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Kids Fishing Day will be May 4 at Bennett Spring Children 15 and younger invited to free day of fun From Trout Talk

Kids will have a chance to get hooked on fishing May 4 at the annual Kids Fishing Day at Bennett Spring State Park. “It’s a good family event. It gives them something to do outside, especially when the weather’s nice,” said Assistant Hatchery Manager Julie Caffey. From 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Kids Fishing Day, the kids 15 and younger can fish free anywhere in the park, and a “kids only” area will be designated from the hatchery outlet through Zone 2 and past the the Suzy Hole in Zone 3. Normally, about 800 kids come out to fish on Kids Fishing Day at the park, but last year 993 came out to try their luck for a lunker. “It has a lot to do with the weather, if the weather’s nice,” Caffey said. As it does every year, the hatchery plans to stock the kids only area the night before. “They can keep four trout,” Caffey said. “If they do catch a brown trout, it has to be a minimum of 15 inches long” to keep, she added. Kids are encouraged to bring their own rod and reel and tackle, Caffey said. “We do have a very limited supply that we can offer. It’s on a first-come, firstserved basis,” she said. The kids also need to abide by the zone rules, which allow flies and artificial lures in Zone 2 and natural and scented bait in Zone 3.

Volunteers will be around to help the kids who might not yet be expert anglers. “Most of the time the volunteers will have an orange vest on. If someone approaches (the kids) with an orange vest, they’re just there to help. They’re regular anglers here in the park,” Caffey said. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the event may call Caffey at 532- 4418 or e-mail julie.caffey@mdc. mo.gov. Fishing isn’t the only fun planned for the day. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids are invited to enjoy a host of educational programs. There will be a fish cleaning demonstration and a fish cooking demonstration, Caffey said. “The World Bird Sanctuary will be here with birds, the Nature Center has a touch tank with live invertebrates. We have an animal ID table. We have Ozarks Fly Fishers helping us learn to tie flies,” Caffey said. The kids will get a free lunch of a hot dog, potato chips, a McDonalds chocolate chip cookie and a drink. The event will be held rain or shine, Caffey said. “Parents are encouraged to come. They can fish also, just not in the kids only area,” Caffey said. Parents can as-

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New fishing, viewing platform below the hatchery office.

New handicapped accessible fishing platform below the hatchery office.

Dedication of new fishing areas set for May 4 From Trout Talk Staff

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation and the Missouri departments of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a formal dedication event at 10 a.m.

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to the opening of the 2013 season on March 1. The new viewing/fishing platform near the office was the initial project, which was launched by the MCHS with the goal of $45,000. The target was surpassed, so the handicapped accessible fishing area, which is joined to a parking area via a newly constructed sidewalk, became part of the improvements. For more information about the project, go to http://mochf.org/ content/BennettSpringUpdate.php. A lunch will follow the dedication for those who donated to the project.

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Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation designates the weekend after the first Monday in June as Free Fishing Days in Missouri to encourage people to sample the state’s abundant fishing opportunities. During Free Fishing Days, June 8-9, anyone can fish in the Showme State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout stamp or trout park daily tag. Normal regulations, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler can keep, remain in effect during Free Fishing Days. Some private fishing areas still require permits on free fishing days, and trespass laws remain in effect on private property. Public fishing areas are available

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Bat monitoring equipment vandalized The Missouri Department of Conservation and graduate students from Missouri State University have been monitoring the health of bat populations at the Conservation Department’s Coffin Cave Conservation Area located in northwest Laclede County. They returned to check their equipment on April 11 and noticed that it had been vandalized. One piece of equipment used to monitor bat movement into and out of the cave, an audio detection device valued at $750, had been totally destroyed. Perhaps even more of a loss than the monetary value was the fact that a data storage chip, an SDHC card, had been removed from the device, meaning valuable data on bat movements was also lost. There was also evidence that the vandals had entered into protective fence surrounding the cave and damaged equipment that had been suspended in the cave. The fencing is there to protect the bats, but also to protect the public. The mouth of Coffin Cave is a vertical shaft dropping 85 to 90 feet from the

