Fishing Report 3/18/2019

Fishing Report 3/18/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been a bit more challenging this week due to water clarity and depth. Minor adjustments in technique and the location that you fish may be necessary. Darker patterns for lures are helpful as well as fishing them between four and five feet deep. The stream is receding back into its banks at a steady pace. The water is a light chocolate milk color, but is clearing up. Springtime weather is creeping back to the Bennett Spring area and we could not be more thrilled. Come enjoy the sunshine, rainbows, and browns with us at Bennett Spring State Park! 

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
March 17, 2019
Gage house level is 2.78 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 136
Current level is 392
Median is 173
Mean is 226
75th percentile is 274
Max was 650 in 1973

Niangua River
March 17, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.10 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 104
Median is 226
Today's reading is 567
75th percentile is 341
Mean is 372
record high max was 2530 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

RGN's-Size 14 golden olive or dark brown
Griffiths' Gnats
Blue Wing Olive
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Black zebra midge
Copper hot shot

Zone 1 or 2

white mini jigs
John Deere
white megaworms
tri-color glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, white, black, chartreuse and black, chartreuse, black and olive
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout

Zone 3

White Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Orange/white Trout Magnet
White Powerbait Eggs
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait

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: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Wind chill values as low as 33 early. South wind 7 to 9 mph. 

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West wind 7 to 9 mph. 

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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

Lunker Club 


Ben Goracke from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou


Gary Schulte from O'Fallon, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on homemade dough bait


Hazel Riley from Ozawkie, KS 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou


Steve Harms from Lenexa, KS 2 pounds in zone 3 on Hatchery Pellet Powerbait


Keaton Smith from Higbee, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and olive marabou

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 though out the year.

Quote of the Week

There were lots of people who committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing, and I assure you that the increase in crime is due to a lack of those qualities of mind and character which impregnate the soul of every fisherman except those who get no bites.


Herbert Hoover 1930

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