Fishing Report 8/31/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been great.  The stream remains low, gin clear, and full of trout.  We have had a couple rain showers in the last week, but nothing to write home about.  Dry flies in the evening, size 16 Cracklebacks' in blue or chartreuse work well. Marabou in 1/32 ounce black, shell and white, or red and white on my spinning rod. 

I will always be the first to tell you some of my most productive days were in the rain (minus thunder and lightning) and during the dreaded moss cutting :-).  

See you on the stream!

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

August 30, 2020
Gage house level is 2.10 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 68.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
Current level is 170
Median is 118
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 141
Max was 508 in 1994

Niangua River

August 30, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.86 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 30
Median is 40
Today's reading is 127 
75th percentile is 91
Mean is 71
record high max was 253 in 2019

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Double Trouble
Griffith's Gnats

Turks' Tarantula
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, mint
Orange Twist Powerbait
Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Bumblebee Powerbait
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Salmon Eggs

Weather Forecast

Monday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers between 1pm and 4pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 4pm. High near 80. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81.

Thursday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Lunker Club


Jim Wiseman from Slater, MO 2 pounds 2 ounces in zone 1 on a white marabou


Tucker Stone from Ewing, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a Fire Tiger Roostertail


Scott Crosser from Marshfield, MO 5 pounds in zone 3 on a minnow

Jodi Harris from Doe Run, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on orange marabou

Carol Furlong from Gladstone, MO 2 pounds 1 ounce in zone 3 on chartreuse Powerbait


Kyle Johnson from Kansas City, MO 2 pounds in zone 3 on Salmon Eggs

Bob Choate 2 pounds in the Niangua River on a Mepps Spinner


Josh Robinson from Rolla, MO 2 1/8 pounds in zone 1 on white and pink marabou

 Cody Fields from Cowden, IA 2 3/8 pounds in zone 1 on a red and white marabou

 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

"The difference between fly fishers and worm dunkers is the quality of their excuses."

~ Anonymous

Thanks for reading,


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