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

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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

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 23, 2014

How's Fishing?

The weather this year has been simply perfect and this fall is no exception. There is only one more weekend in the regular season. I hope you are able to join us for one more golden fishing trip.


What's Working at Bennett

From the fly box

Blue holographic crackleback has been super
deep blue with furnace hackle
ginger or golden olive crackleback
red or black zebra midge
red WD40
green RGN

Zone 1 & 2

jimi hendrix tri color glo ball
brown glitter or brown trout rooster tails
roaches - gray, brown & black
Marabou - white, gingersnap, and black & yellow
white floss
Peacock mini jig
Kapok

Zone 3

Zeke's white power bait
salmon peach power bait





Lunker Club

10-15-14
Jeff Mattes from Jacksonville, IL
3-1/8 pounds on a peacock herl jig in zone 1

10-18-14
Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp
House Springs, MO
2 pounds on a tri color glo ball in zone 2

10-19-14
Greg Hink from Gardner, Kansas
3.21 pounds on a #18 fleatermaous in zone 2

10-20-14
Bruce Baird from Bluford, IL
2 pounds 8 ounces on a kapok jig in zone 2



Water Conditions at Bennett Spring

Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.83 feet
October 22, 2014
minimum was in 1938 - 75
25th percentile is 92
today - 86
Median is 113
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 143
Max was 390 in 1984

Niangua River:
October 22, 2014
Gage House reading is 1.81
minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
todays reading is 52
Median is 53
Mean is 86
75th percentile is 131
Max was 484 in 2010

Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Wind chill values as low as 49 early. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.




Quote of the Week

The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.

Author: John Gierach

Published:
Fly-fishing the High Country

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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