Fishing Report 6/22/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been good.  The stream is clearing up and the trout have been very active.  Fishing deep and dark has continued to be the mantra of most anglers.  I have been catching a few on size 16 chartreuse cracklebacks' with grizzly hackle on top, olive woolly buggers on # 3 full sinking line, and I continue to use marabou in a 1/16th ounce gingersnap or John Deere on my spinning rod.    

I think fishing is even better with the person or people that taught you how to catch fish.  Father's Day weekend is full of tradition and firsts.  My Dad taught me how to fish for trout on a Zebco Spincast Combo when I was about five years old.  I remember thinking how wonderful it was that a fish could be lucky enough to wear a rainbow as its skin.  Honestly I spent most of the day poking a dead carp with a stick and my Dad hollering,"Get away from there!"  Looking back it was probably not his most enjoyable/relaxing day of fishing, but he said it was one of his best.  We fished Nine Mile Creek in the Panhandle of Nebraska most of my childhood. 

See you on the stream!  

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

June 21, 2020
Gage house level is 2.60 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 86.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 126
Current level is 312
Median is 161
Mean is 225
75th percentile is 225
Max was 2020 in 1935

Niangua River

June 21, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.67 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 41.8 in 2018
25th percentile is 88
Median is 146
Today's reading is 221
75th percentile is 349
Mean is 265
record high max was 1120 in 2015

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Zebra Midge
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Morning Dun

Light Cahill

Black Caddis
Chartreuse Cracklebacks
Red Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Johns
Prince Nymphs
Wooly Buggers- olive, 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
Meal Worms
Salmon Eggs

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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

Lunker Club


Mike Ringen from Lincoln, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on an olive woolie

Dan McCain from Florissant, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow Powerbait

Andy Bonds from Festus, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a green marabou

Terry Silvey from Mineola, TX 4 pounds 10 ounces in the Niangua River on a black and yellow marabou

Bryna Carey from Mexico, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on yellow Powerbait


Mike Lee from Beech Grove, IN 3 pounds in zone 2 on a green and brown marabou

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

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

Frustrouting: A term used to describe an outing for trout that results in utter and complete unaccomplishment.


Kirk Werner


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