Fishing Report 7/06/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been great.  We did have a couple inches of rain on July 1st, but the stream looks good and is very fishable depending on your "profishiency."   The stream is well stocked and waiting for your arrival.  Independence Day weekend was very busy and fun. 

I have been fishing lots of cracklebacks-royal blue, chartreuse, green all on sinking line on my flyrod.  Spinning rod I have used ginger, olive/brown, and red/chartreuse marabou.   

See you on the stream!  

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

July 5, 2020
Gage house level is 2.52 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 84.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 122
Current level is 285
Median is 160
Mean is 180
75th percentile is 204
Max was 547 in 2015

Niangua River

July 5, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.39 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20.6 in 2012
25th percentile is 53
Median is 143
Today's reading is 168
75th percentile is 426
Mean is 264
record high max was 950 in 2015


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Griffiths Gnats

Crane Fly
Zebra Midges
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening 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
Camo Glo-balls
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, olive and brown, red, 
Rooster Tails - White Coachdog, 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 and white
Green Pumpkin PowerBait
Bumblebee Powerbait
Glitter Pink PowerBait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Marshmallow white PowerBait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange PowerBait
Sherbet Powerbait
PowerBait Power Eggs Chartreuse or Sunrise
Meal Worms
Salmon Eggs

Meal Worms 

Wax Worms

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 91.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

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

Lunker Club


Josh Krone from Brookville, KS 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 black and yellow marabou


Derek Walron from Defiance, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 with salmon eggs


Tracy Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on a Gulp soft plastic minnow


Colleen Burwinkel from Fowler, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a brown woolie with a spinner

Sadee Haaheim from Hallsville, MO 4 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Logan Cook from Lamar, MO 2 7/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou


Dave Frohwitter from Arnold, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a black marabou

James Shortail from Lebanon, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on brown Powerbait


Rick Warden from Pleasant Hill, MO 2 pounds zone 1 on a brown and yellow jig

Tom Rogers from St. Charles, MO 5 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a bedspread jig


Sal Carillo from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on white Powerbait


Rosie Mertens  from Jefferson City, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on doughbait


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 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

 I've watched in disbelief as a great fish cleared the surface and then fell like thunder into a pool so still and soft the contrast seemed impossible. Everything seems to freeze when that happens, and the image remains on the lenses of your eyes like a dream in slow motion - a twisting, spiraling, soaring, silver and red trout suspended in air. Then suddenly it is all over and your hands are shaking.


Lani Waller


River of Dreams

Thanks for reading, 


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