Fishing Report 8/2/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been great.  There have been some storms passing through the area, but we have not received a lot of rainfall from them.  The stream is low, clear, and teeming with hungry trout. 

I have had good luck on hopper/dropper or tandem rigs; usually a beetle and a size 18 or smaller midge of some sort.  Beetles and Griffiths Gnats' in smaller sizes have worked well.   

See you on the stream!    

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 1, 2020
Gage house level is 2.26 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 110
Current level is 216
Median is 131
Mean is 140
75th percentile is 166
Max was 254 in 1938

Niangua River

August 1, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.00 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.6 in 2012
25th percentile is 36
Median is 53
Today's reading is 53
75th percentile is 122
Mean is 115
record high max was 598 in 2016

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Griffith's Gnats
Crane Fly
Zebra Midges
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Olive Cracklebacks
Copper Johns
Wooly Buggers- olive, brown, white, black

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, brown, orange, chartreuse, gray, olive
Megaworms-pink and white, red, white
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~brown, black, white
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail

Old Gray John Deere
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 Glo-Balls
Egg Glo-Balls
Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Camo Glo-Balls

Pink Lady 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 yellow, moss, ginger, yellow, red and white
Rooster Tails -  Flame Spot, Red, Glitter Flame, Flash Blue 

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms- white, orange, black and yellow, Banana, Red and white, yellow, pink, pink and yellow
Green Pumpkin PowerBait
Bumblebee Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Meal Worms
Salmon Eggs

Weather Forecast

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the morning.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

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

Lunker Club


Jeff Gibbs from Liberty, IL 2 pounds in zone 2 on a green olive nymph

Mike Marberry from Pevely, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on black and yellow marabou


Julie Davis from Kearney, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on yellow marabou

Greg Brouk from St. Louis, MO 2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on tan marabou


John Nguyen from Kansas City, MO 3 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on a maggot


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:  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

 "How can you need so many rods and reels to catch a fish?", she asked, her lips pulled into that weaned on a gherkin look, as she watched me prepare for a fishing trip. "Probably for much the same reason that you seem to need 30 pairs of shoes for one pair of feet," I nearly said, but decided to live for another day.


Tony Bishop


NZ Fisherman Magazine

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