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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 21-Aug-14
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Guide Steve Olomon said the surface wter temperature is in the mid-80s. The bite has been hot. Stripers are hitting live bait, trolled umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. Look for them suspended 40 feet deep in open water. They can also be on the bottom in 40 feet. Hybrids and some white bass are running at the same depth as the stripers. There are a few small stripers and hybrids chasing baitfish early in the morning that will hit a topwater bait. My choice of a topwater is Zara Spook. There is also a good topwater bite for largemouth bass from around 6 a.m. until about 9 a.m. I had some clients out this week and we quit around 9:45 and when we got back they asked if I would care if they went out in their boat back to where we were catching fish. I told them that is one of the reasons that people hire a guide to know where to look for the fish and what is going on that time of the year and what to use for lures. They called me the next day and said that the topwater fish were still coming up when they got back there and it lasted until 1 p.m. They also sent me a picture of one of the stripers they caught in the same area and it was in the upper teens. There also are fish coming up in the evenings just before the sun goes down.

Tailwaters - Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there’s been wadable water every day on the Norfork, but it has fished poorly because of increased angling pressure. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

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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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