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Date 11-Nov-16
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the busy schedule on Norfork Lake continues. Tom had two groups in for their Cast & Blast package. They striper-fish for two days and hunted pheasant the other day. The stripers are on the feed above the state line. This past week they caught over 60 stripers. Tom says he knows people are saying they are catching stripers on the flats, but not the numbers his groups are. While they are baiting for shad they are seeing hundreds of stripers way up the creeks in 3 feet of clear water. They are feeding in the coldest water on the lake. This week the lake will turn over. The turnover will shut down fishing on the main lake for a few days, but after that the fish will go on a major feed and you will be able to find them anywhere on the lake. Look on the flats and up the major creek arms for schooling fish. The white bass were feeding around Bryant Creek for periods of over an hour. You should start seeing that after the lake turnover. If you fish above the state line, do not expect to catch any stripers if you plan on trolling with plastic baits or shiners. Tom says he has been watching trollers and shiner fisherman and not one has caught a striper. Tom’s groups are using 7-inch to 8-inch gizzard shad. That’s all the stripers want right now, so just wait until the lake turns and the plastics and shiners will then catch stripers. The best bite is the flat next to the river channel in 25 feet of water. There are huge schools of shad roaming the river. Just keep moving up and down the channel. They are catching stripers using downlines, weighted floats and planer boards, the lines are set at 16 feet. Reynolds added that he took Mitch, Dave and Mark out for their annual Cast & Blast. They striper-fished for two days and caught their limit both days. The first day it took all eight hours to catch their limit. They had plenty of bites but it was one of those days to catch fish it took three bites to catch each fish. One of the nice things about fishing above the state line is you can catch your shad up there. After they were done the first day the guys let Tom catch their bait for the next day, he said. That saved Tom both time and money, he said, plus it was fun for them seeing how the guides catch bait. The next day the bite started right away and continued all morning. The group caught a limit plus two more in less than three hours. As always, the extra two fish were released. They were seeing large schools of stripers roaming the flats feeding shad. If you have never caught stripers, now is a great time.

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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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