Buffalo National River is more than just a river. At least fifty-nine different species of fish find a home at Buffalo National River. Of these, twelve species are considered game fish. The Buffalo River has long been a favorite spot for smallmouth bass anglers. Rainbow and brown trout, introduced game species, have been found in the cold tailwaters of the White River near its confluence with the Buffalo. Fishing is in accordance with state regulations; a license is required for those sixteen years or older.
According to the Superintendent's Compendium (36 CFR §7.35 Buffalo National River SPECIAL REGULATIONS) only fishing by hook and line, with rod or line being closely attended, is allowed throughout Buffalo National River.
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.
The following symbols have been used to indicate the type of river habitat where fish are typically found:
Last updated: February 20, 2019