Fishing Report 9/19/2019

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The stream is low and slightly stained. The streams current remains quick with a bounty of beautiful trout holding in its ebbs and flows.  We continue to have beautiful warm weather.  Come join us for some end of season fun!  Ladies Free Fishing Day is quickly approaching Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 7:30 A.M. to 7:15 P.M. Ladies of all ages welcome.  A special area of Zone 2 will be reserved for Ladies only.  Educational activities from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.  If you have questions or would like to volunteer contact Ben Havens at 417-532-4418 or email:  See you on the stream!   

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

September 19, 2019
Gage house level is 2.08 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 70.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 140
Median is 113
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 144
Max was 346 in 2008

Niangua River

September 19, 2019
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.11 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 37
Median is 58
Today's reading is 101
75th percentile is 150
Mean is 294
record high max was 3500 in 1993
What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Pale Morning Dun

Prince Nymphs
Copper Johns
San Juan Worms
Wooly Buggers-olive, black, and brown
Zebra Midges
Ginger and olive woolies
Orange Cracklebacks
Gold Cracklebacks
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Copper Hot Shot
RGN's-light olive, brown, gray

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, pink, brown, olive, white
Megaworms- red, white, orange, pink, tan, chartreuse
Bedspread jig
Brown Roach

Brown woolies
Bumblebee mini jigs
John Deere
White mini jigs
White, brown, orange, red thread jigs
Peach mini tinsel jigs
Apricot Supreme with red dot Glo-balls
Chartreuse with red dot Glo-balls

White Glo-balls
Easter Egg Glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-balls
Peach Fur Bugs
Mepps Spinner
Marabou - black and yellow, olive and black, ginger, gingersnap,  orange and black, pink,  orange and white, Crawdad tricolor-(orange, brown, and green), Tequila Sunrise, orange
Rooster Tails - Yellow Spot, Skunk, Copper Tinsel Brown Trout, Tinsel Shad, Orange Tiger, Flame Spot  Roostertail

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms-pink, white, orange and white, mint, red and white, black and yellow
Orange Peel Powerbait Worms

Hatchery Pellet Powerbait
Marshmallow White Powerbait
Pink Powerbait
Rainbow Powerbait
White Powerbait
Salmon Peach Powerbait
Powerbait Power Eggs orange or white

White Trout Magnets

Salmon Eggs

Fishing Times
7:30 A.M.
7:15 P.M.

7:30 A.M.
6:30 P.M.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Lunker Club


Russell Dapp from Overland Park, KS 2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a brown woolie

Todd Sharp from Milan, MO 3 3/8 pounds in zone 3 on a white trout magnet


Allen Shortell from Lebanon, MO 3 pounds in zone 2 on a white marabou jig


Owen Thompson from Savannah, MO 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow jig


Reid Hughes from Topeka, KS 2 1/2 pounds caught and released in zone 1 on a tan mopfly

Steve Kinney from Shelbina, MO 2 pounds 1 ounce in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

James Long from Amazonia, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white glo-ball

Calendar of Events

The Mayfly Project Fly Tying Night at the Bennett Spring Church of God Annex Building - . Everyone is welcome to attend. All ages and skill levels are welcome. All tying supplies are furnished for these events. September 13, 2019 6-8 P.M.

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
All fishermen are liars; it's an occupational disease with them like housemaid's knee or editor's ulcers.


Beatrice Cook


Till Fish Do Us Part, 1949

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