Located 500 yards east of Missouri's Bennett Spring State Park

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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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December 21, 2016




 
     
   
     
     
 


How's Fishing?

 
 

We continue to get great reports on fishing conditions, both for the catch-and-release weekends in the Bennett Spring Park Branch and for the Niangua River. For those that love the top water action, this is a great time of year. While the classic renegades and cracklebacks will work well, this is a great time to try out that new fly that just came off the bench.

Dredging of the stream has begun by the roller dam. As I have said before, fish safely and give that big dredging machine a wide berth. There are good fish to be caught in the Spring Hole and in Zone Two.

The stream is changing, but hopefully this time it will be for the better.





 
     
   
     
     
 



Fishing Times


 
 

Catch and release began on November 11, 2016 for the trout parks of Missouri
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only




 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions

 
 

For Bennett Spring
12-21-16

Gage house level is 1.76 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 73 in 1938
current level is 88
25th percentile is 94
Median is 127
Mean is 169
75th percentile is 193
Max was 673 in 1988


Niangua River
12-21-16

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.42 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 45
Minimum was 45 in 2013
25th percentile is 71
Median is 165
Mean is 411
75th percentile is 341
record high max was 2910 in 1992






 
     
   
     
 



Weather Forecast


 
 

Friday: A chance of rain before 8am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain between 8am and 9am, then rain likely after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Wind chill values as low as 26. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind 5 to 9 mph.


Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.


Christmas Day: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 62.

Sunday Night: Rain likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26.


Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.


Wednesday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46.






 
     
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

The first principle in all fishing is simple: never let the fish know he's being fished for.

Author:
Havilah Babcock



Thank you all for reading. It's been a great year, for sure!

From all of us at Weaver's Tackle Store, have a blessed Christmas and the best of everything in the new year.

Lucy




 
     
   
     
     
     
     
 




OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:


 
     
 

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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November 6, 2016

 
   
     
 




How's Fishing?


 
 

It's quiet in the stream this week. Catch and Release season begins on Friday, November 11.

There are a generous amount of good sized fish, both rainbow and browns, still in the stream. It's recommended that you try by the hatchery roller dam or at the Spring head first. Zone two also has a good amount of fish.

For those of you that would like a few fish to keep, the Niangua has been stocked recently, also.

Dredging of the stream will begin next week. The crew will not work on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but may occasionally be working on Monday, so be sure to keep a safe and respectful distance from the machines.

The weather continues to be unseasonably warm. Enjoy!





 
     
   
     
 




Fishing Times

 
 

Catch and release will begin on November 11, 2016
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only

 
     
   
     
 




Water Conditions

 
 

I added this primarily for those that fish the river


 
 

For Bennett Spring
11-6-16
Gage house level is 1.90 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66 in 1938
current level is 80
25th percentile is 94
Median is 118
Mean is 157
75th percentile is 160
Max was 814 in 1995



Niangua River
11-6-16
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.16 feet
Discharge levels in
cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 26 in 2008
25th percentile is 43
Median is 56
Today's reading is 113
Mean is 569
75th percentile is 137
record high max was 5230 in 1995






 
     
   
 



Lunker Club


 
 

10-30-16

Dawn Atkinson from Olean, MO
3-1/4 pounds on garlic power bait in zone 3

Lydia Hees from Eldon, MO
2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
6.25 pounds on secret bait in zone 3


10-31-16

Dale Davidson from Springfield, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou in zone 1



 
     
   
     
 




Weather Forecast


 
 

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60..

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

Veterans Day: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 58




 
     
   
     
 



Of Interest


 
 

To those in our Bennett Spring Family who have lost friends or family members this year....please accept our condolences. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.




 
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

The trout that seem to stick in my memory the finest aren't the big ones, and maybe it's because I have't visited all the corners of the globe, but my most unforgettable trout all lived close to home. In fact, when I take out my pouch of trout memories and spill them all on the table, it seems that the smaller ones shine the brightest.

Author: William G. Tapley

Published: Those Hours Spent Outdoors



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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