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
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March 23, 2017




 
     
   
     
 




How's Fishing?


 
 

Early this week fishing was slow. About the only thing working was a white floss jig or other small white jig or nymph. You could sink a crackleback and strip it back with some luck, but for the most part it was pretty tough. Then it started raining and it didn't matter what you threw in front of the fish's nose, he was after it! We will continue to have rain in the forecast off and on for the next few days. Hopefully it's enough to keep them biting, but not so much that it overwhelms those that are fishing!




 
     
   
     
 




Fishing Times

 
 
MONTH BEGIN END
March Daylight Savings Time 7:30 A.M.  CDT 7:00 P.M.  CDT
April 7:00 A.M. 7:30 P.M.
May 6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
June 6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
July 6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
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.
     
     
 
     
   
     
 




What's Working?


 
 


From the fly case

Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's rust or green
copper hot shot, tobacco brown
mega worms
zebra midge black




Zone 1 & 2

light brown rooster tail
john deere mini jig
Brown wooly worm
Marabou - Black or black & yellow
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
white brassie
peach glo ball
mega worm, pink or white
possum hair roach
brown roach




Zone 3

Power bait - salmon peach, white
Minnows
grubs - yellow or peach
orange worm
salmon trout magnet




 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions


 
 

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for several weeks.
3-22-17

Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80 in 1936
current level is 113
25th percentile is 133
Median is 186
Mean is 226
75th percentile is 274
Max was 784 in 2012




Niangua River
3-22-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.92 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 40 in 1996
25th percentile is 163
Today's reading is 118
Median is 339
Mean is 657
75th percentile is 688
record high max was 3860 in 2012





 
     
   
     
 




Lunker Club


 
 

3-17-17

Randy Maledy from Arnold, MO
2 pounds on a black & yellow in zone 2



3-18-17

Andrea Ayers from Topeka, KS
2 pounds on a white wire jig in zone 1

Tanner Abbott from Jefferson City, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a minnow in zone 3



3-19-17

Ben Ortbals-Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds on a white floss jig in zone 2

Kim Kistner from Independence, MO
2 pounds on a ruby 2 in zone 1



3-20-17

Bryan Moore from Kirksville, MO
2 pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1



3-21-17

James Griffith from Louisiana, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a light brown rooster tail in zone 1


 
     
   
     
 



Weather Forecast


 
 

Friday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 10pm and 1am, then showers likely after 1am. Low around 53. South wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.


Saturday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 63. Chance of precipitation is 80%.


Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.


Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69.


Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.


Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.




 
     
   
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
     
 

March 25th Winter Hike at 10 am
Staff led hike from the nature center to the Spring Head and on the Spring Trail to the fish Hatchery. Length will be 1 mile and will last an hour.

March 25th Hellbender Program at 2 p.m.
The rare large salamander called the Hellbender is being raised and placed in the Niangua River. Join staff to learn more about this conservation effort!
All are free events. call 417-532-3925 for more information.

New *** Veterans free fishing day. Friday, April 7th. No tag needed just license if required.
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

April 8 - Four free events from the Nature Center

Bridge Trail Walk - Time to be announced - call 417-532-3925 for more information. Trail has a gentle grade up and along the hillside behind the nature center then down to the CCC Bennett Spring bridge. Distance is .70 miles

Black Bear Program - 2 pm. The American black bear is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri. Participants will learn more about the increasing bear population in Missouri.

Mole, Vole, Shrew program at 4 p.m. Held at the Nature Center. These small burrowing mammals are hard to tell apart. Participants will learn the differences between these tunneling creatures.

Evening Photo Walk. 4 p.m. starting at the Nature Center. Al Griffin will meet participants in the Nature Center. Bring your camera!

Weed cutting April 12,13 @ 8:00 AM

Free Events from the Nature Center on Saturday, April 15th.
April 15th at 9 a.m. there will be a Spring Trail Hike. Meet at the Nature Center. This hike will go to the Spring then along the stream branch to the fish hatchery. Distance is one mile
Fish Hatchery tour begins at 10 a.m. Staff led tour will meet at the hatchery building across from the park store near the raceways.
The Bat Program will meet at the Nature Center at 2 p.m. Video, games, and activities will follow a presentation about Missouri bats.

April 22 - Earth Day Activities. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited - all free events. Meet above Bennett Spring near Pavilion/Shelter A
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Free Tree Seedlings. Build a Birdhouse. Leaf Rubbing Activity, Woodpecker Craft, Try a kayak on land! Water Exhibit, Stream Team Display. Soil Exhibition. Wildlife Activities. Games & Crafts.
At 2 p.m. There will be a bicycle class followed by participants joining the Park Ranger in a bicycle parade to the Nature Center.

Kids Free Fishing Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th. We stock special area just for the kids :).
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM




 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

My first question to a newbie nymph fisher is; can you fish worms? Best advice I can give someone like that is to do that same thing with a nymph. Dry flies, a different story.

Author: Gert Jensen


Thanks for reading! Lucy

 
     
     
     
 


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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
March 16, 2017



 
     
   
     
 




How's Fishing?

 
 

Winter had one last chance to nip noses and he took it this week. Even so, fishing has been reasonably good for most. It could be said that only the experienced die-hards are out there fishing at this point and so, of course, fish were caught. I will give you that point. But this weekend will make up for it. It could reach 70 degrees by Sunday. Ahhh, Missouri weather. You gotta love it!



