Fishing Report 10/22/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been good.  The stream is low, clear, and very well stocked with trout. 

I have been using beetles and midges (hopper/dropper) with my flyrod it has been more productive than other options I have tried. 

One of my favorite places and ways to fish is anywhere between the Bluff and Whistle Bridge with a weighted float and a John Deere mini jig on my spinning rod.   

I know I don't talk about Zone 3, but the only time I fish there is during Catch and Release Season.  I have heard good things about Salmon Eggs, Salmon Peach Powerbait, and White Powerbait for those of you that utilize this zone during Catch and Keep. 

See you on the Stream! 


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

October 21, 2020
Gage house level is 2.00 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 94
Current level is 144
Median is 111
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 150
Max was 407 in 1984

Niangua River

October 21, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.84 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 54
Today's reading is 48.9
75th percentile is 187
Mean is 108
record high max was 491 in 2017

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Crane Flies
Double Trouble
Griffith's Gnats
Rusty Dun
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Red Holographic Cracklebacks
Orange Cracklebacks
Green Holographic Cracklebacks
 brown or olive zebra midges
Wooly Buggers- olive,  ginger, brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, white, brown
Megaworms-white, pink, beige
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~ brown, white, black
Angry John Deere

White thread jig
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
Red and white thread jigs
Easter Egg Glo-balls
John Deere
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Jimi Hendrix 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,  yellow, pink, pink and yellow, mint, cheese

Chartreuse Powerbait

PowerBait Power Eggs , Bubblegum, White, Orange
Bumblebee PowerBait
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Salmon Eggs

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 45 by 3pm. Wind chill values as low as 39. North wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Northeast wind around 8 mph.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Monday: Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 45.

Tuesday: A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

Lebanon MO
37.69°N 92.67°W (Elev. 1211 ft)

Lunker Club


Daniel Smith from St. Charles, MO 3 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a pink glo ball

John Goad from Jefferson, MO 5 3/4 pounds in the Niangua River on a gray scud


Ed Petersheim from Columbia, MO 5 pounds in zone 2 on a Kastmaster


Karl Bush from Dekalb, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on Salmon Peach Powerbait


Lloyd Burk from New Cambria, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a marabou


Tanner Steinborn from Hazelwood, MO 7 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a silver tinsel jig

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Jimbo Special


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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Quote of the Week

The things fishermen know about trout aren't facts but articles of faith.


John Gierach

Thanks for reading,


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