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Norfork Lake Fishing Report
Norfork Lake in the Ozark Mountains near Mountain Home, Arkansas
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30-Lb. Striper Caught Fishing
With Bink's Guide Service

Steve Street - Blackburn's Resort And Boat Rental - fishing Norfork Lake since 1995
Darrell Binkley - Bink's Guide Service - fishing Norfork Lake since 1960
Harvey Hall - Hard Times Crappie Guide Service - fishing Norfork Lake  since 1955

Norfork Lake Fishing Articles by Steve Street

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October 18,2017 Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

by Scuba Steve Street - Updated about every two weeks, or as fishing conditions change.

Blackburns Resort & Boat Rental
Please note! If fishing conditions don't change, I don't change the report!<

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The lake level is 554.45 and stable with no generation for over two days.The lake is stained with the creeks being more clear than the main lake which is starting to turn green. The weather has been beautiful with highs in the mid 70's and should continue for a few days. The surface temperature is 73-74 degrees.  There are small stripers floating by my dock. Someone must be throwing them away after bringing them in.  They will not stay alive in a well now. Release them immediatey. Crappie fishing is still ok and I am catching about 6-7 keepers in about two hours of fishing. About 1/2 are hitting on Bink's spoons and the rest on minnows. They are about 10-feet down over brush. Bass fishing is slow. I have several good bass fishermen in and they are working hard for keeper fish. White spinner baits, grubs, and crank baits are best. The top water bass are mostly small. The backs of creeks are full of shad about 2-1/2 inches long in the late evening. Spooning is the best technique now for walleye and crappie but some bass are caught on the shelves on wind blown steep banks beating the shore. They seem to hit about 10-12 feet deep around cover. I am usually spooning big bass this time of year but it is not happening now. Bluegill are everywhere and I have some giant ones under my dock. Bink reports catching walleye everyday but only about one in four are keepers. Some open water fish are showing up on the flats between Mallard point and Cranfield Island in 30-ft. of water. A lot of small ones. Yes you can get a good locator, get out about two hours before daylight and net shad, put out a half a dozen lines and troll.  Sooner or later you will catch fish if you go through enough schools. Sorry but that is not for me.  I prefer to catch them myself. Trolling unbrellas is more effective than that and requires a lot less equipment. I do not do either but a lot of people do. Bink reports the river is running brown for several weeks. What is up with that? It must have something to do with keeping the lake level so high for so long. The only time I have seen it is after a heavy rain. The lake is about to start turnover and may be already. I usually know exactly but have been unable to go diving for a while. It sometimes is quick but more often takes a while. That is why I put in brush for my friends and customers so they can have an advantage.  Some nice flatheads are coming out of the brush on spoons also. November looks to be good.  There are a lot of fish.

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About This Report
My Norfork Lake fishing report is a combination of current fishing action experienced by Harvey Hall from Hard Times Crappie Guide Service, myself, and Darrel Binkley from Bink's Guide Service. Harvey is a very knowledgeable crappie guide on Norfork Lake. Darrell Binkley does not guide for crappie, but he does catch several big ones. By having Harvey and Darrell contribute to my report, I can give you the best Norfork Lake fishing report possible. These two experienced guides, along with myself "Scuba Steve", are among the best fishermen on Norfork Lake. All three of us go fishing nearly every day all year, and how we catch fish is shared in this report.

About Steve Street
From 1977 to 1995 Steve fished Norfork Lake on vacation trips. In 1995 he purchased Blackburn's Resort, and from then on he has fished Norfork almost daily. But Steve's fishing activity is not limited to the surface. He is also an avid scuba diver and spearfisherman. For several months each year Steve spends as much time fishing underwater as he does fishing from the lake surface. Steve does not conduct guided fishing trips, but he does give fishing tips to his resort guests.

About Darrell Binks
Darrell has been a professional guide on Norfork Lake since 1992. He is famous for a spoon lure he developed, the "Bink's Spoon", which is one of the most effective baits for fishing Norfork. Articles about Darrell and his fishing abilities have appeared in many issues of America's best known fishing magazines. Darrell has also appeared on several TV fishing shows featuring Norfork Lake's famous striper fishing.
Phone Darrell at Bink's Guide Service 870-499-7384 - bink@binksguideservice.com

About Harvey Hall
Locals and visiting fishermen alike agree that few people catch as many big crappie as Harvey Hall, who has been a pro guide on Norfork Lake since 1992. If crappie are biting, Harvey will catch them in just about any water condition. In fact Harvey has made such a good reputation for himself as a crappie fisherman he named his business after it - "Hard Times Crappie Guide". Phone Harvey at 870-481-5630.

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Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.

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