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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









 
     
     
     
 

OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 12, 2017



 
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 

Two anglers are standing next to each other. One says the fishing is tough, he hasn't caught a thing, and the other has a stringer full. To add insult to injury, two of the second anglers' fish are over two pounds. It's a fickle sport.

Conditions in the stream are very typical for this time of year. The trout are not stocked as heavily as they are during the busy summer months. The water is gin clear, moving slowly and just perfect for that top water fly.

Remember that the annual Holland Derby is this weekend. Register at the State Store before 7am on Saturday, catch a tagged trout and win a prize. This year the weather is perfect. Warm days and cool nights that are perfect for a campfire.




 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?

 
 

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



Zone 1 & 2:

rooster tail, orange & green
Marabou -, black , gingersnap, brown & yellow, shell & white
glo ball - jimi hendrix, egg colored
olive or brown woolie
green rubber leg jig



Zone 3:

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





 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditions

 
 

October 12, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.92
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.6 in 2017
25th percentile is 96
Median is 110
Mean is 157
Current level is 93.8
75th percentile is 134
Max was 1530 in 1970



Niangua River conditions
October 12, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .88 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19 in 1998
25th percentile is 32
Today's reading is 42.2
Median is 54
Mean is 110
75th percentile is 172
record high max was 618 in 2010




 
     
   
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 

MONTH

BEGIN

END

 

 

 

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 
     
   
     
 




Lunker Club


 
 

10-2-17

Robert Sylvester from Camdenton, MO
4.5 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Susan Woods from Lawson, MO
2 pounds on an orange & green rooster tail in zone 1



10-3-17

Steve Chott from Columbia, MO
2-3/4 pounds on dough bait in zone 3



10-6-17

Jeremy Sullins from GrainValley MO
2 pounds on an egg colored glo ball in zone 1



10-7-17

Scott Rutherford from Pleasant Hill, MO
3.5 pounds on a copper crackleback in zone 1

Dan Voelker from Waterloo, IL
2.5 pounds on a trout magnet in zone 3



10-8-17

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds on a home tied fly in zone 1



10-9-17

Jason Dane
2 pounds on a hand tied fly in zone 1

Jack Buchschacher from Crestwood MO
4.5 pounds on an imitation salmon egg, orange yellow



10-11-17

John Cearlock from Vandallia, MO
2 1/4 pounds on a flesh fly in zone 1

John Cearlock from Vandallia, IL
2 pounds on a flesh fly in zone 1



10-12-17

Allen Ford from Chanute, KS
3-1/4 pounds on a brown & yellow Marabou in zone 1












 
     
   
     
 




Calendar of Events


 
 

10/13/2017 Informational Meeting

Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities


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


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





 
     
   
     
 



Weather Forecast


 
 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.


Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 7 to 10 mph.


Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 7 to 11 mph.


Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10am, then showers likely between 10am and 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Chance of precipitation is 60%.


Monday: Sunny, with a high near 66.


Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 71..


Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 73.



 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week

 
 

Most anglers who have caught a trout - which is not by any means all anglers - are like criminals and invariably have an impulse to return to the scene of the crime

Author: E G Webber

Published: You Should've Been Here Thursday


Thanks for reading.
Lucy




 
     
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
October 3, 2017

 
     
   
     
 



How's Fishing?

 
 

The trout fishing season is winding down for 2017. It's been a super year for the folks who fish at Bennett Spring. The first part of the season was a very wet one, especially on weekends. As the season went on it just got better and better with relatively cool temperatures, lots of sun, and much less rain.

We've had some interesting conditions at Bennett Spring as well as the Niangua River. At this point the river is at a near record low of just over a half of a foot. The discharge is only 15.2 cubic feet per second (the median is 44). The Spring, on the other hand, is holding steady at 1.94 . We typically see this level at about 2 feet.

The strongest lures to use at this point have noise and flash. Spinners and spoons are working well by intimidation. They may not appear to be food to the fish, but more like competition. With this in mind, work each area over well and retrieve a little quicker than normal.

The other lure that is working well - and typically does this time of year - is a Crackleback. I have a short guest offering about how to fish a Crackleback. It's from Eric Kirchberg. He writes:

I have had several people asking me how to fish the Crackleback. Well, the way I see it, there is no wrong way to fish it unless you're fishing in the hatchery. I have fished it on a sinking line and that was awkward and hard to cast but produced a lot of fish down deep when stripping it back slowly. I have fished the bead head Crackleback on a floating line and it worked real well when stripped back slowly and was much easier to cast.

I prefer to fish it both dry and wet on the same cast. I cast across the stream slightly up stream and let the Crackleback float down with the current, when it loses its drift (it starts pulling across the water) I give it a quick twitch and sink it just under the surface and strip it back. Your success will depend on the speed at which you strip it back. Some days a slow steady retrieve works best, other days a faster retrieve works best. Not sure why, but the speed of the retrieve makes a big difference on any given day.


Thank you for your input, Eric.




