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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October 28, 2015


How's Fishing

Just a couple more days till the end of the season. It has been a great year, overall. There was an excessive amount of rain for the first half of the summer - topped off with a flood on July 2nd. The water continued to have a strong discharge rate, even though the levels of the stream approached much more normal conditions. The fall went the opposite direction with hardly any rain at all. At this point the stream is is beautiful shape for top water fishing or sight fishing. It amazes me how clear it is.

I will post the tag sales for the year on the next fishing report. We still have a few more days as this is written.

I hear that we have a new hatchery manager. His name is Ben Havens. I haven't met him yet, but I have copied an article from the Lebanon Daily Record newspaper for your information.

From the newspaper:


On Oct. 16, Havens began his new job as manager of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery. He replaces Mike Mitchell, who was promoted to Fisheries Administrative Manager at MDC’s Central Office in Jefferson City.

Assuming the job of hatchery manager at Bennett Spring gives Havens the unique accomplishment of having worked at the MDC hatcheries of all four Missouri trout parks. He began his nearly 14-year career with MDC with a three-year stint at Roaring River Hatchery. After that, he was assistant manager at Montauk Hatchery and then assistant manager at Maramec Spring Hatchery for the last five years.

“I’ve always been interested in fish, fishing and the outdoors,” the Sullivan, Ill. native said. “I love raising trout and being able to see them grow from egg to stocker size.

 


 

Water Conditions

October 28, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.89 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
current level is 96
Median is 115
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 136
Max was 391 in 1971


October 29 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.81 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 28 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 55
Today's reading is 40
75th percentile is 136
Mean is 154
Max was 783 in 1997

 

 

What's Working

Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Seductive midge
san juan worm, red

Zone 1 & 2

Marabou: olive & black, gingersnap, ginger
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix, pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown sparkle
john deere mini jig
gray grub

Zone 2:

Super Duper, gold with red tip, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Zone 3:

rainbow power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon

 

 

Lunker Club

10-20-15

Kevin Mitchell from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on a john deere in zone 2


10-24-15

Paul Przybylski from Wildwood, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a pheasant tail in zone 2


10-27-15

Jim Lawing from St. Charles, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a weaver gold jig in zone 1


10-28-15

Rich Hunt from Manchester, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

 

 

October, 1923

Walter E. Staley from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds - before there were zones.
Shared by his son, Philip Staley.

 

 

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a high near 62. Wind chill values as low as 31 early. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday Night: Periods of showers. Low around 48. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Saturday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 61. South wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

 

 

Fishing Times

October from 7:30 to 6:30

November 13th: start of catch-and-release for 2015/16
Fishing is permitted on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 8:00 am to 4:00 p.m.     Catch-and-Release only during this time.

February 8th, 2016: end of catch-and-release season for 2015/16

 

 

Quote of the Week

I still don't know why I fish or why other men fish, except we like it and it makes us think and feel.

Author: Roderick L. Haig-Brown
Published: A River Never Sleeps

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

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
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October 21, 2015


How's Fishing

We are having a spectacular finish to the Catch-and-Keep season. The water is that wonderful blue-green color and is super clear. It's running slowly and is at the lowest level for the year. One and a half more weekends are all there is until the fish are given a break from anglers for two weeks. The first day for Catch-and-Release is November 13th. You are allowed to fish on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through the winter.

Currently the traditional lures, as well as a couple of new comers, are all doing well. There have even been a couple of very excited anglers with stories of fish leaping for lures on top water. The Bennett Blue crackleback continues to head the list of best things to use now. Renegades, seductive midge, black flying ants, and Dave's Hoppers are doing well, too.

 


Water Conditions

October 19, 2015 for Bennett Spring:

Gage house level is 1.89 feet

Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1933
25th percentile is 97
current level is 95
Median is 112
Mean is 129
75th percentile is 143
Max was 264 in 1970


October 19, 2015 for Niangua River:

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.10 feet

Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
minimum was 2 in 1998
25th percentile is 114
Median is 183
Today's reading is 195
75th percentile is 241
Mean is 185
Max was 448 in 2010

 


What's Working?

From the fly box:

Aqua cracklebacks - (also known as the Bennett Blue) still at the top of the list
pearl cracklebacks, olive or gold crackleback
light or dark brown RGN (fished 2 to 2.5 feet - dead drift)
Copper Hot shot
Dave's Hopper

Zone one & two:

Marabou: olive & black, gingersnap
Glo Ball:, original tri color, jimi hendrix, tan with orange dot, pink with red dot
rooster tail - brown, rainbow. bumble bee

Zone 3:

yellow or orange power bait
trout magnet: mealworm or salmon

 


Lunker Club

10-17-15

Josh Ard from O'Fallon, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball in zone 1



10-18-15

Richard Rav
from St. Charles, MO
4 pounds on a green crackleback in zone 2

 


Weather Forecast

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

Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

 


Fishing Times

October from 7:30 to 6:30

 


Calendar of Events

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

 


Quote of the Week

Anglers have a way of romanticizing their battles with fish.

Author: Ernest Hemmingway

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

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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