Fishing Report 6/14/2020

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great.  The water is still up some, the current is quick, and stained, but is steadily regaining its abundance of trout.  It was great to see so many people enjoying the park this past week.  It is truly a piece of paradise for so many families that come back year after year as a tradition.

As far as catching goes I have not had very good luck on topwater, which is my preferred method of fishing.  I don't mind changing tactics, so zebra midges tandem, one black and one red worked for a few trout.  I also stuck to my old reliable John Deere mini jig.  Marabou (black/white, moss/blue) or Roostertails (Bumblebee or Brown Trout) on my spinning rod setup worked well in the high water.  

See you on the stream!


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

June 14, 2020
Gage house level is 2.88 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 127
Current level is 415
Median is 173
Mean is 202
75th percentile is 229
Max was 1020 in 1935

Niangua River

June 14, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.37 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 48.3 in 2018
25th percentile is 123
Median is 194
Today's reading is 394
75th percentile is 460
Mean is 544
record high max was 5300 in 2008

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Zebra Midge
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Morning Dun

Light Cahill

Black Caddis

Red Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Johns
Prince Nymphs
Wooly Buggers- olive, black and yellow, brown
Copper Hot Shots
RGN's-golden olive, brown, gray size 16

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, white, olive, brown
Megaworms-pink and white, red, white, green
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~brown, black, white

Brown Roaches
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere

Cream Delight Fur Bugs
Angry John Deere
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Sherbet Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Hatchery Pellet with Red Dot Glo-Balls
Gator Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, brown and yellow, gingersnap, black, Shell and white, white, Tequila Sunrise (orange and yellow), orange, Pink Lemonade, salmon and brown, John Deere (Moss and Yellow), Black and White, Olive and Black, Blue and Moss, Chartreuse and Black
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, White Coachdog, Glitter Brown, Skunk, Orange, Glitter Flame, Copper Glitter Rainbow, Flame Spot, Yellow Firetiger, Grasshopper, Brown Trout, Glitter Black

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange, black and yellow, Banana, Red
Green Pumpkin Powerbait

Glitter Pink Powerbait

Marshmallow white Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Fluoroscent Orange Powerbait
Sherbet Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs Chartreuse or Sunrise

Salmon Eggs


Weather Forecast

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

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


Lunker Club


Anthony Barnes from Jacksonville, IL 2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white marabou


Amanda Kindall from Lonejack, MO 2.2 pounds in zone 3 on yellow glitter Powerbait


Wyatt Netemeyer from Festus, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on a orange and white mousetail


Dan Scrivener from Urbana, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and olive marabou


Kyn Gordon from Palmayra, IL 2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown woolie


Calendar of Events

There will be monthly Mayfly Project fly tying nights in the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex, located across from the park office. Supplies and instruction on tying a basic fishing fly will be given. This activity will allow people to enjoy the art of fly tying and learn from experienced Bennett Spring fishermen and women.

All supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own. A $5 donation for the "Fly of the Night" supplies is suggested. Donations will go to provide supplies and support for Kid's Free Fishing Day. Everyone's first six flies will be donated to The Mayfly Project, which mentors foster children through fly fishing.

This event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mayfly Project. More information is available at .

Additional Mayfly Project program dates:
July 10, July 31, Sept. 4, Oct. 2
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338

Bennett Spring State Park welcomes the public to fish for trout for free. Fishing licenses are not required in the state of Missouri during this weekend. Daily trout tags and fishing licenses are not required for individuals fishing at Bennett Spring State Park. Free trout tags can be obtained at the park store. All other wildlife game regulations apply.

Weed Cutting June 23-24

Veterans Fishing Day~ Saturday July 11, 2020 Bennett Spring State Park~0630-2030

Weed Cutting August 4-5

Weed Cutting September 15-16

For additional information or questions please contact the Nature Center at 417-532-3925.

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 through out the year.



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Quote of the Week

Paradise is being in a space where all that matters in your entire universe is what might happen within the next five seconds in that pocket of promising water 35 feet in front of you.


Kirk Deeter




Thanks for reading,




  • Weed cutting is a routine maintenance activity in the stream to remove excessive vegetation that grows in the stream. The majority of flow in the stream is from the spring and not discharge from the surrounding recharge area, thus there is very little scour of the stream bed. This must be done to allow fishing down to the gravels where the largest trout live.

    James Fairchild
  • What is weed cutting and how does it affect the fishing?

    Mark Luzecky

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