Bennett Spring State Park

 
Associated Area(s)

Driving directions: 12 miles west of Lebanon on Highway 64.

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

Bennett Spring is easily accessible from Hwy 65 or from I-44.  From Hwy 65 take Hwy 64 east to the park entrance, approximately 12 miles.  From I-44 travel to Lebanon, MO then take Hwy 64 west to the park entrance, approximately 12 miles. 

The 2014 trout season should be another good one with daily stockings of rainbow trout at Bennett Spring State Park from March 1 through October 30. There are three fishing zones within Bennett Spring State Park. Zone 1 runs from the Hatchery Dam upstream to the spring area. Only flies are permitted in Zone 1. Zone 2 runs from the hatchery dam downstream to the Whistle Bridge. Only flies and artificial lures are permitted in Zone 2. Zone 3 runs from the Whistle Bridge downstream to the Niangua River. Only soft plastic bait (unscented) and natural and scented bait are permitted in Zone 3. All flies and artificial lures are prohibited in Zone 3, even if natural bait or scent has been added. Anglers also have the opportunity to catch and release trout during the winter fishing season. Bennett Spring Trout Park is open for catch-and-release fishing only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from the second Friday in November to the second Monday in February. All fish must be released unharmed immediately.

Each year the park hosts special events that encourage angling as a family activity and provide novice anglers the opportunity to experience trout fishing. Kids Free Fishing Day takes place on the first Saturday in May. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to come out and take advantage of the resources at Bennett Spring. Children age 15 and under will receive a free tag to fish in Bennett Spring State Park on Kids Free Fishing Day. There will be a special fishing area for children only to ensure that they have a successful trip. This area will extend from the hatchery outlet in Zone 2 to the first riffle past the Suzy Hole in Zone 3. This area will be marked with signs and will be patrolled to make sure that children are the only anglers fishing there. Children need to observe the zone regulations, length limits for brown trout, and daily limits. There will be streamside volunteers to assist participants with knot tying, lure selection, and fishing advice. There will be several activities for the children to participate in, and food will be provided for kids age 15 and under. All anglers must abide by normal fishing hours for May, which are 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. The other event is Free Fishing Days which are held in June on the first Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday.

Latest Report

Zone 1 and 2 lures that are working well: black zebra midges, Easter egg or Jimi Hendrix glo balls, ginger Cracklebacks; Zone 3 baits that are popular: yellow glitter Power Baits, florescent orange or white gulp salmon eggs; weed cutting is scheduled for September 16 - 17; cutting will begin in Zone 3 and move upstream; if you have any questions, please contact Bennett Spring Hatchery at 417-532-4418.
Water Surface Temp
60º
Water Type
clear
Water Level (Range)
low
Prospect
Good
Other species:
Bennett Spring State Park
Region
Information
Park 417-532-4418
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Best Bets

From annual prospecting surveys