Crooked Creek has received national acclaim as one of the top smallmouth bass streams anywhere, and its reputation is well deserved. Ideal habitat and an abundance of crayfish, hellgrammites and other smallmouth bass foods combine to produce large numbers of quality fish. Two- to three-pounders are fairly common, and four- to six-pound smallmouth bass are not unusual.
Below Yellville, the going is rough, but this is the stretch that produces six- and seven-pound “brownies.” May is perhaps the best month to fish Crooked Creek. During this season, live minnows and jig & frog (one-eighth ounce brown jig and a brown pork frog) do exceptionally well. Fall fishing is also fantastic, especially when using crank-baits, spinner-baits and live hellgrammites or crayfish. Popping bugs and streamers on a fly rod offer great sport for smallmouth bass, as well as for goggle eye and longear sunfish that are also common in Crooked Creek.
Float trips are also possible past Yellville, but, as one account noted, this lower portion “is recommended only for the serious, dedicated fisherman.” The very ruggedness of the float–rocky shoals, tight chutes, and willow thickets–discourages most visits. Also, in late spring, a very peculiar thing happens to Crooked Creek below Yellville. It disappears, literally sinking into the ground. (Tests with colored dye revealed that the stream flows underground several miles and emerges at Cotter Spring on the White River near Cotter. The spring has been designated as a trout sanctuary by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is now closed to fishing).
The Dillard’s Ozark Outfitters, Inc. specializes in float trip on Buffalo National River. The trip is ideal for couples, families, and groups of all sizes. Float trips ranging from one-half day to 14 day excursions. Ozark offers float trips on nearby Crooked Creek. There is also a wildlife check station, sell fishing licenses, hats, T-shirts, gifts, gas, and ice. It offers guided fishing year round. Outfitters rent, shuttle, and guide on Crooked Creek.
Dillard’s Ozark Outfitters
17 Dillard Loop – Scenic Hwy 14, Yellville Arkansas 72687
Phone: 870-449-6619 Toll Free: 800-423-8731
“CRAZY” Mike Neher has more than 30 years experience in guiding and outfitting trout fishing on White River, North Fork River and small mouth bass on Crooked Creek. Whether it’s Fly Fishing or a spin fishing guide service, let Mike and his team of expert White River guides be your fishing partners on your next fishing trip and it will be an experience you will never for get whether it’s 1 person or 60 you will receive the same quality trip. Ask Mike or his wife Barb about White River lodging, White River RV Parks, dining, and directions, too. They will steer you in the right direction for anything trout fishing related in the region.
Michael & Barb Neher
Box 115 , Flippin Ar. 72634