Monday, October 29, 2018

Fishing Report 10/29/2018

How's Fishing?

This season is coming to a close, but catch and release should tide over the die hard anglers (myself included).  Many memories have been made this season, lessons learned, and traditions passed on for generations to uphold.  Individuals and their families will return next season for their annual pilgrimage to Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri trout mecca. 

Fishing has been great.  The cooler temperatures are keeping the trout active.  Egg patterns throughout the day seem to be very productive.  mid afternoon is slow, but the evenings are beneficial when dry fly patterns are presented.  The stream is low, gin clear, and inundated with beautiful trout. 

All of us here at Weaver's Tackle Store wish you a wonderful rest of your year and can not wait to see everyone next season!

Of Interest:

Thanks again to the amazing Bennett Spring State Park Hatchery Staff and Park Store Staff for all their continued hard work!  The tag totals for this season as of Sunday October 28, 2018 are as follows:  Adult tags sold:  118,249 and Children's tags sold: 19,424.  The approximate number of trout stocked is somewhere in the "trout" park of 300,000.  Thank you to Assistant Hatchery Manager, Mike Perry for the information.  Any updates or corrections will be posted at a later date if needed.

Water Conditions

Bennett Spring
October 28, 2018
Gage house level is 1.77
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was in 68.0 in 1938
25th percentile is 96
Current level is 95.6
Median is 114
Mean is 126
75th percentile is 134
Max was 391 in 1971

Niangua River
October 28, 2018
Gage House reading (water level) is 0.94 feet.
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 22.0 in 1993
25th percentile is 38
Median is 52
Today's reading is 43.2
75th percentile is 97
Mean is 215
record high max was 2130 in 1997

What's Working?

 From the Fly Case

Griffith's Gnats
Rabbit Hare midges
red zebra midges
Bennett Blue cracklebacks
green cracklebacks
gray scuds
 red San Juan worms
olive green Megaworms

Zone 1 or 2

white thread jig
John Deere
Jimi Hendrix glo-balls
marabous- black and yellow, gingersnap, black and olive, ginger, white, and red and black
Rooster Tails - Bumblebee, Yellow Black Tiger, Metallic Gold Spot

Zone 3

white powerbait
orange powerbait
salmon peach powerbait
sherbert powerbait
salmon eggs

Fishing Times

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

Catch and Release hours begin November 9, 2018 until February 11, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season
2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February
  (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m.  to  4 p.m.

Weather Forecast

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Wind chill values as low as 39 early. South wind 6 to 11 mph.

Tuesday: Showers likely after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Friday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.

Saturday: A chance of sprinkles and flurries. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Lunker Club


Matt Mosher from Salina, KS
2 1/8 pounds zone 2 with a homemade lure

Shea Stille from Bellflower, MO
2 pounds zone 3 on a rubber worm


Ed Bain from Temple, TX
2 pounds in zone 1 on a red and white thread jig

Jerry Brown from Shawnee, KS
2 1/4 pounds in zone 1 on an olive marabou


Tracy Werdehausen from Waynesville, MO
2 pounds in zone 3 on an orange plastic worm


Jerry Denzel from Lebanon, MO
2 pounds in zone 1 on a ginger marabou


Scott Nowak from Camdenton, MO
2 1/2 pounds in zone 1 on a black and white midge


Derek Gray from Chillicothe, MO
5 pounds in zone 2 on a caddis fly

John Greer from Sweet Springs, MO
3.8 pounds in zone 2 on a shammy worm


Gary Hey from Augusta, MO
2.2 pounds in zone 1 on an olive wooly

Calendar of Events

November 9, 2018

Catch-and-Release Season Begins

(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m.  to  4 p.m.

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

Quote of the Week

In this busy, noisy, impatient world, faster often seems better. Many of us wear stress like a badge of honor and take pride in exhaustion. Perhaps we won't solve these problems by going fishing. But I like to think it can't hurt.


Shawn Perich

Thanks for reading,


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