Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How's Fishing?

The stream is low and clear continuing to be a wading dream.  The trout are plentiful and sizeable.  They are biting light this week, which is nothing an indicator and a pair of polarized glasses will not cure.  A day of fishing at Bennett Spring State Park will always beat a day at work.

 Red or fluorescent orange have been great colors to use in marabous, cracklebacks, and pretty much any lure of your choice.  Sinking leader or full sinking line on your fly rod  in the deeper areas of the stream seems to be quite effective for catching some of the elusive larger fish this week.  Making weight adjustments using lure choices and split shots is an effective way for those using a spincast to reach greater depths too.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 5, 2018
Gage house level is 1.76
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 82.5 in 2014
25th percentile is 109
Current level is 99.4
Median is 131
Mean is 145
75th percentile is 154
Max was 390 in 2013

Niangua River
August 5, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.66 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 18.5 in 2012
25th percentile is 35
Median is 58
Today's reading is 29.0
75th percentile is 161
Mean is 521
record high max was 7290 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

red San Juan worms
white megaworms
brown roaches
green cracklebacks
zebra midges

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-ball
egg colored glo-ball
marabous- white and black, black and yellow, gingersnap, ginger, peach, salmon, and orange, brown
Tinsel black roostertails
Flash Red roostertails
peacock jigs

Zone 3

Bentley's Secret Bait
fluorescent orange powerbait
yellow powerbait
white powerbait
salmon eggs

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

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 97. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. West wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Lunker Club


David Todd from Lee's Summit, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white megaworm

Mark Brueckmann from Ballwin, MO
4 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a peach colored nymph

Rick Bandermann from Cape Girardeau, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a gold spoon

Shelly Smith from Bethany, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a black roostertail


Rusty Thomas from Rich Hill, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on Cody Myrtle's special lure


Mathew Kraemer from Quincy, IL
3 pounds in zone 3 on Grandpa's bait

Harry Bresler from Columbia, IL
2.6 pounds in zone 1 on an olive crackleback

Gavin Cobb from Salisbury, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white megaworm


Payden Nagel from New Bloomfield, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a pink glo-ball

Braydon Allee from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a red and black crackleback


Kinzey Woody from Loose Creek, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a peacock jig

Calendar Events

 August 8 & 9 Weed Cutting


FRIDAY – August 10th
2PM – Sink Holes - Sink holes are created when voids occur in bedrock.  Missouri is known as the “Cave State”, but might also be known as the “Sink Hole” state.  Come and learn why.

SATURDAY – August 11th 
10AM – Stream Team – More than 100 million gallons of water gush from Bennett Spring each day.  Protecting this stream is a very important task of the Stream Team. You will learn more about the Stream Team program, protecting our streams and you’ll assist hands on in helping to maintain its beauty.

SUNDAY – August 12th
1-2pm – Ranger Ride – Join a law enforcement ranger to learn the ABC’s 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.

MONDAY – August 13th
3AM – 5AM METEOR SHOWERS - Yes, you’re are seeing correctly
Join Dan Slias as he watches the year’s best meteor shower.  Go to the parking area at the Nature Center from 3am-5am.  There will be a short hike along the road to our viewing site.  As comet Swift-Tuttle orbited the sun it left particles and debris when crossing the earth’s orbital path.  These particles will enter the earth’s atmosphere and will burn up, producing a fantastic light display. The light show can produce as many as one meteor a minute. Bring your blankets, chairs and snack to enjoy this fantastic display.

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

Quote of the Week

The fishing will be good tomorrow, if the wind doesn't blow, if the mayflies come out, if it doesn't rain, if it's not too hot, if it's not too cold, if the creeks don't rise, and if the trout are willing.


Scott Waldie

Thanks for reading,



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