Water is lowbut very fishable
September 15, 2012
Buffalo River - Freshwater Fishing Report
Just Fishing Guides said as of Wednesday, the river was very low. Ponca was at 1.48 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.21 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.22 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.49 feet. Clousers, Shenk's Streamer, KC's Ozark Slider and Crazy Dads are all working well. Also, try large hopper and dragon fly patterns on top. Whit's Hopper and Whitlock's Gorilla Dragonfly are cool patterns to try, as well as Sneaky Pete's, Gurglers in white or chartreuse, and Boogle Bullets. The top-water bite with flies is really going gangbusters. Spotted bass are holding near woody debris. Smallmouth bass are in the deeper channels. Sunfish have been caught with about anything that hits the water. Small poppers, woolly buggers, spiders, beetles and hoppers are raking in the sunfish. Sometimes it is hard not to catch them. Spin fishing has picked up fish with white or gray Flukes, 4-inch Zoom lizards in watermelon red and tube baits in green pumpkinseed. Crank baits, buzzbaits and spinners have worked well also.
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelley's Slab was reading 9.43 feet Wednesday. Fishing has been very good; you just have to hike or drag a canoe or kayak to get to the fish. Top-water fishing is producing smallmouth up to 18+ inches for both fly and spin anglers. Concentrate on deeper runs and the upper end of pools with chunk rock and/or wood cover, and cover thoroughly with repeated, accurate casts with varied retrieve rates.
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