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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August 18, 2016




 
     
   
     
 



How's Fishing?



 
 

Fishing has been really good this whole season. The fish may be a tad smaller, not noticeably so, with the exception of the super big lunkers that were caught this week. The water continues be high and somewhat discolored. Usually by this time of year the water has receded and is gin clear. This is an upside down year with those conditions happening the first part of the season and typical spring conditions happening now.

The best success has been fishing deep with dark lures such as a Walt's worm or an RGN. Copper Hot shots and brassies are also doing well.

As far as top water action, terrestrials do well this time of year, and the murky water hides a less than perfect cast. All fun!




 
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


 
 

8-17-16

For Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 2.21 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75 in 1941
25th percentile is 101
Median is 125
Mean is 133
75th percentile is 154
current level is 190
Max was 295 in 2013

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.67 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:

Minimum was 11 in 2007
25th percentile is 27
Median is 47
Mean is 61
75th percentile is 72
Max is 240 in 2013
Today's reading is 281




 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?


 
 

RGN, all colors, darker are the best
Walt’s Worm
Copper Hot Shot
Crane Fly
Salmon fur bug, no bead



Zone 1 or 2

• Marabou – gingersnap, orange and black, orange, white, salmon
• Brassies, orange, brass
• Glo-balls: original tri color, jimi Hendrix, champagne glo-ball
• orange rooster tail
• ‘spoons’
• White floss



Zone 3

• Power bait: orange, rainbow, brown
• zeke's corn yellow bait
• bubble gum Mouse tails
• Orange Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs



 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club


 
 

8-11-16

Charlie Richards from Festus, MO
2 pounds on champagne glo-ball


8-12-16

Nick Wray from Harrisonville, MO
5 pounds, 13 ounces on a white marabou in zone 1

Shannon Wray from Harrisonville, MO
3 pounds, 8 ounces on black & white spinner in zone 2

Nick Wray from Harrisonville, MO
8 pounds, 2 ounces on a white marabou in zone 1

Kevin Goucher from Warsaw, MO
2 pounds 2 ounces on a salmon marabou in zone 1

Nick Lock from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on home made bait in zone 3


8-13-16

Chase Palmer from Center MO
4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Charlie Baker from Kansas City, MO
2-1/2 pound brown trout on brown power bait in zone 3




 
     
   
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
 

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017




 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.

Author:

William Tapply

Published:


A Fly-Fishing Life

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


 
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
August 9, 2016

 
     
   
     
 


How’s Fishing?

 
 

Fishing has been really, really good these last few days. Our store seems to be a good barometer of the Bennett Spring anglers’ happiness. If the fish are fussy and reluctant, we see bunches of people rambling about the store asking each other and us “what are they bitin’ on?” Today everyone has come in saying “I was using (fill in the blank here) and it was really hot!”

One angler made me laugh today. She said that she had caught and released so many fish that she was exhausted! Hard to feel sorry for her, isn’t it?

Maybe the fish got hungry, maybe the cool front coming through has helped, I’m not sure. All I know is that fishing is good.



 
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


 
 

The water continues to have a bit of murkiness. We are expecting some rain this week, and because of this, we probably won’t see the stream clear up totally.




Bennett Spring 8-7-16

Gage house level is 2.36 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 2014
25th percentile is 106
Median is 128
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 155
current level is 229
Max was 626 in 2015




Niangua River 8-7-16

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

Minimum was 18 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 44
Mean is 260
75th percentile is 153
Max is 2013 in 2013
Today's reading is 318




 
     
   
     
 




What’s Working


 
 

From the fly box

• RGN, all colors, darker are the best
• Walt’s Worm
• Copper Hot Shot
• Cinnamon ant



Zone 1 or 2

• Marabou – orange and black, salmon, black & white.
• Brassies, red, gold, or copper
• John deere or bedspread mini jig
• Glo-balls: original tri color, jimi Hendrix
• orange rooster tail
• ‘spoons’
• White roach



Zone 3

• Power bait: hatchery brown, yellow, or salmon peach
• Tan power bait worms
• Minnows
• Pink and White Mouse tails
• Orange Berkley Gulp Minnow Grubs



 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club



 
 

7-30-16

Gary Carpenter from Warrensburg, MO. 2-1/4 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3



7-31-16

Kevin McGrath from Warrensburg, MO. 3 pounds on a white roach in zone 2



8-2-16

Jack Kraft from Bethel, MO. 2-1/8 pounds on carpet bug in zone 1
Aaron Artz from St. Louis, MO. 2-1/8 pounds on a minnow in zone 3



8-6-16

Dillon Elliott from Belton, MO. 2-1/4 pounds on an orange rooster tail in zone 2



8-7-16

Jay Stuart from Perry, MO. 2-1/2 pounds in zone 2
Frank Dubach from Winfield, MO. 2-1/4 pounds on a cinnamon ant.
James Oyler from Lee’s Summit, MO. 2-7/8 pounds on a black & white marabou.




 
     
   
     
 



Weather Forecast


 
 

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.



 
     
   
     
 




Calendar of Events



 
 

August 13: Kansas City Chapter Trout Derby. A fund raiser for Project Healing Waters and MTFA. Donations are appreciated. Registration at Park store staring 7pm on Friday – August 12th until store close and Saturday, August 13 from store opening until 7 am. Derby rules available when you register.

August 30th & 31st : Moss Cutting

October 4th & 5th : Moss Cutting

Saturday, October 8, 2016:
Holland Trout Derby, help raise some money for cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

October 31st: End of Regular Season

November 11, 2016: Start of Catch and Release for 2016 - 2017




 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

Rainbow trout lie in fast water, brown trout lie in slow water, and fishermen lie almost anywhere, any time.
Author: unknown

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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