Fishing Report June 16, 2021

How's Fishing?

There have been two comments made consistently this week. One is that, happily, nice sized fish are being caught, The second comment is that nothing that usually works is working. Black and gold marabou? The fish are turning their noses up at it. John Deere mini jig? Big yawn from the fish.

So what is working? Black or gingersnap marabou have been good. A peach mini jig with a tail is also a good choice. The cracklebacks are solid, especially the Bennett Blue. These are being stripped under an indicator.

The stream continues to be clearer every day. Lots of warm and dry weather this weekend and much lower humidity.

Happy Father's Day to all you Papas out there. I remember fly fishing with my Daddy in Colorado and those times are some of my fondest memories. It pleases me that my son is carrying on this tradition with his son. Here's hoping that you all appreciate that person in your family that wakes up every morning asking "can we go fishing today?"

Water Conditions
Bennett Spring

date 6-15-21

Gage house level is 2.37
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1977
25th percentile is 127
Current level is 282
Median is 172
Mean is 198
75th percentile is 232
Max was 754 in 1935

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.6 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 45.3 in 2018
25th percentile is 120
Median is 209
Today's reading is 233
75th percentile is 395
Mean is 304
record high max was 1520 in 2008

Lunker Club


Bob Schumer from Perryville, MO
2.2. pounds on a black rooster tail
zone 2

Mark Stevens from Holden, MO
5 pounds on a midge
zone 2


Dan Davis from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds on a crackleback
Zone 1


Joseph Diener from Columbia, MO
3 lbs on a white marabou
zone 1

Kadin Thompson (age 13, first time trout fishing) from Bethalto
2.5 on a black & yellow marabou
zone 1

Dalton Hallemeier from Buffalo, MO
2 pounds on a white nymph
zone 2

Erich Belzer from Kansas City, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black marabou
zone 1

Jonathan Burk from Marceline, Mo
2-1/2 pounds on black & tan marabou
zone 1


Payton Parker from St. James MO
first time trout fishing, age 16
2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou
zone 1

Mike Berman from Marceline, MO
3-1/2 pounds on a white power bait
zone 3

Monique Goris from Wentzville, MO
2 pounds on a gingersnap marabou
zone 1


Dan Voelker from Waterloo IL
2 pounds on a white plastic worm
in zone 3


Carole Heath from Dittmer, MO
2-5/8 pounds on a wooly bugger
zone 1

Scott Grobe from Festus, MO
2 pounds on a red mega worm
zone 1

Kim Hutson from Olathe, KS
2 pounds on a white mini jig
zone 2

Aubrey Ballew from Marion, IA
4.5 pounds on a green power bait
zone 3

Tracy Woodworth from O'Fallon, MO
2-1/2 pounds on an orange worm
zone 3

Johathan Bain from Houston, TX
2.13 pounds on a peach floss
zone 2


James Shortell from Lebanon, MO
3 pounds on a pink worm
zone 3


Richie Brown from Warrenton, MO
2.2 pounds on a brown & olive marabou
zone 2

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

bennett blue crackleback
black crackleback
olive crackleback
white floss
black and red beetle
red mega worm

Zone 1 & 2

marabou - brown, gingersnap, red and white, and white, or black
brown wooly bugger
moss wooly bugger with spinner
super duper
glo ball - or jimi hendrix
john deere or peach with tail mini jig

Zone 3

live worms
pink plastic worm
power bait nuggets

Weather Forecast
Thursday: high of 94/ low of 73. 15% chance of rain, low wind
Friday: High of 98 /low of 71. 7% chance of rain. low wind
Saturday: high of 92, low of 71. clear. low wind
Sunday: high of 91, low of 69. 40% chance of rain
Monday: high of 86, low of 63. 37% chance of rain.
Tuesday: high of 81, low of 63. 39% chance of rain.

Calendar of Events
Bennett Spring State Park

June 19, 2021~ All about Birds. Nature Center, 10am
For info call 417-532-3925

Weed Cutting June 22nd and 23rd

July 3 , 2021~ All about Birds. Nature Center, 10am For info call 417-532-3925
Weed Cutting August 3rd and 4th

August 21, 2021~ All about Birds. Nature Center, 10am For info call 417-532-3925

Weed Cutting September 14th and 15th

September 25, 2021 Ladies Free Fishing at Bennett Spring State Park
7:30 AM - 7:15 PM

Holland Derby

The annual Holland Derby. Fishing derby for fundraising for The American Cancer Society. Derby runs two days - 9th and 10th. Tagged trout are released, they will win prizes if caught.
When: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM
For additional information, please call 417-532-4418 or 417-532-7612.

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 throughout the year.

Events for 2022 - save the date.
April 23, 2022~ Veteran's Free Fishing Day



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Quote of the Week

“Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy.”
– Jimmy Carter

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