Crooked Creek is one Arkansas' premier smallmouth bass fisheries. This "free flowing" stream near Harrison, Arkansas meanders for miles through the Ozark country side until it meets the White River down stream of Cotter. Certain stretches of Crooked Creek hold excellent populations of smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as, rock bass, Carp, and various Sunfish/Bluegills. Primary food sources are crawfish, various bait fish, and lots of "terrestrials". The occasional salamander, fence lizard, skink, or small snake may also find themselves prey to a large bass.
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. Techniques used are fly fishing, as well as, spin fishing with small artificial lures. Wading is an option or small, non-motorized, personal pontoons and kick boats may be utilized. It all depends on Mother Nature and her water levels. Barring heavy rainfall, early Spring through Fall is prime time. Fly fishing is typically done with 5 or 6 weight rods with a sink-tip. This makes it easy to strip streamers and crawfish patterns near the bottom. Deer hair poppers and other surface offerings are best early and late, but there are times when "dry fly" fishing is productive all day. Spin fishing is best in the deeper pools using small, soft plastics. Top water lures also work best in mornings and evenings.