Fishing Report 3/4/2021
Opening Day, March 1st, is the equivalent of Christmas morning in my mind, heart, and soul. It embodies an amazing lifelong tradition for so many people. The feeling in the crisp, frigid air (25 degrees Fahrenheit) vibrates with excitement and a child-like giddiness. The camaraderie and sense of belonging to an infinite fly-fishing family is without measure.
Wayne Simpson was the "siren ringer," for Opening Day. He is an avid flyfisherman, fly tyer, and friend. He loves Bennett Spring and dedicated his ringing of the siren to his best friend Mike Ross that passed away March 4, 2020. Wayne and Mike are fly tyers. What does Tyer mean?
It is a noun, One who ties, or unites. Fly fishing, fly tying, and the tradition of Opening Day unite all of us past, present, and future generations.
I have not been down to fish the stream yet, but I hear good things about black and yellow marabou and John Deere flies, two of my all time favorites, glad we are training this new group of trout properly. We all know trout are tricky. The stream is low, clear, and packed to the "gills," with beautiful trout.
Tag sales for Opening Day were as follows:
Adult tags: 1,579
Total: 1,709 tags
See you on the stream!
March 4, 2021
Gage house level is 2.15 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 87.3 in 2015
25th percentile is 129
Current level is 200
Median is 180
Mean is 227
75th percentile is 233
Max was 2250 in 1984
March 4, 2021
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.90 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 75.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 104
Median is 237
Today's reading is 239
75th percentile is 461
Mean is 402
record high max was 2650 in 2008
From the Fly Case
Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Wooly Buggers- olive
Zone 1 or 2
Mopflies- cream, orange
Purple Haze Mini Jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~ brown, white
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
Peach Fur Bugs
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, Shell and white, white, John Deere (Moss and Yellow), moss, ginger, yellow, red and white, pink and white
Marshmallow White Powerbait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Fluoroscent Orange Powerbait Nuggets
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Bentley's Secret Bait
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Wind chill values as low as 39 early. East wind 7 to 11 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57. Light southeast wind.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.
Wednesday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)
Leona Yardley from Blue Springs, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a Mepps spinner
Daniel Devorrs from Olathe, KS 3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou
Joe Sevy from Harrisonville, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brown marabou
Winton Reynolds from Peavey, MO 5 pounds in in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou
Dustin Gibbons from Ozark, MO 3 pounds 10 oz in zone 3 on a Bobby Garland Jig
Dustin Gibbons from Ozark, MO 3 pounds 12 ounces in zone 3 on a Bobby Garland Jig
Sam Campbell from Missouri 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a rubber leg jig
Abby Pauley from Columbia, MO 4 pounds in zone 3 on doughbait
Bernie Bales from Mt. Grove, MO 3 1/4 pounds in zonee 1 on a Jimi Hendrix Glo-ball
Robbie Pauley from Ashland, MO 4 1/4 pounds in zone 3 brown doughbait
Roberta Moore from Lebanon, MO 3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on Powerbait
Ron Thomas from Felton, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a green midge
Ryan Courtney from Savannah, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a mopfly
Phil Meyer from St. Peters, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on black and yellow jig
Paul Doherty from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou
Cliffton Hill from Jefferson, City, MO6 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou
Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO 3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a plastic jig
Todd Bauer from Peoria, IL 2 pounds in the Niangua River on White Powerbait
Tom Shelley from Hillsboro, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a red and white marabou
Calendar of Events
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 through out the year.
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7:30 A.M. CDT
7:00 P.M. CDT
Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.
Quote of the Week
What we are doing to the rivers of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to future generations
Thanks for reading,