The Niangua River could be the most overlooked trout stream in the state of Missouri. It’s widely known across the state as an excellent river for floating and smallmouth bass fishing, nevertheless the trout fishery is little known. Most area trout anglers only fish in the Niangua River’s tributary, Bennett Spring Branch.
Above Bennett Spring Branch, the Niangua is just a typical warm-water fishery. Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent, but few trout are present. It’s the cooling flows from Bennett Spring that make the river in to a true trout stream. For eleven miles, the water is cool enough to hold year-round populations of rainbow and brown trout. Both species are stocked regularly.