Fishing Report Update 4/27/2020

How's Fishing?

Fishing is a little tough right now, but not impossible.  The water is high, moving fast, and murky.  Fishing deep or off the sides works well.  I like to use 1/8 ounce marabou in dark colors (black and yellow) on my spinning rod.  When I use my flyrod in these conditions I fish with sinking line.  If you do not have sinking line, leader, or sink tip line a mini jig, midge, or whatever you like to use under an indicator about a foot deeper than you normally fish works well.  See you on the stream soon! 

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring

April 27, 2020
Gage house level is 2.96 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 162
Current level is 447
Median is 218
Mean is 249
75th percentile is 301
Max was 772 in 2011

Niangua River

April 27, 2020
Gage House reading (water level) is 3.71 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 117 in 2016
25th percentile is 149
Median is 354
Today's reading is 945
75th percentile is 652
Mean is 822
record high max was 5100 in 2013

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.

Monday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

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

Update Quote

The woods and waters of the outdoors became my church, a place where I could examine my thoughts and feel I was connected to all living things. This feeling is especially strong when, with rod in hand, I am wading a river for trout or salmon...where everything makes sense, where there is nothing but truth. There will be no disenchantment with this church.


Joan Salvato Wulff


Thoughts of a Fly Fisherman - Or Two

Thanks for reading,



  • Is there any word on whether or not the parks will be releasing trout back into the streams on Monday when the state reopens?

  • Thank you for the updates, for it sure peeks our interest and can’t wait to get to Bennett and see all of our friends. I check in everyday and keep up the great work.

    Jerry Seiler

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