Spring Rains and Ozark Smallies _ MeKenzie Hada

Tadd Fore with the biggest smallmouth of the day _ MeKenzie Had image

With the spring rains we’ve been getting, the bigger smallmouth streams (The Buffalo and Crooked Creek) have not been in any shape to produce a good day of fishing.

However, if you’re like me you can’t stand letting the rain prolong the wait to get your rod bent by some smallies. This past weekend my parents, boyfriend, and myself set out to find some fishable water way up in the hills. If you go looking you can find some clean waters in the upper stretches on some of our Ozark creeks.

Surprisingly, the water was crystal clear and each bend seemed to hold a pool of a few spawning fish. Though not our usual day of smallmouth fishing, we left satisfied catching several decent size fish mainly on sculpin and Hada Creek Crawler patterns. Of course, my boyfriend caught the pig of the day (this is becoming a reoccurring pattern).

And, we couldn’t pass up going after some nice size gar too!

The other good thing about our Ozark streams is they don’t take too long to get back in shape after the rains stop. And the water we are getting now means the creeks will be in awesome shape through July and August.

Tadd and a gar