Located 500 yards east of Missouri's Bennett Spring State Park

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Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
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February 18, 2017


How's Fishing?


Of course, fishing is not allowed in the Spring branch until the first of March, but with the weather being so amazing, people are flocking to the area to hike, picnic, and let the kids play and feed the fish. Fishing has been reported to be really great on the Niangua.

The gravel removal project was completed over the winter. Some of the old areas that were nice deep pools are there again. Be cautious about where you step. especially in zone one. One of the most noticeable improvements are the rebuilding of the handicap accessible jetties.


Of Interest


The annual pre-season meeting was held on February 16 in the Bennett Room at Family Crossing Park on Highway 64. There were over 50 people that attended. It was informative on several levels. The presenters were very positive about the upcoming year. The fish in the hatchery are growing nicely and there will be plenty of lunkers for those that enjoy the lure of the big fish. I will have some more statistics for the next report.

The last four openings that occurred on a Wednesday were 1989 with 2197 tags sold, 1995 with 2071, 2000 with 2377, and 2006 with 2107 tags sold. The official guess for opening this year is 2100. I'm going out on a limb and saying that this number is too low. I'm guessing we will have even more than the 2377 number that was in 2000.

There will be 7000 fish put in the stream for opening with 50 lunkers. One with your name on it, I'm sure!

The siren ringer will be Gary Modale, a well liked and respected person on the stream. His first visit to Bennett was in 1957. He and his wife of 52 years have been coming to Bennett every year since then. They moved to this area permanently in 2007 from Windsor, Missouri. Congratulate him when you see him!


What's Working?


Every year anglers start out with their favorite 'go to' lures. These include the black & yellow marabou, John Deere, white floss, gingersnap marabou, and possum hair roaches. Then there is a switch to fly rods and the standard cracklebacks and renegades are first out of the box. From there, you tell me what's working! Game on!


Fishing Times

March 6:30 A.M.  CST 6:00 P.M.  CST
March Daylight Savings Time 7:30 A.M.  CDT 7:00 P.M.  CDT
April 7:00 A.M. 7:30 P.M.
May 6:30 A.M. 8:15 P.M.
June 6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
July 6:30 A.M. 8:30 P.M.
August 7:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M.
September 7:30 A.M. 7:15 P.M.
October 7:30 A.M. 6:30 P.M.

Water Conditions


Bennett Spring
February 17, 2017

Gage house level is 1.94 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 76 in 2015
25th percentile is 121
Median is 180
Mean is 199
75th percentile is 247
current level is 123
Max was 1020 in 2008

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 1.80 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 57 in 1996
25th percentile is 104
Median is 238
Mean is 749
75th percentile is 411
Today's reading is 102
record high max was 7490 in 2008


Weather Forecast


Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 11 mph.

Washington's Birthday: Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 69.


Calendar of Events


March 1st

Opening Day for catch and keep


April 7th

Veterans Free Fishing Day


May 6th

Kids Free Fishing Day


 September 30

Ladies Free Fishing Day


Quote of the Week


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish...feed yourself. He's a grown man and fishing is not that hard.


Ron Swanson - 2011

Thanks for reading.




Trout Fishing Report for Bennett Spring
Brought to you by
Weaver's Tackle Store
January 25, 2017


How's Fishing


Last Saturday I drove down to the park to see how things were. There were so many people there that it looked - and almost felt like - July! The fish were biting, the sun was shining, and there was no wind. The water was very clear and flowing well. It was an amazing day, probably the nicest one all winter.

We had quite a bit of rain on Sunday and the stream rose to over three feet, but it's coming down nicely. The Niangua River rose to six and a half feet on Sunday, but today is down to four.

By the way, there are only three more weekends to enjoy the catch and release season.


Of Interest


This is an e-mail that Ben Havens, the hatchery manager, sent out to local businesses on January 6, 2017. I've copied it for you all to read.


Hello all-

I hope everyone is staying warm now that winter has finally found us here at Bennett. The snow has fallen and so have the temperatures. It’s a great time here in the park!

The winter C&R season is in full swing and be it cold, there are still a handful of fishermen out finding a quiet place to relax and wet their line. The C&R season will continue through Monday February 13th.

This leads us to our next order of business, the annual MDC Hatchery Pre-Season meeting. This year the meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be located at “The Bennett Room” on Hwy 64 just as it was last year. I will present a summary of 2016 and a forecast of what to expect in 2017.

In addition to MDC Hatchery staff, Craig Fuller, Fisheries Biologist for our area, will be available for questions. The Dept. of Natural Resources state park staff will also be on hand to introduce some of their new staff and answer questions about the park, camping, facilities and improvements they have going on.

If you have any questions you would like answered, please forward them on to me and I will be sure they get addressed. Or you can just bring them along with you that night.

Please feel free to print out the attached flyer and post it for your patrons to see.

As always, my door is open for visitors anytime. Feel free to stop by to chat or take a peek in the hatchery building. It’s a bustling place these days!

I look forward to seeing you all soon.


Ben Havens
Hatchery Manager
Bennett Spring Fish Hatchery
26142 Hwy 64A
Lebanon, Mo 65536
417-532-4418 x1062


Fishing Times


Catch and release began on November 11, 2016 for the trout parks of Missouri
8 am to 4 pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday only.

The last weekend for catch and release in the trout parks of Missouri is February 10th and 11th.

Opening day for the catch and keep season is March 1, 2017


Water Conditions


For Bennett Spring

Gage house level is 2.76 feet
Daily Discharge levels:
All discharge numbers are in Cubic Feet per Second
minimum was 73 in 1940
25th percentile is 100
Median is 148
Mean is 168
75th percentile is 198
current level is 364
Max was 676 in 2010

Niangua River

Gage House reading (water level) is 4.04 feet
Discharge levels in cubic feet per second:
Minimum was 49 in 2013
25th percentile is 60
Median is 181
Mean is 422
75th percentile is 484
Today's reading is 629
record high max was 4170 in 2010


Weather Forecast


Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 3I. West wind 8 to 11 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 40.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 42.


Quote of the Week


It is the constant - or inconstant - change, the infinite variety in fly-fishing that binds us fast. It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year.

Theodore Gordon

Published: 1914


Dredging has been done in this area.  Watch your footing.


Thanks for reading! Lucy


Noted fly fisherman Lefty Kreh was once asked by a non-fisherman what was the sense of catching fish only to let them go. He responded, "Do you burn your golf balls after a game?"




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