Jacks Fork

Types of Bass at Jacks Fork River

Posted by digitalmedium on October 25th, 2011
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The Jacks Fork River contains one of only two 18 inch smallmouth bass trophy management areas in the state. This special regulation area extends 26 miles from Highway 17 bridge to Highway 106 bridge.

In addition, the majority of this stream is within the boundaries of the National Park Service’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways. These two characterisitics provide for a unique and wild smallmouth bass angling experience. Samples conducted in 2010 forcast an excellent year for smallmouth bass fishing, with the best opportunites for catching quality sized fish (greater than 15 inches) being in the few miles downstream of Rymers access.

While few fish were observed over 18 inches, smallmouth bass densities were high, and anglers will have a good chance of catching fish in the 12-15 inch range throughout the entire speacial management area. Smallmouth bass angling in stream reaches outside of the speacial management area should also be promising this year, with good densities of fish being observed around the Ratcliff and Horsecamp accesses during 2010 samples.

Focus smallmouth bass fishing along rock ledges and boulders in bluff pools. Goggle-eye fishing should only be fair this year, with the best opportunities exisiting between Buck Hollow and Blue Springs accesses.

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