Rush To Buffalo City----Changes In The River.
Posted 29 May 2010 - 08:17 AM
Any info will be greatly appreciated.
Posted 30 May 2010 - 06:11 AM
Posted 30 May 2010 - 05:42 PM
Posted 01 June 2010 - 05:17 AM
Looking forward to a wonderful float, but just wanted to get some info on how that section of the river has changed since the 08 Flood.
Posted 01 June 2010 - 07:16 AM
Posted 01 June 2010 - 09:37 AM
Posted 01 June 2010 - 09:47 AM
Effective March 1, 2008, The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has placed a 25-mile section of Arkansas’ famed Buffalo River under new quality-based regulations for smallmouth bass. Excerpted from the AG&F Fishing Regulations handbook the regulation reads "From confluence with Clabber Creek downstream to the confluence with the White River, the smallmouth bass daily limit is 1 and must be at least 18 inches or longer to keep." This section of river, although somewhat inaccessible to “day trippers” due to its long length and lack of alternate take-outs, has long suffered from suspected overharvest of keeper smallmouth bass. Designated a Blue Ribbon Stream by AG&F, the entirety of the Buffalo River had been managed under a 14-inch minimum, two-fish creel limit for smallmouth bass since 1994. Still, overnight campers and, to some extent, boaters heading upstream out of White River into the Buffalo had kept an inordinate number of legal fish over the years thus diminishing the angling potential of this stretch of river.
William McMillan, of Arkansas Fly Fishers, commented, “This is an unbelievable section of the river, and it definitely deserves to be titled a Blue Ribbon Stream. In essence, this is the first “trophy” area for smallmouth bass on the river.” Similar quality regulations are in place on shorter sections of Kings River and Crooked Creek, two of Arkansas finest Blue Ribbon smallmouth stream fisheries.
Regarding the genesis of the regs change, McMillan noted, “This regulation change is something that our club spearheaded probably three years ago.
There were numerous letters sent along with other clubs offering up their support for the change of regulation on that section of river.” Arkansas Fly Fishers has historically been quite effective in influencing fisheries managers regarding the state’s cold water trout fisheries before recently directing their activities towards smallmouth bass fisheries.
“It may be only a small blurb on page 80 of the Game & Fish regulation manual, but this is a full 25 miles of river representing a huge step forward. They now are thinking of the smallmouth bass like they should be. This is a big win for the Arkansas Fly Fishers as well as for the Smallmouth Alliance!” he proclaimed.
I've never done this stretch of water but may look to it later this summer/early fall if I get the chance.
Posted 01 June 2010 - 06:12 PM
Posted 02 June 2010 - 07:36 PM
Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:39 PM
Also, watch out for the river boats...they are every where on this section of the river.
That depends a lot on water level. Most boats go up from the bottom so once the level drops below a certain point you do not see as many boats upstream.
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