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Old 03-01-2014, 10:14 PM
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Just a video I made today (3/1/2014) of opening day at that crazy Bennett Spring trout park in Missouri.....It looks like a mess, but things settle down eventually and you can have some fun fly-fishing..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZPV...ature=youtu.be
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Wow that looks like a nightmare, true combat fishing.

I hate seeing nice fish harvested, I guess I'm turning in to a old softy. Either that or I'm really selfish and want to catch fish like that.
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If I found the right park, it looks like it is set up to be a put and take fishery. According to this they stock it every night. Fished a put and take spot in Detroit area, they'd stock it, let the fish sit, do catch and release for a bit then let folks take them, though they'd take them before allowed. It was packed as well. Wasn't really much fun but after a cold Michigan winter it was something. Don't know that I'd do it now.
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wow! i think id go back home, 5 ppl are too many for me.
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We have our camper seasonally parked at Bennett Springs and fish it 75-100 days a year. Opening day (March 1) and most weekends the stream is extremely crowded, but I am usually off Tuesday and Wednesday, and quite often share the entire stream with 20 or less anglers.
Anytime that anyone in the group is going to be in the Lebanon, MO area through the week, let me know. I'd love to meet some of you and cast a line or 2.

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You cannot compare opening day of trout season in a Missouri Trout Park to real trout fishing...the only thing they have in common is they both involve fish and water. Opening day is just an over-crowded event barely related to trout fishing other than in name only. On one popular Missouri fishing forum multiple people recently posted that the first and most important thing to pack for opening day of trout season was jagermeister!

You could not get me to fish there opening day if you paid me!

FYI - that being said, Bennett Spring is the third largest spring in Missouri (over 100 million gallons per day) and there is another section of the stream (about a mile long starting where the spring originates) that does not allow any bait or soft/hard artificial lures; only single hook flies. The fly only area was not shown on the video. Many of the people who fish the fly only area practice C&R.

I have fished a couple of the Missouri trout parks over the years, and if you stay away from opening days, weekends and holidays...then it is not crowded and you can have a lot of fun with micro-nymphs and drys. The parks also provide access for disabled individuals to fly fish, and they are a great place to teach kids and adult beginners how to fish with a fly rod (there is nothing like catching something to guarantee a desire to return and do it again).
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:54 AM
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I have LOTS of Bennett Spring stories. I've fished all the trout parks in Missouri and timing is everything. Those big opening day fish are stocked from the hatchery as part of the experience of the opening day frenzy. You won't see me there on opening day...EVER! But the parks are different animals on the weekdays. I learned a lot as a kid fishing them.
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If I found the right park, it looks like it is set up to be a put and take fishery. According to this they stock it every night.
Correct.

Bennett is really a family park. There's a pool and playground, a good rustic lodge-style restaurant, visitors center/museum, hatchery open for tours/feed the trout, etc.

There's also the Niangua River right there and you can access that at the park boundary or at several nearby points. It's also floatable. Worth doing, especially if you want to get away from the people.


The classic trout water (runs, riffles, etc.) is actually designated for bait fishing. A lot of the stream is accessbile from the bank and that's good for kids with worms. Again, I think that's the family emphasis. The other parts of the stream have to be waded, and the flyfishers can mange that easily enough.

If you do an opener, what I gather is people do it for the same reasons you might attend a family reunion or a class reunion. Fishing's only part of the experience. The time to fish it for that "solitude" and "A River Runs Through It" experience is the winter catch and release. Very few people.

I love Bennett Springs myself. Normally, it's nothing like that, even on summer weekends (though there are numbers of people).

The last several times I've been down there, I've said the Mass for the Catholics. The local church has a shelter house they use as a chapel during summer weekends. It's actually kind of a fun Mass to do as a priest. It's easy to preach when you have all that natural beauty and opportunity to rest in creation. I'll get up super early and sit in my chair around the campfire drinking coffee and looking over the scriptures by lantern light, drink coffee, and then go fish. Quite literally, come Mass time, it's get out of the water, case the rod, slip the waders off, and head for Mass. Inevitably, the congregation is retirees, boy scout troops who are fishing and canoing, and other obvious tourists.

As far as I'm concerned Bennett Spring is a hint of our final destiny.

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Anytime that anyone in the group is going to be in the Lebanon, MO area through the week, let me know. I'd love to meet some of you and cast a line or 2.

Jr
I'll keep you in mind. I typically hit the park in late July/ Early August. Not sure if I can this year as yet, but very possible.
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Wow that's something! I am planning a trip down there for the first time this year. I hear from a friend that its not always like that. He said the same thing flyfisher said. I think I might try to go during the week sometime!
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Wow that's something! I am planning a trip down there for the first time this year.
One thing else to look for is the moss cutting schedule. Try weaver's tackle for the days and times. Some people love it and some hate it.

Why you might hate it: When they're doing it, it will make parts of the stream tough to fish with all the vegetation floating around till it goes downstream. (you can always go upstream).

Why you might love it: It makes scuds and nymphs absolutely deadly. They get dislodged and its chow time.

Personally, I like it.

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[Trout parks] are a great place to teach kids and adult beginners how to fish with a fly rod (there is nothing like catching something to guarantee a desire to return and do it again).
Absolutely. As a newbie, I went down there after doing a summer of bluegills and a few winter stockers. It was the first time I got to see other flyfisherman in action. Just seeing a decent backcast was helpful. I learned to roll cast just by watching and talking to a guy next to me. He even gave me a few flies.

That family was typical of Bennett Springs--there with his wife, several grandkids who had spin tackle, and his son and daughter-in-law for a week's summer vacation. The women were not that serious about fishing, and could find stuff to do in the antique and art stores and the amish craftshops in the area while everybody else went after trout.
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