Fishing Report 3/3/2020
Fishing on Opening Day was phenomenal, the best since 2008! The weather was excellent as opposed to the last Opening Day that fell on a Sunday in 2015; when several inches of snow fell. The following Missouri delegates and Missouri Department of Conservation personnel on hand at Bennett Spring State Park for Opening Day festivities: Governor Mike Parson and First Lady, Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Representative Suzie Pollock, Representative Jeff Knight, Senator Sandy Crawford, MDC Commissioner Harrison, MDC Commissioner McHenry, MDC Deputy Director Aaron Jeffries, MDC Southwest Regional Administrator Max Alleger, MDC Fisheries Regional Programs, Supervisor Allen Brandes, and too many DNR folks to mention.
Jim Smith was the siren ringer for the 2020 Season Opening Day, which I mentioned last week before I actually met this gentleman. He has been fishing at Bennett Spring since 1950! I spoke to him at Weaver's Tackle Store and he could not be any nicer. He spoke passionately about his love of fishing at Bennett Spring.
Hatchery Manager, Ben Havens, Assistant Hatchery Manager, Mike Perry and the amazing Hatchery crew stocked the stream with a total of 8,200 trout for the opener and an additional 50 plus lunkers. We thank you for all your hardwork! The largest trout caught weighed in at 8 pounds 10 ounces and was caught by Robert Jenkins of Rich Hill, MO. (See Lunker Club)
We would like to pay respect to Bennett Spring traditionalists that passed on in the last year. Fellow anglers near and far, as well as, Bennett Spring community members alike are included here in the following:
Bill Sargent a true nature lover who is remembered wearing waders flyfishing his heart out at Bennett Spring State Park. A loving husband, father, and dear friend that is missed very much.
Tom Bernard longtime resident of Weaver's Campground. Loving husband, father, and friend. Always had a story to tell. He is greatly missed.
Jackie Dixon long time member of the Bennett Spring Fire Department Auxiliary. A wonderful, helpful, friendly, all around genuinely great person. She is greatly missed.
Forrest Holtkamp angler, friend, storyteller, jokes for days we remember you fondly. He is greatly missed. Our sympathy to his wife, Marla, family, and friends.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy to all the families, friends and individuals that were blessed with the presence of these people in their lives.
If there is anyone you would like mentioned. Please call 417-532-4618 or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 3, 2020
Gage house level is 2.42 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.6 in 2015
25th percentile is 126
Current level is 254
Median is 173
Mean is 191
75th percentile is 239
Max was 455 in 1975
March 3, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.57 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 79.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 81
Median is 232
Today's reading is 460
75th percentile is 484
Mean is 407
record high max was 2110 in 2008
From the Fly Case
Red or White San Juan Worms
Wooly Buggers-olive, brown, black
Harvester Midges- olive, red, brown
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shots
RGN's-golden olive, brown size 14
Zone 1 or 2
Mopflies- cream, pink, white, orange
Chartreuse with red dot Glo-balls
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
Easter Egg Glo-balls
Marabou - black and yellow, moss, ginger, gingersnap, red and black, pink, orange and white, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Old Glory Tricolor (Red, White, and Blue), black and white, black, salmon, Shell and white, Pink Lemonade,
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Strobe Rainbow, Midnight, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout, Metallic Gold Spot, Tinsel Shad, Glitter Black, Skunk
Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white, mint, red and white, black and yellow, pink
Glitter White Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Fluoroscent Orange Powerbait
Marshmallow White Powerbait
Grape Nymph Powerbait
Orange Twist Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs pink, orange, or white
Orange Peel Power Worms
Bentley's Secret Bait Original and Garlic
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 55.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)
Kim Roesch from Eureka, MO 2 1/2 pounds in the Niangua River on Orange Powerbait
Elias Higbee from Conway, MO Estimated 3 1/2 pounds caught and released on a Strobe Rainbow Roostertail in the Niangua River
Todd Groshans from Collinsville, IL 3 1/2 pounds in the Niangua River on White Powerbait
Cliff Williams from Sullivan, MO 3 3/4 pounds in the Niangua River on an Orange Peel Power Worm
Brian Beckett from Sullivan, MO 2 1/2 pounds in the Niangua River on an Orange Peel Power Worm
Ryan Eslinger from Arnold, MO 3 pounds in the Niangua River on an orange worm
Kevin Fisher from Fenton, MO 4 pounds in the Niangua River on an orange worm
Zack Gray from St. Louis, MO 2 1/4 pounds in the Niangua River on an orange worm
3/1/2020 Opening Day
Zack Smith from Morrisville, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou
Corey Nolte from Krum, TX 3 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou
Robert Jenkins from Rich Hill, MO 8 pounds and 10 ounces in zone 3 on white power eggs
Don Erhardt from Chesterfield, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on yellow Powerbait
