Fishing Report 10/31/2020


How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great.  The weather has not been ideal with all the rain, but the trout are already wet they could care less.  The stream has murked up a little, but will clear up rapidly without the threat of more rain.  

Fishing a sinking leader, tip or line is more effective for me with a black wooly bugger (extra flash) or red Crackleback.

Spinning Rod I venture to use gold tinsel jigs or 1/8 oz marabou jigs with you guessed it tinsel added for flash.  The addition of tinsel creates a baitfish profile for more productive fishing and more fun of course. 

Thank you all for such a great season!  We welcome and look forward to an exciting and fun 2021 season! 

Hope to see you on the stream for catch and release!  

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

October 30, 2020
Gage house level is 2.47 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 94
Current level is 285
Median is 110
Mean is 138
75th percentile is 141
Max was 753 in 2010

Niangua River

October 30, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 27.8 in 2008
25th percentile is 40
Median is 
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
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Red Holographic Cracklebacks
Copper and brown or olive zebra midges
Wooly Buggers- olive, black, brown, white

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

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Wind chill values as low as 29 early. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

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

Lunker Club


Melissa Ammel from Arnold, MO 5 pounds in zone 2 on a roostertail


Greg Hink from Gardner, KS 3 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a rust colored scud


Greg Hink from Gardner, KS 6 pounds in zone 2 on a brown and tan scud

Eddie Burks Harrisburg, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a mopfly


Bob Scott Sr. from Wentzville, MO 4 1 /2 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou jig


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.



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

Quote of the Week

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.


Ovid - Died around AD 17-18

Thanks for reading,


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