Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
I would currently rate the fishing conditions at a 7 out of 10. Our water is currently about 2 inches high at Bennett Spring. Fishing has been fair to good with a few less fish being caught in zone 2. The area from the 3rd wing dam to the old dam is seeing a lighter fish population right now. Fish the seams where the fast and slow water meet. They are catching a lot of fish deep on dark colored streamer patterns. Also white patterns have been good along with the cream mop fly.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
8 / 19 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bennett Spring State Park is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
River Run Outfitters

Water flow: 200 CFS 2.17 guage house

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Early A.M. and Evenings

Best stretch: Bennett Spring is stocked each day based on previous day tag sales. There are seven stock points in each zone. Most places where you see an access point (gravel driveway) will be a stocking point. Those areas typically have the higher population rate. Although fish will disperse into other areas for feeding purposes and searching.

Best access point: Good access to the stream throughout the park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Renegades 14, 18-20 Griffiths Gnats 18 Seductive Midge 18 Pale Evening Duns 18-20 Dave's Harvester Midge 16-18 Olive - Brown Black or Olive Zebra Midge - Sizes 18 Copper Hot Shot Size 18 - Olive - Rust - Dark Olive Beetles Olive or Tan Scuds fished as a dropper below a san juan or chamois Woolie Buggers Size 10 - 12 - Olive or Brown Black or Olive Leeches

Fish species: Primarily Rainbow Trout - A few Brown Trout

Fishing season: Regular season opened March 1

Nearest airport: Springfield Branson Regional, Springfield MO

Bennett Spring State Park Description

The Bennett Spring area was founded by pioneers who used the cool, rushing waters of the spring-fed stream for gristmills. Now, it’s a Missouri state park, one of the state's most popular trout destinations where people come to wrestle with rainbow trout and fish a stream that’s stocked every night.

Trout Fishing Regulations
Zone 1
From the hatchery dam upstream ...

Techniques & Tips

Dry fly fishing is starting to improve. Beetles and ants have been picking up some fish late morning thru the afternoon. Sinking fly lines fished deep with a variety of woolie worms along with various colors of cracklebacks have been effective. We have a few new colors that have been producing well. Zebra midges along with rust or olive copper hot shots have been good as well.. The cream mop flies and white are effective.

7-Day Forecast

Most schools are back in session. The summer crowds have thinned substantially. During the week is a great time to come to the park and get some good fishing in.


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