 
     
   
     
 



Of Interest

 
 

Ben Havens, the Hatchery Manager shared an email with us. It follows:



 
 

Hello from Bennett Spring---

We started the month at 143 cfs flow. We ended the month at 128cfs (82 mgd) and remain 10 mgd below normal for this time of year.

We received about 1 inch of rain in our area for the month. The stream is clear and the fish are deep!

Tag sales are trending really close to last year and the September tag sales would have been higher had we not given free tags for our Girls Event. See below:

 
   
 

As many of you know, we had some mechanical problems with our weed cutting boat and were unable to get areas of the stream trimmed up. Hopefully, sometime soon we will get the boat back from our maintenance shop and be able to cut weeds in the stream. As always, if we are able to get this done before the end of fishing season, we will announce and post the dates of the cutting for everyone to know.

Hatchery staff have been keeping busy with end of season cleaning. We have been making good use of empty raceways, getting them power washed and cleaned up. We have quite a few fish on hand and I’m anxious to get these done and our fish spread back out in the clean raceways. Power washing helps us to keep parasites and disease at a minimum, and our fish healthy and growing.

The fishing season continues to wind down as fall starts to surround us. This is always a busy time around the hatchery as we have started our spawning of brood stock. We have already taken our first two spawns and will continue working through this process well into December. Thus far we have collected over 150,000 eggs.

This past weekend was our First Annual Girls Free Fishing Day in which we hosted 453 participants. It was a great day! We could not have ordered a more perfect day! There were a large number of first time anglers as well as first time “trout” anglers. This is exactly how I had hoped things would turn out. It was my goal, as it is with our Kid’s Fishing Day, to educate and recruit new people to the joy of fishing. We had good fishing, fun activities, and even greater volunteers that helped us make this event happen. I want to send a huge thank you out to all the wonderful people who were so gracious with their time to help out with the event. First, to the Capital City Fly Fishers who helped with fly tying, casting lessons and one on one streamside fishing instruction. To Mike Rueck and our DNR Park Naturalists whom helped with knot tying demonstrations. The Lake Ozark Missouri Master Naturalist group who came down and put on a delicious Dutch oven cooking demonstration. Special thanks to MacCreed’s Art Gallery and Gifts for their pottery raffle along with organizing a great artist gathering and painting event in the park. A shout out to my staff who cooked and cleaned many trout throughout the day. Finally, additional thanks to Jim Rogers who donated ball caps and also a great gift certificate giveaway for the ladies who participated in the event, and also special thanks to Patricia Chambers, Park Naturalist for all her help organizing and planning the day. I’m sure I left some folks out, again, thanks to all who came out and helped to make the day such a success!

Finally- There are several events coming up in the park that I would like to make everyone aware of:

1. State Parks Bennett Spring Open House Meeting
Meeting time: Friday October 13th, 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the Department of Natural Resources. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. For more information call (417) 532-4338. If you have concerns or ideas that you would like to share with leadership staff of the state park, this is your chance.


2. Holland Derby
October 14 and 15th
Come enjoy a weekend of great fishing and a tagged fish derby. For more information call the park store, 532-4307.

3. Halloween at the Spring!
Activities on Friday October 27th and 28th
This is a Cooperative effort between MDC and MO DNR.
This will be a fun event for the entire family. There will be a car show, Trunk-or-Treating, Haunted Hatchery Tours, fun activities and capped off with an outdoor movie “Monster House.” Everyone is invited to attend!
I have attached a flyer listing the activities and times. It is sure to be a great event! The best part is it is all FREE!!!


Thanks again-

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



 
     
   
     
 



What's Working?

 
 

Weighted olive crackleback
Bennett blue crackleback
Renegade
Rust or Olive RGN's


Zone 1 & 2:

bedspread mini jig
john deere mini jig
white thread jig
Marabou -, black , gingersnap, black & yellow, shell & brown, shell & white, white
glo ball - jimi hendrix, roe
olive or brown woolie
tinsel mini jig
green rubber leg jig


Zone 3:

Trout Magnet - white
white power bait
salmon egg



 
     
   
     
 


Water Conditions


 
 

October 2, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.94
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76 in 1939
25th percentile is 96
Median is 107
Mean is 142
Current level is 128
75th percentile is 135
Max was 1090 in 1987



Niangua River conditions
October 2, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .54 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 27.5 in 2015
25th percentile is 33
Today's reading is 15.2
Median is 44
Mean is 654
75th percentile is 88
record high max was 491 in 1994





 
 



Fishing Times

 
 

MONTH

BEGIN

END

 

 

 

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

 

 

 

 
     
     
     
   
     
 



Lunker club

 
 

9-25-17

Keith Rogers from Wellsville, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a salmon marabou in zone 1



9-26-17

Tim Kinkelmann from Freeburg, IL
3 pounds on a chartreuse mega worm in zone 1

Larry Teel from Springfield, MO
3 pounds on a green worm in zone 3



9-27-17

Norris Gale from Columbia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on an orange zonker in zone 1



9-28-17

Phil Jozwiak from Kirkwood, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a woolie & spinner in zone 1



9-29-17

John Wayne Luebbert from St. Charles, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou in zone 1

James Speakes from St. Clair, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a scud in zone 2

Larry Todd from Raytown MO
3-1/4 pounds on a ginger marabou in zone 1



9-30-17

Sherrie King from St. James, MO
3 pounds on a rubber leg jig in zone 2

Pam Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a jake spoon in zone 2

Robert Smith from Higby, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a white thread jig in zone 1

Rachel Myers from Troy, MO
3-1/4 pounds on clydes secret bait in zone 3




 
     
   
     
 




Calendar of Events


 
 

Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on flyfilmtour.com.  Event to take place at Hidden Valley Outfitters - Oct. 6th and 7th.

