Fishing Report 10/24/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great!  We have had some rain, but the stream continues to be low, clear, and stocked with a very good amount of trout.  Many of you enjoy the ability to sight fish, so I know you are happy to hear this.  Cracklebacks, Marabou, and Mini Jigs lead the way in the most effective and popular selections this week. Trout become more aggressive and territorial in the Fall.  Trying some larger Streamer and Wooly Bugger patterns can be productive, but on the flip side smaller Nymph and Scud patterns are also good.  In Zone 3 or the Niangua River the leading Powerbait was Salmon Peach.  Grab your gear and get to the stream!  We only have one week left!  See you on the stream!        

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

October 23, 2019
Gage house level is 2.10 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 75 in 1938
25th percentile is 95
Current level is 144
Median is 110
Mean is 126
75th percentile is 139
Max was 288 in 1984

Niangua River

October 23, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.22 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 55
Today's reading is 308
75th percentile is 149
Mean is 105
record high max was 432 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Elk Hair CaddisPheasant tail Nymph
Griffith's Gnats
Black or Brown Caddis
Pale Evening Dun
Copper Johns
Wooly Buggers-olive, brown, white
Zebra Midges
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shots
RGN's-light olive, brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, white, brown, olive, orange
Megaworms-pink and white, red, white, orange, pink

Peacock mini jigs
Bedspread jig
Brown or black Roaches
Bumblebee mini jigs
Gray John Deere
Yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
White mini jigs
Army Green thread jigs

Egg Glo-balls
Apricot Supreme with red dot Glo-balls
Original Tricolor 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, moss and black
Rooster Tails - White Red, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout, Black Glitter, Brown Glitter, Limit Taker

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white, mint, red and white, black and yellow, pink and white
Cheese 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

Thursday: Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Northeast wind around 6 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

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

Lunker Club


Arden Fahning from St. Louis, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a mini jig

Ed Branhof from Williamsburg, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a crackleback


Mike Moran from St. Louis, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black marabou

Jayson Hackett from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou from Weaver's


Matt Bolin from Topeka, KS 2 pounds in zone 3 on an orange worm

Greg Hink from Gardner, KS 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black pheasant tail nymph


Nick Mount from Creve Coeur, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a Mister Twister white rubber jig

Jessica Spurgeon from St. Louis, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on white power eggs


Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO 3 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou
Jim Gillespie from Earlham, IA 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Robert Creasey from Weaubleau, MO 3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

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.

Bennett Spring Fire and Protection Auxiliary will be serving chili at the old hatchery building from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., or until the chili runs out on November 9, 2019. 

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

Only an extraordinary person would purposely risk being outsmarted by a creature often less than twelve inches long, over and over again.


Janna Bialek

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