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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July 20, 2016




 
     
   
     
 


How’s Fishing?


 
 

It’s truly amazing how quickly the Spring can recover from a high water event. Just last week on July 14th, the water rose to over six and a half feet. This is two and a half feet over flood level, and within four hours, it was back down to four feet, also back in its banks, and showing signs of clearing. As I write this report, the water has clear edges, some murk in the center but the Spring is pumping out clean water. Fishing has been good for most. The fish that are being caught and kept are of a decent size – between one and two pounds. Lures are tending toward the dark side. Black marabou or rooster tails. The exception to this is anything that is salmon or peach, from dough bait to glo-balls.

The Niangua rose more slowly, reached a height of over twelve feet and receded by the end of the next day to four feet.

The best advice that I got from those that were actually catching fish was to fish the edges and the eddies. Fish the far bank. As long as you aren’t in the middle, you are going to do well.




 
     
   
     
 


Fishing Times


 
 

 

 

 

July

6:30 a.m.

-   8:30 p.m.

August

7:00 a.m.                    

-   8:00 p.m.

September

7:30 a.m.                  

-   7:15 p.m.

October

7:30 a.m.                   

-   6:30 p.m.

 

            

 

     
 
     
   
     
 


Water Conditions


 
 

Bennett Spring 7-19-16

Gage house level is 2.38 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1934
25th percentile is 112
Median is 191
Mean is 154
75th percentile is 174
current level is 238
Max was 588 in 1988

 
     
 






Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 3.09 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 10 in 1997
25th percentile is 141
Median is 191
Mean is 230
75th percentile is 283
Max is 931 in 2015
Today's reading is 866



 
     
   
     
 


What’s Working


 
 

From the fly box

• Cracklebacks in dark colors, original
• Black zonkers, streamers



Zone 2

• Marabou – white & yellow, black & olive, pink & white, red & black, peach, black & yellow with gold head and red thread
• Peach fur bug
• White grub, white grub with tail
• Peach fur bug


Zone 3

• Power bait, bubble gum or salmon peach


 
     
 





Lunker Club


 
 

7-15-16

Matthew Powell from Bethel, MO, 2-1/2 pounds on a peach fur bug
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO, 2+ catch & release on black & orange marabou in zone 2
Kyle Eggers from Rogers, AR, 2.25 pounds on a black & olive marabou in zone 2


7-16-16

Jeremy Bedell from Kansas City, MO, 2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3


7-18-16

Russ Grobe from Hillsboro , MO, 3 pounds on a ginger in zone 2
Drew Sanders from Glasgow, MO, 2 pounds on a chamois in zone 2


7-19-16

Renae Hampton from Festus, MO, 4-1/4 pounds on a peach marabou in zone 1
Jim Asher from Atchison, KS, 2 pounds on a black & gold marabou in zone 2
Brian Dolan from St. Louis, MO. 2 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 2


 
     
   
     
 


Weather Forecast


 
 

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.


Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.


Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.


Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.


Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.







 
     
   
 

Spring Hole during high water

 
     
 


 

Of Interest


 
 

The flood was the most interesting thing that has happened for a while. I’m just going to let the pictures speak for the event.




 
     
   
 

                                                               Zone 1,  July 14, 2016

 
 




 
 
   
 

Roller Dam, July 14, 2016

 
 




 
 
   
     
 





Quote of the Week

 
 

(thanks to the nice ladies in our shop that approved this one!)



 
     
 

Bass fishermen watch Monday night football, drink beer, drive pickup trucks and prefer noisy women with big breasts. Trout fishermen watch MacNeil-Lehrer, drink white wine, drive foreign cars with passenger-side air bags and hardly think about women at all. This last characteristic may have something to do with the fact that trout fishermen spend most of the time immersed up to the thighs in ice-cold water.
Author: Not Known
Published: New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 1994


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




 
     
     
     
 

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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
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July 13, 2016



 
     
   
     
 


How's Fishing?

 
 


Run-off from the last rain that we had continues to cloud the water a little bit. You can see from the pictures that is it mainly in the center and that the sides are clear. There are less large fish being caught, but in general the fishing has been very good. Even the inexperienced anglers seem to be doing ok. As I walked around the park this morning (Monday) I saw quite a few fish being caught and released. One -obviously experienced - angler reeled in three fish in the five minutes I was watching.

As far as which lures to use, if it's yellow - it's working! A Yellow & white 80th ounce marabou, bedspread mini jig, or pale yellow chenille mini jig have been leading this group. A second color choice is white or pink and white in a marabou or mini jig.
Small (16 to 18) Black Caddis or tan caddis are doing well. Blue wing olive (20's) are another good choice.


 
     
   
     
 


Fishing Times



 
 

 

 

 

July

6:30 a.m.

-   8:30 p.m.

August

7:00 a.m.                    

-   8:00 p.m.

September

7:30 a.m.                  

-   7:15 p.m.

October

7:30 a.m.                   

-   6:30 p.m.

 

            

 

     
 
     
   
 


Water Conditions


 
 

Bennett Spring 7-12-16

Gage house level is 2.07 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1934
25th percentile is 118
Median is 143
current level is 153
Mean is 163
75th percentile is 187
Max was 501 in 2015

Niangua River



Gage House reading (water level) is 2.72 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

minimum was 19 in 2012
25th percentile is 45
Median is 106
Today's reading is 131
Mean is 177
75th percentile is 210
Max is 858 in 2015

 
     
   
     
 


What's Working?



