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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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November 12, 2014

How's Fishing?

The beginning of Catch and Release season begins on November 14, 2014 (Friday). It runs until February 9, 2015. Fishing is permitted from 8 am to 4 pm every weekend on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

If you would like to keep a few - (4 or less per day, 8 in possession) you may buy a trout stamp and fish in the rivers of Missouri such as the Niangua. An easy way to buy this license is to use the website to buy and print one.

Thanks to fellow angler Paul Hardin for providing the easy link.
https://www.mo.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

The hatchery manager, Mike Mitchell, has provided the tag sales for the year. If you need to contact him he can be reached at :
     Bennett Spring Hatchery
     26142 Hwy 64A
     Lebanon, MO 65536
     phone 417-532-4418
     fax 417-532-5507
     cell 417-718-3000
     email: Michael.Mitchell@mdc.mo.gov

Bennett Spring Monthly Tag Sales Comparison - October  

Year         Adult             Kids          Total       Fish Stocked        Fish/Tag

2014        13,047          1,324        14,371       31,715                2.21

2013         12,742         1,221        13,963       31,800                 2.28


Tag Sales Year-To-Date

2014                   133,260
2013                   127,474
Difference                5,786


2014 Yearly Summary by Month

                      Total          Total            
Month            Monthly      Fish                  Fish/Tag
                      Sales          Stocked                         

March           14,182         44,755              3.16
April             10,997          26,595              2.42
May             16,326          39,275              2.41
June             18,826          42,520              2.26
July               24,577          53,600             2.18
August          19,690          44,300             2.25
September    14,291          29,860              2.09
October        14,371          31,715              2.21

Totals         133,260         312,620             2.35


If anyone would like to remember a fellow angler in the last fishing report of the season, please email me with their information - a little bit about them and maybe how Bennett Spring was a part of their life. I would be pleased to include them.




Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.83 feet
November 8, 2014
minimum was in 1938 - 66
today - 86
25th percentile is 93

Median is 115
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 150
Max was 504 in 1985

Niangua River:

October 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.85
minimum was 26 in 2008
25th percentile is 23
today's reading is 53
Median is 77
Mean is 515
75th percentile is 261
Max was 4930 in 1997


Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday Night: Occasional flurries. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Saturday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 37.


Quote of the Week

Fish in the water represent pure potential. If the water is not clear, we do not know if they exist at all. To get them to bite something connected to a line and pull them into our world is managing a birth that brings these creatures from the realm of mystery into the world of reality. It is a kind of creation.

Author:
Howell Raines

Published:
A Meditation on the Midlife Crisis

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
October 30, 2014

How's Fishing?

This has just been an amazing season all the way around. The weather has cooperated, the stream never flooded and the fish are much more reasonably sized. What's not to love?
Catch and Release starts on Friday November 14th. You can only catch and release on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The end of Catch and Release is Monday, February 9, 2015. Regular Season begins on March 1, 2015.

I do have one amusing story for you that was told to me today by a group that come to Bennett regularly. You may have noticed them if you fish Halloween or Easter. They fish primarily in zone two and they wear costume hats when they fish. For example, bunny ears at Easter time. Anyway, Tim was in the store with his wife, Janet and their friends, Jay and Sally, because he had broken his fishing rod. I asked how it happened, expecting the usual "oh, I shut it in a car door" or the ever popular "the fish was so huge that he broke the pole", but no, he had another story. It went something like this:
The two couples were fishing together this morning. Tim makes a long cast with a Super Duper on the end of his line. An immature buzzard caught his lure mid cast and took off for a tree on the opposite side. His wife, Janet, told me she heard the unmistakable zzzzZZZZZ sound of line being quickly pulled out of the reel. When she turned to see what was going on the buzzard was perched high on a tree limb looking down on Tim with a Super Duper hanging out of his mouth, line still connected to what is now a three piece rod. Once the laughter subsided they all piled into the pickup to head back to Weaver's to buy a new fishing pole. And the bird gets to keep his prize.

This report is the last for this season. I will update pictures for you and, in a couple of weeks, I'll put out a short report for the opening of catch and release.



Lunker Club

10-20-14

Bruce Baird from Bluford, IL
2 pounds 8 ounces on a kapok in zone 2

10-23-14

Ed Martin from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a #20 brown nymph in zone 2

Geno Cearlock from Van Dalia, IL
2-1/4 pounds on carcass fly in zone 2

10-24-14
Geno Cearlock from Van Dalia, IL
2 pounds 2 ounces on a carcass fly in zone 1



Weather Forecast for this week

Wednesday Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph after midnight.
Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Wind chill values as low as 38 early. South wind 8 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 54.
Friday Night Widespread frost after 3 AM. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Saturday Widespread frost before 9 AM. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 51.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 58.
Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.
Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.
Monday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 50.
Tuesday Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61.


Quote of the week

The more time you spend fly fishing the more you appreciate the polite angler. Jerks are everywhere and are easy to find, often finding you. A truly polite angler should be appreciated and respected.
Author:
Sum Won

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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