Fishing Report 10/17/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been satisfying.  We have had some rain, but not enough to change the stream.  The stream maintains its low and clear status this week with the trout stocked fin to fin.  It is a great time of year to get that last minute trip to Bennett Spring State Park in; especially if it will be your last until March 1, 2020.  See you on the stream!      

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

October 16, 2019

Gage house level is 2.03 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.2 in 2017
25th percentile is 98
Current level is 128
Median is 112
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 132
Max was 445 in 1970

Niangua River

October 16, 2019

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.49 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 61
Today's reading is 156
75th percentile is 147
Mean is 103
record high max was 510 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Elk Hair Caddis

Griffith's Gnats
Black or Brown Caddis
Pale Evening Dun
Copper Johns
Wooly Buggers-olive, brown
Zebra Midges

Olive Cracklebacks
Red Cracklebacks
Pale Yellow Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shots
RGN's-light olive, brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, white, brown, olive
Megaworms-pink and white, red, white, orange, pink
Bedspread jig
Brown or black Roaches
Bumblebee mini jigs
Gray John Deere
Yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
White mini jigs
White, brown, orange, red thread jigs
Apricot Supreme with red dot Glo-balls
Chartreuse with red dot Glo-balls
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
White with cerise dot Glo-balls
Easter Egg Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-balls
Peach Fur Bugs
Marabou - black and yellow, olive and black, ginger, gingersnap, orange and black, pink, orange and white, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, orange, black and white, black, salmon
Rooster Tails - Clyde, Tinsel Shad, Orange Tiger, Tinsel Leech, Glitter Flame, Rocket Red Spot

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white, mint, red and white, black and yellow, pink and whiteCheese Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Yellow Powerbait
Orange Powerbait
Marshmallow White Powerbait
Pink Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs pink, orange, or white
Peach Trout Magnets
Salmon Eggs

Fishing Times


7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Weather Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

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

Lunker Club


Spencer Kendall from St. Louis, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive Crackleback


Ann Green from Eureka, MO 2 1/2 pounds in the Niangua River on homemade doughbait

Doug Tepen from St. Charles, MO 2 3/8 pounds in zone 2 on a peach trout magnet


Matt Sanders from Glasgow, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a coral marabou


Richard Rulon from Liberty, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow

Suzan Sneyd from Pana, IL 2 1/8 pounds in zone 3 on yellow dough bait


Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO 2 5/8 pounds in zone 2 on a Hillbilly Special

Gary Kniepkamp from St. Jacob, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Bennett Blue Crackleback with Grizzly Hackle

Julie Gibbs from Liberty, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow


Calendar of Events


EVENT TIME: 10 A.M. - 11 A.M.


Snakes are some of the most misunderstood and undervalued creatures on Earth. Come explore these reptiles and learn about their anatomy, what they eat and where they live. Live snakes will be present. Meet at the nature center.

Trout Season Season Ends
Thursday, October 31, 2019

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

Choose your fly fishing friends wisely. They can have an effect on how many and the size of the trout you catch. Fly fishers who spend a lot of time fishing together will unconsciously adopt some of the other's mannerisms, choice of flies and casting techniques over time. Surrounding yourself with great fly fishers who catch a lot of trout will help you catch more and larger trout. However, does that mean that while you as the poorer angler improve your fishing prowess, the better angler's fishing prowess deteriorates? It could be that as your fishing improves and your friend's deteriorates, he reaches a point where his fishing begins to improve by watching you the better angler. If that is the case, somewhere along the line, both of you will become great anglers.


Jimmy D Moore

Thanks for reading,


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published