entrance creating a dangerous situation for anyone who ignores the warnings to stay out. Coffin Cave is home to several species of bats, including the state and federally listed endangered gray bat, and is the largest known bat hibernation site in Missouri. Missouri contains about 20 percent of the total population of gray bats. Most of the known gray bat caves are south of the Missouri River, particularly in the Ozarks. Gray bats exhibit great loyalty to their roosting and hibernating sites and will return to the same locations year after year, unless they are continually disturbed by humans. Bats eat tons of harmful insects every year, including agricultural and forest pests, and are of great benefit to man. We estimate that Missouri’s gray bat population alone consumes over 500 tons of insects each year. Anyone with information about who destroyed the bat monitoring equipment and illegally entered Coffin Cave should contact Laclede County Conservation agents Walt Hutton at (417) 7181111 or Jarad Milligan at (417) 288-8744.


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Just up the road... GreatLife, YMCA members welcome at Laclede County facilities Want to go golfing or get a quick workout while in the Bennett Spring area? If you are a member of GreatLife Golf and Fitness or the YMCA, you are in luck.

GreatLife Golf and Fitness Members can take a break from casting their fishing lines and grab their golf clubs and try 18 holes of championship golf, or break a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness facility. A fixture in the Lebanon community for more than 60 years, GreatLife Golf and Fitness of Lebanon is located two miles west of Lebanon and nine miles east of Bennett Spring State Park on Hwy 64. Memberships at GreatLife includes access to all GreatLife facilities, whether you’re from Springfield, Kansas City, Topeka, Kan. or elsewhere. Non-Members are also welcome to try out the course and can even book a free round of golf in advance by visiting the course’s website, www. lebanonmissourigolf.com. Formerly known as Lebanon Community Golf and Country Club, Lebanon GreatLife Golf and Fitness is a semi-private, 18-hole championship golf course located two miles west of Lebanon and nine miles east of Bennett Spring State Park (great trout fishing) on Hwy 64. For the last 60 years, the course has provided a challenging golf experience for players of all abilities and is open year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, weather permitting. In recent years, the course has undergone a makeover, that not only includes the new name, but new membership rates and a fitness center. The course features a driving range, putting green, and chipping green with three sets of tees stretching to 6,435 yards. Gently rolling hills offer a track that affords elevation changes, large contoured greens,

water hazards, a large “sinkhole” on the Par 3, Sixteenth hole, and numerous options in shot selection on the Par 4s and 5s. The Par 4, Fourth hole presents an opportunity to cut a 90 degree dogleg left over trees with your drive to possibly reach the green or play it as a conventional Par 4. The Ninth and Eighteenth holes share a huge green divided by a large bunker, that can make for some interesting, lengthy putts. With a mix of tight, tree-lined fairways and some that are more forgiving, the course definitely presents a variety of play. The clubhouse features a snack bar and gives golfers an opportunity to relax, and the grounds also feature a swimming pool and tennis courts. The state-of-the-art fitness center is open 24/7 to all members and includes cardio, free weights and circuit training. There are certified instructors that provide a variety of fitness classes, including spinning and zumba, and a certified massage therapist is available by appointment. GreatLife offers memberships (single, couple or family) for $29 per month. More information is available at www.lebanonmissourigolf.com, or by calling the club at 417- 532-2901.

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A cold, wet spring so far at Bennett Not much fishing to report, but writer offers a few helpful tips for anglers It has been a rather cold and wet spring, and I’ve only made a couple of trips to Bennett this spring. On those trips, it was rainy, the water was high and I didn’t get much fishing time in, so I don’t have much to relate about what’s happening at Bennett. So, we’re going to rerun some tips you might have missed or forgotten. **** If your fish cleaning knife is dull and you don’t have a sharpening stone handy, just go to your vehicle, roll down the window

part way and use the rough top of the glass, like a crock stick. **** Working with small hooks is always a problem. Taking one hook at a time from a box takes too much time. I used to transfer my hooks to a film canister for easier removal, but with the advent of digital photography, film canisters are a thing

