Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fishing Report 10/23/2018

How's Fishing?

Fishing was really good this last week.  The weather was much cooler with scant precipitation.  The sun came out and the trout obliged avid anglers with tight lines.  The stream is low, clear, and very well stocked.  We have about a week left in the catch and keep season, but there is still time for that last fishing excursion.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 21, 2018
Gage house level is 1.81
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 80.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 94
Current level is 103
Median is 111
Mean is 132
75th percentile is 148
Max was 407 in 1984

Niangua River
October 21, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 1.11 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 19.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 32
Median is 48
Today's reading is 56.1
75th percentile is 135
Mean is 103
record high max was 491 in 2017

What's Working?

From the Fly Case

copper wrap zebra midges
olive zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
red cracklebacks
gray scuds
dark red San Juan worms

Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
peach with a red dot glo-balls
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, cerise, ginger, white, and red and white
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Tinsel Leech, Frog Spring

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
green pumpkin powerbait
salmon eggs

Fishing Times


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

Weather Forecast

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Lunker Club


Gary Kniepkamp from St. Jacob, IL
3 pounds in zone 2 on a green crackleback


Marty Strauser from St. Clair, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on cheese bait

Bill Sales from Kansas City, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a wooly bugger


Steve Paulus from O'Fallon, IL
2 pounds in zone 2 on a blue crackleback

David Preter from Louisburg, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on orange powerbait

Steve Paulus from O'Fallon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a blue crackleback


Mike Mathis from Moberly, MO
2 1/4 pounds zone 2 on a white jig

Clayton Charleville from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive jig


Tim Russo from Hillsboro, MO
3 1/2 pounds in zone 2 on a white brassie

Tina Jarvis from Park Hills, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a mopfly

Randy Duncan from DeSoto, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 3 on yellow powerbait


Geoff Schaefer from St. Louis, MO
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on a crawdad marabou

Luke Reynolds from Sweet Springs, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on  white powerbait

Calendar of Events

Hike to the Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel
On Jan. 1st

When: 11 a.m., January 1st, 2019
Where: Natural Tunnel Trail
Bennett Spring State Park
(The trail head is just past park cabins and Bennett Spring.)

Length: 7.5 miles (Approx. 5 hours)

The Natural Tunnel is a 296 feet long tunnel forming an S through a hill.  Anticipate being outdoors on the trail from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.   This trail consists of natural surfaces including dirt, mud, gravel, shifting rocks, slippery surfaces, exposed roots and down vegetation on the trail.  There are inclines over 10% and stream crossings without bridges.  It is suggested that participants wear shoes that fit well, dress appropriate for weather , bring a snack and water.

For more information about the event, call the Bennett Spring Nature Center at 417-532-3925 and ask for Patricia Chambers.  For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks

Quote of the Week

I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. It's a nice position. No one considers you to be dangerous, but very little is expected of you.


John Gierach

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