Fishing Report 7/14/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing is good and hot!  The stream is low, clear, and stocked with beautiful trout even some of German descent (brown trout).  Crane flies and Griffiths Gnats' on top in the evening work well.  Crackleback and wooly buggers on Intermediate Sinking line 2-3 IPS (inches per second) has been productive for me.  Marabou in ginger or olive and yellow worked well on my spinning rod.

See you on the stream! 

 (Shout-out to Bob, you know who you are :))                      

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

July 13, 2020
Gage house level is 2.37 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 118
Current level is 251
Median is 143
Mean is 161
75th percentile is 187
Max was 454 in 2015

Niangua River

July 13, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.11 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.1 in 2012
25th percentile is 46
Median is 97
Today's reading is 166
75th percentile is 200
Mean is 147
record high max was 662 in 2015

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Griffiths Gnats
Zebra Midges
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Chartreuse Cracklebacks
Blue Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Johns
Prince Nymphs
Wooly Buggers- olive, brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, white, olive, brown, orange, chartreuse
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 with Yellowtail
John Deere
Cream Delight Fur Bugs
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Sherbet Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Hatchery Pellet with Red Dot Glo-Balls

Light Roe with a Red Dot Glo-Balls

Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Gator Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, brown and yellow, gingersnap, black, Shell and white, white, Tequila Sunrise (orange and yellow), 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, olive and yellow
Rooster Tails - White Coachdog, Glitter Flame, Copper Glitter Rainbow, Flame Spot, Yellow Firetiger, Grasshopper, Brown Trout 

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms- white, orange, black and yellow, Banana, Red and white, yellow
Green Pumpkin PowerBait
Bumblebee Powerbait
Glitter Pink PowerBait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Marshmallow white PowerBait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Chartreuse or Sunrise
Meal Worms
Salmon Eggs
Meal Worms
Wax Worms

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Thursday: Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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

Lunker Club


Kacey Wiltz from Topeka, KS 2 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on a red and white Lucky Lady worm


Dave Bauman from Foristell, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a green and white jig


Alex Smith from Parnell, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on black dry fly

Jason Bothe from Moberly, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a light roe red dot Glo-ball


Clayton Walraven from Eolia, MO 2 5/8 pounds in zone 3 on shrimp

Jim Normile from Chesterfield, MO 2.2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere with a yellowtail


Neal Edwards drom Kansas City, KS 2 pounds in the Niangua River  on an orange roostertail


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 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

 While baseball is among the sports (some might include golf here) that inspire a certain devotion, even fanaticism, fly-fishing leads its lovers into fundamental connections, inviting a slow dance with the whimsy of the natural world, a love affair with line and rhythm and simplicity. Angling delivers the wily spiritual satisfactions that come with giving yourself to something that offers only intangible payback.


Holly Morris


1997 essay on fly fishing literature in The New York Times

Thanks for reading,


1 comment

  • Looking for a lure I bought from you a year or so ago. It had a silver spinner on front followed by black and brown woolly worm hook. Do you guys have anything like that?

    Jeff Sims

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