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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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April 17, 2014

How's Fishing?

Despite the rain we have gotten, the water at Bennett continues to be low and slow. This is great news for those who like to fish where they can see what they're fishing for or for those who like to fish on top water. The down side of this is that we so desperately need the rain. If you are planning to have a campfire, please keep it small and make sure that it's cold before you go to sleep. And if you are planning on burning leaves, please wait a few days. Although Friday and Saturday will be sunny and warm, there is a forecast for rain on Sunday.

We have been seeing nice stringers this week. Very few anglers going home empty handed, and most have plenty for dinner as well as a few to take home. Experienced catch-and-release fisherman are talking about catching 30 fish before 10 a.m. The size of the fish seems to be hanging in there in the range of 1-1/4 plus pounds.

As far as what to fish with, the tiny stuff seems to be working very well right now. A red or black midge fished two feet under the surface is a good example. Cracklebacks in holographic red or green are working well. We have been selling quite a few brassies - copper or red. If you like zone 3, it seems like the yellow glitter Power Bait or mini Trout Magnet minis are both working well.

Just a note - moss cutting will happen next week on Wednesday and Thursday, and Kids fishing day is May 3rd.

Water Conditions

For this week:
minimum was 84 in 1981
Today's output is 101 cubic feet per second - slightly down from last week
25th percentile is 144
Median is 237
Mean is 267
75th percentile is 360
Max was 666 in 1941
Gage house level is 1.99 feet


Niangua River
minimum was 133 (1992), today it's 107 - that's right, today is a record low again.
Median is 592
Mean is 849
75th percentile is 1130
Max was 2500 in 2007
The discharge today is 107. Normal discharge is closer to 600 cfs


What's Working?

Marabou: black & yellow, white, powder pink, or gingersnap
John deere and gray deere, white mini jig
brown woolie, spinner optional
brassies are the biggest winner: red, copper brown, or candy cane
Brown roach
White Rooster Tail
From the fly case:
zebra midge, red or black
cracklebacks: red or blue holographic
pale morning dun
renegade or double trouble
white or hot pink scud

Zone 3

yellow glitter power bait
Trout Magnet mini's
red or pink plastic worms.


Lunker Club

4-9-14

Bev Phipps from Clinton, MO
2-3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white Rooster Tail

4-10-14

Rusty Gipson from Chesterfield, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-13-14

Terry Bush from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds 7 ounces in zone 2 on a black wolf dry fly

Aaron Schaes from O'Fallon, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a white jig in zone 1

Fishing Times

April from 7:00 to 7:30

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

Weather Forecast

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Wind chill values as low as 38 early. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Sunday A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Monday A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 75

Calendar of Events

April 22-23, Moss cutting
May 3 - Kid's Fishing Day
May 20-21, moss cutting
June 7 & 8, Free fishing weekend
June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days
June 24-25 moss cutting
July 29-30 moss cutting
August 19-20 moss cutting
September 16-17 moss cutting
October 14-15 moss cutting
October 31 - last day of regular trout season
November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Quote of the Week

Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish.
Mark Twain

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 617-288-8749

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
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April 11, 2014

How's Fishing?

The wind is calm, the temperature is warm (70 degrees as I write this) and it's not raining. Oh, and the fish are biting! We are getting reports of catch-and-release anglers pulling in 30 plus fish before 10 a.m. The most positive thing we have been hearing is that these fish are of an acceptable size. Anywhere from one and one quarter to one and three quarters seems to be the typical size. There are still smaller fish in the stream, but it has been very encouraging to see the larger fish in the stream and to hear the reports.

The water is still super clear and very low. It's been so long since we've had rain in this area that the rain that we do get soaks into the ground as if the ground were a sponge. The weather forecast for the week calls for rain off and on, but I don't anticipate a significant change in the condition of the stream.

The best day of the week will probably be Saturday. Sunny and warm with little wind.

Who's Fishing?

I enjoy seeing the returning groups and catching up on their lives.

One of the groups that we see this time of year is Skip Russell's family and friends who come to Bennett every year to celebrate Skip's birthday. The group has a trophy (as several groups do) that gets passed to the team with the best stringer. This year they decided, that because there are now so many of them, to limit each stringer to two fish. We have pictures of the event posted on our facebook page - Weavers Tackle Store. Thanks for helping us to remember the reason we are here! And special thanks to Chad for getting the whole group to start coming to Bennett.

Water Conditions

April 9, 2014 for Bennett Spring, MO

Bennett Spring output is 104 cubic feet per second - slightly higher than last week
For this week:
minimum was 82 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
Median is 197
Mean is 237
75th percentile is 308
Max was 740 in 1929
Gage house level is 1.99 feet

Niangua River
minimum was 96 in 2007
25th percentile is 130
Median is 251
Mean is 312
75th percentile is 469
Max was 789 in 2008

What's Working?

Zones 1 and 2

Marabou: white, powder pink, or gingersnap
John deere and gray deere
glo balls: tri color #4, pink lady
brown woolie, spinner optional
brassies are the biggest winner: red, copper brown, or candy cane
From the fly case:
cracklebacks: red or blue holographic
pale morning dun
renegade or double trouble

Zone 3

salmon peach power bait
red or pink plastic worms.



Fishing Times

April from 7:00 to 7:30

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

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 76. South wind 10 to 16 mph, gusty

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny with a high of 71. East wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

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


Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy with a high near 56.

Calendar of Events

April 22-23, Moss cutting
May 3 - Kid's Fishing Day
May 20-21, moss cutting
June 7 & 8, Free fishing weekend
June 15 weekend - Hillbilly Days
June 24-25 moss cutting
July 29-30 moss cutting
August 19-20 moss cutting
September 16-17 moss cutting
October 14-15 moss cutting
October 31 - last day of regular trout season
November 14 first day of Catch & Release Season
February 9, 2015 - Catch and Release season ends

Quote of the Week

Now I am . . . like anyone with a strong preference for the fly rod, totally indifferent to how large a fish I catch by comparison with other fishermen. So when a fifteen-year-old called Fred, fishing deep in midsummer with a hideous plastic worm, caught a four and a half pounder . . . I naturally felt no resentment beyond wanting to break the kid's thumbs.

Author:

Vance Bourjaily 1981

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 617-288-8749


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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