Fishing Report 7/15/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been very good. The stream is low and clear. Renegades and Cracklebacks are our top choice on the fly, as well as, nymphs or midges. Top picks for Mini Jigs and Marabou this week are Yellowtail John Deere and Gingersnap Marabou. Fun trout nerd fact or fiction: The Marabou is a South African Stork that we originally harvested feathers from until a less expensive option became available.   What we refer to as "Marabou" is actually turkey feathers today. The following link is an interesting article from Wapsi: See you on the stream!

The Niangua River is also running low and clear and is stocked periodically with trout and holds some great Smallmouth Bass. The warm weather is a great opportunity to take advantage of various activities in and around Bennett Spring State Park. Float trips are popular and can be a relaxing escape during your summer getaway. Leadmine Conservation area has river access, horseback riding trails, and Leadmine Country Store Restaurant and Bakery near Tunas, MO. I take a few "stay"cations around the area and I am always on the hunt for new hidden gems to fish and explore.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 15, 2019
Gage house level is 2.17 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 116
Current level is 200
Median is 142
Mean is 161
75th percentile is 189
Max was 473 in 2016

Niangua River
July 15, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.2 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.2 in 2012
25th percentile is 52
Median is 105
Today's reading is 137
75th percentile is 179
Mean is 364
record high max was 2890 in 2016

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Pale Evening Dun
Tan/yellow Caddis
Copper Johns
Pheasant tail Nymphs
Blue Wing Olive
Chartreuse Cracklebacks
Green Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Yellow Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shot~rust
House Fly 
Ginger or Olive Weighted Woolies
RGN's-light olive and brown
Wooly Buggers-Olive or Brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies-pink, chartreuse, and cream
Megaworms- red, white, pink, beige
John Deere
Yellowtail John Deere
Peacock mini jigs
White mini jigs
Green Goblins
White and red thread jigs
Tricolor glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
Gator glo-balls
Marabou - black and yellow, red and black, black and white, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, Orange, yellow and brown, olive and orange, moss, black and orange
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Metallic Gold Spot, Skunk

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, black and yellow, red and white
Fluorescent Orange Powerbait
Cheese Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Salmon Peach with or without glitter Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs Orange or Sunrise
Bentley's Secret Bait with or without garlic
Pink UV Eggs
Salmon Eggs
Meal Worms

Fishing Times



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

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind.

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

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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

Lunker Club


Chelsi Horn from Pittsburg, MO 4 pounds in zone 2 on a green midge

Al Jolly from Columbia, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a chartreuse glo-ball


Bob Choate from Marshfield, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Mepp's Spinner


Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO 2 1/4 pounds on a Little Cleo and 2 pounds on a Jimi Hendrix Glo-ball in zone 2

Daniel Kloepper from Ellis Grove, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Blake Sanders from Glasgow, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a rainbow tinsel jig

Casey Heil from Marshfield, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

Seth England from Clinton, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a cream mop fly


Rilen Schmeltz from Parkville, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Calendar of Events

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. $5.00 donation goes towards supplies and supports Kid's Fishing Events. Bring your vise and tying tools if you have them join us on August 2, 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

Strange: when working I think about fishing, when fishing I don't think about working.



Thanks for reading,


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