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Date 12-Oct-17
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Lou Gabric at Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said cappie and bass are biting exceptionally well on Norfork Lake. The last month has been one of the best crappie bites Lou has seen in quite a while, he says. The crappie have schooled on sunken brush and are at all depths, depending on the depth of the brush. Lou has a couple of sunken trees where he has been fishing that has branches that are only 10 feet under the surface, and other brush piles are coming up to about 20 feet. Most of the time he is catching the crappie on the top of the brush no matter of the depth. He has been jigging a quarter-ounce spoon (white with a green back), but others are jigging with a hair jig or little grubs with a twister or paddle tail. Live crappie minnows with a slip float are also working really well. Lou is catching very few short crappie, but the majority of the fish are just in the 10-12 inch range. One of Lou’s guests did land a nice 14-inch crappie last weekend.

Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are starting on their fall feed. They are feeding on small minnows as well as crawdads. Tuesday morning, Lou said, he was vertical-jigging with a spoon along a bluff line in 20-30 feet of water and ran across a small school of smallmouth bass lying on the bottom. Lou marked the fish with his depth finder and then they starting attacking his small 1/4 spoon. Lou ended up landing three very nice smallies; they sure are a lot of fun to battle on a light weight rod with 6-pound test, he said. Lou also landed several other small largemouth bass in the same type of area. One of his guests this morning, for a hour, caught largemouth and spotted bass in 30-32 feet of water on a large flat area. His fish were feeding on crawdads. He was vertical-jigging with a half-ounce spoon. Last week Lou had a family out bass fishing; their son had lots and lots of fun landing many bass. His best bait was a Texas rigged worm worked along a bluff line. His fish were coming out of 15-25 feet of water and most on the bottom.

Striped bass fishing is still off, at least for Lou, but with the upcoming cooler weather, he says he believes anglers will see some activity in this species over the next couple of weeks. He did get into some feeding hybrids last Friday in 18 feet of water several hours before sunrise. The striped bass are still scattered though out the lake waiting for a water temperature that makes them feel good. The surface water temperature is holding around 76 degrees in the early morning and rises a few degrees with the heat of the day. Cooler weather is on its way, so Norfork should start seeing a steady fall in water temperature over the next week. The lake level has reached normal pool and generators are being run sporadically to maintain this level. The stabilization of the lake should help improve the bite for all species. The creeks and coves are stained and the main lake appears to be clearing to clear.

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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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