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Lake Norfork Sponsored by
Date 16-Feb-17
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Conditions : Lake Norfork: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the Norfork Lake surface temperature had started to rise with this warm weather and south winds. Tom said he went looking for bait and found threadfin and gizzards in Bennett’s Bayou. The water temperature had risen to 55 degrees on Saturday. He also found lots of schooling crappies in 15 feet of water. He was fishing for stripers using shiners and caught a 12-inch crappie. Tom then started looking for them and found large schools roaming the river channel. He said he expected the water temperature to get back into the high 40s but with the expected warmer forecast you should expect to see lots of bait and fish movement in the next 10 days. The shad are moving and should start heading up halfway in the major creeks. Tom said he still continues to fish Float Creek but with not much success. The stripers are deep along with the shad. He has been seeing fish at 75 feet on the bottom in the shad schools. He does not expect this to last much longer as he has found some fish up the creek in waters less than 50 feet. On Friday Tom took Bob out for his first striper trip. It was the full moon and windy. Tom was using both threadfin and gizzard shad, and expected with that bait that they would tear up the fish. They found stripers right away in Float Creek and had a bite right away but it was petty soft bite and the fish did not hook itself. They fished for over 5 hours and continued to have soft bites with no real takers. Tom says he ran across a friend who had fished the Tracy Marina area both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon last week and limited out both days. He said the shad was in 20 feet and thick outside the marina. Tom and his group went down there but could not find any shad. He said he thought the shad were staying out of the marina where they normally stay because of the full moon. Anyway, he said, it just shows that you can have the best bait and still not catch a striper, but tomorrow is another day.

Reported by: Arkansas F&G


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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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