Bennett Springs


Posted by Phil Lilley on September 21st, 2011
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Trout fishing is permitted in accordance with the Wildlife Code and posted restrictions daily from March 1st to October 31st, and during the winter catch and release season.  Throughout the year all anglers shall have a state fishing permit except those 15 years and younger or Missouri residents 65 years and older.  Any resident of Missouri 65 years and older shall carry a valid Missouri motor vehicle operator’s license, notarized affidavit, or similar official document proving his/her eligibility based on residence and age.

Each anglers hall sign and display a daily trout tag purchased on the area.  The statewide daily limits if 4 trout, regardless of number of daily tags purchased or waters fished.  No person shall continue to fish for any species in these trout waters after harvesting a daily limit of 4 trout anywhere in Missouri.

Each anglers shall keep their trout separate at all times and identified with the angler’s name and address.

Daily Limit – 4 trout, possession limit is 8 trout.  All brown trout less than 15 inches must be released unharmed immediately after capture.  There is no minimum length limit on rainbow trout.

Only a single pole or rod may be used.  Gigging, snaring, snagging and the taking of live bait are NOT permitted.

No person shall continue to fish for nay species in these trout waters after having four trout in possession.

Wading is permitted by anglers only.

Swimming and use of water craft is prohibited.

Trout Lure Definitions


an artificial lure constructed on a single point hook, using any material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented baits as defined below, that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached.

Artificial Lure

a lure constructed of any material excluding soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait as defined below.

Soft Plastic Bait

synthetic eggs, synthetic worms, synthetic grubs and soft plastic lures.

Natural and Scented Baits

a natural fish food such as bait fish, crayfish, frogs permitted as bait, grubs, insects, larvae, worms, salmon eggs, cheese, corn and other food substances not containing any ingredient to stupefy, injure or kill fish. This does not include flies or artificial lures. It does include dough bait, putty or paste-type bait, any substance designed to attract fish by taste or smell and any fly, lure or bait containing or used with such substances.

The use of game fish or parts thereof for bait or chumming is NOT permitted.

Fishing Hours in Missouri Trout Parks




6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m.
7:30 p.m.
6:30 a.m.
8:15 p.m.
6:30 a.m.
8:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m.
8:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
7:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 14 and ends November 7, 2011
Daylight Savings Time Begins March 11 and ends November 4, 2012

Fishing Zones

Zone One — From the Hatchery Dam upstream to the end of the area.  Only flies are permitted.

Zone Two — From the Hatchery Dam to the Whistle Bridge.  Only flies and artificial lures are permitted.

Zone Three — From the Whistle Bridge to the Niangua River.  Only soft plastic bait (unscented) and natural and scented baits are permitted.  All flies and artificial lures are prohibited, even if natural bait or scent has been added.


Park fishermen are required to have a Missouri Fishing Permit and a Daily Trout Tag.  These can be purchased at the Weavers Tackle Store.

COST- $3.00 Daily Tag For Adults
$2.00 Daily Tag For Children 15 Under

Buy Missouri Fishing Licenses Online!

Missouri Wildlife Code

Report Violations – Poachers

In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Operation Game Theft works to stop the illegal taking of fish and wildlife that includes trophy animals and rare and endangered species.

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