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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 23-Sep-16
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said this past week they finally had some rain, and the east side of the creeks are muddy with lots of debris. The water coming in from the creeks is very cool. The front of Bennett’s Bayou creek is 82 degrees and the incoming water is 73 degrees. The new water has changed the dynamics of the lake. Tom said he has been fishing the dam area for stripers in 32-35 feet of water early all morning long. All week long the stripers have stayed in that range. When Tom is about to finish fishing he says he dumps his remaining live shad into the lake and the stripers have exploded around his boat. The last two days, not one striper has come up. The marks he’s seeing are now catfish. They have been catching them each day. The stripers are moving out of the area. Tom said he plans on pre-fishing Diamond Bay and the Robinson Point area. That is the first place they will show up. He also plans on fishing the state line area. With the cold water coming into the lake, the stripers should make a run up the lake and start their fall feed. Reynolds took out two couples for a recent two-day striper trip. They started each day fishing near the dam and caught and missed a few stripers. The bite is very slow and the bite is not very hard. The stripers will hit the bait and then come back and pull the rod but not hard. Most times the group would miss the fish since they were only holding the bait, not biting it. On Sunday Donna had the hot hand. She had figured out the bite and was hooking the fish and had her limit within the first two hours. We did not catch anymore stripers, but did catch catfish. Reynolds said he really feels the stripers are migrating and the next big rain will really get them moving. The fall bite should start anytime and will continue this way into November.

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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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