Fishing Report 9/10/2020

How's Fishing?

 Fishing has been great.  The stream is low, clear, and has plenty of trout in it.  I have continued to use Cracklebacks' in a size 14 or 16 in holographic green or blue.  The majority of my fish have been caught in the "film."  I have not tried soft hackle flies, but I am sure they would be effective.  Prince Nymphs have been productive.  Nymph fishing is just another wonderful facet to fly fishing.  It seems like you can make any type of fishing as technical or simple as you choose. 

I have been using 1/16 ounce ginger or gingersnap marabou on my spinning rod with success.  The secret may or may not be the extra strands of tinsel I add to create bait fish flash on these feathered gems. 

See you on the stream!     

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

September 10, 2020
Gage house level is 2.10 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 170
Median is 120
Mean is 123
75th percentile is 140
Max was 246 in 1994

Niangua River

September 10, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.85 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 36
Median is 63
Today's reading is 125
75th percentile is 109
Mean is 111
record high max was 570 in 2007

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

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

Zone 1 or 2

Mopflies- cream, olive, chartreuse, orange
Megaworms-white, pink, red
Bedspread jig
Opossum Hair Roaches~brown, white
Green Goblins
Peacock Jigs
Original Tricolor Glo-balls
John Deere with Yellowtail
John Deere
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 with Red Dot Glo-Balls
Tricolor Sockeye Glo-Balls
Camo Glo-Balls

Gator Glo-Balls
Egg 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
Yellow Powerbait Nuggets
Salmon Eggs

Powerbait Nymphs

Weather Forecast

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Lunker Club


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


Cameron Reichert from Warrenton, MO 2 1/2 pounds in zone 3 on pink Powerbait


Gage Baker from Fulton, MO 2 pounds 2 ounces in zone 2 on a white lure

Matt Kindall from Lone Jack, MO 5 3/4 pounds in zone 3 on a white rubber worm


Wade Vannocker from Emporia, KS 7 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou

Dane Stahlman from Union, MO 6 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a Powerbait Nymph

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.

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

 There are several kinds of trout liars. The liar of weights, who never catches more than half a dozen trout a day, but they can weigh anywhere from 8 lb to 10 lb. Then there is the liar of numbers, who always catches so many dozens in an hour and 28 minutes. And there is the liar of places, who knows hidden pools, dark and still, in the secret places of the rocks that are just boiling over with trout … and you fish in them for eight mortal hours without a nibble.





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