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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
April 22, 2015

How's Fishing

The answer to the question "what are the bitin' on?" is day by day and angler by angler. There were stellar reports from a few anglers for last Saturday's fishing. One experienced angler said he stopped counting at 50 and had to actually get out of the water and take a break because his arm was getting tired. I asked about size (always a topic here at Bennett lately) and he said he was impressed with the size of the fish. He didn't catch any big three pounders that day, but they were generally in that very acceptable range of a pound to pound and a half. The lures that have been working well are, again, the possum hair roach, john deere, and gingersnap marabou. Cracklebacks and small brown woolies have also been working well. Most popular Cracklebacks have been the blue with black hackle and the green or red holographic. Fishing deep with sinking line or tippet has been the best recently.

If you are interested in seeing how files are tied, stop by Weaver's Tackle store this Saturday from 9am to 12pm to watch Wayne Simpson tie flies.

I asked Mike Ross, a long time friend of Wayne Simpson's, what he would say about him to those who didn't know him. This is what he had to say.

"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."



What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - red, blue with black hackle
copper john
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan possum hair roaches

Zone one & two:

john Deere
Marabou : Black & yellow, Gingersnap, red and white, orange & white
Glo Ball- light roe, white, or anything with a red dot
brown woolie
white or brown red tail woolie
bumble bee rooster tail
white rooster tail, silver blade
white rooster with red sparkle tail
brown glitter rooster tail
Kapok

Zone 3:

chunky cheese or salmon peach power bait
rainbow nugget power bai
white worms
mouse tails, chartreuse with red , pink and white
pumpkin seed grubs


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

The water is stained, but not badly for this time of year. It's running a little lower and slower than is typical for Spring. There is some rain in the forecast, but nothing huge. Moss cutting happened on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

April 21, 2015
Gage house level is 2.10 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
minimum 79 in 1981
25th percentile is 170
Median is 232
Current 172
Mean is 302
75th percentile is 388
Max was 1220 in 1966

Niangua River:

April 21, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.60
Daily Discharge:
minimum was 87 in 2014
25th percentile is 218
Today's reading is 178
Median is 326
Mean is 447
75th percentile is 636
Max was 1210 in 1995


Bennett Spring Calendar of Events

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

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.

May 5 - 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 the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.

May 12 - 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 Humphy Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - 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 Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

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

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.

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



Lunker Club

4-15-15

Michael Denn from Holden, MO
2 pounds on a black, yellow and red marabou in zone 2

4-16-15

Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL (three lunkers in one week, nice fishing, Bruce!)
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-18-15

Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL
2-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

4-19-15

Jim Mosley from Chesterfield, MO
2 pounds, 1 ounce on a black & yellow Marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mt Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a kapok in zone 2


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: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Quote of the week

When you come right down to it, taking a trout on a dry fly is about as simple a process as you can find in all fly fishing. Stream insects hatch, ride the surface film for a short time, and trout rise to snatch them before they take to the air. Well-tied dry flies imitate these insects with enough realism to fool many waiting trout. You just float them among rising fish, give them no action and let nature take its course.

Author: Harold Blaisdell

Published: Tricks that Take Fish - 1954

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
April 15, 2015

How's Fishing

It was another great week here at Bennett Spring. Fishing conditions continue to improve. The waters are back to a normal level for this time of year and each day they are a bit clearer. There are chances for occasional thunderstorms throughout the coming week, but nothing sever or prolonged.

The little possum hair roach continues to out perform anything else, for both fly rod and spin rod. Fishing deep still seems to be the way to go. Cracklebacks, especially with the black hackle, are another good lure to try on your fly rod. Quite a few anglers have switched to sinking line or sinking tip fly line for this time of year.

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Joel Fawcett in Game & Fish Magazine. Most of you who are experienced with fishing at Bennett have found that even lighter line than the four pound he mentions in this article works better, but the process is the same.

