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I was up in Mountain Home on business on Wednesday and decided to stop by the ramp at Cotter and look at the river for a minute. I noticed that Cotter Spring seemed to have very little water comning out of it. I know that it is tied into Crooked Creek, but every time that I have seen it, it had a lot more water flowing out of it. Does the dry weather really affect it that much? Also, I remember that the AGFC turned it into a Dry Run Creek type of stream for kids, has it ever produced anything like Dry Run Creek has?

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Cotter's Big Spring recently underwent a major redo by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and believe it or not the flow was increased. The AG&F tapped into some local springs to increase the flow. It is spring fed and very much affected by the water table. We are in the middle of a drought. It is still the best place to cool off on a hot summer day. It was established as a catch and release area like Dry Run Creek. Unfortunately the very problems we are talking about erratic flows plus warmer water temperatures (Crooked Creek is a warm water stream)will never allow it to reach the level of Dry Run Creek which is sustained by all of the discharge of the National Fish hatchery.

John Berry


Fly Fishing For Trout




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