Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How's Fishing?

A gentleman that was fairly new to fly fishing recently came into Weaver's. We assisted him with lure selection. One thing we suggested were brassies, and we gave him tips on a good way to fish them. He left the store and returned within a couple hours to thank us for his amazing day of fishing, which included catching a trout every other cast.

The stream is stocked very well with many larger trout. Fishing in the morning with black and yellow of any sort remains a prosperous trend. Afternoons tend to be slower with the heat. Evenings pick back up when the weather cools. The water is low and fairly clear, which is very appealing for fly fishermen of all ages. Crane flies, Bennett blue cracklebacks, and olive RGN's stay at the top of the flybox list.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
June 5, 2018
Gage house level is 1.92
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 79 in 1936
25th percentile is 134
Current level is 109
Median is 183
Mean is 203
75th percentile is 244
Max was 480 in 1935

Niangua River

Niangua River conditions
June 5, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.22 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 54.7 in 2012
25th percentile is 168
Median is 286
Today's reading is 95.0
75th percentile is 461
Mean is 302
record high max was 580 in 2013

What's Working
From the fly case

olive RGN-golden olive
chartreuse mop worms
olive woolly
Bennett blue cracklebacks
copper hotshots
rabbit skin~white chamois
crane flies

Zone one or two
red/green, rust, charteuse brassie
marabous-black & yellow, chartreuse, and gingersnap
pink and white jigs
pink lady glo balls
John Deere
little cleo

Zone 3
yellow, orange, and brown powerbait
salmon eggs

Fishing Times
June/July 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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.

Weather Forecast

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 7 mph.

Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Lunker Club


Brayden Faulkner from White Hall, IL
2.5 pounds on a pink and white jig in zone 2

Ian McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2 pounds on yellow powerbait in zone 3

Matt Berron from Beaufort, MO
2 pounds on a black and yellow marabou in zone 1

Jared Lootens from Jefferson City, MO
3.5 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3


John Berron from New Haven, MO
2 pounds on a floating rapala in zone 2

Norman Black from Edgar Springs, MO
9.25 pounds on brown bait in zone 3


David Berron from Washington, MO
2.1 pound on a mop fly in zone 1

Grant Schmitz from Jefferson City, MO
2 pounds on homemade bait in zone 3

Trent Bauman from St. Charles, MO
2 pounds on a John Deere in zone 2

Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2.25 pounds on a Cleo in zone 2

Nicholas Basore from Stillwell, KS
2.8 pounds on a rabbit skin white chamois


Steve Lagarce from Troy, MO
2 pounds on a Bennett blue crackleback in zone 2

Sean McNabb from Marthasville, MO
2.5 pounds on orange powerbait in zone 3

Calendar of Events

SAT JUNE 9 SUN JUNE 10 – Free fishing weekend. Allows anyone to fish for free without a state fishing permit or daily trout tag, however all other fishing rules and limits apply. For more information or questions contact the Missouri Department of Conversation’s Bennett Spring Hatchery by phone at 417-532-4418.

1-2 PM RANGER RIDE - Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABCs of bike riding. Participants should meet at the fish hatchery fish feeding station across from the park store. Participants will ride together across the historic CCC bridge around Bennett Spring to Shelter A and back. The riding terrain is flat with some grassy off-road riding and one hill. Bring your bicycle, helmet and water.

June 27 & 28 Weed Cutting

August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting

Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

September 29 Ladies Fishing Day
Activities from 11AM to 2PM
Fishing and Fly Casting Instruction
Girls Fish Free!

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby

Quote of the Week

Listen to the sound of the river and you will get a trout.

Thanks for reading!

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