He writes:

Spring trout may not be as wary as they will be a few weeks down the road, but they are not about to commit suicide, either. The heavy monofilament quickly stiffens in cold water, often rising to the surface where you donít want it. Neophyte anglers tie on an oversized sinker, which anchors the bait near the bottom where the trout are located. It also causes the bait to stop and flop about in the current in one place, something no natural bait can do in the spate flow of spring.

A more appropriate rig is an ultralight rod, a 4-pound-test monofilament line, a No. 6 or 8 bait hook, and one or two split shots fastened 10 or 12 inches above the hook. Adjusting the weight is necessary to keep the bait moving in the current by adding or subtracting split shots as needed. In the spring, trout lie about a foot or so above the bottom, so baits should drift along just above the stream floor or slightly below the rate of the stream flow. If the split shot is ticking the rocks along the bottom, and occasionally hangs up, your bait is just about where you want it. However, if you snag on the bottom rather frequently, you are probably using too much weight, and itís time to lighten up. If the bait stops, set the hook immediately. At least half the time you will be snagged on a rock, but the other half you will likely be hooked into a hungry trout.

Light lines are hard for trout to see. This becomes important in the bright and clear water of summer, but light lines also pay off in the high roily waters of spring because it causes less drag than does heavy monofilament. Four-pound-test monofilament is practically drag-free, and makes it much easier to detect the soft strikes typical of trout in frigid water.



What's Working?

From the fly case:

Cracklebacks - especially the light turquoise or with Black hackle
copper john
Hare's ear
pheasant tail nymph
gray/tan rabbit hair roaches

Zone one & two:

john Deere
Marabou : Gingersnap,red & white, black & yellow, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- light roe, white, or anything with a red dot
white or brown red tail woolie with a hildebrandt spinner
olive roach
ginger woolie/ crackleback - weighted


Zone 3:

chunky cheese or pink power bait
rainbow nugget power bait
florescent orange or pink worms
white worms
mouse tails, chartreuse with red , pink and white
pumpkin seed grubs


Water Conditions

The water is stained, not unusual for the time of year.

Bennett Spring:

April 15, 2015
Gage house level is 2.00 feet
minimum 86 in 1936
25th percentile is 127
Median is 199
Current 200
Mean is 243
75th percentile is 297
Max was 783 in 1994

Niangua River:

April 15, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.70
minimum was 101 in 1914
25th percentile is 130
Today's reading is 199
Median is 277
Mean is 496
75th percentile is 733
Max was 2150 in 1994


Lunker Club

4-10-15

Norman Geary from Ashland, MO
2 pounds on a Mepps red spinner in zone 1

Paul Lane from Albany, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 1



4-11-15

Mark Britton from Granite City IL
3 pounds on a red & white marabou in zone 2

Leo Catanzaro from St Louis, MO
2 pounds on a gold crackleback with black hackle in zone1



4-12-15

Tony McElroy from Troy MO
2 pounds on a roe glo ball in zone 1



4-13-15

Jim Gerschutz from Custer, Ohio
5 pounds on a pink worm in zone 3


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

New at Weaver's

Weaver's will be hosting fly tying demonstrations by Wayne Simpson this season. Wayne is very entertaining and it's always a fun and special thing to see someone who is really good tying flies. See the calendar of events for dates and times.

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .


Calendar of Events

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

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

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hot dogs, soda, and other free items.

May 5 - 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 the Brown Caddis and Henryville Special. Topic is the Hatch Chart.
May 12 - 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 Humphy Yellow and Black Grizzly Snatcher. Topic is Fly Proportion.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

May 19 - 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 Gray Wulff and Ruz Du. Topic is Tippets and Knots

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

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.

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

The red bud trees have flowered. It's a welcome sight. They always make it seem like Spring is actually going to happen.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Wind chill values as low as 47 early. Southeast wind around 8 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74

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

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

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

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.



Quote of the Week

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

Author: Ovid - Died around AD 17-18

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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