10/13/2017 Informational Meeting

Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities

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

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) 532-4338





 
     
   
     
 



Weather Forecast

 
 

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind 5 to 7 mph.


Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind 5 to 7 mph.


Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.


Friday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.


Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.


Columbus Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.


Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 67.






 
     
   
     
 



Quote of the Week


 
 

Complete content - the day has brought it - he fished for pleasure and he caught it.

Author:

H . J. The Optimist


Thanks for reading. Lucy





 
     
     
     
 


OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:

 
 


Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
September 26, 2017

 
     
   
     
 


How's Fishing?


 
 

The water has slowed down and the levels are still very nice. The weather is great and is forecast to be a nice for the next week. Mild and dry. It still feels like summer but the days are so much shorter and you know the leaves will be turning soon. The tag numbers are up and that shows that there are a lot of smart anglers out there. They know that this time of year is perfect for a trip to Bennett. As far as the best lures - the Bennett Blue crackleback is still going strong, as well as green or chartreuse. Renegades and double trouble - consistently good. Check to see that you have some winged ants in your tackle box as well as a couple of crane flies.



 
     
   
     
 



What's Working

 
 

From the fly case:

Weighted olive or bennett blue crackleback
renegade
double trouble
rust or olive RGN's
olive RGN
Rust copper hotshot



Zone 1 & 2:

orange fur bug
john deere mini jig
white thread jig
Marabou - Chartreuse, black & yellow, shell, white marabou with red thread, olive
glo ball - white, orange, light roe, original tri color
olive or brown woolie
chartreuse mini jig



Zone 3:

Trout Magnet - white
salmon peach power bait
minnow



 
     
   
     
 



Water Conditons

 
 

September 26, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 1.95
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 670 in 1937
25th percentile is 94
Median is 108
Mean is 139
Current level is 130
75th percentile is 138
Max was 970 in 1993


Niangua River conditions
September 26, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is .89 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 26.9 in 2014
25th percentile is 38
Today's reading is 31.8
Median is 53
Mean is 654
75th percentile is 296
record high max was 4850 in 1996



 
     
 



Fishing Times

 
 

MONTH

BEGIN

END

 

 

 

September

7:30 A.M.

7:15 P.M.

October

7:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

 
     
     
     
   
     
 



Lunker Club


 
 

9-20-17

Jack Sherbo from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds on a glo ball in zone 1


9-23-17

Matt Von Behren from Springfield, IL
2-1/4 pounds on a pink & silver

Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
2 pounds on a blue crackleback in zone 1


9-24-17

Chad Kohlbush from Newhaven, MO
6-3/4 pounds on a trout magnet in zone 3

Jason Dane from Parkhills, MO
2 pounds on a fur bug in zone 2




 
     
   
 

Brayden, Lydia and Matthew Payne 

 
     
 



Calendar of Events


 
 

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required. There will be a section of stream that is designated for the ladies only.
No trout tag is required for women from 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. on this day only. A special area will be roped off at the Bennett Spring for ladies to fish in. Staff and volunteers will be available to assist in this outdoor sport. A special area of Zone 2 will be just for ladies. Fun community-sponsored displays and activities are planned during the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that will include fish filleting, cooking and enjoyment of Missouri’s natural resources.


Fly Fishing Film Tour. This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th. There will also be vendors and activities during the day. If you are in the area, plan to attend! Check it out on flyfilmtour.com. Event to take place at Hidden Valley Outfitters - Oct. 6th and 7th.


10/13/2017 Informational Meeting
Staff from the park will be on hand to provide information about the site and answer questions. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations.
Meeting time: 6 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
Input from the public is important to the department. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create a two-way communication. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the current status and future plans for the park or site, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities



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


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) 532-4338






 
     
   
 

Photo by Dan Walker 

 
 





Weather Forecast


 
 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.


Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.


Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 74.


Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 77.


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.


Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.




 
     
   
     
 




Quote of the Week


 
 

Don't confuse your own incompetence with a fish's intelligence.

Author:
Jay Zimmerman

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?"



 
     

 

 

Weaver's Tackle Store

11388 Highway 64

Lebanon, MO  65536

Phone: 417-532-4618

e-mail: weavers.fishingtales@gmail.com 

 

 

The word on the trout stream is:

"WEAVER'S has the BEST prices!"

Come in and compare.

 

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