Fishing Report 8/20/2019


How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good. The stream is low, clear, and well stocked with trout. I have been having the best luck with Cracklebacks and Woolies of larger sizes in a variety of colors. School has started for most, but the Summer heat is still hanging on. Sunblock, a hat, a pair of polarized sunglasses, and plenty of water (besides the water in the stream) will make your fishing experience more comfortable. I know it is hard to believe sometimes, but the trout are not smarter than us. Everything they do is instinctual and linked to their survival. If they choose your fly or other lure over everyone elses' offerings you have effectively tricked them. I hope you take as much joy in your trickery as I do! See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 20, 2019
Gage house level is 2.15 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 195
Median is 128
Mean is 143
75th percentile is 156
Max was 590 in 2007

Niangua River

August 20, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.14 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 128
75th percentile is 188
Mean is 201
record high max was 2100 in 2007

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

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

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, brown, olive, white
Megaworms- red, white, orange, pink, beige
John Deere
White Grub mini jigs
White and red thread jigs
Tinsel Jigs
Apricot Supreme with red dot Glo-ball
White with cerise dot Glo-balls
Easter Egg Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-balls

Peach Fur Bugs
Marabou - black and yellow, olive and black, black and white, gingersnap, ginger, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, red and black, salmon and brown, salmon, red and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Metallic Gold Black, Clyde

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white
Spring Green Powerbait
Pink Powerbait
Cheese Powerbait
Grape Nymph 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

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: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

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

Lunker Club


Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL 2 pounds in zone 1 on a crackleback


Kristen Reed from Abilene, KS 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on a White Minnow Roostertail


Kimberly Horn from Festus, MO 2.2 pounds in zone 3 on salmon eggs

Janice Howard from California, MO 2 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou


Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO 2 5/8 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou


Paula Bowles from Bethany, IL 2 pounds in zone 2 on a white fur bug


Chris Rademann from Russellville, MO 3 pounds in the Niangua River on Purple Powerbair


Allen Barton from Clarence, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow wooly bugger

Calendar of Events

Weed Cutting September 18-19

Women's Free Fishing Day - September 28, 2019

The Fly Fishing Film Tour presented at Hidden Valley Outfitters on the Niangua River~ Saturday October 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

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

I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water.


William Tapply


A Fly-Fishing Life

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