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Veterans Fishing Day More than 120 vets show up for new event at the state park AARON JENNINGS AARON@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

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A chilly and cloudy morning led to a late start for veteran anglers at Bennett Spring State Park’s first ever Veterans Fishing Day. Only a handful of anglers were fishing before 10 a.m., and Hatchery Manager and event organizer Ben Havens says the chilly start was the only thing standing in the way of a successful morning on April 7. “That cold weather made it difficult for people to be out early,” Havens said. “It’s always a little colder around the water than it is anywhere else. But people are starting to come in now that it’s warming up. Veterans have a full day of fishing, and we’re confident we’ll have a great day of fishing here at the park.” Once the sun came out and warmed the water, more anglers began to arrive. By 11:15 a.m., more than 120 veterans were fishing, sharing stories with other veterans, and learning a few fishing tricks from more experienced anglers. “It’s really great when you hear that people are having a good time. That’s what this is about.

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Dominick Delia tries to catch one last fish at Bennett Spring’s first Veterans Fishing Day.

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Grady McCrady of Columbia enjoys fishing at Bennett Spring with a group of 10 other veterans. It was a no-brainer to set a day to honor veterans. We have a beautiful park, and the sun is really starting to make an impression,” Havens said. Normally, anglers would have to pay for their tickets at the park store. For this event, Veteran anglers received a blue fishing tag at the store for free. The blue tags let other anglers know of their service, while helping park officials tally the number of participants.

“I’ve got my blue tag right here. A free tag is great,” said veteran Eddie Young. “And I think this is really neat thing the park does. As a veteran and supporter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, I am always a fan of fishing. Fishing saved my life, and events like this could help other veterans as well. This kind of event needs to happen more. I know of other places that do similar things. It’s great that Bennett (Spring) offers a day for

veterans now.” Like Young, many of the anglers at Bennett Spring were a part of veteran support groups dedicated helping veterans. Bob Barnett and Mike Davis helped start the Kansas City Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing branch, a program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities

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including education and outings. “We are always working with those who want to get better, and fishing is what we use to help them. We love coming to here to fish whenever we can. We consider this our home trout waters, and we look forward to making the long trip again next year,” Davis said. “I’m feeling really good about this trip though. On the way here I saw a (bald) eagle. I’ve got luck on my side.”


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MAY STOCKING REPORT HATCHERY MANAGER BEN HAVENS ◆ FOR TROUT TALK We will stock approximately 38,000 fish in the park during May, and 900 fish in the Niangua River. This past month we completed the following stockings:

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n Bennett Spring Trout Park 37,930 fish

nNiangua River TMA – 906 fish nUrban Kansas City - 3,875 fish nTotal Stocked - 42,705 fish

Fish Hauls As shown in the stockings above, staff worked in cooperation with KC regional staff to complete the last urban stocking for this winter. We stocked the monthly commitment of 900 fish for the Niangua River TMA. These stockings normally take place on the first and third weeks of the month. We will be stocking another 900 during April. We took delivery of 275 “lunker” cull brood stock from SOH hatchery in Branson, along with 300 fall replacement brood stock. These will be used to stock our areas as well as diversify our brood stock genetics.

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Clayton O’Quinn helps Hatchery Manager Ben Havens load trout to be released in Bennett Spring and the Niangua River.


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Get in the zone Take a look at Bennett Spring State Park’s rules and regulations before heading to the stream FISHING REGULATIONS

October: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The spring branch is stocked daily during the regular fishing season, which is March 1 through Oct. 31. Daily permits are required to fish on the spring branch and zones are set aside for different kinds of lures. Permits are available at the park store. For more information, call (417) 532-4307.

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ZONE 1: From the hatchery dam upstream to the end of the area. Only flies are permitted. ZONE 2: From the hatchery dam to the whistle bridge. Only flies and artificial lures are permitted. ZONE 3: From the whistle bridge to the Niangua River. Only soft plastic bait (unscented), natural and scented bait are permitted. All flies and artificial lures are prohibited, even if natural bait or scent has been added. Zone areas are marked in the park and maps are also available in the Park Store. Trout Fishing Hours

April: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May: 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. June and July: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. August: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. September: 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Park Grounds: Sunrise to one hour past sunset, daily DINING LODGE HOURS

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Celebrating 100 years And looking toward 100 more AARON JENNINGS ◆ AARON@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

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A special ceremony was held April 9 at Bennett Spring State Park as the Missouri State Park system turned 100 years old. Representatives from nearly all of the 91 state parks in Missouri assembled outside the Bennett Spring Park Store along with a few anglers and curious hikers for the historic anniversary. “One hundred years is a really, really long time,” said hiker Devin Bakeler of the Kansas City area. “It’s hard to imagine that any place that you go to could be that old. These parks have been around for a long time. Bennett especially. It makes sense when you think about. It just kind of boggles the mind.”

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While the centennial celebration was a time to reflect on the park’s past, park officials took the anniversary as a chance to look ahead to the next century. A time capsule — with an opening date of 100 years from April 9 — was unveiled after a brief introduction from several park officials. Carol S. Comer, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, explained Bennett was chosen as the home for the capsule for its rich history and dedicated staff and supporters. “We’re here to celebrate 100 years,” Comer said. “Bennett Spring is one of our original state parks, and one of our oldest. On the exhibit panels around the buried capsule is tablets of history with pictures of historic parks and timelines.” Within the time capsule are items from each of the state parks to help explain what life is like today. Comer said there are photos of popular destinations, letters from park managers to their counterparts 100 years in the future, postcards, brochures, maps, plans, budgets, items from the ranger program, and other souvenirs from numerous parks inside the capsule.

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Scott Clay of St. Charles gazes at a map of state parks on a panel near the time capsule.

“It’s our hope that this time capsule and the items therein is going to give a little glimpse of what life is like today. We hope that everyone will join me as we recognize the staff, volunteers, and citizens of past and present that have made our system what it is today,” Comer said. David Kelly, deputy director of state parks, said he believes the new time capsule is an important addition for Bennett Spring and all of the state parks. “It’s a very special day for all of us here. We’re looking ahead now, and we’re excited to let everyone look at the new exhibit,” Kelly said. For Scott Clay of St. Charles, the state park system’s anniversary was monumental. Clay and his family have a tradition of renting a cabin and spending several days hiking and fishing. “This park really mean a lot to me,” Clay said. “I’ve been coming here since I was about 16, and I always come back whenever I can. I almost didn’t know about the 100 years party. I was over the hill fishing, and I walked over here to see what was going on. This is really special. I’m really glad I came today.” ■


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LUNKERS

Proud anglers show off their prize trout caught at Bennett Spring State Park

Darrell Dixon of Linn Creek shows off his trout. Stephen Stacy of Ellington caught this trout in Zone 1 using a pink and white rooster.

Kelsey Miller of Owensville caught this 3-pound trout in Zone 3 using Power Bait.

Gene Huelskamp of Raytown caught this 5-pound trout in Zone 1.

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James Jenkins of Fair Grove caught this 5-pound bass in Zone 3 using Power Bait.

Lisa Stevens of Jefferson City caught this 3-pound trout in Zone 3 using green bait.


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John Schaaf of Buffalo caught this 3.75-pound trout in Zone 3 using a minnow.

Jim Lucas of O’Fallon caught this trout in Zone 3.

Al Meese of Bloomfield caught this 3.75-pound trout in Zone 3 using dough bait. “And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” - Mathew 4:19

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