Trout Fishing
 


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Zone 1

From the hatchery dam upstream to the end of the area. Only flies are permitted.

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/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. - 2nd Monday in February 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
(Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only)




For additional information, please call 417-532-4418 or 417-532-7612.

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.
  • The statewide daily limit is 4 trout, regardless of the number of daily tags purchased or waters fished. No person shall continue to fish for any species in these trout waters after having harvested a daily limit of 4 trout anywhere in Missouri.
  • Only a single pole or rod may be used. Gigging, snaring or snagging is NOT permitted.
  • Statewide daily limit 4 trout, possession limit 10 trout. All brown trout less then 15 inches must be released unharmed immediately after capture. There is no length limit on rainbow trout.
  • The use of game fish or parts thereof for bait is prohibited; chumming is not permitted.
  • No trout may be possessed in the catch-and-release area.
 
 
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I began fishing Bennett Springs almost 20 years ago. After I joined the Military my ability to fish at Bennett Springs was diminished by the constant traveling. However I do all I can to make a trip home once a year and fish this wonderful river. I can say after 20 years the fishing is as incredible as it was when I began. I have fished that river and had deer walk less than 5 feet behind me, so it is more than just the fishing that this park has to offer. I started fishing there when I was 12 years old, and now I take my daughters so they can experience the same wonder I found when I was younger. The store clerks are very kind and always seem to have a smile on their faces. The cabins are dated, but in a way that made me feel like I was at my grandparents house. Of all my travels I feel confident in saying the most beautiful place I have found is Bennett Springs.

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