Fishing Report 3/11/2019

Fishing Report 3/11/2019

How's Fishing?

The fishing has been great. The stream has risen slightly. The water is a bit cloudy, but the trout are still as active as ever. The water is moving swiftly, so some added weight is necessary in certain areas of the stream. 

As far as we know there are still quite a few lunkers in the stream. The largest lunker caught so far was six pounds. At Weaver's Tackle Store the largest lunker was four and three quarter pounds. When catching and releasing trout or other fish it is imperative to remember as a rule of thumb that they can last outside the water, with minimal wet handed handling, as long as you can hold your breath underwater or less. 

We are looking forward to warmer, longer days as I am sure everyone is. Daylight Savings Time has occurred, so the park hours for March are 7:30 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. 

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
March 10, 2019
Gage house level is 2.85 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 124
Current level is 419
Median is 191
Mean is 278
75th percentile is 258
Max was 2270 in 1974

Niangua River
March 10, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 5.33 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 47.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 111
Median is 255
Today's reading is 1870
75th percentile is 466
Mean is 390
record high max was 1980 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Griffiths' Gnats
Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge
Copper John
black woolly bugger
purple San Juan worms

Zone 1 or 2

white mini jigs
black and yellow woolies
John Deere
white megaworms
pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, white, black, peach and white, and pink and white, tricolor (crawdad), peach, black and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Rainbow Fry, Salmon Fly, Black Glitter

Zone 3

cheese powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
bubblegum mousetails
white Lucky Lady worms

Fishing Times

7:30 A.M. 
7:00 P.M. 

7:00 A.M.
7:30 P.M.

6:30 A.M.
8:15 P.M.

6:30 A.M.
8:30 P.M.

6:30 A.M.
8:30 P.M.

7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.

7:30 A.M.
7:15 P.M.

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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Showers, mainly after 9am. High near 52. Wind chill values as low as 36 early. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. 

Wednesday: Showers. High near 68. Breezy, with a southeast wind 16 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy. 

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 45.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 46.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 55.

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

Lunker Club


Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Dan Scrivener from Urbana, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a purple San Juan worm

Jim Lucas from Creve Coure, MO 4 pound brown in zone 2 on a gingersnap marabou

Jim Lucas from Creve Coure, MO 3.1 pounds in zone 2 on a gingersnap marabou

Quinn Martin from Hillsboro, MO 4 3/4 brown in zone 3 on a white worm

Quinn Martin from Hillsboro, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on a white worm


Tim Estes from Sedalia, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou


Alyssa Cook from St. Louis, MO 3 pounds in zone 1 on a pink glo-ball

Calendar of Events

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex Building - April 5, 2019 6-8 P.M. 

Weed Cutting- April 10-11

Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019

Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019

Weed Cutting-May 22-23

State of Missouri Statewide Free Fishing Days--- June 8th and 9th

Weed Cutting- June 26-27

Weed Cutting- August 7-8

Weed Cutting September 18-19

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 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 thoughout the year.

Quote of the Week

If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago.


Zane Gray

Thanks for Reading,


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