proved for most anglers to be a great one. There were stringers of larger fish and quite a few lunkers as well. The action continues this week, fishing deep (remember trout like colder water) is more productive than top water with one or two exceptions.

Grasshoppers, small and brown, and black caddis are both good choices.



 
     
   
     
 


Fishing Times


 
 

 

 

 

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.

 

            

 

     
 
     
   
     
 


Water Conditions

 
 

The color and clarity are improving daily.


 
 

June 21, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 2.02 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86 in 1934
current level is 141
25th percentile is 161
Median is 229
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 225
Max was 2020 in 1935



June 21, 2016 for Niangua River: Moving well, just above average for discharge and levels.

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.22 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 189
minimum was 49 in 2012
25th percentile is 88
Median is 175
Mean is 303
75th percentile is 474
Max was 1120 in 2015






 
     
   
     
 


What's Working?


 
 

From the Fly Box:

hoppers
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, original
copper zebra midge
rust RGN
copper hot shots, all colors
black zebra midge
white mega worm
black caddis



Zone 1 or 2

White mini jig
white floss mini jig
red brassie
John deere mini jig
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black glitter with gold spinner
glo ball: white, original tri color, jimi hendrix, gater (green with orange spot)
Marabou - black & yellow - first thing in morning, moss & Brown, olive and brown gingersnap, ginger, yellow & brown, shell & brown
green Wooly bugger, fished deep
silver super duper (zone 2 only)



Zone 3

white trout magnet
salmon peach, green glitter, salmon red - power bait.
orange power bait worm - plastic type






 
     
 


Lunker Club


 

 
 

6-12-16

Jeffrey Finch from Otterville, MO
2-1/2 pounds on white floss in zone 2
 

 
 

6-15-16

Tom Rembe from Seymour, IA
2-1/2 pounds on a blue crackleback in zone 1



6-16-16
Tracy Scherder Woodworth from St. Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a orange power bait worm

Cindy Monnig from Jeff City, MO
2 pounds on a red brassie in zone 2



6-18-16

Eugene Bruggenann from Highland, IL
2-1/2 pounds on fluorescent red power bait



6-20-16

Eric Hendrix from Sullivan, IL
3-1/4 pounds on white fur bug in zone 1

Zoey Todd from Independence, MO-
2.5 pounds on gray & white zonker rabbit in zone 1

Zoey Todd from Independence, MO - second lunker
2.6 pounds on gray & white zonker rabbit in zone 1



6-21-16

Carletta West from Caledonia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on green glitter dough bait in zone 3



6-23-16

Brenda Looper from Buckeye, AZ
2-1/2 pounds on a super duper - silver






 

 
     
 


Of Interest


 

 
 

One of the biggest sellers at Bennett Spring is the marabou jig. Most anglers have their favorite way to fish these, but the following may be of interest to those of you who don't or haven't tried them in the past. This is copied from Missouritrouthunter.com.

Marabou jigs (not Crappie jigs) will flat out catch trout if you know how to fish them. Many fishermen are under the mistaken assumption that marabou jigs imitate minnows, but they actually imitate the swimming action of certain large aquatic insects by dancing up and down rather than side to side. In fact, a marabou jig is technically a fly and can be used on waters designated as fly-fishing only. Even so, this lure is best fished with a spinning outfit. Trout and salmon appear to be programmed by nature to react to this motion almost without fail, so these lures will work even when the actual insects they imitate are not present. In fact, when marabou first became popular as a fly-tying material, some states actually outlawed its usage in some waters due to the massive success fishermen were having and how it actually depleted some trout and salmon populations.

To achieve the proper effect, cast and allow the jig the sink for a few moments. Then retrieve the jig at a slow rate while simultaneously and rapidly twitching your rod tip up and down. Rapid twitching means RAPID twitching. Your rod hand should bounce down perhaps 4x per second while your retrieve hand is making no more than one revolution per second. Try counting "one-one-thou-sand, two-one-thou-sand..." and so on, while bouncing your rod hand on each syllable. It takes a little practice to get the feel of it. Many trout fishermen are jig fisherman exclusively and can't imagine why anyone would consider fishing any other way. And with the success they enjoy, it's hard to argue with them. Favorite jig colors are white, hot pink, and black & yellow mixed. There are also those that prefer to fish these jigs under a bobber or strike indicator, just giving the lure an occasional twitch. Using this method will work better with a smaller jig -- sometimes called micro jigs -- and fished very close to the bottom. This is basically nymph fishing with a spinning rod. Cast upstream, and allow the lure to drift back toward you, passing the jig by as many fish as possible.



 

 
     
     
     
 


Weather Forecast


 

 
 

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 95. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.




 

 
     
     
     
 

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting

July 26th & 27th Moss cutting

August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



 

 
     
     
     
 


Quote of the Day


 
 

Perhaps it was only a trick of the water, a trompe l'oeil of the late summer light, or maybe just one of those hallucinatory visions provoked by hours on end of upstream nymphing. You know the feeling: cast, lift, reach, lift, cast again, over and over, always staring, until the world fades away, sun and bird song and roar of water, until all that's left is the endless downstream dance of the strike indicator.

Author: Robert F. Jones

Thanks for reading
Lucy



 

 
     
     
     
     
 


Contact Information for Bennett Spring Area

https://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://mostateparks.com/park/bennett-spring-state-park  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page


Bennett Spring Hatchery Manager Ben Havens: phone (417) 532-4418, e-mail  ben.havens@mdc.mo.gov


Phone numbers for Conservation Agents:

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








 
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:


 
     
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
June 14, 2016

 
     
 
 
     
 


How's Fishing?


