Fishing Report 8/19/2020


How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been good.  The weather is beautiful and continues to cool down.  Autumn is on its way.  The stream is low, clear, and holds a plenitude of rainbow splashed memories waiting to be caught. 

I have had the best luck with olive cracklebacks' size 8, 10, or 12.  Olive wooly buggers have also worked well for me.  Ginger or Gingersnap marabou are my go to with my spinning rod these days. 

See you on the stream!  


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 20, 2020
Gage house level is 2.14 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 74.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 104
Current level is 181
Median is 129
Mean is 143
75th percentile is 156
Max was 590 in 2007

Niangua River

August 20, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.88 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.8 in 2012
25th percentile is 32
Median is 43
Today's reading is 129
75th percentile is 185
Mean is 196
record high max was 2100 in 2007


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Double Trouble
Griffith's Gnats
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Olive Holographic Cracklebacks
Copper Johns

Copper and brown or olive zebra midges
Wooly Buggers- olive, black, white

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, tan, chartreuse, orange
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~brown, black

Green Goblins
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
Angry John Deere
John Deere
Cream Delight Fur Bugs
Cream Delight Fur Bugs

Sunshine Fur Bugs

Grape Glo-balls
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
Egg with a Red dot Glo-Balls
Marabou - black 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, Chartreuse and Black, olive and yellow, moss, ginger, yellow, red and white
Rooster Tails - Clyde, Claudette, Metallic Silver and Black

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms- white, orange, black and yellow, Banana, yellow, pink, pink and yellow
Lemon Twist Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange

Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Meal Worms
Salmon Eggs

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 85. Light east wind.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

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


Lunker Club 


Sam Caughram from Godfrey, IL 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a pink marabou


Lute Winkelman from Alexandria, MO 4 pounds in zone 2 on a pink 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: Sept. 4, Oct. 2
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338

Weed Cutting September 15-16

Women's Free Fishing Day~Bennett Spring State Park~Saturday September 26th~7:30 A.M. to 7:15 P.M.

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

There’s just something about watching fish take a surface fly that I can’t get out of my head


Craig Mathews

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