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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 18-Aug-16
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said striper fishing on Norfork Lake is hitting its summer peak. Norfork is different than other Southern lakes. The hotter it gets, the better the bite. This will continue into the middle of September, then the oxygen level is the lowest it will be and the bite slows down on the southern part of the lake. About that time Tom starts heading up toward Calamity Beach where the lake oxygen will begin to reach a higher level. Tom fishes up toward Udall until late November. The best bite on the lake is in the river. The striper bite continues to center around the dam area. You will find them from Shoal Creek to the front and back of Koso Point, Thumb Point, Dam Cove, Point One and then east toward Hand Cove. They continue to feed in the 30-35-foot range of water before light, then move out to deeper water. The evening bite has begun. That bite usually starts around 6 p.m. up to dark off the lake points. As the sun sets, the stripers will move onto the point flats and begin their evening feed. The rains this week should help the oxygen in the lower end of the lake, and with the work continuing on the dam we should not see much of a rise in the lake level. The best bait this past week has been gizzard shad. Reynolds has been fishing Norfork Lake since his first May vacation in 1982. His son Sean was just 18 months old when he was on Reynolds’ boat watching dad catch stripers. They fished together since then on their home waters in Indiana and Norfork Lake. In 1997, the Reynoldses moved down to Mountain Home and Tom began his guiding business. Sean helped out and when he was old enough began to guide part time through school. He became very busy on his own with his restaurant and only could help out occasionally. Since he sold the business he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., and began guiding there, but Mountain Home called him back, and now that he is getting married in September he is starting a new journey. Sean will be joining Tom full time as his partner in their fishing and hunting business. Sean is an excellent fishing, duck and deer guide. Tom says he’s very proud of him and very excited that he has decided to join him. So now when you call to book a trip Tom will not have to turn you down since they will have two boats to take you on your striper experience. The fall bite will be starting soon as the water starts to cool down so make your plans on the web with www.FishNorfork.com for everything Norfork Lake

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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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