Fishing Report 8/13/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been great!  The water is low, gin clear, and holding plenty of trout.  Moss cutting took place last week and the stream looks great.  I have been productive on smaller patterns on top water size 18 Griffiths Gnats, ants, beetles, or size 12 ginger woolies or cracklebacks subsurface.  I know that is quite the size jump, but the trout liked it. 

Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs, or Angry John Deere/John Deere jigs under an indicator also worked well.   A Turks' Tarantula with a white midge dropper on a tandem rig was fun, until I got tangled up. 

I also use fur nymphs when nothing else will work.  I forgot about this fun and easy fly until I was reading a blog the other day.  In essence it is just fur dubbed on a hook weighted or unweighted in various colors.  I think it looks like buggy belly button lint.  The blog I was reading is Troutbitten and is written by Domenick Swentosky if you would like to check it out.  

See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 11, 2020
Gage house level is 2.24 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 15.6 in 2007
25th percentile is 33
Current level is 153
Median is 65
Mean is 232
75th percentile is 100
Max was 2980 in 2013

Niangua River

August 11, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.03 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 15.6 in 2007
25th percentile is 33
Median is 65
Today's reading is 153
75th percentile is 100
Mean is 232
record high max was 2980 in 2013


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Double Trouble
Griffith's Gnats
Crane Fly

Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Blue Holographic Cracklebacks
Copper Johns
Wooly Buggers- olive, brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, tan, brown, pink
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~brown, white
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
Angry John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
John Deere
Cream Delight Fur Bugs
Peach Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Baby Pink 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, yellow, pink, pink and yellow
Bumblebee Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Meal Worms
Salmon Eggs

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Heat index values as high as 97. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 3 to 5 mph.

Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

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

Lunker Club


Wyatt Hackathorn from Lawrence, KS 2 pounds in zone 1 on a red mopfly


Sandy Coan from Box Elder, South Dakota 2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese


Kyle Alexander from Oskaloosa, Kansas 2 3/8 pounds in zone 2 on a peach marabou


Rosie Mertens from Jefferson City, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on doughbait


Doris Cress from Godfrey, IL 2 pounds in zone 3 on white homemade bait

Benton Smith from Olathe,KS 3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on brown Powerbait


James Shortell from Lebanon, MO 3 1/8 pounds in zone 3 on pink and white Powerbait

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

 Fish and visitors smell in three days.


Benjamin Franklin

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