Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring 10-21-21


How's Fishing?
Our catch-and-keep season continues to wind down. Because the 30th and 31st are on a Saturday and Sunday, there are two more weekends of the season in this month. The catch-and-release season begins on November 12th.
At this point, the stream is beautifully clear. It's a great time to work on presentation and to try out that new fly pattern. Cracklebacks and renegades are leading the go-to group. The other superstar is a john deere mini jig. Red eye or angry deere seems to be the favorite.
The little gray scuds and zebra midges are another great choice. Just getting to be at the stream this time of year is such a treat.
Hope to see you there.

Of Interest.
There is a Fly Tying Group that is meeting every Wednesday until further notice. From 9am to noon in the old hatchery building there is a group of people tying flies and telling tales. Everyone is welcome. Bring your tying supplies to tie some flies or just drop in and watch as others do.

Bennett Spring water levels for 10-20-21
Gage House water level is 1.94
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81 in 1933
25th percentile is 98
Current level is 97.5
Median is 114
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 144
Max was 315 in 1984

Niangua River water levels for 10-20-21

Gage House reading (water level) is .88 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second
Minimum was 19 in 1993
25th percentile is 34
Median is 52
Today's reading is 58.8
75th percentile is 92
Mean is 145
record high max was 1360 in 2017

Lunker Club

Jim Dockins from Sioux Falls, SD
2-3/4 pounds on a red & yellow marabou
zone 2

Conner Primm from Macon, MO
2 pounds on a red & yellow glo ball
zone 2

Andrew Weber from Macon, MO
3-1/3 pounds on a gray scud
zone 2

Dwayne Potts from Carlyle, IL
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a john deere
zone 1

Keith Coulter from Washington, MO
2 pounds on bead head crackleback
zone 1

Dave Lingerfelt from Parkville, MO
3-3/8 pounds on a john deere
zone 2

What's Working?
From the Fly Case
cracklebacks: bennett blue, bead head
midge - black or red zebra
Renegades, original and firecracker red
griffiths gnat
sow bugs
scuds, gray

Zone 1 & 2
marabou: gingersnap, white, peach & brown, pink & white, black & yellow, peach & white
white or cream thread jig
john deere mini jig, red eye or angry deere
glo ball - original tri color or any tri color

Zone 3
live worms
power bait: yellow

Events at Bennett Spring

Fly Tying Group
Every Wednesday until further notice. 9am to noon in the old hatchery building there is a group of people tying flies and telling tales. Everyone is welcome. Bring your tying supplies to tie some flies or just drop in and watch as others do.

Bennett Tradition quilting
In commemoration of the Missouri bicentennial, Bennett Spring State Park will host a monthly program entitled Bennett Traditions. Each program will include a 20-minute presentation about a natural and/or historic topic that pertains to the area. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute lesson from Karen Jaegers about quilting that relates back to the presentation topic. The event will conclude with a short question-and-answer session led by June Buckles of Buckles, Bobbins and Bolts quilt shop.
Dates, presentation topics, quilt block designs and quilting techniques are as follows: .
Oct. 28 - Trees; maple leaf block; binding techniques.
Registration is required and limited to 10 people. Each program will be recorded and posted online at a future date. To register or for more information, contact the Bennett Spring nature center at 417-532-3925.

November 6 &7
The first weekend in November Stream Team #5462 will be holding a three day clean-up of the Bennett Spring. This year we will have two dive shops assisting us in this endeavor. James Presley will lead Diventures of Springfield in Zone 1 and Chris Heitman will lead Show-Me Scuba of Springfield in Zone 2 & 3. Our hope is to get a lot of fishing line, lures, etc. out of the Bennett Spring while other participants can clean the trash above and around the Spring. All are welcome to help! We made this a weekend event to allow for many participants as an end of the season family activity. If you know someone that wants to participate, there will be a daily sign-up sheet in the nature center from 10 am to 4 pm so that we may have a record of all that attend for the purpose of Stream Team reporting. Participants can get gloves and trash bags at the nature center.
Patricia Chambers

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~ Veterans Free Fishing Day

Fishing Hours

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

Quote of the Week
I go fishing, because without it, I'm basically a 2-year-old whose blankie is in the washer.

Thanks for reading,

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