Tailwaters of Lake Norfork Dam, the
North Fork meanders for a mere 5-miles before joining the White River. Expert anglers and inexperienced fishermen alike enjoy exciting, year-round
fishing adventures on this perfect cool water trout stream. Cool waters from the Norfork Dam flow into this
picturesque five-mile long mountain river creating a perfect world-class trout
stream. The North Fork River remains at 47 to 58 degrees
during all seasons providing an ideal year-round habitat for Rainbow, Cutthroat,
German Brown and Brook. At low water the river offers great fishing for anglers
whom like to wade. Access is plentiful with much provided by private resorts.
Quarry Park, just below Norfork Dam, has both a concrete boat launching ramp and
public access for bank fishing and wading. Bank fishing at the mouth of Dry Run
Creek, which enters the tailwater in Quarry Park, is popular. The Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission's Norfork Public Access also provides bank fishing.
Baxter County Road 63 roughly parallels the river from one end to the other. The
Ark. 5 and railroad bridges mark some of the deepest holes.
The Norfork National Fish Hatchery practices continuous
stocking of this tail water trout stream, and record-breaking trophy catches of
the North Fork River include a world record German brown trout caught in 1989
that weighed almost 39 pounds. Browns are not the only bruts in the river, recently an outing by Patrick Monroney
of Fayetteville caught an estimated
24.7 pound rainbow trout in the catch and release area on the
North Fork River. The state record for rainbow trout is 19.1
pounds and was caught by Jim Miller of Memphis in 1981 on the
White River. Unfortunately for
Monroney, his catch will not be considered a state record
since it was caught in the catch and release area and could
not be officially weighed.
Fishing resorts on the beautiful and peaceful North Fork provide excellent
lodging, equipment rentals, jon boat rentals and professional guide services. Surrounded by the
natural beauty of the Ozarks and fed by the cool waters of
Norfork Lake, the
North Fork River is a beauty to behold and a joy to fish.