Fishing Report 8/28/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great. We did receive additional rainfall amounts on 8/26/2019. The stream is chocolate milk in color and moving faster. Catching trout may even be a bit easier. The trout are unable to see as well, disoriented, and under stress with all the particulates kicked up in the stream. This can cause them to actively feed or only be tempted by more flashy morsels. Spinning rod users have a bit of an advantage right now, since heavier marabou jigs and roostertails can be very effective. Fly rod users may have better luck with sinking line, leader, or tips using woolly buggers in dark colors with contrasting dark colors and flash or brown roaches under an indicator. All the pictures included on this weeks report were taken around noon on Monday August 25, 2019. See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 27, 2019

Gage house level is 3.57 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 67.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 105
Current level is 721
Median is 121
Mean is 124
75th percentile is 145
Max was 201 in 2013

August 25, 2019

Gage house level is 2.73 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 99
Current level is 327
Median is 124
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 144
Max was 214 in 2013

Niangua River

August 27, 2019

Gage House reading (water level) is 6.63 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 15.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 25
Median is 35
Today's reading is 2900
75th percentile is 94
Mean is 62
record high max was 218 in 2016

August 25, 2019

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 28
Median is 37
Today's reading is 210
75th percentile is 120
Mean is 65
record high max was 198 in 2016


What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Copper Hot Shot
RGN's- olive and brown
Wooly Buggers-brown, olive, black
Griffiths Gnats
Brown Roaches
Prince Nymph
Copper Johns
Pheasant tail Nymphs
San Juan Worms
Zebra Midges
Green Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Chartreuse Cracklebacks

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, brown, olive, white
Megaworms- red, white, orange, pink, beige
John Deere
White Grub mini jigs
White mini jigs
White and red thread jigs
Tinsel Jigs
Apricot Supreme with red dot Glo-balls
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, Cerise and black, Orange and black, black
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Metallic Gold Black, Gold Metallic Dot, Tinsel Leech, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout

Zone 3

Mousetails Bubblegum and Chartreuse and orange
Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white
White Glitter Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Cheese Powerbait
Grape Nymph Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
Yellow Powerbait
Zeke's White doughbait
Zeke's Salmon Peach doughbait
Zeke's Corn doughbait
Powerbait Power Eggs Chartreuse, white, orange with scales
Bentley's Secret Bait
Salmon Eggs with or without glitter

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

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

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

Lunker Club


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 Powerbait


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


Robby Newkirk from Adrian, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 2 on a Grasshopper Crickhopper


Forrest Brown 2 pounds in zone 2 on a multicolor glo-ball

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

The curious thing about fishing is you never want to go home. If you catch anything, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.


Gladys Taber - 1941

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