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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
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Current Fishing Report: November 4, 2014

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

Please note! If fishing conditions don't change, I don't change the report!

The lake level is 550.30 and dropping slowly with several hours of generation a day and is about normal for this time of year. We will see if they drop it more with the new minimum flow requirements. The surface temperature is 65.8 on the main lake and a little lower in the shallower creeks. They warm up faster but cool faster too. The creeks are stained and the main lake is pretty clear and will keep clearing as the water cools unless we get a big rain. The water is too warm for the stripers to move to the bank at dark to feed. Maybe around Thanksgiving. This is what we call the fall pattern and we get out the stick baits and crank them down and slow roll them to the boat. They will move to deeper water near river channels on the main lake in the winter. Jerk baits are for shallow fish in the early spring. Crappie fishing is improving but is not there yet. Harvey caught eight keepers yesterday but they were good ones. He usually catches many more. Big bluegill fishing is very good.The white bass and small stripers are still on the main lake from 30-50 feet and have been in the same places for a month. This should stay the same until the night bite starts. In the fall the stripers move shallow at night to feed and in the spring move to the same banks to simulate a spawn. Use the same lures but work them differently. Bink is catching a lot of big bass and some smaller stripers in the creeks at 30-feet near the bottom on his spoon. Bass fishing is really picking up. Scuba Steve has really caught all of the White bass he wants. Walleye are with the bass in the creeks at 26-30-feet. Have been getting them regularly. Only about 2 0f 10 are keepers but they are growing rapidly and should be there next summer. Norfork Lake is in excellent condition with light boat traffic. Wish you were here.

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

Scuba Steve With a White Bass and Bass
Brian stevens With a Couple Of Good sized Crappie
Nice Stringer Fishing with Bink's Guide Service

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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