 
     
   
     
 



Of Interest


 
 

There are two new events this year at Bennett Spring. The first is a free fishing day for veterans. This event is coming up soon. April 7th. No tag for veterans on this day needed, just a fishing license if required. Be sure to mention it to anyone you know who loves to fish and has served, or is serving, our country. Our thanks to all of you for your service as well as to your families for the sacrifices they have also made.

The second is the Ladies Free Fishing Day in September. September 30, 2017 there is no charge to fish at Bennett Spring for the ladies. You do need to have a current fishing license, but no tag is required.

 
     
   
     
 




Fishing Times

 
 
MONTH BEGIN END
March Daylight Savings Time 7:30 A.M.  CDT 7:00 P.M.  CDT
April 7:00 A.M. 7:30 P.M.
May 6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
June 6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
July 6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
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.
     
     
 
     
   
     
 


What's working?


 
 

From the fly case

Bennett Blue crackleback
RGN's dark brown or green
mega worms
Chamois worm

Zone 1 & 2

bumble bee rooster tail
Brown wooly worm
Marabou - Black or black & orange, peach & brown, olive & black or white
john deere mini jig
white floss jig
ginger woolies, ginger woolie buggers
mega worm, orange or white
possum hair roach
brown roach






 
   
 

Zone 3

Power bait - salmon peach, yellow, cheese
Minnows



 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions

 
 

Spring Branch
The water level has been very consistent for a couple of weeks.
3-16-17

Gage house level is 1.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84 in 1936
current level is 113
25th percentile is 133
Median is 174
Mean is 239
75th percentile is 272
Max was 750 in 1973

Niangua River
3-16-17

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 48 in 1996
25th percentile is 99
Today's reading is 102
Median is 253
Mean is 299
75th percentile is 446
record high max was 1110 in 2011



 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club


 
 

March 11, 2017

Ed Evers from Orlando, FL
2 pounds on a brown wooly in zone 1


March 12

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
4 pounds on a chamois worm in zone 2


March 13

Pam Todd from Lee Summit, MO
2 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 1




 
     
   
     
 



Weather Forecast


 
 

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 67. South wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. North wind around 7 mph.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.


 
     
   
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
 

March 18th - Staff led tour of the Trout Fish Hatchery
Meet near the raceways across from the Park store.

March 25th Winter Hike at 10 am
Staff led hike from the nature center to the Spring Head and on the Spring Trail to the fish Hatchery. Length will be 1 mile and will last an hour.

March 25th Hellbender Program at 2 p.m.
The rare large salamander called the Hellbender is being raised and placed in the Niangua River. Join staff to learn more about this conservation effort!
All are free events. call 417-532-3925 for more information.

New Veterans free fishing day. Friday, April 7th. No tag needed just license if required.
Time: 7:00 AM to 7:30 PM

April 8 - Four free events from the Nature Center

Bridge Trail Walk - Time to be announced - call 417-532-3925 for more information. Trail has a gentle grade up and along the hillside behind the nature center then down to the CCC Bennett Spring bridge. Distance is .70 miles

Black Bear Program - 2 pm. The American black bear is one of the largest wild mammals in Missouri. Participants will learn more about the increasing bear population in Missouri.

Mole, Vole, Shrew program at 4 p.m. Held at the Nature Center. These small burrowing mammals are hard to tell apart. Participants will learn the differences between these tunneling creatures.

Evening Photo Walk. 4 p.m. starting at the Nature Center. Al Griffin will meet participants in the Nature Center. Bring your camera!

Weed cutting April 12,13 @ 8:00 AM

Free Events from the Nature Center on Saturday, April 15th.
April 15th at 9 a.m. there will be a Spring Trail Hike. Meet at the Nature Center. This hike will go to the Spring then along the stream branch to the fish hatchery. Distance is one mile
Fish Hatchery tour begins at 10 a.m. Staff led tour will meet at the hatchery building across from the park store near the raceways.
The Bat Program will meet at the Nature Center at 2 p.m. Video, games, and activities will follow a presentation about Missouri bats.

April 22 - Earth Day Activities. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited - all free events. Meet above Bennett Spring near Pavilion/Shelter A
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Free Tree Seedlings. Build a Birdhouse. Leaf Rubbing Activity, Woodpecker Craft, Try a kayak on land! Water Exhibit, Stream Team Display. Soil Exhibition. Wildlife Activities. Games & Crafts.
At 2 p.m. There will be a bicycle class followed by participants joining the Park Ranger in a bicycle parade to the Nature Center.

Kids Free Fishing :)
Saturday, May 6, 2017 The annual kids free fishing day May 6th. We stock special area just for the kids :).
Time: 6:30 AM to 8:15 PM

Weed cutting May 24 & 25 @ 8:00 AM

June 10th,11th Free Fishing
Free fishing for all in state and out of state anglers state wide. .

Weed Cutting June 28 & 29 @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting August 9th & 10th @ 8:00 AM

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Two day event October 14th & 15th.
The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society.
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM





 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

It is just as well to remember that angling is only a recreation, not a profession. We usually find that men of the greatest experience are the most liberal and least dogmatic.

Author: Theodore Gordon

Thanks for reading!
Lucy



 
     
     
     
     
 


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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