Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017

How's Fishing?

Fishing is getting better daily.  The water was pretty high and murky for a while following a big rain, but it has since gotten lower and slower.

The little terrestrials, such as beetles, are still working well.  If you want to go deeper, the black zebra midges or a white floss jig are working well, also.

With the kids back in school, there is much less pressure on the fish.  It's a very relaxed time of year.  To make it even better, the weather temperatures are cooling off to the low 80's.

What's Working?

   From the fly case:
gray scud
sow bug

Zone 1 & 2:
peach fur bug
John deere or bedspread mini jig
Possum hair roach - 2 to 3 feet - close to bottom- under an indicator
Marabou - gingersnap, black & yellow. black & red, black
salmon with orange dot or original tri color  glo ball
Wooly worm, brown
brown mop worm
white mini jig with red head ,  thread jig with red
Olive red tail wooly

Zone 3:
orange extra scent,white, or salmon peach power bait
brown power bait or yellow power bait
orange & white worm
pink & White worm
Gulp Chunky Cheese Garlic Scent

Water Conditions

August 19, 2017
Bennett Spring
Gage house level is 2.28
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 74 in 1936
25th percentile is 102
Median is 128
current level is 211
Mean is 137
75th percentile is 155
Max was 378 in 1940

Niangua River conditions
August 19, 2017
Gage House reading (water level) is 2.40 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 30
Today's reading is 223
Median is 42
Mean is 64
75th percentile is 81
record high max was 215 in 2016

Fishing Times
August        7:00 a.m.      -   8:00 p.m.
September 7:30 a.m.      -   7:15 p.m.
October     7:30 a.m.      -   6:30 p.m.

Lunker Club

Cody Myrtle from Butler, MO
3 pounds on a brown power bait in zone 3

Al Jolly from Columbia, MO
2 pounds, 3 ounces on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

John Rawinski from Cambridge, WI
2 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Larry Todd from Raytown, MO
3-5/8 pounds on a possum hair roach in zone 1

Kyn Gordon from Palmyra, MO
2 pounds on a brown woolie in zone 1

David Olufield from Lebanon, MO
2-3/4 pounds in the river on a worm

Bridgetta Carsel from Lamar, MO
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

Roger Bunse from Cosby, MO
2 pounds on a white mini jig in zone 1

Bridgetta Carsel from Lamar, MO
2-1/2 pounds on a bedspread mini jig in zone 1

Beth Gockel from Labadie, MO
2 pounds on yellow power bait in zone 3

Ryan Courtney from Savanna, MO
3 pounds on a peach fur bug in zone 1


Gene Schroeder from Marshall, MO
2-3/4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 2

Steve Riney from Palmyra, MO
4 pounds on a black & yellow marabou in zone 1

Joe Orf from Wentzville, MO
2-3/4 poundes on a black & red marabou in zone 1

Cindy Schroeder from Marshall, MO
2.5 pounds on a black marabou in zone 2


John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2-1/4 pounds on a chamois in zone 2

Kayla Browning from Palmyra, MO
2 pounds on a bedspread in zone 1

Calendar of Events

Weed Cutting September 20th & 21st @ 8:00 AM

Saturday, September 30, 2017
New: Ladies Only Free Fishing Day. No tag needed, just fishing license if required.
Time: 7:30 AM to 7:15 PM

 Fly Fishing Film Tour.  This world wide film tour arrives in our area on October 7th.  There will also be vendors and activities during the day.  If you are in the area, plan to attend!  Check it out on

Trout Derby

The annual Holland Derby. A trout fishing derby to benefit the cancer society. Two-day event October 14th, 15th.
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Weather Forecast

Weather Forecast

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 78.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79..

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

Quote of the Week

Best wishes to Ty and Lori who were married Saturday at Bennett Spring.  This one is for you!

In fly-fishing, compromises are often perfectly acceptable; there are few absolutes. I guess you could say the same thing about marriage.
Author:  Ken Marsh
Published:  Alaska Magazine

Thanks for reading,

1 comment:

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