Fishing Report 6/25/21

How's Fishing?
One of the things we ask people who walk in the door of our store is "how was  fishing? Did you catch fish?"  The response lately has been "yes!  Maybe not all over two pounds but definitely nice fish."  There were a couple of hot days where the fish were lower in the water than what was expected and it slowed some.  Most people quickly adapted, using sinking line on a fly rod or an extra weight on their line if they are using a spin rod.  The stream is in very good shape and, because no major rain is expected, the stream conditions should only improve.  

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

date 6-23-21

Gage house level is  2.27
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 83 in 1934
25th percentile is 127
Current level is 221
Median is 158
Mean is 196
75th percentile is 223
Max was 815 in 1935

Niangua River


Gage House reading (water level) is 1.22 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 38.3 in 2012
25th percentile is 73
Median is 117
Today's reading is 131
75th percentile is 289
Mean is 188
record high max was 573 in 2015

Lunker Club
Carole Heath from Dittner MO
2-5/8 pounds on a wooly bugger
zone 1
Richie Brown from Warrenton, MO
2.2 pounds on a brown & olive marabou
zone 2
Eric Hinson from St Clair, MO
2 pounds on a salmon egg
zone 3
Nick Thrasher from Bevier. MO
2-1/4 pounds on a sherbet power bait
zone 3
Leslie Thrasher from Bevier, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a worm 
zone 3
Darren O'Neil from KC MO
2.1 pounds on a peach mini jig
zone 2
Tim Matrici from St. Louis, MO
6-1/2 pounds on a olive wooly bugger
zone 2
Brett Heath from Dittmer MO
2-1/4 pounds on pink shrimp wooly
Jenny & Tod Brown from Warrenton, MO
2-1/2 pounds on an olive and brown Marabou
zone 2
Aaron Bain from Temple, TX
2.06 pounds on a black & red marabou
zone 1
Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
2.2. pounds on an Eric's secret lure
zone 1
Eric Hinson from St. Clair, MO
2.2 pounds on a salmon ball
zone 3
Brittany Box from Tulsa, OK
2.3 pounds on a black & yellow jig
zone 1
Tayna Kennedy from Desloge, MO
2-5/8 pounds on bait, home made
zone 3
Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
6 pounds on Eric's secret lure
zone 1
Sam Malt from Manhattan KS
2 pounds on white sparkle
zone 1
Paul Rodcliff from Brighton, IL
2.5 pounds on white jig
zone 1
Shirley Schwarzer from Centertown, MO
2-5/8 pounds on salmon egg 
zone 3
Josh Krone from Brookeville KS
2.25 pounds on a black & gold jig
Ben Ortbals - Steinkamp from Hillsboro, MO
2.1 pounds on a black & yellow marabou
zone 2
What's Working?

From the Fly Case
eric's secret lure
black zebra midge
orange  mop worm

Zone 1 & 2
marabou - black & yellow, gingersnap, brown and olive , shrimp pink, red and black
brown wooly bugger
moss wooly bugger with spinner
peach mini jig with tail
shrimp pink wooly
white jig

Zone 3
live worms
salmon egg
power bait - sherbet

  Weather Forecast

Thursday: high of 91/ low of 73. 44% chance of rain, low wind

Friday:  High of 93 /low of 75.  24% chance of rain. low wind  

Saturday:  high of 87, low of 67.  42% chance of rain.  low wind

Sunday: high of 80, low of 67.  42% chance of rain

Monday:  high of 81, low of 67.  37% chance of rain.  

Tuesday: high of 83, low of 66.  38%  chance of rain.  

Calendar of Events
Bennett Spring State Park

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 25, 2021  Ladies Free Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park
 7:30 AM - 7:15 PM

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


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.

Quote of the Week
You know when they have a fishing show on tv? They catch the fish and then let it go. They don't want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.
Mitch Hedberg

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