Niangua River

Brian Wise is seen here fishing a section of the Niangua River.

Brian Wise is seen here fishing a section of the Niangua River.

Description of Water

The Niangua River trout habitat consists mainly of a 6 mile stretch downstream of Bennett Spring State Park. Access is from the park itself or at the Route 64 bridge. The river ranges from 30 to 100 feet wide, and a number of Rainbow Trout may be found in the river along with Brown Trout. The river iis stocked, and a number of escapees from Bennett Spring State Park make their way into the Niangua River. It is a popular canoeing area, and the people paddling them are not always considerate of flyfishers.

Popular Access Points

  1. Bennett Spring Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
  2. Barclay Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)
  3. Prosperine Access (Google Earth Download) (Garmin Waypoint Download)

Maps of Stream

  1. Missouri Department of Conservation Map of the Niangua River

USGS Stream Flow Data

  1. USGS Stream Gauge Link at Bennett Spring
  2. USGS Stream Gauge Link at Windyville, MO

Recommended Fly Patterns

  1. Mohair Leech (Size: 10)(Color: Olive)
  2. Crackleback (Size: 16)(Color: Sulphur or PMD)
  3. Elk Hair Caddis (Size: 18)(Color: Natural)
  4. Tungsten BH WoolyBugger (Size: 8)(Color: Black, Olive, or Brown)
  5. Tungsten Flashback BH Hare’s Ear Nymph (Size: 16)(Color: Natural)

Stream Specific Links

  1. Weather.com Weather Forecast for Area (Lebanon, MO)

Stream Photos

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