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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January 8, 2019




 
     
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 

The catch-and-release season is in full swing. We have had some rainfall causing the stream to rise and making the water a little murky. The trout are very active. The weekend weather has been very good for this time of year. If you are looking for something different to do than your normal routine Bennett Spring State Park is calling. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Opening Day March 1st, which seems to be just around the corner.

Catch-and-release is Friday through Monday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. All zones are Flies Only at this time.




 
     
 


Water Conditions


 
 

Bennett Spring
January 8, 2019
Gage house level is 2.22
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 73.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 103
Current level is 197
Median is 136
Mean is 167
75th percentile is 199
Max was 665 in 2008




Niangua River
January 8, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.12 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 38.1 in 2013
25th percentile is 70
Median is 112
Today's reading is 264
75th percentile is 200
Mean is 368
record high max was 3860 in 2008




 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?


 
 

From the Fly Case

olive or brown wooly bugger
Griffith's Gnats
Rabbit Hare midges
Renegades
gold or yellow cracklebacks
green holographic cracklebacks
gray scuds



Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, black and white, orange, peach and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee and Metallic Gold Spot, Cop Car



Zone 3

Flies from Zones 1 and 2





 
 



Of Interest


 
 


Here is the announcement about the upcoming pre-season meeting:

 
   
     
     
     
 


Fishing Times


 
 


Catch-and-Release Season ~ November 9, 2018 and go until February 11, 2019.




Catch-and-Release Season hours

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.






Pre-season meeting - February 20, 2019

Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019

Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019






 
 


Weather Forecast


 
 


Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 43. Wind chill values as low as 19. Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.


Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.


Friday: A chance of rain and snow before 11am, then rain likely between 11am and 5pm, then rain and snow likely after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Saturday: Snow likely before 11am, then rain and snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 36.


Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.






 
   
     
 



Quote of the Week

 
 

Ninety percent of all fishing knowledge is local knowledge.

Author:

Lefty Kreh




Thanks for reading,

Devin





 
     
     
     
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
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October 29, 2018

 
     
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 


This season is coming to a close, but catch and release should tide over the die hard anglers (myself included). Many memories have been made this season, lessons learned, and traditions passed on for generations to uphold. Individuals and their families will return next season for their annual pilgrimage to Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri trout mecca.

Fishing has been great. The cooler temperatures are keeping the trout active. Egg patterns throughout the day seem to be very productive. Mid-afternoon is slow, but the evenings are beneficial when dry fly patterns are presented. The stream is low, gin clear, and inundated with beautiful trout.

All of us here at Weaver's Tackle Store wish you a wonderful rest of your year and cannot wait to see everyone next season!



 
     
     
 



Of Interest:


 
 


Thanks again to the amazing Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery Staff and Park Store Staff for all their continued hard work! The tag totals for this season as of Sunday October 28, 2018 are as follows: Adult tags sold: 118,249 and Children's tags 19,424. The approximate number of trout stocked is somewhere in the "trout" park of 300,000. Thank you to Assistant Hatchery Manager, Mike Perry for the information. Any updates or corrections will be posted at a later date if needed.




 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions


 
     
 


Bennett Spring
October 28, 2018
Gage house level is 1.77
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 68.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 95.6
Median is 114
Mean is 126
75th percentile is 134
Max was 391 in 1971




Niangua River
October 28, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.94 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 52
Today's reading is 43.2
75th percentile is 97
Mean is 215
record high max was 2130 in 1997




 
     
     
   
     
 



What's Working?


 
 


From the Fly Case

Griffith's Gnats
Rabbit Hare midges
beetles
Renegades
red zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
gray scuds
red San Juan worms
olive green Megaworms


Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, black and olive, ginger, white, and red and black
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Yellow Black Tiger, Metallic Gold Spot


Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs




 
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 

 

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

    

 

 

 
     
 


Catch-and-Release hours begin November 9, 2018 and go until February 11, 2019.

Catch-and-Release Season
2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 
     
     
   
     
 


Weather Forecast


 
 


Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Wind chill values as low as 39 early. South wind 6 to 11 mph.


Tuesday: Showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.


Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.


Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.


Saturday: A chance of sprinkles and flurries. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.




 
     
     
   
     
 




Lunker Club


 
 


10/21/2018

Matt Mosher from Salina, KS
2 1/8 pounds zone 2 with a homemade lure

Shea Stille from Bellflower, MO
2 pounds zone 3 on a rubber worm


10/22/2018

Ed Bain from Temple, TX
2 pounds in zone 1 on a red and white thread jig

Jerry Brown from Shawnee, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive marabou


10/23/2018

Tracy Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on an orange plastic worm


10/23/2018

Jerry Denzel from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou


10/24/2018

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and white midge


10/27/2018

Derek Gray from Chillicothe, MO
5 pounds in zone 2 on a caddis fly

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3.8 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm


10/29/2018

Gary Hey from Augusta, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly





 
     
     
   
     
 




Calendar of Events


 
 


November 9, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season Begins

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.





November 17, 2018 - Freeze Your Trout Off (FYTO), 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hosted by the Roubidoux Fly Fishers





January 1, 2019 - Hike to the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel

When: 11 a.m., January 1st, 2019
Where: Natural Tunnel Trail
Bennett Spring State Park
(The trail head is just past park cabins and Bennett Spring.)

Length: 7.5 miles (Approx. 5 hours)

The Natural Tunnel is a 296 feet long tunnel forming an S through a hill. Anticipate being outdoors on the trail from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This trail consists of natural surfaces including dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surfaces, exposed roots and down vegetation on the trail. There are inclines over 10% and stream crossings without bridges. It is suggested that participants wear shoes that fit well, dress appropriate for weather, bring a snack and water.

For more information about the event, call the Bennett Spring Nature Center at 417-532-3925 and ask for Patricia Chambers. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.






 
     
 




Quote of the Week


 
 


In this busy, noisy, impatient world, faster often seems better. Many of us wear stress like a badge of honor and take pride in exhaustion. Perhaps we won't solve these problems by going fishing. But I like to think it can't hurt.

Author:

Shawn Perich



Thanks for reading,

Devin



 
     
     
     
     
     
     
 


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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