Fishing Report 5/21/2019


How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good. The stream is stained and the water is returning to its normal level slowly. This past weekend May 18th and 19th Missouri Trout Fishermen's Association held the State (Tagged) Trout Derby. Various prizes were awarded and the turn out was quite good. Roaring River State Park and Meramac State Park observed their Kids Free Fishing Days this past weekend also. We hope to see everyone for Memorial Day weekend.

Update: We received some rain last night. The stream has come up, but hasn't become more stained. I am going to post the previous water conditions and the current, so you are able to see the change.

Of Interest:

May 21, 2019

Currently we are rising about an inch an hour, hopefully the rain quits soon! Todays flow AT 2:00pm is 468 cfs or nearly 300 million gallons per day!

As you can see we are still very saturated and above normal flows. At the beginning of May we were at 275.3 million gallons/day which is about 100 million more than average.

Here are the numbers from April:

Tag sales were up for last month and also for the year. Up 21% over April 2018 and almost 6% higher from this time last year.

Ben Havens

Fish Hatchery Manager

Bennett Spring State Fish Hatchery

417-532-4418 x1062

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
May 21, 2019 7:00 A.M. CDT
Gage house level is 2.70 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86.0 to 1936
25th percentile is 141
Current level is 363
Median is 200
Mean is 251
75th percentile is 321
Max was 747 in 2010

Bennett Spring
May 20, 2019
Gage house level is 2.41 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 142
Current level is 268
Median is 196
Mean is 263
75th percentile is 359
Max was 850 in 2010

Niangua River
May 21, 2019~ 7:00 A.M CDT
Gage House reading (water level) is 8.61 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 60.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 157
Median is 396
Today's reading is 4420
75th percentile is 817
Mean is 724
record high max was 3170 in 2010

Niangua River
May 20, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.91 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 63.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 173
Median is 433
Today's reading is 231
75th percentile is 674
Mean is 743
record high max was 4130 in 2010

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Possum Hair Roaches
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks with or without bead head
Copper Johns
Copper Hot Shots
Ginger or Olive Weighted Woolies

Zone 1 or 2

San Juan Worms- red, white
Mopflies-chartreuse, orange, and cream
White Megaworms
Brown woolies
John Deere
Angry John Deere
Flame glo-balls
Tricolor Flame glo-balls
Chartreuse with black dot glo-balls
Chartreuse glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
Marabou - black, black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), chartreuse and black, white, pink
Rooster Tails - Rocket Red Spot, Metallic Chartreuse Spot, Damselfly, Yellow Coachdog

Zone 3

White or pink Lucky Lady worms
Pink Glitter Powerbait
White Glitter Powerbait
Salmon Peach with or without glitter Powerbait
Bubblegum Mousetails
Bentley's Secret Bait with or without garlic
Salmon Eggs

Fishing Times


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

~Forecast obtained from the National Weather Service Website~

Tuesday: Periods of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. High near 78. Breezy, with a southeast wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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

Lunker Club


Al Jolly from Columbia, MO 2 pounds 10 ounces in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou


Don Ohler from Lebanon, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow roostertail


Stan VanDorin from Burlington, IA 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou


Chris DeMoor from Fenton, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou


Gabe Benson from Sweet Springs, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on white garlic Powerbait

Ryan Bloom from Richmond, MO 4 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown woolie with a spinner

Stephanie Barry from St. Louis, MO 3 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Kliff Shinn Webster Groves, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on a bubblegum worm


Jeremy Quehl from Jefferson City, MO 4 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on homemade doughbait

Richard Hunt from Manchester, MO 4 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou


Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a Mepps


Calendar of Events

Weed Cutting-May 22-23

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex Building - . Everyone is welcome to attend. All ages and skill levels are welcome. All tying supplies are furnished for these events. June 7, 2019 6-8 P.M.

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

Quote of the Week

If you could marry a super-model or go fishing every day, which would you choose - fresh or salt water?


Thanks for reading,


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