Fishing Report 12/18/2019


How's Fishing?

Fishing has been amazing!  The weekends have been beautiful until this last one.  The water is low and clear and the trout are more than willing to bite.  Catch and Release Season seems to increase the odds of catching a lunker.  Yes I am trying to get you out of the house and into the stream before March 1st. 

I have used my flyrod and my spinning rod with great luck!  I have been using weighted woolies on my flyrod in various colors with great return.  I also found beetles worked very well on one of the warmer weekends for top water action!  I used woolly bugger jigs in Sculpin Olive as a color choice on my spinning rod set-up.  This is a fun time to be able to fish flies only in Zone 3, since Smallmouth Bass and Goggle-eye are equally ,sometimes more, active than the trout.  See you on the stream or the river!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

December 18, 2019
Gage house level is 2.04 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1933
25th percentile is 90
Current level is 152
Median is 130
Mean is 152
75th percentile is 179
Max was 555 in 1972

Niangua River

December 18, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.61 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 37.0 in 2018
25th percentile is 47
Median is 150
Today's reading is 118
75th percentile is 197
Mean is 186
record high max was 805 in 1993

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 51. Wind chill values as low as 22 early. South wind 5 to 9 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

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

Calendar of Events

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

Successful trout fishing isn't a matter of brute force or even persistence, but something more like infiltration.


John Gierach


Even Brook Trout Get the Blues

Thanks for reading,



1 comment

  • Thanks for your first winter catch and release report! Always like to keep abreast of goings on at Bennett.

    Mike Buckler

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