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Norfork Lake Fishing Report
Norfork Lake in the Ozark Mountains near Mountain Home, Arkansas
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norfork lake fishing
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

Prime Time Fishing
As water temperatures change bass patterns change - see this chart for year around guidance.
Spearfishing in Norfork Lake
Add a whole new dimension to your fishing experience!

Current Fishing Report: March 24, 2015

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!

The lake level is 554.2 and the surface temperature is 57 degrees with warmer water in the backs of the creeks in the afternoon. The lake is clearing but is still stained in the creeks. The best bite for stripers is after dark from 8:30 to 11-PM using Stick baits on long gravelly banks in Float Creek, Cranfield Island area and Near the Dam on the main lake. Crappie are best now in Pigeon Creek on both the bank and on shallow brush. The water is stained enough that you can fish right over the top of them. I will show you where. They spawn from 52-60 degrees and the ones I am catching are about a week away even though the water is in the range but I am not catching the very large ones. The largest ones spawn first. Walleye are a little slow but a few are being caught in the evening. They will show up on secondary points as the water warms and then stay on main lake points on brush until summer. May and early June are best for walleye. Striper and bass fishing is the best right now. Jerkbait fishing was great but is slowing a bit and soft plastics are increasing. Use a nose hook on a bass assassin and cast to the banks 1/2 way back in the creeks behind brush and allow to sink and work like a worm. I am using albino color but Arkansas Shiners are working too on cloudy days. The water temperature is slow coming around and the cooler weather later this week will not speed things up much. We can be 75 degrees one day and 55 the next. Hot weather will come soon enough. Norfork Lake is in excellent condition and at a good level. Come on down for spring break. Call 1-800-635-0526 for reservations. We will not charge you too much and have a free boat stall with each cabin and 27 rental boats to choose from.

For Additional Current Norfork Lake Fishing Conditions
Visit Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.

Blackburns Resort And Boat Rental is open all year and has a boat just ready for you to rent.

Caught During This Reporting Period

Wayne Walker With a Nice Norfork Lake Bass
Jim Bornhop with a Big Stringer of 11-12 Inch Crappie
Scuba Steve From Blackburns With a Bass and Crappie

Thanks for reading. Until next time here's wishing you tight lines and broken rods!
Scuba Steve Street

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.

For Additional Current Norfork Lake Fishing Conditions Visit
Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.

For Great Norfork Lake Family Vacations & Norfork Fishing Trips Visit

" If You Are Not Staying At Blackburn's Resort You Are Paying Too Much! "

E-mail Steve Street at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental blackburnsresort@gmail.com or visit his web site blackburnsresort.com.

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