Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass

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Fishing is permitted at Buffalo National River within the regulations established by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. For general information click here.


The Arkansas Fishing Guidebook is available online and at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center and Buffalo Point Ranger Station.

Please refer to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Regulations for Flowing Waters (page 71) for detailed rules pertaining to Buffalo National River.

* According to the Superintendent's Compendium (page 13) only fishing by hook and line, with rod or line being closely attended, is allowed throughout Buffalo National River.

* Bowfishing, noodling, and hogging are not permitted.

* Gigging and snagging are permitted.

* The possession or use of live or dead minnows or other bait fish is not permitted, unless the bait is harvested from the Buffalo River or its tributaries.

* Bait purchased from a licensed dealer is permitted.


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.

Last updated: January 14, 2017

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