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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
March 26, 2015

How's Fishing?

The fishing continues to be spotty, ranging from "this was the literally best day of fishing I have ever had in my entire life!" to a shrug of the shoulders and a "meh".

As you can see from the pictures, there are fish, and decent sized ones at that, that are being caught. The water continues to be very clear, especially considering the time of year. It's running a little faster and there are a couple of storms moving in today as I write the report. That may change things up a bit, but if your trip is planned for the weekend, the water color should return to normal and levels should be good.

The gingersnap and the olive wooly with the gold plated head have been two of the strongest lures right now. We have also seen a strong interest in black caddis and pale morning dun. Cracklebacks in the more muted colors such as olive or the original, have been good, as well as the renegade. Another trend we have seen here at Weaver's is the color salmon. Marabou, mini jig, or power bait...if it's salmon colored, it's good.

What's Working

From the fly case:

Morning Dun, Black Caddis
crane fly
original crackleback, ginger crackleback
renegade
gray scud
copper john

Zone one & two:

Bedspread mini jig, brown mini jig
Marabou : Gingersnap, salmon & brown, white, pink & white
Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot
Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner
Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, trout, buff
glo balls - white with red dot, salmon with red dot, jimi hendricks, orange, white
white floss

Zone 3:

florescent orange or white with glitter power bait
salmon & white worms, orange and white worms, brown & green worms



New at Weaver's Tackle Store for 2015

There are a couple of new developments here at Weaver's. One is that we now have an on line store. It is a work in progress and we know still have items to add, but if you need something sent to you, check it out at Weaverstackle.com .

The other thing that is new is that we have an additional four cabins available to rent this year. There are already dates that we are completely booked, but if you are interested in staying at Fishing Tales Resort ( aka Weaver's), call us at 417-532-4618 and we will let you know what is available.

Lunker Club

3-19-15
Brandon Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
3.5 pounds on a jimi hendrix glo ball


3-20-15
John Ziegler Jr. from Raymore, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a orange glo ball in zone 2

Brian Tumlin from LaPlata, MO
2 pounds on a brown mini jig in zone 2


3-21-15
Justin Perry from Sedalia, MO
2.25 on a buzbug in zone 2


3-22-15
Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a buff rooster tail in zone 1

Riley Despress (age 13) from Taylor, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou with gold head

Danny Smith from Darnell, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a marabou in zone 1


Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Calendar of Events


March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting

April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting

May 2 - Kids free fishing day. Kids 15 and under get a free daily tag on this day, plus there will be special attractions to delight the young anglers. Portions of the stream will be reserved for kids fifteen and under. Rainbow trout will be restocked all day long. Volunteers will be on hand to help kids fish. There will be exhibits, fly tying and fly-fishing classes, free hotdogs, soda, and other free items.

May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting

June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend

June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.

June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting

July 28th & 29th - moss cutting

August 25th & 26th - moss cutting

September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting

October 10, Holland Derby

October 20th and 21st - moss cutting

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



Water Conditions

The water currently is running well with little color.

Bennett Spring:

March 24, 2015
Gage house level is 2.02 feet
minimum 86 in 1934
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 101
Median is 188
Mean is 219
75th percentile is 281
Max was 526 in 2013


Niangua River:

March 24, 2015
Gage House reading is 2.54
Today's reading is 168
minimum was 43 in 1996
25th percentile is 182
Median is 310
Mean is 468
75th percentile is 596
Max was 1110 in 2012


Weather Report

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 10 to 13 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Quote of the Week

My wants are simple. I have no desire to latch onto a monster symbol of fate and power and prove my manhood in titanic piscine war. But sometimes I do like a couple of cooperative fish of frying size.

Author: John Steinbeck


Thanks for reading!


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
March 19, 2015

How's Fishing?

There has been a hatch of black caddis recently, as well as what I think looks like a pale morning dun. Most people are fishing deeply, as deep as six feet, using zebra midges, hares ears and scuds. We have been also selling a lot of holographic cracklebacks and brown or olive woolies. The salmon colors work well whether you are fishing a marabou jig, a mini jig, or power bait.

The numbers of fish caught has been very good and the size seems to be just what was predicted by the Hatchery manager. As far as size of fish, most fish are running to just under 12 ounces which is about an inch per ounce. As summer progresses we usually see fatter fish as they put on weight from the food that becomes available in the stream.

It's going to be a great weekend for fishing! The temperature is going to 'soar' into the high 60's and maybe even as high as 70 degrees. We are all so happy to see Spring this year. It's been a long winter.

What's Working?

From the fly case:

Morning Dun, Black Caddis

.Zebra midge - red , black also

original crackleback, ginger crackleback

San Juan worm - red or pink

Hare's ear


Zone one & two:

Bedspread mini jig

Marabou : Black & yellow, Ginger, Gingersnap, white, pink & white

Glo Ball- Jimi Hendrix, white. white with red, salmon with red dot

Brown or Olive Woolie bugger - or woolie with spinner

Rooster tails - bumble bee, white with red, Orange

white floss


Zone 3:

Salmon Peach or white with glitter power bait




Fishing Times

March from 7:30 to 7:00 pm

April from 7:00 to 7:30

May from 6:30 to 8:15

June/July from 6:30 to 8:30

August from 7:00 to 8:00

September from 7:30 to 7:15

October from 7:30 to 6:30


Lunker Club

3-8-15

Eddie Crain from Bolivar, MO
3 pounds on a minnow in zone 3

3-11-15

Leta Sapp from Strafford, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a chamois in zone 1

3-14-15

Braden Kidd from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds on a white glo ball in zone 2

3-1715

William Pry from Pleasant Hill, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a gold plated black & yellow woolie in zone 1




Calendar of Events

March 24 & 25 2015 - Moss Cutting


April 21 & 22 - Moss Cutting


May 2 - Kids free fishing day


May 19 & 20 - Moss Cutting


June 6th and 7th - free fishing weekend


June 6th and 7th - Inaugural CFM Trout Fest. This event is sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, and is put on in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri Department of Conservation. There will be many attractions and activities, including a traditional trout park derby where tagged fish will be stocked and prizes awarded to the anglers who catch them.


June 23rd and 24th - moss cutting


July 28th & 29th - moss cutting


August 25th & 26th - moss cutting


September 22nd and 23rd - moss cutting


October 10, Holland Derby


October 20th and 21st - moss cutting


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


Weather Forecast


Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 3 to 7 mph.


Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.


Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.


Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.


Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.


Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.


Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.


Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.


Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring:

March 18, 2015
Gage house level is 2.21 feet
minimum 80 in 1936
25th percentile is 133
Current level is 135
Median is 180
Mean is 273
75th percentile is 300
Max was 2240 in 2008


Niangua River:

March 18, 2015
Gage House reading is 3.10
Today's reading is 291
minimum was 47 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Median is 248
Mean is 1460
75th percentile is 515
Max was 10800 in 2008


Quote of the Week

. . perhaps the greatest satisfaction on the first day of the season is the knowledge in the evening that the whole rest of the season is to come.

Author: Arthur Ransome

Published: The First Day At The River - 1929

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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