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Johnsfolly

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  1. Brandon, I have only fished this creek once. I caught a 14" rainbow on a white 1/32 oz marabou jig. So I can't say what will work consistently in that creek.
  2. Thanks for the information. I'll let you know how I do the next time we are down that way.
  3. I really like these pictures. I may have to convince my wife that a trip to Springfield/Branson is needed around that time.
  4. There is nothing like seeing a kid's face light up when they catch a fish. Great catch Ivey. Sound like a great day as well.
  5. Oneshot - what have you been using for goggle eyes in that area? Worms? Plastics? When I'm in the park often my daughter wants to fish for something else and would like to learn more about the Niangua fishing. Thanks John
  6. I am targetting a total of 8 new species this year and a total over 30 species. So far I have only been out once and have just two species, rainbow trout and banded sculpin. My daughter and I were at Bennett's Spring trout park and she preferes to catch the sculpin. so we had the biggest and smallest contest. I had the smallest at 2.6" She had the largest.
  7. Ham - How is the species list going this year? I bought a number of #18 and #20 midge to try to catch more minnow species. Interested in a smallest fish contest?
  8. I can't recommned any better spots in Missouri than those that have been suggested already. I can't imagine going anywhere without some lures, especially without some 1/8, 1/16, or 1/32 oz marabou jigs. Good luck and enjoy the trip. Post those catch pictures.
  9. Looks like the perfect cure for your cabin fever. Great looking fish on the blog.
  10. I hope that she continues to like fishing. My two other kids just don't like it as much and we don't get out as much as I would like.
  11. Nice fish. congrats on a good day on the water.
  12. Sounds like a good time. We were down on the 9th and had a great time as well.
  13. I had to work on my B-day last Sunday, but was able to get down to Bennett Springs on Monday the 9th with my yougnest daughter. We started fishing above upstream of the whistle bridge. We didn't see a lot of fish there and the fishing started slow. My daughter did catch her largest rainbow trout to date on a glo ball in light pink/yellow/white combination. The fish was 14.25" and weighed 1.25lb. We probably caught 9 fish total before moving upstream where we fished the pool above the rock dam. My daughter wanted to catch her limit, because then I would let her fish for the "bottom dwellers", i.e., banded sculpin. There were a lot more fish above the dam and we fished schools near the bank and off of the handicap pier. Once on the pier, she kept two more trout and with three on the stringer I gave in and let her fish for sculpin. It was on between her and I as to whom could catch the smallest and largest sculpin. I was still pretty focused on trout fishing and caught and released several more fish mostly on 1/32 and 1/64 oz marabou jigs in various colors. I missed an opportunity to hook a 3-4 lb rainbow when it had my jig in its mouth, but spit it out just as I was setting the hook. My daughter caught the largest sculpin on the same glo ball she caught her big trout. I caught the smallest, 2.6" on a John Deere microjig. Here is the whopper. In 2015, I want to catch a bunch of new species and so I bought a number of #18 and #20 flies to be able to go after several minnow species. I put on a #20 olive zebra midge and was fishing for sculpin in the deep pool below the rock dam and told my daughter that you can catch big trout with this tiny lure. As if on cue, I caught a 12" rainbow on the midge. By the end of the day, my daughter did catch a total of 7 trout and we kept four of her fish that were all over 12" and nine sculpin. I ended up with 23 trout and four sculpin. A pretty good day.
  14. I had to work on my B-day last Sunday, but was able to get down to Bennett Springs on Monday the 9th with my yougnest daughter. We started fishing above upstream of the whistle bridge. We didn't see a lot of fish there and the fishing started slow. My daughter did catch her largest rainbow trout to date on a glo ball in light pink/yellow/white combination. The fish was 14.25" and weighed 1.25lb. View attachment: Olivia's Largest trout - 1lb 4 oz Bennett's 10Mar15.JPG We probably caught 9 fish total before moving upstream where we fished the pool above the rock dam. My daughter wanted to catch her limit, because then I would let her fish for the "bottom dwellers", i.e., banded sculpin. There were a lot more fish above the dam and we fished schools near the bank and off of the handicap pier. Once on the pier, she kept two more trout and with three on the stringer I gave in and let her fish for sculpin. It was on between her and I as to whom could catch the smallest and largest sculpin. I was still pretty focused on trout fishing and caught and released several more fish mostly on 1/32 and 1/64 oz marabou jigs in various colors. I missed an opportunity to hook a 3-4 lb rainbow when it had my jig in its mouth, but spit it out just as I was setting the hook. My daughter caught the largest sculpin on the same glo ball she caught her big trout. View attachment: Olivia's Prize sculpin Bennett's 10Mar15.JPG I caught the smallest, 2.6" on a John Deere microjig. Here is the whopper. View attachment: Dad's Prize sculpin Bennett's 10Mar15.JPG In 2015, I want to catch a bunch of new species and so I bought a number of #18 and #20 flies to be able to go after several minnow species. I put on a #20 olive zebra midge and was fishing for sculpin in the deep pool below the rock dam and told my daughter that you can catch big trout with this tiny lure. As if on cue, I caught a 12" rainbow on the midge. By the end of the day, my daughter did catch a total of 7 trout and we kept four of her fish that were all over 12" and nine sculpin. I ended up with 23 trout and four sculpin. A pretty good day.
  15. My friend ties a black bug similar to your ant with rubber legs that you cannot keep in the water too long before getting hit. In the lakes we fish, the bass hit them as well as the bluegill.
  16. Great pictures. I love the close-ups in the blog. Alwasy nice to see good looking browns and rainbows.
  17. Sounds like someone is trying to defer folks from hitting Bennett's on opening day.
  18. Good Luck to anyone going out on Sunday. If work doesn't keep me in, I will likely head somewhere else than any of the trout parks. I really hate a crowd.
  19. Ham - Nice photos and congrats on the PB brown trout.
  20. Awesome rainbow. Have to love winter trout fishing.
  21. The trout parks do not provide the potential of catching a state record brown trout or in some cases even a small brown trout. So I have to go with Taneycomo as the better option. Due to the distance from my house I do fish the trout parks frequently, but dream about Taneycomo.
  22. I would like some ot that pudding. Great photos.
  23. I use the same set-up as Seth with PLine fluoroclear in 2# and 4#. I have found that at Bennett's I get more hookup and better casting distance with the microjigs (1/125 oz) using the 2# than the 4#. I use the 4# more for small crank or jerkbaits in the bigger rivers. After hearing the tales of the nanofil, I may hve to consider that for the bigger bait fishing.
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