Fishing for Buffalo

A Guide to the Pursuit and Cuisine of Carp, Suckers, Eelpout, Gar, and Other Rough Fish


Rob Buffler and Tom Dickson

The definitive guide to the eccentric and surprisingly popular sport of rough fishing

Witty, well-researched, offbeat, and cleverly illustrated.

Kansas City Star

Is a carpsucker a carp or a sucker? Where can you find the largest eelpout in the United States? Can you catch creek chubs and fry them for supper?

These questions and more are answered within the pages of Fishing for Buffalo. Rob Buffler and Tom Dickson dispel myths and rumors about rough fish with credible biological information while also demonstrating the joy of angling for nontraditional fish. Its wealth of information qualifies this book as a fishing bible for the growing number of rough fishing enthusiasts in the United States and makes it easy to identify the rough fish you may catch. It even includes a sampling of Dickson and Buffler’s favorite recipes, such as Burbot Boulangère and Deviled Grilled Cisco.

Rough fish may be a lot of things—ugly, unruly, or elusive—but they are definitely not boring.

Rob Buffler is the executive director of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative based in Canmore, Alberta.

Tom Dickson is the author of The Great Minnesota Fish Book (Minnesota, 2008) and has written for National Wildlife, Sporting Classics, and Fly Fisherman. He is currently editor of Montana Outdoors.

Witty, well-researched, offbeat, and cleverly illustrated.

Kansas City Star

One of the most honest and enjoyable fishing books I have seen this summer.

Chicago Tribune

The quintessential book on roughfishing, Fishing for Buffalo by Rob Buffler and Tom Dickson is back in print. Complete with species identification, biological information, tactics, and even some of the authors’ favorite recipes, this book is a must have for any serious roughfish enthusiast.

Fantastic photos of very homely fish.

Rochester Post-Bulletin