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North Fork River Sponsored by
Date 07-Mar-19
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Conditions : Norfork Tailwaters: John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said last weekend that over the previous week Norfork Lake fell 0.8 foot to rest at 9.2 feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet msl and 17 feet below the top of flood pool. The Norfork had some wadable water. In an effort to lower the water level on Lake Norfork the Army Corps of Engineers, the Little Rock District will begin spillway releases from Norfork Dam to evacuate stored flood water. The Corps will open six gates of the 12 gates 1 foot each releasing about 4,500 cfs well as 6,000 cfs releases from the two power generation turbines for a total combined release of 10,500 cfs or the equivalent of three hydropower turbines at full power.

The Norfork has fished well. Navigate this stream with caution as there has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18, 20, 22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14, 16) like the Green Butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small Y2K suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise size 10). The fishing is better in the morning. Dry Run Creek is fishing well. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10). It is cold out there. Be sure and bundle the kids up.

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About: - Tailwaters of Lake Norfork Dam, the North Fork meanders for a mere 5-miles before joining the White River. Expert anglers and inexperienced fishermen alike enjoy exciting, year-round fishing adventures on this perfect cool water trout stream. Cool waters from the Norfork Dam flow into this picturesque five-mile long mountain river creating a perfect world-class trout stream. The North Fork River remains at 47 to 58 degrees during all seasons providing an ideal year-round habitat for Rainbow, Cutthroat, German Brown and Brook. (map and more on the North Fork River)
  • Rainbow
  • Cutthroat
  • German Brown
  • Brook

Misc Info: - North Fork River, from 100 yards below Norfork Dam to White River: Open to fishing with rod or pole only. Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole and must attend it at all times. A trout permit is required. Chains or other objects capable of destroying aquatic vegetation may not be dragged.


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