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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 23-Oct-14
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tailwaters - Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork tailwater has fished better recently. With little wadable water on the White, there has been more angling pressure on the Norfork. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like ruby midges, root beer midges, 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 18 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. With school back in session and conclave over, there is less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. Now would be a great time to fish it with a kid. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise).

Last report 10/16 - Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is 1 1/2 feet below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid- to low 60s and is dropping. The water visibility is stained. We should see a major change this week in striper activity. Stripers are now schooling all over the lake. You can find them along the bluff walls and flats in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers are holding in 38 to 55 feet with some deeper fish at 60 feet. The big schools are in the 40- to 50-foot range. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid-lake area, look for stripers at Robinson Point, Float Creek, Panther Bay and Fall Creek areas. I fished the lower end of the lake at the Hudson Point area near Hand Cove and Jordan and found big schools of stripers as well.

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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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