Fishing Report 1/14/2020

How's Fishing?

Happy New Year!  Fishing has been good. It has slowed due to the recent flooding, but with a few changes in technique you will be productive.  The water looks like chocolate milk and is flowing fast.  I found that fishing where I normally stand in the water and in the slower moving areas are the best.  I went from dry fly drifting Elkhair Caddis on Friday to Nymph fishing under an indicator on Monday.  The weather and the water are huge variables when deciding how we can catch fish.  The weather for next weekend looks good.  The water will be a bit clearer and the trout will be waiting.  See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Graph of  Discharge, cubic feet per second

Bennett Spring

January 14, 2020
Gage house level is 3.07 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 73.0 in 1974
25th percentile is 99
Current level is 494
Median is 127
Mean is 170
75th percentile is 180
Max was 861 in 1937

Graph of  Discharge, cubic feet per second

Niangua River

January 14, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.85 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 50.5 in 2013
25th percentile is 69
Median is 113
Today's reading is 749
75th percentile is 306
Mean is 444
record high max was 4900 in 1995

Weather Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Wind chill values as low as 42 early. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 55 by 10am, then falling to around 48 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as 43. South wind around 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday: Showers. High near 48. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

M.L.King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Windyville MO
37.72°N 92.92°W (Elev. 1024 ft)

Calendar of Events

Anglers also have the opportunity to catch and release trout during the winter fishing season. Bennett Spring Trout Park is open for catch-and-release fishing only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from the second Friday in November thru the second Monday in February. For 2019, fishing will start on November 8 and end on February 10, 2020. During catch-and-release season, only flies may be used and all fish must be released unharmed immediately.

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 through out the year.

Quote of the Week

A river, though, has so many things to say that it is hard to know what it says to each of us.


Norman Mclean

Thanks for reading,


1 comment

  • Reading your report “hit the spot” this morning as we are ice and snowed in in northwest Missouri again today! Thanks for the updates.

    Mike Buckler

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