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.
  • 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.
  • No trout may be possessed in the catch-and-release area.
 
 
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A family friend and my best friend's Mom, Judy, took me trout fishing for the first time when I was young right after a funeral. Her spot was next to the spillway on what used to be the concrete slope. I caught my first on a green jig that she tied. I was "hooked" on trout fishing and Bennett Springs in the instant. Years past we had many trips with our families, I even adopted and took home a stray cat found by the dumpster at the lower campground and aptly named him Bennett. My friend and I became Jr. Naturalists with our patch collection and time spent with Dana, the staff naturalist at the time. Judy is no longer with us given that cancer is a heartless bastard, but her ashes live forever at Bennett and my memories of our time there will always be among my most treasured. I'm 42 now and though I live in Texas, I recently was able to introduce my wife and 5 yr old son to Bennett while taking a trip to visit family in Illinois and escape Harvey. My son now professes his love for all things Bennett Springs and never misses an opportunity to sport his Bennett t-shirt when we are fishing here in Texas. Go to Bennett, make memories, fall in love.

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