Fishing Report 6/12/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great. The weather has been beautiful. The streams' Bennett blue color is returning and it is teeming with hangry trout. What are the hangry trout snacking on? We have included some photos of some popular choices that are productive even on your best "worst" day of fishing. Megaworms, mopflies (shorter length with a collar), and mini jigs especially John Deere and bedspreads are a very popular choice. John Deere is my personal favorite if I choose to use a mini jig. It is safe, reliable, and takes the guess work out of my fishing equation.



Of Interest:

We all have our "spot" or "hole" that we feel we catch the most and best fish out of. Our personal happy place on the stream. Once in a while you encounter "Those Guys." Everyone has their share of fishing stories, but these gentleman had their story made into shirts. When they started coming to Bennett Spring they were fishing next to "those guys," everyone has fished next to someone or a group of someones that seem to catch a fish every cast. It can be frustrating, but it can also be very helpful. These guys learned some tricks and tips from "those guys," and now they are "those guys."


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 10, 2019
Gage house level is 2.35 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 130
Current level is 250
Median is 178
Mean is 207
75th percentile is 252
Max was 598 in 1937

Niangua River
June 10, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.42 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 41.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 132
Median is 257
Today's reading is 141
75th percentile is 694
Mean is 823
record high max was 6680 in 1995

What's Working?

From the Fly Case
Crane Flies
Light Cahill
Pale Evening Dun
Blue Wing Olive
Black Caddis
Possum Hair Roaches
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Chartreuse Cracklebacks
Pink Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shot~rust
Ginger or Olive Weighted Woolies
Olive Wooly Buggers

Zone 1 or 2

San Juan Worms- red, white
Mopflies-pink, chartreuse, gray, and cream
Megaworms-white, pink, beige
Angry John Deere
John Deere
Yellowtail John Deere
Green Goblins
Flame glo-balls
Tricolor Flame glo-balls
Chartreuse with a red dot
Shrimp Pink
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
Marabou - black, black and yellow, white, white and pink, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), yellow and olive, chartreuse and red
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Metallic Gold Spot, Black, Mayfly, White, Blue Flash, Metallic Silver Blue Pirate

Zone 3

White, pink, red and white Lucky Lady worms
Chartreuse Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Salmon Peach with or without glitter Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs Lemon Lime
Chartreuse floating worms
Bentley's Secret Bait with or without garlic
Salmon Eggs


Fishing Times



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

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. South wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

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

Current weather reading at Weaver's Tackle Store can be found at the following link:

Lunker Club


Theresa Lagarce from Troy, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink and white marabou

Adam Mildfelt from Chicago, IL 3 pounds in zone 1 black and yellow marabou


Chris Herman from Glenwood, IA 3 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou

Eric Farkas from St. Peters, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink and white marabou


William Beckmeyer from Hartsburg, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou

Jackie Lyell from Marion, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on Salmon Peach Powerbait

Dan Ireland from Osage Beach, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 Salmon Peach Powerbait


Carson Trussell from Fairgrove, MO 3 1/4 pounds with salmon eggs in the Niangua River


Courtnie Voelker from Waterloo, IL 2 pounds in zone 3 on Salmon Peach Powerbait

Julia Diehl from Steelville, MO 2 pounds on a ginger marabou

Blake McCray from Gower, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on Garlic Powerbait

Nick Thrasher from Bevier, MO 2 pounds on worms in the Niangua River

Shane Thrasher from Bevier, MO 2 1/4 pounds on worms in the Niangua River


Dale Michael from Wellsville, KS 2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a white glitter roostertail

Travis Woodworth from O'Fallon, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on a cheese worm

Mary Barry from Bridgeton, MO 2.1 pounds in zone 2 on a yellow spinner

Danny Guinn from Davisville, MO 2 1/4 pounds on shrimp in the Niangua River


Richie Brown from Warrenton, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown and olive marabou

Philip Depew from Neodesha, KS 3 pounds in zone 2 on a caddis nymph


Jerry Sheehan from Ft. Meyers, FL 3 pounds in zone 1 on apricot egg pattern


Bill Westerheide from Waterloo, IL 3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a Paul Weaver Special

Wayne Breer from St. Louis, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white megaworm

Mike Breer from Wildwood, MO

Calendar of Events

Weed Cutting- June 26-27

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. July 10, 2019 6-8 P.M.

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:

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

Fly fishing is a healthy antisocial sport, and many of us have an emotional investment in being misunderstood because it makes us feel strange and brilliant, like Van Gogh.


John Gierach

Thanks for reading,


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