Fishing Report 10/12/2020


How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been great.  The stream is low, clear, and full of trout.  I have been using size 14 and 16 Griffiths' Gnats' and Crane flies in a size 12 dead drifted on top in the evenings.  Marabou on my spinning rod in a 1/16 ounce in olive, orange, or Gingersnap (brown/ginger). 

I do normally like to fish in Zone 1, but sometimes it is just a matter of where you can wade in.  I always keep in mind I want to fish where the fish are and do it as thoroughly as possible. 

This past weekend October 10th and 11th was the Annual Clarence Holland Derby.  There were 1,288 tags sold on Saturday and 1,003 tags sold on Sunday.  An excellent turn out and show of support for the American Cancer Society. 

See you on the stream!      

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

October 12, 2020
Gage house level is 2.00 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.6 in 2017
25th percentile is 95
Current level is 144
Median is 110
Mean is 156
75th percentile is 137
Max was 1530 in 1970

Niangua River

October 12, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.75 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 58
Today's reading is 42.2
75th percentile is 206
Mean is 119
record high max was 618 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Crane Flies
Double Trouble
Griffith's Gnats
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Red Holographic Cracklebacks

Green Holographic Cracklebacks
Copper and brown or olive zebra midges
Wooly Buggers- olive, black, ginger, brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, chartreuse, orange, gray
Megaworms-white, pink, red
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~ brown, white, black
Angry John Deere
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
Red and white thread jigs
Easter Egg Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
John Deere
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Camo Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, black, Shell and white, white, Pink Lemonade, salmon and brown, John Deere (Moss and Yellow), Orange, orange and white, Tequila Sunrise (yellow/orange), Olive and Black, olive and yellow, moss, ginger, yellow, red and white, ginger, black, pink and white
Rooster Tails

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms- orange, black and yellow, Banana, yellow, pink, pink and yellow, mint
Hatchery Pellet PowerBait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Bumblebee PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange Powerbait Nuggets
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Salmon Eggs
PowerBait Nymphs

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

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

Lunker Club


Mike Hartsook from Oakville, MO 2 pounds in zone 1  Black and White Roostertail


Ryan Floyd from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a megaworm


Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO 5 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a mopfly


Nick Ley from Collinsville, IL 6 pounds in zone 2 on an Orange Roostertail


Dusty Wiegand from Wood River, IL 3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Mike Lewis from St. Charles, MO 3 1/8 pounds in zone 3 on Yellow Powerbait

Isaih Bohn from Huntsville, MO 3 1/2 pounds on a peach glo-ball

Calendar of Events

Catch-and-Release Season

Beginning Time Ending Time

2nd Friday in Nov. - 2nd Monday in February 8 a.m. 4 p.m
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only)

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 through out the year.



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6:30 P.M.

Quote of the Week

 Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger.


Herbert Hoover

Thanks for reading,


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