Fishing Report 3/23/2021

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been good.  The stream is up, murky, and the trout are going with the flow.  We are expecting another Spring rain, but sunshine and warm days are headed to us this weekend.  

I had luck with size 16 Renegades on top with my flyrod.  I did well with Tequila Sunrise, black and yellow, and black and white 1/16 ounce marabou on my spinning rod.  

See you on the stream!


Water Conditions (Comparison)

Bennett Spring

March 23, 2021

Gage house level is 2.89 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 80.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 130
Current level is 439
Median is 186
Mean is 228
75th percentile is 285
Max was 784 in 2012

March 15, 2021
Gage house level is 3.70 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 136
Current level is 816
Median is 182
Mean is 259
75th percentile is 295
Max was 1210 in 1990

Niangua River

March 23, 2021

Gage House reading (water level) is 2.85 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 42.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 149
Median is 287
Today's reading is 611
75th percentile is 594
Mean is 434
record high max was 1610 in 2012

March 15, 2021
Gage House reading (water level) is 10.17 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 44.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 107
Median is 281
Today's reading is 6330
75th percentile is 501
Mean is 527
record high max was 2940 in 2011


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Blue Wing Olive
Autumn Splendor
Pale Evening Dun
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks'
Wooly Buggers- olive, purple, brown, black, white

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, orange, chartreuse
Megaworms-white, pink, red, beige/pink tail
Purple Nurple Mini Jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~ brown, white, brown
Peacock jigs
John Deere
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Purple Dot Glo-balls
Monarch Mini Jigs
Marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, Shell and white, white, John Deere (Moss and Yellow), moss, ginger, yellow, red and white, pink and white, Crawdad~Tricolor Marabou
Rooster Tails-White, Fluorescent Orange, Brown

Zone 3

Fluorescent Orange Glitter Powerbait
Glitter White Powerbait
Marshmallow White Powerbait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Bumblebee PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange Powerbait Nuggets
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Salmon Eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait


Weather Forecast

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 66.

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

Lunker Club


Silas Gray  from Joplin, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on an orange mopfly


Landon Dalaska from Cordova, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a black and pink marabou


McKenzie Bieg from St. Louis, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white marabou

Darryl Cooper from Albany, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou


Jordon Billings from Clinton, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a Weaver's Roostertail

Dylon Koch from Gilbert, AZ 2 pounds in zone 3 on orange Powerbait

Duane Crawford from St. Charles, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a megaworm


Doug Delaporte from Washington Island, WI 2.1 pounds in zone 1 on a marabou jig



Calendar of Events

Bennett Spring State Park

April Activities

9 & 10 —Fly Rod Building Class, 6 pm to 9 pm,
Nature Center
Learn how to construct a fly rod during this two night
class. Participants must provide their own fly rod kit
(purchase online or through a local fishing shop). 10
person limit. Call 417-532-3925 to register.

11 – Blacksmith Demonstration, 10 am – 4 pm at Shelter B
Watch blacksmith Matthias Penn display his craft. A coal forge from
the late 1800's and traditional tools will be used to make a wide
variety of ironwork.

22 – Traditional Quilting – Trout, 11 am, Nature Center
This program combines history and quilting. A presentation on trout will be followed
by creation of a trout quilting block and instruction on applique technique. 10 person
limit. Program will be recorded.

24 – Hummingbird Hike, 10 am, Nature Center
Activity/Game 11 am – 2 pm
Join the park naturalist on a hike to discover hummingbird habitat and to
try to spot these aerial acrobats. A related craft or game held in a come-
and-go format will follow the hike.

Weed Cutting April 6th and 7th

April 17, 2021~ Veteran's Free Fishing Day

May 1, 2021~ Kids Free Fishing Day

 Weed Cutting May 18th and 19th

Free Fishing For Everyone. This event runs two days 5th and the 6th of June. When: Saturday, June 5, 2021 Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Weed Cutting June 22nd and 23rd

Weed Cutting August 3rd and 4th

Weed Cutting September 14th and 15th

September 27, 2021~Ladies Free Fishing Day

Holland Derby
The annual Holland Derby. Fishing derby for fund raising for The American Cancer Society. Derby runs two days 9th and 10th. Tagged trout released to win prizes if caught.
When: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM

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.




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Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Quote of the Week

 Fly-fishing is a magic way to recapture the rapture of solitude without the pangs of loneliness.


John Voelker (Supreme Court Judge) aka Robert Travers

Thanks for reading,


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