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
December 28, 2017




 
     
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 

First of all, I would like to say thank you to all of the anglers who have frequented Bennett Spring and Weaver's Tackle Store. We truly appreciate you and look forward to seeing you this coming year.

It's been a very nice fall and early winter and the fishing has been great. The hatchery continues to do some dredging work and repairs during this down time.

 
     
   
 


As you can see from the water level section in this report, the water is very low, and, if it continues for too long, could be a concern for the health of the fish. We have a competent team working diligently to address this issue and before opening I'm confident we will see the stream go back to more normal levels. Remembering the catastrophic flood last year at this time, it's hard to see low water levels as a problem, but they bring their own difficulties.

At this point is getting really cold. The whole mid-section of the country is getting a super cold blast of winter. Hopefully old man winter will get it out of his system and grant us a balmy opening day this year. March 1st. Only a couple of months away!

The old saying goes that home is where the heart is. If this is true, then for many Bennett is their home. At the first of the year we often think about the past year and those who are no longer with us. If you have a memorial you would like to see in this report, please feel free to send me a paragraph about the person and their relationship to Bennett. I'm sure there are other anglers in the Bennett family who would appreciate hearing from you.



 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions

 
 

December 28, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.8
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66 in 1938
Current level is 86.7
25th percentile is 95
Median is 143
Mean is 208
75th percentile is 215
Max was 1980 in 2016



 
   
     
     
 

Niangua River conditions
December 28, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .93 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Today's reading is 38.8
Minimum was 40.8 in 2013
25th percentile is 59
Median is 155
Mean is 1030
75th percentile is 301
Record high max was 13100 in 2016





 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club



 
 

A note about this reports' lunker club members: If you caught a lunker and it didn't get on this list it was unintentional. Please let me know and I will make sure it's on the next report. weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com. Use a heading of " missed lunker".

 
 






10-14-17
Trey Barnes from Jacksonville, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a brown & yellow marabou in zone 2

Miles Eubanks from Springfield, IL
2-1/2 pounds on a pink grub in zone 2

Stuart Buehler from Carrollton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Greg Hink from Gardner, KS
4 pounds on a hares ear fly in zone 2

10-15-17
Tom Jones from St. Joe, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a gray deere in zone 1

Gred Hink from Gardner, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a pheasant tail fly in zone 2
Also
2-1/4 pounds on a pheasant tail in zone 2

10-16-17
Ed Petersheim from Columbia MO
2-1/2 pounds on a woolie bugger in zone 2

10-17-17
Ed Locke from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Bruce Baird from Mount Vernon, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & white marabou in zone 2

Chris Bradly from Pittsburg, KS
2.9 pounds on a green, red and yellow rasta spinner in zone 2

Forrest Holtkemp from Mexico, MO
2 pounds on a salmon egg in zone 3

10-18-17
Stacy Stanek from Bennett Spring, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a crackleback in zone 1

10-20-17
Scott Visocsky from Perry , KS
3 pounds on a peach jig in zone 2

Mark Fahy from ST. Louis, MO
4-1/4 pounds on a white and pink marabou in zone 1

Kris Sanders from Lawerence, KS
2 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

Rosie Mertens from Jeff City, MO
3.25 pounds on dough bait in zone 3

10-21-17
Chris Crews from Baldwin, MO
2 pounds on a white spinner in zone 1

Clyde Maxey from Schumeys, MO
3 pounds in zone 3 on powerbait

 
     
   
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
 

Catch and Release dates are from 11/10/2017 TO 2/28/2018
Fishing is allowed Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m



Park Ranger Bobby Sharp will leading a First Day Hike on January 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. If you are interested in joining him to begin the new year healthy, meet him at the Savanna Ridge/Natural Tunnel Trail Head at 10 a.m. The Savanna Ridge Trail is 2.5 miles and consists of a woodland along a ridge overlooking the east side of Spring Hollow. The trail makes use of roads used by people living in the area from the 1840’s to present. I hope you can “Come Out and Play” with our awesome Park Ranger!
Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
417-532-3925: 417-532-7006
www.mostateparks.com



Opening day is March 1, 2018 for Catch & Keep.




 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
     
 

If we become conceited through great success, some day the trout will take us down a peg.

Author:
Theodore Gordon



Thanks for reading the report this season. I've enjoyed the great communication with our fishing community.
Lucy






 
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 18, 2017

 
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 

With one more weekend before the end of catch and keep season, I look back and see a huge number of Weaver's lunkers on the boards and realize just what a great season it has been. There were over 560 fish brought up to our store this year and still a couple of weeks to go. Compare with a couple years ago when there were 163. I know you all just come to Bennett for fresh air and exercise, but isn't it fun to catch a good sized fish once in a while?

