Bennett Spring trout fishing report for 9-9-21
There are a lot of anglers out there that fish as a form of relaxation and rejuvenation. Clear water and solitude are good for the soul. As the kids head back to school and families start their fall activities, the stream opens up. It's probably my favorite time of year.
Stripping cracklebacks is a great choice for this time of year. For any of the lures that you use, consider smaller hooks like 18 or 20 - or as small as you are comfortable with. Terrestrials are falling into the water from the trees overhead and open up another great category of lures for this time of year.
Bennett is a beautiful place any time of the year. I hope you are able to enjoy it, whenever that is.
Bennett Spring water levels for 9-7-21
Gage House water level is 2.10
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70 in 1936
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 130
Median is 120
Mean is 128
75th percentile is 147
Max was 377 in 1994
Niangua River water levels for 9-7-21
Gage House reading (water level) is .90 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19 in 1996
25th percentile is 34
Median is 49
Today's reading is 60.6
75th percentile is 76
Mean is 62
record high max was 160 in 2010
Terry Ward from Ash Grove, MO
2.4 pounds on a salmon egg
Tyler Madden from Mountain Grove, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a tassel jig (tinsel jig)
Harrison Tucker from St. Louis, MO
3-1/4 pounds on a wyoming fly
Randy Loos from Springfield, MO
2-3/8 pound on soft plastic tube jig
Travis Toelke from Springfield, MO
2 pounds on grandpa's rubber minnow
Austin Brown from Aux Vasse, MO
3-1/2 pounds on peach fly
Cade Rothschild from New Haven, MO
2.25 pounds on white floss jig
Kiptyn Jacobsen from Clarksville, TN
2 pounds on green dough bait
Terry Grable from Holts Summit, MO
2 pounds on a pearl crackleback
From the Fly Case
cracklebacks: bennett blue, olive, pearl
mop flies : cream
midge - zebra
Zone 1 & 2
marabou: orange, red & black, gingersnap, black & yellow
white or cream mini jig
brown wooly with spinner
white floss jig
john deere mini jig
peach mini jig
power bait: marshmallow white, green
moss tube bait
orange peel power bait worms
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Bennett Tradition quilting
In commemoration of the Missouri bicentennial, Bennett Spring State Park will host a monthly program entitled Bennett Traditions. Each program will include a 20-minute presentation about a natural and/or historic topic that pertains to the area. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute lesson from Karen Jaegers about quilting that relates back to the presentation topic. The event will conclude with a short question-and-answer session led by June Buckles of Buckles, Bobbins and Bolts quilt shop.
Dates, presentation topics, quilt block designs and quilting techniques are as follows:
Sept. 23 - Birds; flying geese block; choosing techniques (primitive vs. machine).
Oct. 28 - Trees; maple leaf block; binding techniques.
Registration is required and limited to 10 people. Each program will be recorded and posted online at a future date. To register or for more information, contact the Bennett Spring nature center at 417-532-3925.
PROGRAM TIME: 11 A.M.
THIRD ANNUAL AND MISSOURI BICENTENNIAL PICKING UP PAWPAWS CONTEST
9/15/2021 TO 9/25/2021 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO
The pawpaw is our largest edible fruit. It can grow up to 6 inches long and is often compared to a banana with mango flavor. The fruit can be eaten raw or baked. Lewis and Clark were known to eat them on their expedition in 1806, Native Americans wove the inner bark into fibers for cloth, and pioneers used the inner bark for stringing fish. The pawpaw is also Missouri's state fruit tree.
Can you find the biggest pawpaw? Help celebrate this edible part of Missouri's history from Sept. 15 through Sept. 25. We invite you to search your own private pawpaw patch to find the biggest pawpaw you can. Bring it to the nature center at Bennett Spring State Park on the dates and times below to be officially entered into the contest. Peak ripening is in September.
Pawpaws will be weighed at the nature center Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pickers will provide their name and phone number along with the county in Missouri where the pawpaw was harvested. A photo will be taken of each picker with his or her pawpaw.
CONTEST DATES: SEPT. 15-25
WEIGH-IN TIMES: WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
September 25, 2021 Ladies Free Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park
7:30 AM - 7:15 PM
The annual Holland Derby. Fishing derby for fundraising for The American Cancer Society. Derby runs two days - 9th and 10th. Tagged trout are released, they will win prizes if caught.
When: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM
For additional information, please call 417-532-4418 or 417-532-7612.
There is a list at https://mostateparks.com/events/park/bennett-spring-state-park that gives all the details of other activities, such as hikes that are going on at Bennett Spring State Park throughout the year.
Events for 2022 - save the date.
April 23, 2022~ Veterans Free Fishing Day
Quote of the Week
Often, I have been exhausted on trout streams, uncomfortable, wet, cold, briar-scarred, sunburned, mosquito-bitten, but never, with a fly rod in my hand, have I been in a place that was less than beautiful.
Thanks for reading,