Fishing Report 4/22/2019


How's Fishing?

Fishing has had its ups and downs just like our weather. This Easter weekend was exceptionally beautiful. The landscape is in its full spring glory. Bennett Spring State Park was filled with families and friends enjoying the outdoors. I have included some pictures of popular glo-balls that resemble Easter eggs and one that is referred to as the "Easter egg." Glo-balls are a stream staple that is very popular and can be found at various vendors around Bennett Spring State Park and are used all over the United States. The stream is up a little from a recent rainfall, but only slightly stained. There are a ton of trout suspended in the water column just waiting for the tastiest artificial morsel to drop into their line of sight also referred to as "cone of vision". Don't forget to join us at Veterans Free Fishing Day is coming up Saturday April 27, 2019. If you have questions or want to volunteer for this event please contact: Hatchery Manager, Ben Havens at 417-532-4418 or by email


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
April 21, 2019
Gage house level is 2.32 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1981
25th percentile is 140
Current level is 241
Median is 225
Mean is 292
75th percentile is 334
Max was 1220 in 1966

Niangua River
April 21, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.18 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 86.8 in 2014
25th percentile is 173
Median is 285
Today's reading is 293
75th percentile is 636
Mean is 441
record high max was 1230 in 2017

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Gold Cracklebacks
Pale Morning Dun
Rusty Spinner
Black Zebra Midges

Zone 1 or 2

White Megaworms
black and yellow mini jigs
Olive Mopflies
Peacock mini jigs
Black and red mini jigs
John Deere
Tricolor glo-balls
Shrimp pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
Marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, crawdad tricolor, orange, pink and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Brown Trout, Tinsel Shad, Rusty Coachdog

Zone 3

Salmon eggs
Spring Green Powerbait
White Glitter Powerbait
Cheese Powerbait
Lucky Lady white or mint green
Salmon Peach Powerbait

Fishing Times



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 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Northwest wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 68.

Thursday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

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

Lunker Club


Charles Leake from Mexico, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on peach powerbait


JoAnn Frazier from Jennings, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbaIt


Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Little Cleo


Nick Baumer from St. Charles, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow mini jig


Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Nowak Special


Kim Deister from Rushville, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere


Calendar of Events

Veterans' Free Fishing Day - April 27, 2019

Kids' Free Fishing Day - May 4, 2019

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex Building - . May 10, 2019 6-8 P.M.

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.

Explorer Camp at Bennett. Good news is the organization, “Gals Go Fish!” have donated backpacks and journals for the kids. Students sign up through Lebanon Mo Summer School. Students do not have to be a Lebanon school district resident.

We will be doing group builders, art, fly tying and more! Details of some activities are below:

Monday, June 3

Fishing in morning

World Bird Sanctuary will have an Eagle Program at 11 am

Youth will visit the recycling program in Lebanon at 2 pm

Tuesday, June 4

Fishing in the morning

Stream Team Activities

Wednesday, June 5

Fishing in the morning

Cross Fit/Yoga

Thursday, June 6

Fishing in the morning

Outdoor Awareness

Snakes – 10 am

Learn to Camp

Survival Skills – 1 pm Karate

Friday, June 7

Fishing in the morning

Learn to Clean a Fish

Dutch Oven Cooking

Monday, June 10

Fishing in the morning


Glade Restoration – Hike

Tuesday, June 11

Fishing in the morning

Celtic Music & Story Teller - 10 am

Park Ranger Hug A Tree – 1 pm

Wednesday, June 12

Kayaking and Trails at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Thursday, June 13

Fishing in the morning

Compass Reading/Geo Cashing

Map Reading

Friday, June 14

Hike to the Natural Tunnel


Thanks for reading,


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