Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Fishing Report 9/17/2018

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been good.  The mornings are good for the first few hours with the trout shutting down around 10:00 A.M.  Activity seems to pick back up in the afternoon.  The weather is unseasonably warm, which can be a contributing factor to the trout activity or lack of.  The trout are super active on top water in the evenings. The stream is low, clear, and filled with trout.  Don't forget Ladies Fishing Day is coming up on Saturday September 29, 2018. 

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
September 16, 2018
Gage house level is 1.78
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 64.0 in 1937
25th percentile is 98
Current level is 97.5
Median is 116
Mean is 135
75th percentile is 140
Max was 546 in 2008

Niangua River
September 16, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.95 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 24.0 in 1996
25th percentile is 36
Median is 48
Today's reading is 48.1
75th percentile is 420
Mean is 436
record high max was 3870 in 2007

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

B.C. Gamechangers
brown or olive woolly buggers
zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
orange cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
Griffith's gnats
Pale Evening Dun
orange mopflies

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
orange glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, brown, pink and white, tequila sunrise
Roostertails- fluoroscent orange, chartreuse,

Zone 3

Lucky Lady pink and white worms
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach glitter powerbait
orange trout magnets
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: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 93. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.

Lunker Club


Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy

J.R. Barber from Stockton, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on an orange roostertail


Sandy Bornfleth from St. Charles, MO
3 1/4 pounds in  zone 1 on a gingersnap marabou


Keith Schuster from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a green crackleback


Hayden Bradshaw from Griggsville, IL
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a tequila sunrise marabou

Emily Wilson from Wellington, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a rainbow trout roostertail

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.


SATURDAY – September 22th 
11:00 AM – Karst Topography   Join a park staff at the Nature Center to discuss where all the water that leads into the Bennett Spring originates.  Karst topography tells the story of the groundwater and the building of features like Ozark springs, caves and sinkholes.

1:00 PM – Autumn Sensory Hike  Meet at the Nature Center where Justine Acton will take you on a hike that allows you to use all five senses to discovery the world around you as we change into autumn. We will be working with basic journaling skills to keep track of all the interesting things we see, smell, hear, and feel on our hike. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress to match the weather.

*In the Case of Rain Alternative Program will be offered:*
1:00 PM – The Incredible Journey      Transform yourself into a single drop of water and join us on the incredible journey that the water cycle takes you on. Discover how water transforms the Earth in this fun and active mission.  Meet at the Nature Center.

SUNDAY – September 23th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM – Sunday Funday Join Nature Center Staff as we talk about why and how nature changes into the autumn season. We will participate in an autumn leaf themed craft. We will be crafting outside so we can collect supplies from the world around us.


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

When a man picks up a fly rod for the first time, he may not know, he has been born again.


Joseph D. Farris

Thanks for Reading,


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