Fishing Season: Regular season opened March 1

Bennett Spring State Park - MO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Larry's Sporting Goods's Tip of the Week

The water at Bennett has been high most of the month of April an early May. Currently up about 10 inches over normal for this time of year.i Hope to see the water back down and in better shape by the weekend. You will want to avoid the faster current and fish the seams where the fast and slow water meet. You can also have success fishing on the downstream side of any structure.

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Map of Bennett Spring State Park

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

River Run Outfitters

5-Day Outlook as of 8/31/22

Warm temps and chance of rain on friday. Water improving every day. Fishing should remain fair to good. Zebra Midges and scuds. Black Caddis, Griffiths Gnats very effective

Techniques & Tips as of 8/31/22

Sinking line with streamers and cracklebacks Floating line with indicators and suspending small attractor patterns and small jigs. mop flies working well

Local Species Available Regular season opened March 1

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    Primarily Rainbow Trout - A few Brown Trout

Larry's Sporting Goods's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Light Cahill cream 18-20
Indicator Beetle olive - black 8 - 12
Indicator Parachute - Lt. Cahill Brown - Gray 12-14
Pale Morning Dun Thorax cream to olive 16-20
Crackleback Copper - Chartreuse 12-14
Synthesizer Brown Olive 12
Bead Head Brassie™ black 16-18
Bead Head Flash Bugger Olive 8-10
Copper Hot Shot Olive or Brown 18
RGN Golden Olive 16

Light Cahill

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Larry's Sporting Goods's Recommended Gear

Description: About Bennett Spring State Park

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. Average Daily Flow is 100 million gallons. Trout Fishing Regulations Zone 1 Spring to the Dam at Hatchery. Only single hook lures and flies are permitted. You can fish a dropper off of your main fly. You can also use fly patterns that have rubber legs or latex attached. Zone 2 From the hatchery dam to the whistle bridge. Only flies and artificial lures are permitted. Zone 3 From the whistle bridge to the Niangua River. Only soft plastic bait (unscented), natural and scented bait are permitted. All flies and artificial lures are prohibited, even if natural bait or scent has been added. Zone areas are marked in the park and maps are also available. Trout Fishing Hours Beginning Time Ending Time March 6:30 a.m.*/7:30 a.m.** 6 p.m.*/7 p.m.** April 7 a.m. 7:30 p.m. May 6:30 a.m. 8:15 p.m. June and July 6:30 a.m. 8:30 p.m. August 7 a.m. 8 p.m. September 7:30 a.m. 7:15 p.m. October 7:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. * Central Standard Time ** Central Daylight Time Catch-and-Release Season Beginning Time Ending Time 2nd Friday in Nov. through the 2nd Monday in February (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 8 a.m. 4 p.m. For additional information, please call 417-532-8678 Regulations Trout fishing is permitted in accordance with the state wildlife code and posted restrictions daily from March 1 through Oct. 31, and during the winter catch-and-release season from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only. Each angler shall display a daily trout tag purchased on the area and bearing his or her signature. Each angler shall have a state fishing permit except those 15 years and younger or Missouri residents 65 years and older. Each angler shall keep their trout separate at all times and identified with their name and address. Daily limit is four, only one of which may be a brown trout equal to or greater than 15". No length limit on rainbow trout. Possession limit is eight trout. Only a single pole or rod may be used. Gigging, snaring or snagging is NOT permitted. No person shall continue to fish for any species in these trout waters after having four trout in possession. The use of game fish or parts thereof for bait is prohibited; chumming is not permitted.

Nearest Airport:

Springfield Branson Regional, Springfield MO


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

Best Time 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:

Good access to the stream throughout the park