Trout Fishing Regulations
 

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.
  • Statewide daily limit is four trout, All brown trout less then 15 inches must be released unharmed immediately after capture. No length limit on rainbow trout. Possession limit is ten trout.
  • Only a single pole or rod may be used. Gigging, snaring or snagging and the taking of live bait 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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My dad took me to opening day 1964 and ever since then I have been in love with this park. I learned to fly fish there. Thanks to the many people that over the years that have shared their time on the stream. Some have become life long friends and I cherish them as well as I do the many trout that have fallen for my flies and the ones that refused them. I have over the past several years been able to travel and fish other places in the U.S., New Zealand, and west Australia. Still my favorite waters are in the Ozarks with Bennett at the top of the list. I look forward to starting my fifth decade of fishing at Bennett Spring.

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