 
 

Fishing at Bennett continues to be a really great experience for this time of year. The water is low, slow and clear. So much so that you might think you were fishing the stream in August, except there are more big fish! We have had as many two pounds or better fish brought up to Weaver's Tackle Store for the Lunker Club this year than we had the entire last year. A pound and a half to a pound and three quarters are very typical sizes to see on stringers.

There has been periods of top water action for those of you that like that style of fishing. Renegades, pale evening dun, and black or tan caddis have all been doing well.



 
     
 
 
     
 


Fishing Times


 
 

 

 

 

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.

 

            

 

     
 
     
     
     
 


Water Conditions



 
 

June 12, 2016 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.88 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1977
current level is 105
25th percentile is 129
Median is 190
Mean is 209
75th percentile is 257
Max was 409 in 1995

June 12, 2016 for Niangua River: The river isat 51 cubic feet per second. This is a record low for this date

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.14 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 51
minimum was 61 in 2012
25th percentile is 132
Median is 317
Mean is 609
75th percentile is 865
Max was 2210 in 1993




 
     
   
     
 


What's Working?


 
 

San Juan worm - red
Possum hair roach
crackleback: bennett blue, holographic green, pearl
copper zebra midge
gray RGN
preggy scud - tan with a hot spot in the center.
black zebra midge
Walt's worm


Zone 1 or 2

John deere mini jig
White floss and white sparkle; pale aqua sparkle grub
rooster tail: minnow, gold, bumble bee, brown glitter, or black glitter with gold spinner
glo ball: original tri color, jimi hendrix, red & yellow
Marabou - black & yellow, moss & Brown, orange & yellow, gingersnap, ginger, yellow & brown, shell & brown, pink & white
Copper Brassie
Black Wooly worm with spinner
black roach
pheasant grub with tail
pink or white mega worm



Zone 3

white trout magnet
salmon peach, yellow, orange, brown, salmon red - power bait.
white trout magnet
white worm - plastic type


 
     
 
 
     
 


Lunker Club



 
 

6-7-16

Terry Klamert from Imperial, MO
2 pounds on black rooster tail in zone 1

Linda Calhoun from Lawson, MO
2-1/4 pounds on orange power bait in zone 3

Jerry Lewis from Staunton, IL
4-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Glenn Slonecker from Fairway, KS
4 pounds on orange powerbait in zone 3



6-9-16

Suzie Rager from Evansville, IN
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Jeffrie Smith from Columbia, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a white mega worm in zone 2

Ron Heins from Liberty, MO
2 pounds, 2 ounces on a blue crackleback in zone 1

 
     
 
 
     
 

6-10-16

Jeremy Robeen from St. Louis MO
2-1/2 pounds on a plastic white worm in zone 3

Travis Callahan from Steelville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
3 pounds, 10 ounces on brown bait in zone 3

Chamberlain Albert (age 7) from Tonganoxie KS
2 pounds on a red salmon egg powerbait in zone 3

Colby Guggey from Kansas City, MO
2.1 pounds on broken Minnow in zone 2

Todd Groshans from Colllinsville, IL
2 pounds on tan powerbait in zone 3

Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Ken Unmisig from Lebanon, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a red and yellow glo ball in zone 2



6-11-16

Kyn Gordon from Palmyra, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an Easter Egg glo ball in zone 1

Sharon Owens from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow jig in zone 1

Ethan Hampton from Festus, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone1

Roberta Moore from Jeff City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on brown power bait in zone 3

 
     
 
 
     
 

6-13-16

David Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a pink mega worm in zone 1

Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds 3 ounces on a black glitter rooster tail in zone 1



6-14-16

Wesley Beason from Topeka, KS
3-1/2 pounds on original trout magnet in zone 3

Matt Hephner from Buckner, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap in zone 2

Aaron Dixon from Columbia, MO
2.1 pounds on a Hopper in zone 2



 
     
 
 
     
 


Weather Forecast


 
 

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 89.




 
     
 
 
     
 


Calendar of Events



 
 

June 28th & 29th: Moss Cutting


July 26th & 27th Moss cutting


August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting


October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting


Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM


October 31st: End of Regular Season


November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017



 
     
 
 
     
 


Quote of the Week



 
 

It is quite easy to debase the sport, change its values, dilute its ethics and destroy its traditional associations with quietness, relaxation and the opportunity to think. Angling is not a competitive sport. The fisherman's only real competition is with his quarry and his only real challenge is the challenge to himself. Nothing can add to this, but the blight of interhuman competition can certainly detract from it.

Author: Roderick Haig-Brown
Published: Bright Waters, Bright Fish


Thanks for reading! Lucy





 
     
 


Contact Information for Bennett Spring Area

https://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://mostateparks.com/park/bennett-spring-state-park  - official Spring site
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Weavers-Tackle-Store/371940309303 - Weaver's Tackle Store Facebook Page


Bennett Spring Hatchery Manager Ben Havens: phone (417) 532-4418, e-mail  ben.havens@mdc.mo.gov


Phone numbers for Conservation Agents:

Dallas County: Matt Hitchings 417-733-3876 or Jarrad Jewell 417-733-0286
Laclede County: Walt Hutton 417-718-1111 or Jared Milligan 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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