August 2, 2014

I Released a Lunker Award

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Catching and releasing big trout takes skill and dedication. That’s why the Conservation Department’s “I Released a Lunker” program recognizes anglers who release big trout to fight another day.

Here’s how to earn a patch:

  • Catch a trout by legal methods that is at least 18 inches long.
  • Release it in the presence of a witness (a photo really helps).
  • Do it between March 1 and Oct. 31 in the trout parks located at Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park, Roaring River State Park and The James Foundation’s Maramec Spring Park.
  • Find a Missouri Department of Conservation staff person at the fish hatchery located at the trout park and ask for an “I Released a Lunker” program application.
  • Once you and your witness have signed the application, the MDC staff person will present your patch.

Win the Grand Slam patch!

Why be satisfied with releasing lunkers at just one of Missouri’s trout parks? Catch and release a lunker at all four parks and win the Grand Slam patch. Arrange the four individual patches around the colorful Grand Slam patch, and show the world you’re serious about fishing Missouri’s trout parks and releasing lunker trout for other anglers to enjoy.

Key Messages:

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

I Released A Lunker

Download the “I Released a Lunker” program requirements and application form.

Fish Fry June 16th at Bennett Springs Church of God

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 Bennett Spring Church of God will have their annual fish fry fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sold out on Saturday, June 16.

Missouri offering free wireless Internet access at several state park campgrounds

(The Republic)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Tent. Sleeping bag. Backpack. Computer?

Eleven Missouri state parks are now offering free wireless Internet access at campgrounds. And more could come online this summer.

 

State Parks Director Bill Bryan says parks have long been great places to get away from a hectic schedule, but campers also have been asking to stay connected to the online world.

 

The wireless Internet access was added after a 2010 survey showed people would camp more often, and stay longer, if Internet connections were available.

Park campgrounds with wireless access include: Bennett Spring near Lebanon; Montauk near Salem; Roaring River near Cassville; Table Rock near Branson; Meramec near Sullivan; Baker near Patterson; Babler in Wildwood; Johnson’s Shut-Ins near Middlebrook; Onondaga Cave near Leasburg; Long Branch near Macon; and Finger Lakes near Columbia.

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We had the first 2012 fly tying class last thursday night here at the shop.  We had twelve tyers in attendance that night.. Our next class will be May 17 at 7 p.m.   Give us a call or stop by to sign up.  We have a beginners and an intermediate class  for tyers with different experience levels.   We would love to have you stop in and tye or observe if you wish..  We will be offering classes on every thursday night in June and July.. Give us a call for more information.

Bennett Spring State Park – Trout Fishing Opening Day 2012

Wading Shoe Sole Regulation Change

CLEAT SOLE WADING SHOES IN STOCK AT LARRY’S !!      We are still having several customers come in that haven’t heard about the felt sole ban that went into effect March 1, 2012.  Effective March 1, 2012  you will be unable to wear porous sole (felt sole) shoes in the park anymore..  You can treat your wading shoes with contact cement as they show you on the Department of Conservation website.  This process will make the shoes legal in cold water in the state of Missouri  Follow the youtube link to view application instructions.. We have also had several people that are reporting using the flexible bed liner product as a covering.   Spread it on with a putty knife, let it soak in and reapply.  This will usually take three coats.

If you wear untreated felt soles, expect to receive a warning the first time and a ticket the second time you are checked in 2013.  If you are looking to purchase new boots, you need to look at cleated or a vibram sole that are nonporous.   You should know that even if you treat your felt soles in 2013, you will occasionally have to retreat your wading shoes.  If you have questions about what and what isn’t acceptable, give us a call at 417 532 8678. Ask for Kelly, Ed or Brian

Felt Sole Ban – Bennett Spring State Park – Effective March 1st 2012

The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved a regulation change banning the use of porous-soled waders or footwear incorporating or having attached a porous sole of felted, matted, or woven fibrous material when fishing in trout parks and other specific trout waters. Pending public comment through the Secretary of State’s office, the new regulation will go into effect March 1, 2012, the opening day of catch-and-keep fishing at Missouri’s four trout parks.

To help reduce the spread of didymo, MDC encourages anglers to remember: Check, then Clean or Dry.

*        Check all gear and equipment and remove any visible algae. Dispose of algae by placing it in the trash, not by putting it down a drain or into bodies of water.

*        Then Clean all gear and equipment with a solution of 2-percent bleach, 5-percent saltwater, or dishwashing detergent. Allow all equipment to stay in contact with the solution for at least three minutes. Soak all soft items, such as felt-soled waders and wader boot cuffs, neoprene waders and life jackets, in the solution for at least 20 minutes.

*        Or then Dry all gear and equipment for at least 48 hours by exposing it to sunlight.

To help anglers clean their waders before entering Missouri trout streams, MDC has installed wader wash stations at Missouri’s five cold-water trout hatcheries: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Salem, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, Maramec Spring Park near St. James and Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery by the upper portion of Lake Taneycomo near Branson.

All anglers are encouraged to replace their porous-soled waders with ones that have non-porous rubber or synthetic soles.

Anglers can adapt felt-soled and other porous-soled waders to comply with the new regulation by sealing the soles with solutions of contact cement or marine rubber cement. VanPatten notes the cement may need to be reapplied after each use. MDC offers an instructional video for sealing waders at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_udcfZqA_w

“Adapting waders is not a cure,” VanPatten cautions. “It is just one step in prevention. It is still vital to check and clean or dry all waders and all other gear that have had contact with the water.”

MDC held public open-house forums in March and April in communities near Missouri’s trout parks and hatcheries to help educate anglers, outfitters, retailers and boaters about the dangers of didymo, the need to replace porous-soled waders and to get public feedback on the proposed regulation change.

For more information, visit www.mdc.mo.gov<http://www.mdc.mo.gov> and search “didymo.”

Bennett Spring State Park Trout Hatchery Renovation Video

KY3 Video: 

Bennett Spring Hatchery Renovations

Trout fishing lures thousands of anglers annually to Bennett Spring State Park in Dallas and Laclede counties and provides a vital economic boost to the area. Thanks to recently completed renovations at the Bennett Spring Hatchery, a good thing is about to get even better.

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a dedication ceremony to highlight recent improvements at the facility. MDC operates the hatchery and manages fishing operations at Bennett Spring. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state park.

Among the new features to be unveiled is a 4,000-square-foot production building, which will replace the old 1,200-square-foot structure. This new building will house 12 egg jars, 20 troughs and 10 rearing tanks. The former production building had six egg jars, 12 troughs and four tanks.

At present, Bennett Spring Hatchery produces approximately 300,000 trout annually. The renovation is expected to increase that output by about 20 percent, which equates to an additional 60,000 fish per year.

“The new production building, with increased production space, will help increase the production of fingerlings for use by MDC’s cold-water-hatchery system,” said Bennett Spring Hatchery Manager Mike Mitchell. “This increase in fingerling production will help the cold-water-hatchery system meet current production demands.”

Mitchell also said the renovation will help Bennett fulfill its goal to increase the facility’s production by 20 percent, a goal that was outlined in Missouri’s Trout Plan. The Plan, which was approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission in 2003, outlines the regulations and strategies used by MDC to manage this popular sport fish in Missouri.

The cost of the renovation is $2,375,000. MDC is being reimbursed for 75 percent of this cost through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Sport Fish Restoration Program.

 

Clarence Holland Cancer Fund Derby at Bennett Spring State Park

October 7-8-9    The Clarence Holland American Cancer  Society Trout Derby at Bennett Spring State Park

The registration is open to the public, please register at the State Park Store.

Please support the American Cancer Society.