Fishing Report 5/27/2019


How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good. The stream is swift and looks like chocolate milk. There are some very nice trout being caught. If you are having trouble catching fish, snag onto someone local and play the monkey see monkey do game.   Added weight and heavier line is a good choice, especially if you are fishing near the whistle bridge on either side. It can be a struggle to figure out what is working, where the most productive place to fish is, and whether to wade or not. Challenge accepted is the answer most fisherman give to these questions.

Many families came back to the stream this Memorial Day weekend to continue their traditions. We thank all those that have been lost fighting for the freedom of this great nation. Most likely silent moments of remembrance were observed on the stream. Bennett Spring State Park brings peace and solace to so many of us it's easy to understand why everyone comes back even if it might be only once a year.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
May 27, 2019
Gage house level is 2.99 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 144
Current level is 474
Median is 192
Mean is 240
75th percentile is 280
Max was 934 in 1939

Niangua River
May 27, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.97 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 48.3 in 2012
25th percentile is 186
Median is 186
Today's reading is 533
75th percentile is 419
Mean is 485
record high max was 2030 in 1995

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Possum Hair Roaches
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks with bead head
Ginger or Olive Weighted Woolies
Brown Woolies with Spinner
Olive Wooly Buggers

Zone 1 or 2

San Juan Worms- red, white
Mopflies-chartreuse, orange, and cream
Pink Megaworms
Tinsel jigs
John Deere
Angry John Deere
Flame glo-balls
Tricolor Flame glo-balls
Tricolor glo-balls
Tan or brown with orange dot
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
Marabou - black, black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), yellow and olive
Rooster Tails - Tinsel Fire Tiger, Metallic Chrome Tiger, Tinsel Rainbow Fry, Copper Tinsel Glitter White, Flash Chartreuse

Zone 3

White or pink Lucky Lady worms
Pink Glitter Powerbait
White Glitter Powerbait
Salmon Peach with or without glitter Powerbait
Bubblegum Mousetails
Powerbait Power Eggs Pink with scales
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

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 7am, then a chance of showers between 7am and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

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

Lunker Club


Jeremy Orahood from Grain Valley, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on black and yellow marabou

Jeremy Orahood from Grain Valley, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Carly-Jayse Horn from Sedalia, MO 3 1/4 pounds in the Niangua River with white Powerbait


Adam Rager from Evansville, IN 2 pounds in zone 1 on yellow marabou

Alivia Herbel from Warrenton, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on homemade doughbait


Calendar of Events

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

I would maintain that any fly fisherman, or any fisherman for that matter, is missing out on a lot of knowledge and understanding if they don't first develop at least a working knowledge of bait fishing. I'm not sure any of us really master anything to do with fishing.


Bob VanAmburg

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