Cora Wood from Holt Summit, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou
Bill Wood from Holt Summit, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou
John Clemmons from St. Joseph, MO 2 pounds (trout name is Eleanor) in zone 3 on white Powerbait
Jay Stuart from Perry, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on black and yellow marabou
John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a chamois worm
Rider Smith from Lincoln, MO 3 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou
Mike Knudson from Lebanon, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on corn Powerbait
Bob Knudson from Crocker, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on corn Powerbait
Brian Reeves from Lebanon, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a Black Roostertail
Matt Jacobson from Lawrence, KS 2 pounds in zone 3 on a worm
Robert Chaloupka from Huntsville, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow
Paul Alan from Holt Summit 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou
Brice Helmig from Lebanon, MO 4 pounds in zone 3 on Yellow Powerbait
Todd Henderson from Troy, MO 2 1/2 pounds zone 3 on Rainbow Powerbait
Bobby Phillips from Marshall, MO 3 pounds in zone 3 on Nymph Grape Powerbait
Cayden Phillips from Marshall, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on Nymph Grape Powerbait
Jonathan Phillips from Marshall, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on Nymph Grape Powerbait
Steve Vincent from Overland Park, KS 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a red San Juan worm
Todd Bauer from Peoria, IL 3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on white Powerbait
Brendon Duvall from St. Louis, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on Larry's black and yellow marabou
Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO 3 pounds in zone 3 on homemade bait
Brian Mcconville Grain Valley, MO 5 5/8 pounds in zone 1 on a shell and white marabou
Cora Silvestre from Lebanon, MO 4 pounds in zone 3 on Yellow Powerbait
Justin Johaningmeyer from St. Louis, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere jig
Robert Merciel from St. Louis, MO 3 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou
Connor Cunningham from Hurricane, West Virginia 3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a clouser minnow
Hae Kim from Chesapeake, Virginia 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou from Weaver's
Quinton Phelps from Springfield, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a white mop fly
Randy Horman from Concordia, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a Gold Roostertail
Bill Hedgpeth from New London, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou
Brent Thurman from Louisiana, MO 2 pounds 9 ounces in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou
Mary Burton from Highridge, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on orange Powerbait
Dennis Pinero from Madison, IL 4 pounds in zone 1 on black and yellow marabou from Weaver's
Matt Turley from Evansville, IN 6 pounds 8 ounces in zone 1 on a peacock jig
Dave Biscari from Kansas City, MO 3 pounds 14 ounces in zone 1 on a jig
Brian Thomas from Osceola, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a Copper John
Lee Creason from Trenton, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a peach megaworm
Randy Affolter from Granite City, IL 2 pounds 8 ounces in zone 2 on a yellow marabou
Ryan Courtney from Savannah, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white bedspread
Calendar of Events
Friday March 6, 2020
There will be monthly Mayfly Project fly tying nights in the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex, located across from the park office. Supplies and instruction on tying a basic fishing fly will be given. This activity will allow people to enjoy the art of fly tying and learn from experienced Bennett Spring fishermen and women.
All supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. A $5 donation for the "Fly of the Night" supplies is suggested. Donations will go to provide supplies and support for Kid's Free Fishing Day. Everyone's first six flies will be donated to The Mayfly Project, which mentors foster children through fly fishing.
This event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mayfly Project. More information is available at http://www.themayflyproject.com .
Additional Mayfly Project program dates:
April 17, May 1, June 12, July 10, July 31, Sept. 4, Oct. 2
PROGRAM TIME: 6 P.M. - 9 P.M.
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338
Weed Cutting April 7-8
Veterans Fishing Day Saturday April 18, 2020 Bennett Spring State Park~0700-1930
Kids Free Fishing Day Saturday May 2, 2020 Bennett Spring State Park~6:30 A.M.-8:15 P.M.
Weed Cutting May 19-20
Weed Cutting June 23-24
Weed Cutting August 4-5
Weed Cutting September 15-16
For additional information or questions please contact the Nature Center at 417-532-3925.
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 through out the year.
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7:30 A.M. CDT
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Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Quote of the Week
Good fishermen know that in talking about fishing, nothing is more interesting than the truth.
Rod and Line 1980
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