• Canoeing on the Buffalo


    National River Arkansas

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Fishing is permitted at Buffalo National River within the regulations established by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. General information may be found online at http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/default.aspx

The current fishing guidebook is available online at http://www.agfc.com/resources/Pages/ResourcesPublicationsGuidebookFishing.aspx and at park visitor and information centers.


Fly Fishing
When most people think of fly fishing, they think of a small, cold stream full of trout. On your stay at Buffalo National River, don't forget your fly rod because if you have never felt the pull of a smallmouth bass on the end of your fly line, you are missing out!

Warm water fly fishing is an exciting challenge for any angler. There are many species of fish in the Buffalo that just love to hit a fly. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon, break out your popper bugs or any other top water fly and hang on for the explosion! Hand sized pan fish, goggle eye and smallmouth bass all crash the surface for a tasty bug treat. Try your luck with a bead head woolly worm or crawfish fly near the big rocks along the banks and you could lure out a nice size smallmouth.

Whether you are a dry or wet fly fisherman, pack your rod and enjoy the fishing opportunities available here on the Buffalo National River.

Did You Know?

Twilight on the Buffalo National River

Did you know that there are no dams found on the Buffalo National River. In fact, a number of people realized this and fought to keep the river untouched by dam builders. On March 1, 1972, Congress established Buffalo National River as the country's first national river.