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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 28-Apr-16
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the upper 60s to the low 70s. Stripers, hybrids and white bass are coming up, chasing baitfish. Throw a Zara Spook, soft jerk bait, wake bait or a swim bait. The night bite has been good, but just because you find them on a bank doesn't mean they will be there again the next night. Some nights require fishing multiple banks. Reel your stick bait slowly or you won’t get many hits. There are still a few walleye up shallow at night also. Bass were spawning this week and some were hitting jigs in 2 to 15 feet of water. They were also hitting soft jerk baits and swim baits.

Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the bite is on. Bass, stripers and hybrids are hitting all over the lake. Topwater lures, plugs and live bait are producing daily limits. I heard from some of the bass pros and they caught 40 to 50 keeper bass every day before the recent Bassmaster tournament. I have been fishing the south end of lake concentrating on main lake points. The shad are spawning right on the bank, so the predator fish are up there feeding all night and day. Find a windblown point and you find stripers feeding very shallow, in the morning. If you’re not on the lake this week and next you’re missing the high point of the spring bite. Crappie continue to be caught in the Big Creek area past Woods Point, about halfway into Brushy Creek. The best performing artificial striper bait seems to be Smithwick's Perfect 10 Rogue. Jewel has come out with a new feather bait looks good for trolling. Hand Cove Resort also has good size shiners in stock right now too. The stripers along with the other large predator species have moved into their spring feed patterns with the air and water temperatures about normal.

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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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