Fishing Report 9/27/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been good.  The stream is low, clear, and full of trout.   I was told over the weekend that the definition of fishing is one jerk waiting on another jerk.  This made me laugh, but it does ring very true.  Saturday September 26th marked the 4th Annual Ladies Free Fishing Day.  There were 633 ladies in angling attendance.  The record is 660 lady anglers in 2018.   

 I have been using a lot of super buggy olive/brown woolies size 8 and 10.  I say super buggy, because I am using hackle that is pretty big, it provides great action.  I have used John Deere mini jigs under an indicator (my favorite lure, not my favorite technique) and Gingersnap or Crawdad (tricolor) marabou jigs in a 1/32 ounce on my spinning rod with success. 


See you on the stream!


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

October 1, 2020
Gage house level is 2.05 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76.0 in 1939
25th percentile is 95
Current level is 157
Median is 107
Mean is 235
75th percentile is 137
Max was 6350 in 1987

Niangua River

October 1, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.74 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 26.4 in 2015
25th percentile is 33
Median is 46
Today's reading is 41.5
75th percentile is 85
Mean is 90
record high max was 567 in 1994

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Crane Flies
Double Trouble
Griffith's Gnats
Rusty Dun
Rusty Spinner
Pale Evening Dun
Light Cahill
Black Caddis
Bennett Blue Cracklebacks
Olive Cracklebacks
Copper and brown or olive zebra midges
Wooly Buggers- olive, black, white

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, chartreuse, orange
Megaworms-white, pink, red
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~ brown, white, black
Monarch Jigs
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls

Easter Egg Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
John Deere
Cream Delight Fur Bugs
Sunshine Fur Bugs
Popsicle Glo-Balls
Jimi Hendrix Glo-Balls
Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Camo Glo-Balls
Marabou - black and yellow, gingersnap, black, Shell and white, white, Pink Lemonade, salmon and brown, John Deere (Moss and Yellow), Black and White, Olive and Black, olive and yellow, moss, ginger, yellow, red and white, ginger, black, pink and white
Rooster Tails

Zone 3

Lucky Lady worms- orange, black and yellow, Banana, yellow, pink, pink and yellow, mint
Hatchery Pellet PowerBait
Salmon Peach PowerBait
PowerBait Power Eggs Red, Bubblegum, White, Orange
Bumblebee PowerBait
Fluoroscent Orange Powerbait Nuggets
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Salmon Eggs
PowerBait Nymphs


Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 65.

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


Lunker Club


Matt Wunderlich from St. Louis, MO 3 pounds in zone 2 on a white nymph


James Oyler from Lees Summit, MO 3 pounds and 2 ounces in zone 2 on a white lure

Bridget Tiefenauer from Terre Du Lac, MO 2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Kole Sims from Bonville, IL 3 pounds in zone 2 on a lure


Brittany Honey from Lebanon, MO 2 3/8 pounds in zone 2 on a Frogger

Kayla Romack from O'Fallon, MO 4 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white jig


Alex Neal from Booneville, MO 6 pounds in zone 2 on an orange and green marabou

Kyle Weimer from New Cambria, MO 3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a Pistol Pete

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO 3 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a Nowak Woolie Special


Chris Ellis from Richmond, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a Jay Pauley Special


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: Oct. 2
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338

Holland Derby 10/10/2020 TO 10/11/2020


This memorial fishing derby begins on Saturday and ends on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Holland was a previous hatchery superintendent at the park who died from cancer in 1977. For a small donation, participants can enter the derby. All donations will go to the American Cancer Society. Registration is open to the public.

Prizes for tagged fish will be awarded on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the historic CCC dining lodge. Drawings for additional prizes will also occur at that time.

EVENT TIMES: 7:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338

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

 Fishing is the lonely sport: for dreamers, star gazers, storm chasers.


Alan Harawitz


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