Buffalo National River is not just an ordinary river. It serves as a habitat to seventy-four species of fish (see list below). Among these, twelve species are game fish, and ten are endemic (exclusive) to the Ozark Plateau. Anglers who enjoy catching smallmouth bass can find them in the Buffalo River as well. Additionally, for those seeking a winter fishing experience, brown and rainbow trout can be found at the cold tailwaters of the White River near its confluence of the Buffalo River. Fishing activities at Buffalo National River must adhere to state fishing regulations, and individuals aged sixteen years or older are required to possess a valid Arkansas fishing license.
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: November 14, 2023