 
 

From the Fly Box:

Blue wing olive
Black zebra midge
Black or tan caddis
Renegade




Zone 1 or 2

Rooster tail: bumble bee
Glo ball: yellow & black dot, white, white with red or pink dot
Olive wooly with spinner, brown wooly worm
marabou, black & olive, yellow, yellow & white, pink & white
John deere



Zone 3

White and red trout magnet
salmon peach or yellow power bait.
root beer worm

 
     
   
     
 


Lunker Club



 
 

7-7-16

Kierra Stringer from Salisbury , MO
3 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2



7-8-16

Ellie Anderson (age 8) from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on brown dough bait in zone3

Cody Haeker from Savannah, MO
3-3/4 pounds on salmon marbou in zone 1



7-9-16

Jared Lootens from Jeff City, MO
3 pounds on home made dough bait in zone 3



7-10-16

Angie Oyler from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a green & white marabou in zone 2

Michael Cameron from Hermann MO
2 pounds on a jimmi hendrix glo ball in zone 2



7-11-16

Don Whitsell from Easton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a root beer worm in zone 3

Wyatt Pine from Lebanon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 1

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
6-1/2 pounds on salmon powerbait in zone 3






 
     
   
     
 


Of Interest


 
     
 

Several companies have very good options for cleaning and conditioning your fly line. The take away is that you should clean your fly line regularly and that you should use a product that is made to do this, not one for making your car shine, for example. The following happens to be a conversation with a representative from Scientific Angler, so these are the products he is familiar with.




This converstion is by Brian Kozminski:

How often do you clean your line? Be honest. I’m not talking Cash-line register somebody dropped a $5 bill you’re going to give it back to him honest, I’m talking deep down inside honest. Do you clean your line every time you go out or every other time you go out? Or even, ‘gasp‘- once a month?

I have noticed a dramatic increase in casting ability when I clean my line at least every other trip. This totally depends on the type of water I am casting into. Whether it is millpond weed frog scum-slime-slick slow water or if I’m in a nice clean riffle filled stream, it can make a difference. There are still millions of micro particles that stick to your line every time you go out, and they accumulate. Over time, they will not only deteriorate your casting, but your line as well.

Recently, I had the opportunity to cast and fall in love with the new SharkWave from Scientific Anglers. When I lined up all my rods from a heavy week of casting into hoards of spent mayflies, I was concerned with ‘how’ and ‘how often’ I should be cleaning and conditioning this line that has improved my cast and has assisted other anglers reach that twenty incher they might not otherwise have a chance at. Is there a difference between merely cleaning the line and conditioning it? What about these household remedies I hear other anglers recommend, like Amor-All or Rain-X for their line cleaning? What is the best method for the long life and care of my line? So I sent out a few e-mails and got a rather quick and surprising response from Erick Johnson at Scientific Anglers:

Erick at SA: The bottom line is we cannot guarantee what is in other dressing or products and how it will react with our lines. A perfect example of this is ArmorAll. For years people said that ArmorAll could be used to clean and condition fly lines. What we know now is that they actually reduce the effective lifespan of the line. This is due to the chemicals in ArmorAll reacting with the plasticizers in our coating and actually drying it out. This can lead to premature cracking and line failure. ~ Erick Johnson at Scientific Anglers

Brian K: How often should I clean my line?

Erick at SA: Regarding frequency, it really depends on the water type and the amount of debris/dirt/grime/sludge in that water. The obvious answer is “whenever it needs it” and you notice a significant decrease in performance but that is hard to quantify. A good guidance rule would be every 4-5 outings in cleaner ‘trout’ water and probably every 2-3 outings in dirtier, warmer water. The BEST way to “deep clean’ your line is to put a small amount of hand soap on a wet cloth and run your line through it. Rinse it and wipe it clean in freshwater and it’s good to go once it is dry. This method is a little more time intensive than the bucket method, but it does a much better job.

Bryan : What about with Textured Line?

Erick: Great question! The short answer is that we never want to use any line dressing or conditioner on any textured lines, including the SharkWave. By applying a dressing or conditioner it actually clogs the texturing and attracts dirt and grime which actually renders the line less effective.

A good way to clean any line is by using a small about of HAND soap(not dish detergent) in a bucket of warm water. You can then put the line in the soapy water and agitate it for a few minutes. Rinse your line off with fresh, cool water and set it out in loose coils to air dry. Once your line is dry you have two options depending on whether your line is smooth or textured (such as SharkWave, Mastery Textured or Sharkskin):
For textured lines:
Ensure you line is completely dry. It can then be run through a Fly Line Cleaning Pad . This actually buffs the surface of the line and exposes fresh AST (Advanced Shooting Technology) which is our proprietary additive in the coating itself. The line is good to fish at this point.

For smooth lines:
The process is very similar. Likewise, ensure your line is completely dry and then run it through a Fly Line Cleaning Pad to also buff it and expose fresh AST. At that point the line can be dressed with our conditioner using the foam pad applicator. The line is now ready to fish.

Bryan: What about these so-called Home remedies? Like AmorAll?

Erick: I get a lot of questions from users about different techniques and “home remedies” to use on their lines. The bottom line is we cannot guarantee what is in other dressing or products and how it will react with our lines. A perfect example of this is ArmorAll. For years people said that ArmorAll could be used to clean and condition fly lines. What we know now is that they actually reduce the effective lifespan of the line. This is due to the chemicals in ArmorAll reacting with the plasticizers in our coating and actually drying it out. This can lead to premature cracking and line failure. That is why we recommend using our Line Dressing. We can guarantee the contents are safe to use with our lines.




 
     
   
     
 


Weather Forecast



 
 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind around 8 mph.


Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.


Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.


Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88.


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.


 
     
   
     
 


Quote of the Week




 
 

The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.

Author: Gladys Taber - 1941

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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