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of the past. Being diabetic, I have loads of test strip canisters and they have a hinged top, so you can’t mix up lids. Put one of those colored, round stickers that shooters use on their targets on top and mark the size and hook type on it. **** While tying, I put a number of hooks on a refrigerator magnet. This keeps them in one place if you accidently bump your table. To pick them up, simply tease hook off of the magnet with the tip of your scissors. The hooks become slightly magnetized and cling to the blade, making it much easier to pick them up. Try keeping your scissors in your hand at all times while tying. It’s easy to get used to and it saves a lot of time. **** So you ever wade too deep and get those fly boxes wet in your

vest? For those pockets that are the most vulnerable, put your boxes in a heavy duty zipper bag. If you cut off the zipper portion of the bag, it seems to work smoother. **** Years ago, I had trouble with the thread inside of my bobbin getting wrapped around the arms and spool. My bobbins have a tube that extends down between the arms. I glue a plastic coffee stirrer on the tube and cut it off close to the spool. Problem solved. **** Folks have been asking, “How much are fishing violations?” I have found a few answers on the Internet, but would like to find more before writing about it. If you have ever been fined, or know someone who has been, e-mail me the amount of the fine and court costs. Your name will not be used. **** A fisherman who frequents a certain bar had a drink named after him. It was called the “Lilac Crazy,” because whenever he came in, that’s exactly what he did. **** Send your tips, questions or comments to: Richard Rehm 3267 Childress Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63139 or by e-mail to indktor@yahoo.com


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Don’t forget to check your waders Felt, porous soles banned at park From Trout Talk Staff

Thinking about getting a new pair of waders this season? When shopping for those waders the Missouri Department of Conservation and Bennett Spring State Park officials remind anglers that the use of shoes, boots or waders with porous soles of felt, matted or woven fibrous material are now prohibited. The ban is an attempt to prevent the spread of didymo, an invasive alga.

The MDC offers the following information on didymo: Rock snot. Sounds a lot worse than “Didymosphenia geminate,” doesn’t it? This invasive alga is also commonly known as “didymo,” but no matter what you call it, it’s gaining footholds in streams worldwide, including some of the most revered trout waters on Earth. The infestation nearest to Missouri is in the White River just south of the Missouri-Arkansas border.

Bad News for Anglers The jury is still out concerning didymo’s possible ecological effects. But rock snot is definitely bad news for anglers. Stringy alga threads catch on all types of hooks, from dry flies to crankbaits, making fishing nearly impossible.

Please comply with the porous-soled ban, wash your waders Contamination of recreational equipment, such as boats, life jackets and fishing gear, particularly waders, is the most common way for didymo to spread. Please help us keep didymo out of Missouri.

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Take a hike! Bennett Spring State Park offers 6 trails for hikers From Trout Talk Staff

Looking for a little adventure in the great outdoors? Look no further than the walking trails of Bennett Spring State Park. From a quick 30-minute jaunt to full day on the trail, the park has something for all ages and abilities.

FOREST TRAIL Length: 0.70 mile (Estimated time: 30 minutes) This looping trail is almost entirely in upland deciduous forest with a full canopy of different kinds of oak and hickory trees. The trail overlaps at first with Oak Hickory Trail as they leave the nature center and follow a gentle grade up and along the hillside to the east. At the top of the hill, the junction divides Oak Hickory Trail off to the right. Forest Trail continues upslope and around the ravine. Gradually the trail turns north and follows a gentle slope down to the bottom where it intersects Whistle Trail. At this point, you can turn left and complete the remaining portion of Forest Trail or turn right and continue along Whistle Trail. Much of Forest Trail’s tread is narrow, rocky in some places. The trail head is at the hillside behind the Nature Center.

NATURAL TUNNEL TRAIL Length: 7.5 miles (Estimated time: 4 hours, 20 minutes) Many different habitats, including bottomland and upland forests, tall bluffs, sunny glades, small and large streams, old farm fields and, of course, the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel await

those who make this long rugged hike. The trail head is near the spring.

