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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 19-Apr-18
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said another crazy week of Norfork Lake weather produced lots of inconsistent patterns. We started the week cold and with good fishing. As the week wore on, they saw lots of high winds, bad storms, rising water, high boat traffic and slower fishing. Norfork Lake ended the week with cold weather but better fishing. Tom says they were catching good numbers of stripers up in Big Creek from Woods Point to 1C all last week and weekend. The lake level was consistent, then they opened the spillways about 1 foot and that changed the current in the lake and drew the fish out of the creeks. The stripers were still in the area but quit biting. Tom says he spent one morning fishing there and realized what was happening and moved to Point 1 and began catching stripers. The pattern stayed that way until Thursday when they closed the spillway. The fish were still inactive but then did start biting later in the morning in Big Creek again. Friday, it picked up and on Saturday Tom’s son, Sean, caught 13 stripers on planer boards with only a 6-foot leader near the shore. Tom, on the other hand, had only caught three but the fish were there, he said. You just had to be at the right spot along a bluff wall to catch them. Once this cold spell moves out the lake should see better action as it warms up and they get some consistent weather. Greg at Hand Cove Resort reports the night bite is still happening although the weather has greatly affected the bite. He expects it to be more consistent by the end of this week. Tom says he has seen some surface action the last two days, which means the topwater action is not far behind. Better sharpen those hooks for some reel ripping action.

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About: - Norfork Lake is located in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The 20,000 plus acre lake is known for its clear, clean waters, and is a popular Arkansas vacation destination. Norfork offers good fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, stripers, crappie, bream, walleye, and catfish. Mild winters enables anglers to enjoy fishing throughout the year.
  • largemouth and smallmouth bass
  • white bass
  • stripers
  • hybrid bass
  • crappie
  • bream
  • walleye
  • catfish

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