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Date 20-Nov-15
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said said the stripers are still not behaving like it’s fall. They are being caught in the mid-lake and upper lake areas, but not in the usual numbers we see. The water temperature is still in the 60s. If you are looking for stripers, try the Blue Lady area around 50 feet deep and in Float and Panther creeks. In the upper lake area, the stripers can be found off the old river channel in 22 to 28 feet of water. Stay off the channel, as I have not caught any fish in the channel. Look for the bait balls and you should find the stripers.

Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said fishing has been fair during the last two weeks. All species are biting once you find them. Large schools of stripers, hybrids and white bass are cruising the lake feeding on shad. Crappie and bluegills are hanging around brush piles. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are starting to move to the banks, but a lot of the larger bass are still suspended, chasing shad. Catfish are hitting worms and small bluegills very aggressively. Stripers, hybrids and white bass have schooled up and are starting to fatten up for the upcoming cool winter months. You can find large schools of fish roaming large flats in 40 to 50 feet of water. It takes time to locate the fish, but when you do, they're a lot of fun. I have also found large schools of stripers in the mouths of coves, late afternoons in 70 feet of water suspended 20 to 30 feet down. Find a cove that the wind is blowing directly into, then if you find suspended bait start looking for the stripers cruising and feeding. For some reason these large schools of stripers are hitting my spoon only when I reel up through them. Trolling is also working in the afternoon. One of my stripers this evening came from trolling a swim bait about 20 to 25 feet down. Not a lot of change in largemouth bass fishing from my last report. I am still catching these fish in 27 - 33 feet of water. Work a jig and pig or any plastic bait along the bottom. I have been casting out my spoon and bouncing it back to the boat along the bottom, this method is catching some nice fish. I am starting to mark some nice suspended bass along bluff lines down 15 to 20 feet deep. Crankbaits should start to work before long. Catfish are biting very good on green worms and small bluegill. Jugs and trotlines are working the best. Some crappie and bluegill can be found in and around sunken brush piles 25 to 30 feet deep. The fish will be suspended over the brush, but at midday look deeper in the brush. Small grubs or a small spoon jigging in and around the brush will catch you a few nice fish. Crickets are the best for the bluegills.

Guide Steve Olomon said Norfork Lake has finally been drawn down to winter pool of 556.3 and the water temperature is in the mid-60s. The bite should begin improving. The main lake is clear, and the creeks are starting to clear up. There are a lot of baitfish in the creeks that will start moving out into the main lake as the water temperature drops more. I have seen baitfish on the surface and down to 40 feet. Look for stripers around the balls of bait. Bass are hitting Wiggle Warts along the bank out to 10-12 feet deep. Some also are hitting jigs in 10-35 feet of water. If you mark a school, drop a jigging spoon or a drop-shot with a 4-inch worm to them. The night bite will get better as the water temperature drops.

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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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