Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10/7/2018 Fishing Report

How's Fishing?

Fishing has been great.  The stream conditions remain the same.  Clear and low with an abundance of trout throughout all the zones.  It was another fun and educational weekend  hosted by Hidden Valley Outfitters .  Many vendors and organizations came together to support and showcase fly fishing.  Attendees included, but were not limited to the following:  The Conservation Federation of Missouri, Reading's Fly Shop, Weaver's Tackle Store, The Wooly Bugger Fly CO., and Trout Unlimited to name a few.  The weekend was capped off with the presentation of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Saturday October 6, 2018.  To learn more about this presentation and others near you visit  We would also like to give a shout out of appreciation to those that volunteered their time to Spring Branch clean-up Saturday with Stream Team #5462. 

Of Interest:


10/13/2018 TO 10/14/2018 | BENNETT SPRING STATE PARK | LEBANON, MO

This memorial fishing derby begins on Saturday and ends on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Holland was a previous park hatchery superintendent at the park. For a small donation, participants can enter the derby. All donations go to the American Cancer Society. Registration is open to the public.  Prizes for tagged fish will be held on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the historic CCC dining lodge. Drawings for additional prizes will also occur at that time.

26250 Hwy 64A, Lebanon, MO | (417) 532-4338 

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 7, 2018
Gage house level is 1.94
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 81.0 in 1933
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 130
Median is 109
Mean is 127
75th percentile is 133
Max was 488 in 1987

Niangua River
October 7, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.97 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 33
Median is 47
Today's reading is 49.7
75th percentile is 67
Mean is 65
record high max was 278 in 1994

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

olive zebra midges
Copper John midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green holographic cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
Galloup's Ant Acid

Zone 1 or 2

John Deere
Old Gray John Deere
tri colored glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
light and dark roe glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, chartreuse and black, ginger, white
Rooster Tails -  Bumblebee, Skunk, Cop Car

Zone 3

red fluoroscent powerbait
white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
salmon eggs
Bentley's Secret Bait

Fishing Times


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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Wednesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 62.
Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Lunker Club


Sophie Jaworski from Shawnee, KS
2 pounds in zone 2 on an orange marabou

Keaton Smith from Quincy, IL
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a tan marabou

Dan Bauer from Quincy, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a roostertail

Ron Goben from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon glo-ball

Quentin Goben from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a salmon glo-ball

Devin Jaegers from Coeltztown, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a white floss jig

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm


Russell Wisa from St. Charles, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a Bumblebee Roostertail

Josh Dietrich from Gladstone, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white thread jig


Jim Dockins from Kansas City, MO
4 pounds in zone 2 on a white nymph


Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
3 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

Gary Wallut from Deepwater, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on an "Old Man" John Deere


Bobby Pezold from Columbia, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou

Derrick Scheper from St. Louis, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a gray scud

Brayden Allee from Lebanon, MO
2 3/4 pounds in zone 2 on a ginger marabou


Mark Drazba from New London, MO
2 pounds in zone 2 on a bedspread

Jeff Gibbs from Liberty, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on an olive, gold head (homemade Weaver's fly)


Jason Hall from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on white powerbait

Matt Courtaway from Warrensburg, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly bugger

Larry Bush from Camdenton, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on an Galloups Ant Acid

Erika Snodgrass from Salisbury, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a white jig

Wayne Brown from St. Peters, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a John Deere marabou

Calendar of Events

October 13 & 14 Holland Derby

 October 20, 2018 Hoot Hoot Halloween~ Bennett Spring State Park

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 in rainy conditions may make fisherman seem crazy to the great mass of unimaginative people, but then few fishermen care what they think.


John Gierach

Thanks for reading,



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