Fishing Report 1/30/2020



How's Fishing?

Fishing has been amazing and the catching has been even better.  The stream clarity is returning each passing day, revealing some great trout shadows.  I have been catching the majority of my trout on John Deere flies under an indicator.  I have not had my spinning rod out lately, but my inclination would be to use marabou jigs.  The weather forecast is looking better this weekend.  Hand warmers, hot coffee, and layers are never a disadvantage to have on hand. 30 days until Opening Day!  See you on the stream!    


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

January 30, 2020
Gage house level is 2.50 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76.0 in 1940
25th percentile is 109
Current level is 279
Median is 149
Mean is 191
75th percentile is 205
Max was 1250 in 1969

Niangua River

January 30, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.73 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 54.1 in 2009
25th percentile is 77
Median is 178
Today's reading is 515
75th percentile is 319
Mean is 317
record high max was 1880 in 2013

Weather Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Light and variable wind.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 47.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

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

Calendar of Events

Anglers 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 2019-2020, the fishing started on November 8, 2019 and will end on February 10, 2020. During catch-and-release season, only flies may be used and all fish must be released unharmed immediately.

Saturday—February 29th, 2020

10 am~Bennett Spring State Park~ Spring Branch Cleanup
Join Stream Team #5462 for a trash cleanup along the Bennett Spring Branch. We will work together to get the area ready for opening day of trout season. Meet at Shelter B for an introduction by park staff and displays. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
The cleanup will conclude with a hot dog luncheon!

Sunday March 1, 2020

~ Bennett Spring Fire Hall~ Join us for our Opening Day luncheon from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.~ $5.00 donation all the chili, hot dogs, and desserts!

Friday March 6, 2020

There will be monthly Mayfly Project fly tying nights in the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex, located across from the park office. Supplies and instruction on tying a basic fishing fly will be given. This activity will allow people to enjoy the art of fly tying and learn from experienced Bennett Spring fishermen and women.

All supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. A $5 donation for the "Fly of the Night" supplies is suggested. Donations will go to provide supplies and support for Kid's Free Fishing Day. Everyone's first six flies will be donated to The Mayfly Project, which mentors foster children through fly fishing.

This event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mayfly Project. More information is available at

March 6, April 17, May 1, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338

For additional information or questions please contact the Nature Center at 417-532-3925.

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

You see, I’m not a grip ‘n grin man. I prefer to fish from the shadows, and stay in the shadows, even after I land something big. I have a face that’s made for radio, and a passion for fly fishing that’s rooted somewhere that can’t be captured, no matter how many megapixels are devoted to it.


Kirk Deeter



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