Fishing Report 7/14/2020
Fishing is good and hot! The stream is low, clear, and stocked with beautiful trout even some of German descent (brown trout). Crane flies and Griffiths Gnats' on top in the evening work well. Crackleback and wooly buggers on Intermediate Sinking line 2-3 IPS (inches per second) has been productive for me. Marabou in ginger or olive and yellow worked well on my spinning rod.
See you on the stream!
(Shout-out to Bob, you know who you are :))
July 13, 2020
Gage house level is 2.37 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 118
Current level is 251
Median is 143
Mean is 161
75th percentile is 187
Max was 454 in 2015
July 13, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.11 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.1 in 2012
25th percentile is 46
Median is 97
Today's reading is 166
75th percentile is 200
Mean is 147
record high max was 662 in 2015
From the Fly Case
Pale Evening Dun
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Wooly Buggers- olive, brown
Zone 1 or 2
Mopflies- cream, pink, white, olive, brown, orange, chartreuse
Megaworms-pink and white, red, white, green
Opossum Hair Roaches~brown, black, white
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
Cream Delight Fur Bugs
Peach Fur Bugs
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Hatchery Pellet with Red Dot Glo-Balls
Light Roe with a Red Dot Glo-Balls
Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, brown and yellow, gingersnap, black, Shell and white, white, Tequila Sunrise (orange and yellow), Pink Lemonade, salmon and brown, John Deere (Moss and Yellow), Black and White, Olive and Black, Blue and Moss, Chartreuse and Black, olive and brown, olive and yellow
Rooster Tails - White Coachdog, Glitter Flame, Copper Glitter Rainbow, Flame Spot, Yellow Firetiger, Grasshopper, Brown Trout
Lucky Lady worms- white, orange, black and yellow, Banana, Red and white, yellow
Green Pumpkin PowerBait
Glitter Pink PowerBait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Marshmallow white PowerBait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Chartreuse or Sunrise
Wednesday: Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Thursday: Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)
Kacey Wiltz from Topeka, KS 2 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on a red and white Lucky Lady worm
Dave Bauman from Foristell, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a green and white jig
Alex Smith from Parnell, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on black dry fly
Jason Bothe from Moberly, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a light roe red dot Glo-ball
Clayton Walraven from Eolia, MO 2 5/8 pounds in zone 3 on shrimp
Jim Normile from Chesterfield, MO 2.2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere with a yellowtail
Neal Edwards drom Kansas City, KS 2 pounds in the Niangua River on an orange roostertail
Calendar of Events
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: July 31, Sept. 4, Oct. 2
PROGRAM TIME: 6 P.M. - 9 P.M.
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338
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.
Quote of the Week
While baseball is among the sports (some might include golf here) that inspire a certain devotion, even fanaticism, fly-fishing leads its lovers into fundamental connections, inviting a slow dance with the whimsy of the natural world, a love affair with line and rhythm and simplicity. Angling delivers the wily spiritual satisfactions that come with giving yourself to something that offers only intangible payback.
1997 essay on fly fishing literature in The New York Times
Thanks for reading,