Re: NANFA-- Arkansas Ozark Gathering of Fisheads part 2

Rose Lawn Museum (
Fri, 23 May 2003 14:05:09 -0400

Hey Bill

Nice report! Sorry I couldn't make it. Too much life stuff going at once.
So, did you take any pix?

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 10:02 AM 5/23/03 -0700, you wrote:
>Clear Creek was a mile or so off the main road to
>Harrison from Yellville .Clear Creek was to be the 3rd
>of 4 sites . Actually I hadn't announced this location
>but had it in mind in case of problems at other sites
>There must have been recent heavy rain upstream
>because the creek was at flash flood stage .Water was
>flowing over the top of the slab bridge .The 3 large
>culverts on the up side of the bridge were completely
>submerged and on the downside the culverts were
>spewing water like giant fire hoses . On the downside
>is a deep pool where Smallmouth bass hang out to
>ambush fishes passing thru the culverts .The up side
>is normally no deeper than knee level at most . Now it
>might have been neck deep with fast current .Next to
>the bank on the up side is an extensive flat hard
>surface area often used for parking . This time it was
>1 to 3 feet under water with sharp drops and gullies
>.That is where we did our collecting . Wild and wooly
>. Kevin and I used a seine net as did Bob and Dave .
>Thinking about getting sucked thru one of those
>culverts kept things very steady and careful of where
>you were at all times .
>The fishes collected/sampled/netted and released
>Rainbow darters , Orangethroat darters , Arkansas
>Saddled darters ,Spotted topminnows , Northern
>studfish , Hornyhead chubs , Slender madtoms and young
>no ID shiners .
>Our next stop was to be Harrison lake filled and
>drained by Crooked Creek . This was a location I was
>very interested in sampling to note the difference in
>diversity in the different habitats . The creek above
>the lake is relatively deep followed by a shallow
>section of lake with sandbars followed by a deeper
>section of lake and the weir . On the other side of
>the weir is an overflow pool and then a shallow
>section of Crooked Creek . It would be a nice location
>for snorkelers to work in good weather.
>When we got to the city there was bad news . It was
>Crawdad Days in Harrison .Thousands of people sucking
>crawdad heads . Couldnt even find a place to park
>.There would be no collecting in the Harrison Lake
>area today . Thus ended our little expedition .
>Everyone talked of a repeat and truth be told most
>were worn out anyhow . Didn't even get to suck a
>crawdad head . Bill Hoppe... Arkansas Ozarks
>Bill Hoppe
>Yellville Arkansas
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