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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 18-Jan-18
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the warming trend on Norfork Lake was short-lived this past week with temperatures going below freezing for several more days now. Tom said he was fishing the Fout Marina flats before it became cold for the shad. The water temperature had dropped down to 46 degrees and everything moved to warmer water. Tom said he had not fished for 10 days due the cold and their first sports show of the year. Tom went out this past week searching for stripers and found them on the Blue Lady flats in 40-52 feet of water. The water temperature was 48 degrees. The cold snap did move the fish far this time but Tom suspects this current one will move them to deeper water more near the mouth of 101 Boat Dock at Howard Cove and into the channel and toward Bidwell Point. We found large schools of stripers and hybrids roaming. The schools will not be stationary, so you have to keep moving and stay in the depth you have seen them and wait for the next school to come along. Tom and his group were using small shad and shiners with nine rods set out. Tom had two balloons set at 30 feet and seven down rods set at 20 and 30 feet. The bite is very strong when the sun is out and only a slight wind. This next week, Tom says, he would look for stripers in Float Creek, 101 Area, Bidwell Point, the flat above the 101 bridge, and the channel between the U.S. 62 and Highway 101 bridge. The shad will settle in depth ranges from 40 to 80 feet but most of the time the range will be 40 feet. You should see large shad balls with stripers on top and inside the ball. Set your bait right above the shad since most of the fish are staying inside the shad balls and then coming up in big bunches to feed. Small shad works great, but large shiners and spoons will also work now and thorough to spring.

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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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