Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The water remains low and clear with our minimal rainfall.  Dry fly patterns seem to be the best method for individuals utilizing a flyrod, especially in the evening.  Cracklebacks' of various colors including red, Bennett blue, and green, renegades, and the Griffith's gnat. 

Those using spincast rods are having great luck with marabous and roostertails. Fluorescent orange, red, and black and white being the best colors this week.  Minnows, orange powerbait, and salmon eggs  were at the top of the request list for zone 3 anglers that visited Weaver's Tackle Store this week.   

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
July 29, 2018
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1934
25th percentile is 112
Current level is 103
Median is 132
Mean is 142
75th percentile is 163
Max was 246 in 1938

Niangua River
July 29, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.70 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 17.0 in 2012
25th percentile is 38
Median is 55
Today's reading is 0.70
75th percentile is 82
Mean is 104
record high max was 648 in 2016

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

red San Juan worms
white, white/pink, red megaworms
orange or white mop flies
B.C. Gamechanger
brown or white roaches
Bennett blue cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
zebra midges
white nymphs

Zone 1 or 2

white and pink jigs
white and red jigs
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
light peach colored glo-ball
John Deere
marabous- white and black, black and yellow, gingersnap, tricolor (crawdad), peach, salmon, and orange
black and white roostertail
fluorescent orange roostertail
bumblebee roostertail

Zone 3

cheese bait
salmon peach powerbait
rainbow powerbait
yellow powerbait
orange powerbait
white powerbait
salmon eggs
green worms

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

Monday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the morning.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

Lunker Club


Drake Champlin from Hartford, IL
2 pounds in zone 3 on a green rubber worm


Ford Ogle from Brookfield, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white and black roostertail

Jim Blankenship from Independence, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a black and yellow marabou


Dalton Wolf from Kansas City, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white nymph

Jason Dane from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a B.C. Gamechanger

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a yellow megaworm


Chris Scott from Harrisonville, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a red marabou

Jasper Allison from Ft. Scott, KS
2 pounds in zone 3 on salmon peach powerbait

Austin Kirby from Hannibal, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink and white jig


Clay Teter from Bevier, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on white cheese bait

Calendar of Events

 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

All of us search for that perfect trout stream. Those who find it treasure it the rest of their lives. Those who don't, keep on searching.


Jimmy D. Moore

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