Fishing Report 6-1-21

How's Fishing?
What a great Memorial Day Weekend this was.  It's good to see how our country honors and remembers those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.  We are all thankful for the sacrifices made by these good people, veterans and their families to insure that we continue to live in a free country.
I often hear stories from those that are serving - especially those who are stationed in other countries - about how much the memories of Bennett mean to them.  If this is you, thank you for your service and we are waiting here for you to join your family and friends.
The water this last week has been high and rolling.  There have been a good amount of nice sized fish caught, although not a bunch of lunkers.  Fishing in the eddies and edges of the stream seem to be working the best.  As we know, trout are happy when they don't have to work too hard to fight the current.  The water is dingy as well, so dark lures have been working well.  A brown possum hair roach has been a favorite.
This coming weekend has little chance of rain forecast and the water should be much clearer and slower each day.  
Have a great week!

Water Conditions 

Bennett Spring

date 6-1--21

Gage house level is  2.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1936
25th percentile is 143
Current level is 429
Median is 187
Mean is 228
75th percentile is 281
Max was 785 in 1968

Niangua River


Gage House reading (water level) is 2.63 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 67.6 in 2014
25th percentile is 113
Median is 252
Today's reading is 515
75th percentile is 587
Mean is 597
record high max was 5690 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

bennett blue crackleback
black crackleback
white floss
black and red bug

Zone 1 or 2
possum hair roach
Mopflies- white or pink
wooly bugger, brown or moss
Original Tricolor, jimi hendrix, or chartreuse  Glo-balls
white Fur Bugs
Marabou - yellow, black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, or pink 
Super Duper (zone 2, treble hook)
white and red grub

Weather Forecast

Thursday:  Sunny.  High 77 / low 57. 

Friday:  Sunny.  high 81 / low 62,    

Saturday:  sunny, high 81 / low 64  24% chance of rain

Sunday:  sunny high 79 / low 66  24% chance of rain

Monday:  chance of thunderstorms, high of 74 / low 65  

Tuesday:  occasional thunderstorms, high of 76 / low of 65  41% chance of rain

Lunker Club

Tim Coughran from Godfrey, IL
2 pounds on pink marabou
zone 1
Josh Smith from Hallsville, MO
2.2 pounds on a yellow marabou
zone 2
Nathan Crockett from East Alton, IL
2 pounds on a john deere marabou
zone 2
Adam Rager from Evansville, Indiana
2.7 pounds on a white and red grub
zone 1
Julie Whaley from Lebanon, MO
2.3 pounds on orange power bait
in the River
Matthew Maubach from Falcon, MO
2 pounds on a worm 
zone 3

Calendar of Events
Bennett Spring State Park

Free Fishing For Everyone. This event runs two days - the 12th and the 13th of June. Time: 6:30 AM to 8:30 PM

June 19, 2021~ All about Birds. Nature Center, 10am
 For info call 417-532-3925
Weed Cutting June 22nd and 23rd

July 3 , 2021~ All about Birds. Nature Center, 10am  For info call 417-532-3925  
Weed Cutting August 3rd and 4th

August 21, 2021~ All about Birds. Nature Center, 10am  For info call 417-532-3925  

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 are released, they will 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.

Events for 2022 - save the date.
April 23, 2022~ Veteran's Free Fishing Day


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8:30 P.M.
7:00 A.M.
8:00 P.M.
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7:15 P.M.
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6:30 P.M.

Quote of the Week
“Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.”
Ted Hughes

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