OAK HICKORY TRAIL Length: 0.30 mile (Estimated time: 20 minutes) This trail is so named because of the predominate deciduous forest type composed primarily of different kinds of oak and hickory trees. The trail overlaps at first with Forest Trail as they leave the nature center and follow a gentle grade up and along the hillside to the east. Much of the tread is narrow, rocky in some places; several areas along the trail are grassy. An amphitheater is located within the loop. This trail is a favorite among school children, families with small children and others who enjoy small, easy walks. The trail begins at the hillside behind the nature center

SAVANNA RIDGE TRAIL Length: 2.5 miles (Estimated time: 1 hour, 15 minutes) Much of the tread was originally old roads and is a hard-packed gravel and grass surface. Other sections are rocky in some places. The extended trail is narrow and winds through an open woodland formerly known as a savanna. White Connector 1 divides the larger loop in the middle to allow for a shorter two-mile loop. The trail is a combination of roads used by people living in the area from the 1840s to present and became part of a road system that accessed ponds and grazing areas. The area is occasionally burned to enhance the complex of open woodlands. The eastern side of this trail

Kids fishing sist their kids there, however, if the child needs help throwing the line out or reeling a fish in, Caffey said. The event is made possible partly through the contributions of sponsors, she said. Some of the contributors are

is combined with Natural Tunnel Trail. The trail winds along a ridge overlooking the east side of Spring Hollow. The open woodlands and glades are glorious with wildflowers during spring and fall. Ticks abound on the trail through the summer months.

The trail head is near he spring.

SPRING TRAIL Length: .60 mile (Estimated time: 25 minutes, one way)

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Trails This trail travels generally in a north-south direction on the west side of the spring branch. It is so named because of its proximity to Bennett Spring. The trail goes along the stream branch from the spring to the dam at the hatchery area. Much of the tread is narrow, rocky in some places, and can be muddy and treacherous under wet conditions. Several areas may be flooded during high water. The stream side trail is likely prehistoric but was used more frequently by people living in the area from the 1840s to present. The Civilian Conservation Corps improved this trail in the late 1930s as part of overall improvements to the park. The hiking trail travels along the base of the hillside where a fiveacre natural area resides. Bennett Spring Hanging Fen Natural Area is named for its steep, sloped seepage area, a fen, known for grasses and wildflowers associated with cold water. Views of the spring, fishing activities, wildlife in and along the stream, historic structures and the hatchery are what make this one of the most enjoyable trails in the park. The trail begins at the concrete steps intersection Trout Drive; picnic area for Spring Shelter; at the hatchery

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WHISTLE TRAIL Length: 1 mile (Estimated time: 1 hour, one way) This trail travels in a generally north-south direction on the east side of the spring branch. The trail is named for the low water bridge that connects the picnic area to the main park. The bridge is named for the large tubes that resemble

Ernie Yawn, Union, Mo., 4 1/8 pounds.

from page 19 whistles, through which the stream water flows. The trail runs along the stream branch most of the time, but allows access to some bluff tops as well. At the south end, the trail overlaps with the Forest Trail. Whistle Trail divides at the south end of the bluffs, with one side of the trail traveling along the top of the bluff and the other along the base and next to the water. After these two trails reconnect at the north, the trail ascends a steep bluff and then gradually descends toward the picnic area to the north of the Whistle Bridge. A short travel through the parking area of the picnic area leads to the continuation of the trail. Traveling north on this section leads through a bottomland area and then hugs the bottom of steep hillsides until connecting at the north with a parking area near the Niangua River. A bridge at the north end allows for an alternative loop to returning on the linear trail. This trail can be traversed in either direction; this description follows a south-north route. Much of the tread is narrow, rocky and can be slippery when wet. The streamside trail is likely prehistoric but was used more frequently by people living in the area from the 1840s to present. The Civilian Conservation Corps improved this trail in the late 1930s as part of overall improvements to the park. The trail begins at the wooden steps intersecting with Missouri 64A; Picnic area associated with Shelter B and the Whistle Bridge; near the confluence of the stream with the Niangua River

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