Fishing Report 4/30/2021

Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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April 30, 2021


Jimbo Surette


I would like to dedicate this report to a long time Bennett resident who passed away last night after a long illness. His name is Jim (Jimbo to his friends) Surette. Jimbo was the kind of person who walked into a room and everyone there was just a little bit better because of his presence. He brought out the best in us all.

I would also like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the people who were at Roaring River this last week during their flash flood. I'm sure it was a terrifying experience.

Bennett escaped the really high water this time. It looks like the weather this week will give us all a chance to dry out and return to the levels we are accustomed to.

Kids Fishing Day promises to be sunny and warm with little wind. Perfect for these kiddos!

Have a great week!


Water Conditions on 4/30/21


Bennett Spring


Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 87 in 1936
25th percentile is 158
Current level is 392
Median is 225
Mean is 324
75th percentile is 336
Max was 1990 in 2017

Gage house level is 2.73
The highest this week was Thursday - just over 3 feet
Its dropping back to normal levels rapidly.

Niangua River


Gage House reading (water level) is 2.74
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 116 in 2015
25th percentile is 213
Median is 391
Today's reading is 555
75th percentile is 1210
Mean is 2110
record high max was 24700 in 2017


What's Working?


From the Fly Case

Pale Evening Dun
Bennett Blue Crackleback
Wooly Buggers- olive, purple, brown
Blue Wing Olive

Zone 1 or 2

white floss jig
orange or chartreuse mopflies
Opossum Hair Roaches~ brown, white
Peacock jigs
John Deere
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Jimi Hendrix, tri color, chartreuse, or pink Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, red and white, orange, or brown Marabou

Zone 3

Fluorescent Orange Powerbait
Glitter White Powerbait
Fluorescent Orange Powerbait Nuggets
Bentley's Secret Bait Garlic or Original


Weather Forecast


Friday: High of 77, low of 55. 0% chance of rain

Saturday: High of 79, low of 61. 0 % chance of rain. wind 13mph

Sunday: 73 high, 61 low. chance of rain 57%. .16 inches wind 12 mph

Monday: 80 high, 58 low. chance of rain 24%, wind 8 mph

Tuesday; 64 high, 46 low, chance of morning thunderstorms. wind 12 mph

Wednesday: 67 high, 48 low. mostly sunny. wind 8%

Thursday: 67 high, 45 low, partly cloudy, wind at 9 mph


Lunker Club



Rich Runlon from Liberty, MO
2.25 pounds on a Minnow
zone 3

Tim Reichert from Warrenton, MO
2 pounds on a power bait worm
zone 3


Jim Hottel from Kansas City, MO
6-1/4 pounds on orange power bait
zone 3

Jason Dane from Park Hills MO
2 pounds on youngblood special
zone 2

Peirce Tiefenauer from Soto, MO
2-1/8th pounds on a youngblood special
zone 2


Kyle Johnston from KC MO
2 pounds on a red and white marabou
zone 1


Rebecca Neelly from Kansas
2 pounds on a white marabou
zone 2

Bobby Willis from Louisiana, MO
2 pounds on orange power bait


Calendar of Events
Bennett Spring State Park


May Activities

May 1, 2021~ Kids Free Fishing Day

Weed Cutting May 18th and 19th

June Activities

Free Fishing Day 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

In commemoration of the Missouri bicentennial, Bennett Spring State Park will host a monthly program entitled Bennett Traditions. Each program will include a 20-minute presentation about a natural and/or historic topic that pertains to the area. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute lesson from Karen Jaegers about quilting that relates back to the presentation topic. The event will conclude with a short question-and-answer session led by June Buckles of Buckles, Bobbins and Bolts quilt shop.  Registration is required and limited to 10 people. Each program will be recorded and posted online at a future date. To register or for more information, contact the Bennett Spring nature center at 417-532-3925.

June 24 - Turtles; turtle block; fabric selection and care.
July 22 - Bears; paw print block; how to set blocks together and preplanning.
Aug. 26 - Snakes; snake block; batting choices and the process.
Sept. 23 - Birds; flying geese block; choosing techniques (primitive vs. machine).
Oct. 28 - Trees; maple leaf block; binding techniques.

Local artist Deanna Stuckey will display her artwork at the Bennett Spring nature center July 7-11

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 fundraising 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 throughout the year.















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Quote of the Week


Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job.
Paul Schullery

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