Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fishing Report 7/24/2018

How's Fishing?

Fishing is amazing!  The trout are plentiful and large.  The water is low and gin clear, which can be challenging for the most seasoned and avid angler.  Perseverance and patience are helpful along with some lighter line/tippet.

 This last week has seen many visitors to Bennett Spring State Park.  Children will be returning to school soon telling their friends fish stories of all sizes.  Telling them how they can not wait to return to Bennett Spring the first chance they get.


Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 22, 2018
Gage house level is 1.81
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 78 in 1940
25th percentile is 112
Current level is 109
Median is 140
Mean is 145
75th percentile is 163
Max was 273 in 1994

Niangua River
July 22, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.75 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.1 in 2012
25th percentile is 41
Median is 82
Today's reading is 0.75
75th percentile is 147
Mean is 110
record high max was 296 in 2015

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

white, white/pink, red megaworms
orange, gray, brown mop flies
B.C. Gamechanger
brown or white roaches
Bennett blue, olive cracklebacks
olive woolybugger
possum hair roach
zebra midges

Zone 1 or 2

white, salmon, peacock, and red jigs
tricolor glo-ball
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
salmon colored glo-ball
yellowtail John Deere
John Deere
marabous- white, black and yellow,  ginger, gingersnap, tricolor (crawdad), peach, salmon, and brown
brown glitter roostertail
bumblebee roostertail

Zone 3

rainbow powerbait
yellow powerbait
orange powerbait
white powerbait
Bentley's Secret Bait

Fishing Times


6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.


7:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M.


7:30 A.M. 7:15 P.M.


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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 3 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

Lunker Club


Monica Bean from Moscow Mills, MO
 2.1 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou


Tim Kahle from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive midge

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white


John Torrey from Port Orange, FL
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive crackleback


John Torrey from Port Orange, FL
3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive woolly

Kelsey Hutson from Troy, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou

Rick Rothernich from Troy, MO
3 pounds in zone 2 on black and yellow marabou

Melissa Knoll from Jonesburg, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a red thread jig


Brody Stone from Ewing, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on Grandpa's bait


Silas Roderick from Rogersville, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white megaworm

Billy Stork from Jerseyville, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a tan scud


Annabelle Cress from Godfrey, IL
2 pounds in zone 3 on homemade bait


Wyatt Kelley from Freeburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon marabou

Tom Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou

MaLora Ray from Bates City, MO
4.1 pounds in zone 1 on a white roach

Calendar of Events


Thursday – July 26th
8AM – Natural Tunnel Trail Hike – Meet at the trailhead for a staff led adventure on Bennett Spring’s most famous trail. This trail is 7.5 miles through many different habitats and terrains. Prepare for this hike by bringing your lunch, plenty of water, appropriate footwear, and don’t forget your adventurous spirit. This hike will take a minimum of 5 hours to complete.

Friday – July 27th

8:45PM – Ozark Astronomy – Join Dan Slais as he shares his knowledge and telescope for participants to see the summer constellations. A telescope will be set up across from the Park Store next to the Fish Hatchery. Participants are asked to utilize the parking lots near the Park Store or Fish Hatchery and walk to the viewing area. Viewing will include planets Jupiter, Venus and perhaps Saturn; as well as the moon and other summer constellations. Bring a flashlight to aid in finding the viewing area.

SATURDAY – July 28th
9AM – Trail Hike – Savanna Trail – Meet volunteer Jim Welch at the trailhead to enjoy this 2.5 mile hike that winds through open woodland and along a ridge

2PM – 4 PM – Puzzle Time – Join in the fun of putting together a GIGANTIC nature related puzzle.  Be prepared to identify some of our furry friends as you piece together the puzzle and interact with Nature Center staff.

8:30 PM – Spider Sniff - Take time to practice looking for spiders by learning how to “sniff” them out at dusk.  Meet outside the Nature Center for an evening outdoor program about spiders.  This adventure will include information about spiders found in Missouri and includes a searching technique you’ll enjoy.  Participants are encouraged to bring a flash light.

SUNDAY – July 29th

10AM – 3PM   Sunday Funday – Meet at the Nature Center to have fun and participate in art projects inspired by nature.

 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

If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies


Bob Lawless

Thanks for reading,


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