Fishing Report 8/14/2019


How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great! The stream is low and slightly stained. The trout are well stocked and catching a limit of 13 inch or better trout is happening consistently. There is a wide variety of options in the "What's Working" section this week. It seems like a little bit of everything is working.

Summer is quickly coming to a close. If you have not made it to Bennett Spring State Park this catch and keep season there is no time like the present. Women's Free Fishing Day is coming up Saturday September 28, 2019. Hope to see all my fellow lady fishers on the stream that weekend or anytime for that matter!

Of Interest:

I had the pleasure of speaking to Ben Havens, Hatchery Manager of Bennett Spring State Park, he sent the numbers for this year compared to last year. It is interesting to break down the math knowing that the trout are stocked per tag sold. It gives perspective to the whole scheme of things. A huge thank you to Ben and his team at the Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery for all their hard work this season!

So far this month we are down about 1,390 tags over last August on this date.… But there is a lot of month still to come. 95,532 tags total so far this season.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 11, 2019
Gage house level is 2.23 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Current level is 216
Median is 130
Mean is 147
75th percentile is 163
Max was 559 in 2013


Niangua River

August 11, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.05 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.4 in 2012
25th percentile is 33
Median is 48
Today's reading is 115
75th percentile is 154
Mean is 244
record high max was 2910 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Griffiths Gnats
Ray Charles
Renegade Nymph
Prince Nymph
Copper Johns
Pheasant tail Nymphs
San Juan Worms
Zebra Midges
Green Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Red Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shot
RGN's-light olive and brown

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, brown, olive
Megaworms- red, white, orange, pink, beige
John Deere
Yellowtail John Deere
Angry John Deere
White Grub mini jigs
White mini jigs
White and red thread jigs
Tinsel Jigs
Shrimp Pink Glo-balls
Flame Tricolor Glo-balls
Easter Egg Glo-balls
Shrimp Pink Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-balls
Peach Fur Bugs
Marabou - black and yellow, orange and black, black and white, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, Orange, yellow and brown, salmon and brown, salmon, red and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Leech

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, black and yellow, orange
Spring Green Powerbait
Pink Powerbait
Cheese Powerbait
Orange Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
Yellow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Zekes White doughbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs Orange or Sunrise
Bentley's Secret Bait with or without garlic
Salmon Eggs
Gold Trout Magnet

Fishing Times



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 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

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

Lunker Club


Keith Drake from Mexico, MO 3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on Powerbait

Emma Drake from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on Powerbait

Paden Muskopf from Freeburg, IL 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a cream mopfly


Joseph M. Thieme from St. Louis, MO 3 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou

Wayne Brown from St. Peters, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a yellow and white marabou

Joanna Brown from St. Peters, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown marabou


Nathan O'Neill from Oak Grove, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

Tim Nickless from Pacific, MO 2.2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere


Tyler Cary from LaGrange, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on a nightcrawler


Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL 2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

Tom Ziegler from Perry, KS 2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white mopfly

Calendar of Events

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 through out the year.

Quote of the Week

Confidence is the best lure in your tackle box.


Gerald Swindle

Thanks for reading,


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