Fishing has been a bit more challenging these last couple of weeks, as is typical for this time of year. My best suggestions, based on the lures that caught lunkers (and what anglers are reporting) are black & yellow or gingersnap marabou and cracklebacks. Lots of cracklebacks.

The weather this week promises to be just about perfect. No rain, warm days with cool nights. If you have a chance to fish one more time we will look forward to seeing you!




 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions


 
 

October 15, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.01
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 74 in 1977
25th percentile is 96
Median is 114
Mean is 138
Current level is 112
75th percentile is 130
Max was 774 in 1970



Niangua River conditions
October 15, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .99 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Today's reading is 50.5
Median is 58
Mean is 122
75th percentile is 175
record high max was 556 in 2010




 
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 

MONTH

BEGIN

END

 

 

 

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 
 




Catch-and-Release dates are from 11/10/2017 TO 2/12/2018
Fishing is allowed Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m


Opening day is March 1, 2018 for Catch-and-Keep.



 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?


 
     
     
 

From the Fly Case:

Weighted olive crackleback
Bennett blue crackleback
Black Ant
Beetle
crane fly
Olive or rust RGN
Copper Hotshot


Zone 1 & 2:

Rooster Tail, gingersnap, black & yellow, shell & white, salmon & brown.
Marabou -, black , gingersnap, brown & yellow, shell & white
glo ball - jimi hendrix, egg colored


Zone 3:

Trout Magnet - white
salmon peach, yellow or white power bait
pumpkin seed or natural power bait scented worms




 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club


 
 

10-12-17

Logan Mc Dannald from Jacksonville, IL
2-1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink & white marabou



10-13-17

Harold Griffin from Mexico, MO
2.2. pounds on a jimmi Hendrix glo ball in zone 2

Wayne Lalk from Hillsboro, MO
3 pounds on a soft plastic grub in zone 3



10-14-17

Kevin Goucher from Warsaw, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a light Roe with dot glo-ball

Brayden Larery (age 10) from Oronogo, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Sam Bayliss from Warrensburg, MO
3-1/8 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Stuart Buehler from Carrollton, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Greg Hink from Gardner, KS
4 pound brown on a hares ear in zone 2



10-15-17

Greg Hink from Gardner, KS
2-3/4 pounds on a pheasant tail in zone 2

Greg Hink from Gardner KS
2-1/4 pounds on pheasant tail in zone 2






 
     
   
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
 

10-28-17
Bring your costumes for a fun family event at Bennett Spring State Park. Haunted Hatchery Tours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Trunk or Treat in the Shelter B parking lot. Show Me Sports will be handing out candy and showing off their custom cars. The outdoor movie “Monster House” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the pool area. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided.

In the campgrounds, a campsite decorating contest will occur. All campgrounds within Bennett Spring State Park are encouraged to participate. Judging will occur by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Awards and prizes will be presented prior to the outdoor movie.

All activities are free and open to the public.
EVENT TIMES: 5 P.M. - ?(417) 532-433






Catch and Release dates are from 11/10/2017 TO 2/12/2018
Fishing is allowed Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.





 
     
 



Weather Forecast


 
 

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.


Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75..


Friday: Sunny, with a high near 77.


Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.


 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week

 
 

For the true angler, fishing produces a deep,unspoken joy, born of longing for that which is quiet and peaceful, and fostered by an inbred love of communing with nature

Author: Thadeus Norris



Thanks for reading.
Lucy









 
     
     
     
     
     
 


PERSONS OF INTEREST

 
 

Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062


Craig Fuller
Fisheries Management Biologist
417-532-7612 x 224
craig.fuller@mdc.mo.gov


Patricia Chambers
Bennett Spring Nature Center
26250 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, MO 65536
(: 417-532-3925| 6: 417-532-7006
www.mostateparks.com


Operation Game Thief Hotline, 1-800-392-1111.



Dallas County Conservation Agent Matt Hitchings and Ryan Wood
Matt.Hitchings@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-3876

Ryan.Wood@mdc.gov (link sends e-mail) or at (417) 733-0286.




Conservation agents for Laclede County
Jarrad.Jewell@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-718-1111

Jarad.Milligan@mdc.mo.gov (link sends e-mail) or 417-288-8744


Trout Cam At Bennett Spring State Park https://mostateparks.com/content/trout-cam




 
     
     
     
     
   
 

Mike Sapp Photo

 
     
   
 

Mike Sapp Photo

 
     
     
     
     
     
 


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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11388 Highway 64

Lebanon, MO  65536

Phone: 417-532-4618

e-mail: weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com 

 

 

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