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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
August 28, 2014

How's Fishing?

Bennett is a much quieter place these days. All the kids are back in school, and, despite the excessive heat this week, we are heading into the fall season. The water is just as you would expect for this time of year and just how it's been all summer. It's very clear with just a tinge of color, low and slow. There has been some excellent top water action the last couple of days early in the morning and last part of the fishing day. For the rest of the day the fish are hiding in the deeper, cooler pools. They dislike heat even more than we do. Fortunately for the fish as well as for us, this weekend the temperatures will drop back into a more tolerable mid 80's range.

As far as what to fish with...there are a couple of good lures to suggest. Black zebra midges and dark brown RGN's continue to work well. Green woolies with orange hackle have been a good choice as well as brown with brown. Pale evening dun, tan caddis and crane flies are a lot of fun late in the day.

Labor day is early this year - it's this coming weekend. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who will be taking advantage of the three day holiday for one last fishing trip to Bennett.


What's Working?

zebra midge - black or olive
RGN's - olive, brown
blue holographic crackleback
crane fly

Zones 1 & 2

Brassies, assorted colors, red or olive green are especially good.
Marabou -black & yellow, shell & brown, tequila sunrise (yellow & orange), gingersnap
Rooster Tail: brown sparkle body, bumble bee
Ginger grub, bedspread
mini ghost, green, black & yellow,
woolies with or without spinner, brown, green with orange hackle
glo- balls - white, original tri color

Zone 3

Gulp salmon eggs, florescent orange or white
Balls of Fire salmon eggs
assorted cheese marshmallows



Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color is gin clear and flowing slowly
Gage house level is 1.83 feet
August 25, 2014
minimum 68 in 1936
25th percentile is 100
current level is 79
Median is 123
Mean is 128
75th percentile is 144
Max was 214 in 2013


Niangua River:

August 25, 2007
Gage House reading is 1.33
minimum was 18 in 1993
25th percentile is 26
Today's (August 25) reading is 30
Median is 33
Mean is 50
75th percentile is 70
Max was 133 in 2007


Lunker Board

8-18-14
Stephen Pyle from Seymour, TN
3 pounds on a home tied jig in zone 1
(the spring hole)

8-18-14
Andy Novara from Creal Springs IL
3 lbs, 1 ounce on a chartreuse spinner



Calendar of Events

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

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


Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Labor Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.


Quote of the Week - something to think about as we head back into the fall routine.

In this busy, noisy, impatient world, faster often seems better. Many of us wear stress like a badge of honor and take pride in exhaustion. Perhaps we won't solve these problems by going fishing. But I like to think it can't hurt.

Author:

Shawn Terrich

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
August 22, 2014

How's Fishing?

The rain we have had hasn't affected the stream at all. It is still sparkling clear and running slow. There are a lot of things that are working right now. I have heard a lot of talk about the pink and salmon colors for marabou, as well as for glo balls and power bait. Cracklebacks, especially a blue holographic, or an Adams - size 22 are good choices if you are using your fly rod. Woolies are another good choice for this time of year for either style of rod. Brown or gray are good color choices.

The one thing I would suggest is a longer than normal tippet on the end of your fly rod. It seems the success rate for catching is related to the extra length especially with the water conditions at this time. If you are using a spin rod, use two pound line. If you have a larger reel and you need to use larger line, a leader of two pound line added to the end works very well. Although fluorocarbon is a poor choice for line to use on a spin rod (excessive memory, stiff casting) it's an excellent choice for tippet material.

As many of you know, we have hosted a group of fly tyers at Weaver's store. It's a great group of eclectic individuals with differing abilities and backgrounds. There is a new fly that has emerged (pun intended) from this group and they named it 'the weaver'. It's a wet fly that has been used by several anglers in the group with good success. If trying a new fly sounds like fun to you, we have for sale in size 16 and 18 at Weaver's Tackle.



Who's Fishing?

I was introduced to a group of ten men that have been coming to Bennett to fish for over 35 years. They have a standing reservation at Larry's Cedar Resort and, like many groups that come back year after year, the point of the trip is for the camaraderie and for pure fun. They said there is very little competition among the group members, and the best fisherman depends on the day. Three of the guys, Kirk and Dave from Lennox, Iowa, and Bob from Creston, Iowa are from the original group and have been coming here since 1980. I also met Matt, who also lives in Lennox and is a friend of theirs, but who could not make the first trip because he was too young.

The first trip was made on a hot August afternoon in 1980 when the 'boys' were in their 20's. There were seven of them that piled into Bob's Dad's old pickup - three in front and 4 under the shell in the back with all of their equipment. They were half way here when they ran out of gas in the middle of the night. It was a long uncomfortable night waiting for the station to open, but it also made a memorable beginning to the tradition for our friends from Iowa.




FIRST FISH
Suzette Conder
Marshall, Missouri

What's Working?

          Fly Box

zebra midge - black or olive
RGN's - olive, brown
griffith's gnat
blue holographic crackleback
ginger crackleback
black foam beetle
quill gordon



          Zones 1 & 2


Brassies, assorted
Marabou -black & yellow, shell & white, moss & yellow, gingersnap, powderpuff pink, pink & white
Rooster Tail: brown
John Deere and gray deere
gray grub
woolies with spinner, olive, brown, brown with orange hackle
brown roach
glo- balls - dark roe (also with dot)


          Zone 3

orange worms with scent
salmon peach power bait
mouse tail, orange with white.




Lunker Club

8-14-14
Miles Eubanks from Springfield IL
2-3/4 pounds on pink & white marabou in zone 2

8-15-14
Howard Ray Gansz from Grafton IL
3&1/2 pounds on a black foam beetle in zone 1

Tut Bellamy from Marshall MO
3 pounds 9 ounces on a quill gordan in zone 1

Harrison Eubanks from Springfield, IL
2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Nolan Beal from Lebanon, MO
6-3/4 pounds on a powder puff pink marabou in zone 2

- a write in on our board -
Andy Novara from Creal Springs, IL
3 pounds, 1 ounce

8-18-14
Stephen Pyle from Seymour, TN
3 pounds on a home tied jig in zone 1
(the spring hole)


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

Color is gin clear and flowing slowly
August 19, 2014
minimum 74 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
current level is 81
Median is 127
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 151
Max was 378 in 1940
Gage house level is 1.85 feet holding steady

Niangua River:

August 19, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.33
minimum was 19 in 2007
25th percentile is 26
Today's (August 19) reading is 30
Median is 39
75th percentile is 54
Mean is 53
Max was 201 in 2013



Calendar of Events

August 26 - Fly tying forum at Weaver's Tackle store. Open to all. Learn to tie the Ostego Ant
Last one for 2014

September 16-17 moss cutting

October 11 - Holland Derby

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


Weather Forecast

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Quote of the Week

Experience usually is what you get when you don't get what you want, but if there were no such thing as optimism, there would be no such thing as fishing.

Author:
Micheal McIntosh

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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