August 25, 2021 Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring 

How's Fishing?  

It's been one of the hottest weeks of the whole summer.  That applies to the temperature as well as the fishing.  The fish that are being caught are generously sized - quite a few have been over two pounds.  And remember, it's much cooler on the stream.  The park is very quiet now that the kids are back in school or getting ready to be.  This is the perfect time to fish if you like to have a little elbow room. 
Zebra midges and white floss are two good choices at this time.  Cracklebacks, especially the Bennett Blue, have been a bit hit as well.  
It's hard to believe the season is winding down.  I hope it's been a good one for you so far and that you have many more great days ahead.  

Bennett Spring water levels for 8-25-21
Gage House water level is 2.15
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68 in 1936
25th percentile is 100
Current level is 204
Median is 124
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 168
Max was 333 in 2019

Niangua River water levels for 8-25-21

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.06 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 29
Median is 39
Today's reading is 115
75th percentile is 123
Mean is 71
record high max was 207 in 2019

Lunker Club
Mark McGrath from Columbia, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a midge in zone 1
Tom Kinney from Villages, FL, 
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 2
Chet Renfro from Pickering, MO
2 pounds on a minnow in zone 3
Jason Deihl from Buckner, MO
2 pounds on a white & red jig in zone 2
Cooper Webb from New Bloomfield
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1
Tom Emig from Eagleville, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a night crawler in zone 3
Elijah Carpenter from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds on a nightcrawler in zone 3
Mason Fields from Kearney, MO
2 pounds on orange marabou in zone 1
John Butler from Quincy, IL
2-1/2 pounds on an olive nymph in zone 2
Holton Gander (age 5) from Hume, MO
3-1/3 pounds on a bumble bee rooster tail in zone 1
Nate Barron from St. Joe, MO
2 pounds on a white crackleback in zone 1
Kaleb Webb from Columbia, MO
2 pounds on pink marabou in zone 1
Chuck Johnson
2 pounds on Berkley garlic power bait
Ryan Borrini from Grubville, MO
2 pounds on a spinner with fly
Chris Waterman from Lebanon, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a brown spinner in zone 1
Tom Shelley from Hillsboro, MO
2-1/8 pounds on a brown & tan jig in zone 1
Mark Weisbrod from Wentzville, MO
2-5/8 pounds on a white jig in zone 1
Tim Russo from Festus, MO
7 pounds on a brown ghost in zone 2
Marvin Knapp from Sunrise Beach, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a john deere in zone 1
Spencer Kendell from Arnold, MO
2-1/8 pounds on an olive crackleback in zone 1
What's Working?

From the Fly Case
black, olive, white, or bennett blue crackleback
scuds, gray or tan
renegades size 18 or 20
zebra midge

Zone 1 & 2
marabou -  gingersnap,black & yellow, pink, white & red or john deere marabou
mop fly - white, cream, or white with peach ruff
white floss jig
john deere mini jig
brown ghost
brown spinner
bumble bee rooster tail

Zone 3
live worms or minnows
 marshmallow white power bait
trout magnet, orange and white
Berkley garlic power bait

The Mayfly project that was supposed to be on Friday at the Church in the park is cancelled.
Watch for future date and location.

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.

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.

September 25, 2021  Ladies Free Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park
 7:30 AM - 7:15 PM

Holland Derby
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 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~ Veterans Free Fishing Day


7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.
7:30 A.M.
7:15 P.M.
7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Quote of the Week

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
John Buchan

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