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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October 16, 2018




 
     
   
     
 


How's Fishing?


 
 


The weather was not very cooperative, but there was a great turn out for the Holland Derby this past weekend. The spotty rain and cool weather made for some ideal fishing conditions. According to the Bennett Spring Park Store $1809.60 was donated to the American Cancer Society. The little bit of rain we did get did not change the stream conditions. The water is low, clear, and filled to "swimming room" only capacity with beautiful trout.

 
     
 


Of Interest:

 
     
 

The 2018 catch-and-keep trout season is coming to a close. If anyone would like to message either by Facebook or email the names of those anglers that have passed on during this past year. We would like to pay our respects to them. You can include just the name or a related story if you wish. Weaver's Tackle Store on Facebook or weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com.



 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions


 
 

Bennett Spring
October 14, 2018
Gage house level is 1.95
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 76.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 132
Median is 112
Mean is 152
75th percentile is 132
Max was 1500 in 1970




Niangua River
October 14, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 47
Today's reading is 83.3
75th percentile is 107
Mean is 101
record high max was 485 in 2010





 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?

 
 

From the Fly Case

copper wrap zebra midges
red zebra midges
Copper John midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green holographic cracklebacks
gray scuds
sow bugs
dark red San Juan worms



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
peach with a red dot glo-balls
Steelhead Orange glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, cerise, ginger, white, and orange
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Orange Tiger, Tinsel Shad
Grasshopper Mylar Vibric Rooster Tail




Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
sherbet powerbait
mint green Lady Luck worms





 
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 
   

 

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

    

 

 

 
     
     
 




Weather Forecast

 
     
 


Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 61.


Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.


Friday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.


Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.


Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 58.



 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club

 
 


10/8/2018


Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white fur bug



10/9/2018


Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Mepps spinner


Ann Jones from Texas
2 pounds in zone 2 on a secret lure



10/10/2018


Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a dark green crackleback



10/12/2018


Justin Brown from Florence, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a bronze and black Rooster Tail


Mike Mathis from Moberly, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig


Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/8 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud


Dustin Plack from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a lime green glo-ball



10/13/2018


Fred Hangartner from St. Joseph, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou


Sam Wilson from St. Charles, MO
2 3/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig


Justin Brown from Florence, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a peach marabou


Dalton Smith from Lee's Summit, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball


Angie Oyler from Lee's Summit, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on an olive marabou


Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a red zebra midge


Charles Schmidt from Frohna, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white brassie


Ron Ard from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a Jimi Hendrix glo-ball


Fred Todd from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere fly


Rachael Klemme from Moscow Mills
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou





10/14/2018


Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Super Duper


Bradley Van Fleet from Blue Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white thread jig


Greg Meng from Solon, IA
3 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou


Justin Scherer from Atchison, KS
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive midge


Derek Hubler from Pinckneyville, IL
2 pounds in zone 1 on a gold crackleback


Gary Knapp from Jacksonville, IL
4 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black gnat






 
     
   
     
 




Calendar of Events

 
     
 


October 20, 2018 Hoot Hoot Halloween~ Bennett Spring State Park

1 pm

Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.

2 pm


The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest. Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm


Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm

Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

7 pm

Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

8 pm

Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B.



 
     
     
 


Quote of the Week


 
 


You won't catch every fish you try for, but don't let that discourage you, because the best fisherman who ever lived can't do it either.

Author:

H. G. Tapply


Thanks for reading,

Devin




 
     
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 7, 2018

 
     
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 


Fishing has been great. The stream conditions remain the same. Clear and low with an abundance of trout through out all the zones. It was another fun and educational weekend hosted by Hidden Valley Outfitters . Many vendors and organizations came together to support and showcase fly fishing. Attendees included, but were not limited to, the following: The Conservation Federation of Missouri, Reading's Fly Shop, Weaver's Tackle Store, The Wooly Bugger Fly CO., and Trout Unlimited to name a few. The weekend was capped off with the presentation of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday October 6, 2018. To learn more about this presentation and others near you visit www.flyfilmtour.com. We would also like to give a shout out of appreciation to those that volunteered their time to Spring Branch clean-up Saturday with Stream Team #5462.



 
     
   
     
 



Of Interest:


 
 


CLARENCE HOLLAND FISHING DERBY

10/13/2018 TO 10/14/2018 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO

This memorial fishing derby begins on Saturday and ends on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Holland was a previous park hatchery superintendent at the park. For a small donation, participants can enter the derby. All donations go to the American Cancer Society. Registration is open to the public. Prizes for tagged fish will be held on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the historic CCC dining lodge. Drawings for additional prizes will also occur at that time.

26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338




 
     
     
 



Water Conditions


 
 


Bennett Spring
October 7, 2018
Gage house level is 1.94
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1933
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 130
Median is 109
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 133
Max was 488 in 1987




Niangua River
October 7, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.97 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 47
Today's reading is 49.7
75th percentile is 67
Mean is 65
record high max was 278 in 1994




 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?


 
 

From the Fly Case

olive zebra midges
Copper John midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green holographic cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
Galloup's Ant Acid



Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
light and dark roe glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, chartreuse and black, ginger, white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Skunk, Cop Car




Zone 3

red fluoroscent powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait







 
     
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 
   

 

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

    

 

 

 
     
     
     
     
 



Weather Forecast

 
 


Wednesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 62.


Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.


Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.





 
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club

 
 


9/30/2018

Sophie Jaworski from Shawnee, KS
2 pounds in zone 2 on an orange marabou

Keaton Smith from Quincy, IL
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a tan marabou

Dan Bauer from Quincy, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a Rooster Tail

Ron Goben from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon glo-ball

Quentin Goben from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon glo-ball

Devin Jaegers from Koeltztown, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white floss jig

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm


10/1/2018

Russell Wisa from St. Charles, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Bumblebee Rooster Tail

Josh Dietrich from Gladstone, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white thread jig


10/2/2018

Jim Dockins from Kansas City, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a white nymph


10/3/2018

Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on an "Old Man" John Deere


10/4/2018

Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

Derrick Scheper from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud

Brayden Allee from Lebanon, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a ginger marabou


10/5/2018

Mark Drazba from New London, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a bedspread

Jeff Gibbs from Liberty, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on an olive, gold head (homemade Weaver's fly)


10/6/2018

Jason Hall from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on white powerbait

Matt Courtaway from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly bugger

Larry Bush from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an Galloups Ant Acid

Erika Snodgrass from Salisbury, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Wayne Brown from St. Peters, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere marabou




 
     
     
   
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
 



October 13 & 14 Holland Derby


October 20, 2018 Hoot Hoot Halloween~ Bennett Spring State Park

1 pm

Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.

2 pm


The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest. Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm


Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.


5:30 pm

Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

7 pm

Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

8 pm

Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B.






 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week

 
 


Fishing in rainy conditions may make fishermen seem crazy to the great mass of unimaginative people, but then few fishermen care what they think.

Author:

John Gierach



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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