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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 12-Oct-16
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the Norfork Lake fall bite is now in full swing. Tom says he continues to fish around and above the state line and have been catching limits of stripers. There are many places on the lake you can stripers but Reynolds says when he finds a good place he will not risk his client’s time trying to catch a striper in a new place when he can catch them all morning long. Sure, it’s a long ride and you need both an Arkansas and Missouri fishing license, but it’s well worth the time and money. The heavy rain on Wednesday helped to bring the water temperature down. It’s a fun time of year, the trees are turning, the eagles are feeding, and the cold mornings make the fall a great time to be on the water. If you do not want to go north, look at the flats in Big Creek near 1C just past Hand Cove and Jordan, or Robinson Point along the river channel and flat, or Cranfield Island channel and flat. The fall bite started at just the right time for a group that scheduled two days of striper fishing. Jim, Woody, Dust and Justin have fished for stripers on other Arkansas lakes but never fished Norfork. They had scheduled two six-hour trips. The first morning the sky was clear with no fog. They made the 45-minute run up and started fishing around 6:50 a.m. It was not long before they had a first strike and miss. They then started connecting and by 10 a.m. they had 12 stripers boated with the biggest being 20 pounds. They also missed many; Tom says he started with 49 gizzard shad and finished with four. Sunday they had some fog and it took a little longer to get up there. The fog seems to slow the bite down but they still had over 20 strikes and boated nine stripers. The total for two days was 21 stripers boated. If you want to catch a fall striper your window is the next six weeks.

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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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