Fishing Report 6/18/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been really good. Storms moving in and out of the area have created some nice high and low pressure systems. We have had some more rain, which did increase the level of the stream. Leaving the stream slightly stained and the current swift. Adjustments in your choice of lures/flies and added weight can increase your productivity.

Father's Day weekend was bustling with families and the tradition of returning to Bennett Spring State Park. Picnics, hikes, fishing, and relaxation were a few of the activities taking place. Bennett Spring State Park is beautiful no matter the weather. See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 17, 2019
Gage house level is 2.35 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1977
25th percentile is 126
Current level is 250
Median is 162
Mean is 206
75th percentile is 243
Max was 726 in 1935

Niangua River
June 17, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 42.3 in 2018
25th percentile is 102
Median is 200
Today's reading is 138
75th percentile is 1170
Mean is 855
record high max was 4290 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Pheasant tail Nymphs
Blue Wing Olive
Black Caddis
Red Cracklebacks
Chartreuse Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shot~rust
Ginger or Olive Weighted Woolies
Wooly Buggers-Olive, Black, or Brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies-pink, chartreuse, gray, and cream
Megaworms- red, white, pink, beige
John Deere
Yellowtail John Deere
Green Goblins
Apricot Supreme with a red dot glo-balls
White with a cerise dot glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
Gold Nugget glo-balls
Marabou - black and yellow, red and black, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, Orange, yellow and brown, olive and orange
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Metallic Gold Spot, Metallic Flame Tiger, Fire Tiger, Crawdad

Zone 3

Orange Lucky Lady worms
Fluorescent orange or Orange Pulp Powerbait
Cheese Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Salmon Peach with or without glitter Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs Orange or Sunrise
Orange floating worms
Bentley's Secret Bait with or without garlic
Orange UV 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: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

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


Scott Hartenberger from Hillsboro, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on a red megaworm


Angel Stahlman from Union, MO 2.5 pounds in zone 2 on a nymph


Chris Ruppel from Jasper, IN 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Ruth Todd from Raytown, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere Roostertail

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.

Quote of the Week

It is axiomatic in fly-fishing that the hottest pattern is always the one you don't have.


Ted Leeson


Inventing Montana

Evening fishing outing shout out to these nice gentlemen!  Photo courtesy of Dan



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