Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fishing Report 9-23-2018

How's Fishing?

The stream is low, very clear, and stocked well at this point in the season.  The weather has been very mild and cooler as we continue to lack rain. The cooler temperatures have made for ideal fishing conditions.  We have heard mixed reviews on what is working.  Some individuals are stating smaller flies are better while others state bigger flies are working better.  Some anglers prefer to fish dry flies on top, others swear by sub-surface presentation.  A well stocked fly box alleviates any question on what to use in any given situation.  Sometimes it seems like the trout are constantly changing their feeding choices, so we in turn are perpetually changing our tactics. It may seem like a vicious cycle, but it defines the difference between fishing and catching. 

Of Interest this week:

 September 29th~Ladies Fishing Day~ See Calendar of Events section for full details 

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 23, 2018
Gage house level is 1.79
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 66.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 99.4
Median is 109
Mean is 131
75th percentile is 144
Max was 570 in 1970

Niangua River
September 23, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.79 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 20.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 40
Median is 52
Today's reading is 36.8
75th percentile is 154
Mean is 254
record high max was 2500 in 1993

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

olive woolies
olive zebra midges
seductive midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
orange cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
orange mopflies
chartreuse mopflies

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
light roe glo-balls
Easter egg glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, brown, pink and white, tequila sunrise, John Deere, moss and brown, ginger
Roostertails-  rocket red spot, Bumblebee, skunk, snow, watermelon

Zone 3

green pumpkin powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
salmon eggs
orange mousetails

Fishing Times


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

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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Lunker Club


Spencer Kendall from Arnold, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive woolly


Forrest Holtkamp from Mexico, MO
2 1/4 pound in zone 3 on a salmon egg

Ron Sullivan from Sullivan, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait


Darryl Niemeier from New Cambria, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a watermelon roostertail

Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on and olive crackleback with ginger hackle


Bruce Baird from Mt. Vernon, IL
2 1/16 in zone 2 on a ginger marabou

Alyssa Courtaway from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Brian Gregory from St. Joseph, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and yellow marabou

Erica Lindsay from Allen, TX
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a brown marabou


Hunter Mildfelt from Ft. Scott, KS
2 1/2 pounds and 2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a
chartreuse mopfly and brown marabou

Gina Richardson from Bethalto, IL
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a bumblebee roostertail

Addie Evans from Ft. Collins, CO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on a red salmon egg


Andy Fairchild from Belleville, MI
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a ginger marabou

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!

B E N N E T T  S P R I N G  S T A T E  P A R K

Spring Branch Clean-up Saturday - October 6th, 2018
Join Stream Team #5462 as they hold a trash clean up at the Bennett Spring Branch. We will talk about making a visual survey of our spring branch to check or characterize the riparian corridor of the stream.

1:00 PM
- Meet at the Nature Center as we work our way to the Whistle Bridge cleaning up trash. At the Whistle Bridge, join Dan Silas to learn about the Riparian Corridor. After the lesson, head back to the Nature Center for a snack social!
For additional information or questions please contact the Bennett Spring State Park Nature Center at 417-532-3925

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

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby

Schedule of Events October 20th

1 pm
Presented by the World Bird Sanctuary, “All About Owls” gives insight into these birds of the night at Shelter B.

2 pm
The Sunbonnet Garden Club of Lebanon hosts the Woodsy Owl & Smoky Bear Poster Contest.   Shelter B.

3-4:30 pm
Meet at the lawn area near the playground across from the Park Store to race your Bat friends, play games and learn a bit about misunderstood animals.

5:30 pm
Behind Nature Center – Oak Hickory Trail
Creatures and People of Bennett

Bennett Church of God – Trunk or Treat & Fun

 7 pm
Haunted Hatchery will be fun and appropriate for all ages.

 8 pm
Outdoor Halloween themed movie at Shelter B. 

Quote of the Week

Fishing largely consists of not catching fish; failure is as much a part of the sport as knee injuries are of football.


Robert Hughes

Thanks for reading,



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