Sunday, August 12, 2018

How's Fishing?

This past week fishing has been great.  The weather continues to be warm and dry.  The stream is low and gin clear.  We are aware of how repetitive this sounds to everyone reading this each week.  We wish it would rain, but it seems to go around us every time.  The weather report from the National Weather Service at the following web address: for Long Lane, MO is what we use for the fishing report.  This seems to be the most accurate forecast for our exact location and Bennett Spring State Park.

 A huge thank you to the Hatchery Manager Ben Havens and his staff for all their hard work.  The stream and the trout look amazing!  We have included an update from Ben Havens the Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery Manager that should give some insight on their processes at the hatchery.  Have a great week! 

Of Interest

Hatchery update from Hatchery Manager Ben Havens: 

Hello all—

 July has been a steady but quiet month around the hatchery. Staff are working diligently on cleaning and sanitizing raceways. We have several empty pools at the moment as we work through cleaning and setting up production for the coming year. Soon all the raceways will be full as we grade, sort and split pools. Fish are flying out the door at a rapid pace.. June, July and August are our heaviest stocking months as we stock almost 50% of our total season commitment in those 3 months alone. This past July 49,743 fish were stocked here at the park. The hatchery currently holds 620,000 trout on inventory.

 The outside fish production is making steady gains. Fish size and numbers are looking good for the remainder of this season.  Water or lack thereof is beginning to become an issue. We desperately need some precipitation to help out spring flows. We started the month at 101 or 62.5 million gallons/day and we ended the month at 101CFS or 62.5 million gallons/day while the avg. flow is 137 CFS or 88.5 million gallons/day. We received rain this past month which equated to between 1.5” of precipitation. The stream remained very clear and fishable all month. We did get a 3” rainfall event in 55 minutes. However, all this fell on or north of the hatchery and did not help our low water conditions.


 July tag sales were similar to last year. This number is about 1,000 tags more than the 5-year average, so it was nice to see things remain constant. The heat has been brutal so it’s not surprising that we saw no increases.

 As we look ahead, we will begin trout spawning activities here in early September. Staff will also be helping out during September and October with catfish, paddlefish, and sunfish harvests at our warm water hatcheries.

Ladies Free Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday Sept. 29th.  Lots of good things planned and new activities as well. Let me know if you have questions!


Ben Havens

Hatchery Manager

Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery

26142 Hwy 64A

Lebanon, Mo 65536

417-532-4418 x1062

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
August 12, 2018
Gage house level is 1.76
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 77.0 in 1936
25th percentile is 103
Current level is 95.6
Median is 132
Mean is 144
75th percentile is 167
Max was 479 in 2013

Niangua River
August 12, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.66  feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 14.5 in 2007
25th percentile is 32
Median is 67
Today's reading is 29.0
75th percentile is 118
Mean is 112
record high max was 655 in 2013

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

Chartreuse megaworms
white mopflies
chartreuse mopflies
white megaworms
white roaches
red cracklebacks
olive wooly buggers
Double Trouble
Pale Evening Dun

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Easter egg glo-ball
marabous-  black, black and yellow, red,  cerise and black, chartreuse and red. orange, gingersnap, coral
white thread jigs
peacock jigs
skunk roostertails
orange fluorescent roostertails
tinsel black roostertails
frog spot roostertails

Zone 3

orange powerbait
pink powerbait
white powerbait
chartreuse 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 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 81. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86.

Lunker Club


Isaac Tate from Ainsworth, IA
2 pounds in zone 2 on a white bedspread
3 pounds in zone 3 on white dough bait


Trevon Sanders from Glasgow, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a coral marabou

Hope Rapps from Fulton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou


Ron Thomas from Fulton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Patty Bloomer from Holts Summit, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a shammy

Tyler Ramey from Sedalia, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a chartreuse megaworm

Scott Garrett from Monroe City, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a zebra midge


Sammy Fields from Kearney, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on an orange trout worm


Clyde Maxey from Jefferson City, MO
4 pounds in zone 3 on a yellow and white trout magnet

Christopher Looten from Dardonne Prairie, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait


Andrew Dalton from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a blue crackleback


Jaxson Haer from La Plata, MO
2.4 pounds in zone 1 on a white moss jig

Jordan Haer from La Plata, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig


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

Kim Deister from Rushville, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 1 on a white thread jig

Calendar Events

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

Successful trout fishing isn't a matter of brute force or even persistence, but something more like infiltration.


John Gierach

Thanks for reading,


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