Fishing Report for 8-5-21
It's hard to believe that summer is winding down. Kids are talking about who their teachers will be and shopping for new clothes. There are a couple of good weeks left to enjoy the outdoors with your family. We are enjoying the great weather and plentiful fish.. The water is a bit murky and sometimes that is an advantage if your presentation isn't perfect. Scuds, grey or green, are working well. Dark cracklebacks or bennett blue cracklebacks are also a great choice. Zone three has been a really good spot to fish for larger fish. The white dough bait, live worms, or orange plastic worms are all good in zone three. `
It promises to be a great weekend. See you on the stream.
Here's to all of us that are proud to be from MIssouri! This week we celebrate 200 years of statehood on August 10th. There are many things to do in every community across the state this week. I hope you find a few to enjoy. Fun facts about Missouri:
The state of Missouri was named after a tribe of Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The word "Missouri" means "woodencanoe people" or "he of the big canoe."
The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the tallest man-made national monument in the United States. It stands 630 feet tall.
Richland, Missouri, is the only city in the U.S. with a cave restaurant.
Kansas City, Missouri has more fountains than any city in the world except Rome. Hence Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains.
St. Joseph, Missouri was the starting point of the famed Pony Express.
In 1873, Susan Elizabeth Blow opened the first public kindergarten in the United States in St. Louis.
Eight different states border Missouri, making it the state with the highest number of neighboring states. Tennessee also has eight bordering states.
Missouri has more than 6000 known caves.
In University City, Missouri, it is illegal for a person to have a yard sale on the front yard.
Missouri is one of two states with an official State Grape. Missouri's State Grape is Norton/Cynthiana grape.
Party on, MIssouri!
Bennett Spring water levels for 8-4-21
Gage House water level is 2.24
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82.6 in 2014
25th percentile is 108
Current level is 229
Median is 132
Mean is 145
75th percentile is 155
Max was 393 in 2016
Niangua River water levels for 8-3-21
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.17 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.3 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 49
Today's reading is 131
75th percentile is 107
Mean is 286
record high max was 3370 in 2013
Jeff Mattes from Chapin, IL
2-6/10 pounds on a john deere green rooster tail
Sean Luebbert (age 8) from Rich Fountain, MO
2 pounds on a white marabou
in zone 2
Braylin Storey from Nashville IL
2 pounds on a white mop fly
Destin Creel from Brookfield, MO
2.5 pounds on a black & yellow marabou
in zone 1
Caleb Wilkinson from Marble Hill, MO
2-1/4 pounds on salmon peach power bait
Caden Kuckelman from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds on salmon peach power bait
Pam Skilling from Marion, IA
2-1/2 pounds on a rooster tail
Trent Bauman from Wentzville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a green mini jig
Maegan Davis from Marthasville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on black & yellow jig
Carter Goettling from KC MO
2-3/4 pounds on an olive marabou
Buddy Shurtz from Weston, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait
Cody Fishburn from Boliver, MO
2 pounds on a john deere
in zone 2
Ashley Luna from Topeka, KS
2-1/4 pounds on rainbow power bait
Jacob Ley from St. Jacob, IL
2.2 pounds on white glo-ball, red dot
Kara Wildt from Wildwood, MO
2-7/8 pounds n orange glo ball
Jamie Gutierrez from St Louis, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white rooster tail
Jackie Thomas from KC MO
2-1/4 pounds on a white marabou
Rosie Mertens from Jeff City, MO
2 plus pounds on dough bait
catch and release
From the Fly Case
bennett blue crackleback
weighted ginger wooly
grey or tan scud
Zone 1 & 2
marabou - gingersnap or gray marabou
bead head green wooly bugger
black woolly bugger, sparkle tail
white floss jig
john deere mini jig
red and white floss jig
orange, or marshmallow power 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:
Aug. 26 - Snakes; snake block; batting choices and the process.
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.
HOW TO BUILD A FLY ROD
8/13/2021 TO 8/14/2021 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO
Instructor Danny Goldsmith will teach students how to construct a fly rod during this two-night class held at the nature center. Whether you have never made a rod before or are looking for new tricks of the trade, this class is for you. Participants must provide their own fly rod kit, which can be purchased online or through a local fishing shop.
Participation is limited to 10 individuals. Call 417-532-3925 to register.
PROGRAM TIMES: 6 P.M. - 9 P.M.
Aug. 21 - Songbirds
Bennett Spring State Park will be hosting monthly birding activities geared toward youth but open to all ages. Each month will highlight a different species or category of bird. Programs will start at 10 a.m. with a hike to see the birds' preferred habitat and to try to locate the featured species. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a related activity designed in a come-and-go format at the nature center.
. For more information, call 417-532-3925.
PROGRAM TIMES: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Nature Center | 417-532-4338
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~ Veteran's Free Fishing Day
Quote of the Week
From birth to death, anyone can fish. I just think it's fantastic to see old people going fishing with young people and teaching them things. I'm very, very critical.
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