Monday, August 27, 2018

Fishing Report 8/26/2018

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The little amount of rainfall we did receive did not change the stream.  The water is low and clear.  The trout remain quite active on top water.  This weeks favorites for top-water action have been Elkhair Caddis, Cracklebacks of various colors, and beetles.

We mention Cracklebacks quite a bit, so we are going to provide some background information.  The founder of Feathercraft in St. Louis, MO, Ed Story, originally developed the Crackleback fly pattern.  It is a very versatile pattern that can be tied or fished numerous ways.  It can be fished dry or wet.           

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 26, 2018
Gage house level is 1.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 67.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 101
Current level is 99.4
Median is 123
Mean is 125
75th percentile is 144
Max was 207 in 2013

Niangua River
August 26, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.79 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 16.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 27
Median is 36
Today's reading is 36.8
75th percentile is 108
Mean is 75
record high max was 309 in 2016

What's Working

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechanger
zebra midges
orange mopflies
white roaches
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Elkhair caddis

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
 egg colored glo-balls
shrimp pink glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, moss green and white, orange and black, peach and brown, red and chartreuse, and white
white thread jigs
peacock jigs

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
white powerbait
salmon eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait

Fishing Times


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: Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 98. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Wednesday: Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southwest wind around 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Showers likely before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Lunker Club


Russ Grobe from Hillsboro, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a green rubber leg jig

Rylan Gann from Callao, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white marabou

Justin Colin from Adrian, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a gray zebra midge

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm


Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a chartreuse and red jig


Mark Drazba from New London, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a pink glo-ball


Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
4 pounds 2 ounces in zone 2 on a pink glo-ball


Forrest Holtkamp from Mexico, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a salmon egg

Tim Kessler from Kansas City, MO
2 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a yellow thread jig

Darren Oneill from Edwardsville, KS
3 pounds in zone 1 on a peach mini jig


Joe Gicona from O'fallon, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a white mini jig

Nicole Sommerhauser from Imperial, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a John Deere grub


Cindy Kinney from Shelbina, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a yellow and pink glo-ball

Bill Cloke from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on a white powerbait worm

Jim Lucas from O'Fallon, MO
5 pounds in zone 3 on homemade bait

 Calendar of Events

 The wooden bridge is closed due to wooden planks being broken. Visitors will not be able to access the park through the Bramwell Access.


Sept 19 & 20 Weed Cutting

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

October 6~ 7:00 P.M. - Fly Fishing Film Tour at Hidden Valley Outfitters

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby


THURSDAY – August 30th 

2:00 PM –Sinkholes and Water Flow   Join park staff at the Nature Center to discuss where all the water that leads into Bennett Spring originates. Karst topography and geology tell the story of the groundwater and the building of features like Ozark springs, caves and sinkholes. Several rock and mineral samples will be displayed 

FRIDAY – August 31st 

8:45 PM –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 at 8:45 p.m. 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 full moon and other summer constellations. Bring a flashlight to aid in finding the viewing area.

SATURDAY – September 1st

9:00 AM  – Seed Story Time   Join Miss Patty at the playground area across from the Park Store for story time followed by seed harvesting and exploration.  The books, A Seed Is Sleepy and The Saved Seed will be read.  All participants will be able to harvest seeds from a sunflower head to take home.

10:00 AM – Hatchery Tour   Missouri Department of Conservation staff will give a guided tour of the fish hatchery on the first and third Saturdays during the on season of March through October. Meet at the newest hatchery building to find out what it takes to raise all those fish. The hatchery tour duration is approximately 45 minutes.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Animal Pelt Table   Join Butch Simmons at the park store. There will be a table set up filled with different animal pelts for you to touch and see. Learn about where all the pelts come from and the ways we can use them. 

2:00 PM – Bennett Fen & Hike   Meet at the Nature Center for a power point presentation on an Ozark Fen and Natural Area followed by a hike to the Spring Trail to see and experience the Hanging Fen.  The Spring Trail hike will be a little over a mile since we will make a loop and come back to the Nature Center.  The hike follows the west side of the Spring Branch in Zone 1.

 Nature Center Hours:  10am – 4pm Wednesday thru Sunday (closed Mon-Tues) 417-532-3925

Quote of the Week

There is only one theory about angling in which I have perfect confidence, and this is that the two words, least appropriate to any statement, about it, are the words "always" and "never."


Lord Edward Grey (Grey of Fallodon)

Thanks for reading,




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