Freshwater Mussels and Their Importance to the Balance of the Buffalo

Shawn Hodges, fisheries biologist for the Buffalo National River, will speak on “Freshwater Mussels and Their Importance to the Balance of the Buffalo” at 5:30 p.m. at the Boone County Library on Tuesday, May 22. The library is located at 221 W. Stephenson in Harrison.

“Its ancient current gives life to more than 300 species of fish, insects, freshwater mussels, and aquatic plants,” according to the National Parks Service website.

The Buffalo is a great float fishing stream. It’s considered a model smallmouth bass stream with its fast, clear, oxygen rich water. Smallmouth love the river’s gravel bottom and boulder beds. Most folks float in a johnboat or canoe. The Buffalo’s cool, clean waters also provide a great habitat for channel catfish, green and longear sunfish, and spotted bass. Try fishing it with natural baits such as crayfish, minnows and worms.

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