Fishing Report: April 12, 2014
|by Scuba Steve Street - Updated about every two weeks, or as fishing conditions change.
note! If fishing conditions don't change, I don't change the report!
The lake level is 553.75 which is
normal pool and they seem to be trying to keep it that way with light generation. The
surface temperature is approaching 60 degrees in Blackburns Creek and more than that
further up river back in the creeks. A lot of big stripers are being caught in several
ways. Slow rolling a Stick bait on long gravelly flats on both main lake and part way back
of creeks after dark is working and using the same bait as a jerk bait is also producing
some fish in the early AM. There is also a morning top water bite for Bass and White bass
on the flats at sunrise most days on main lake. People trolling Umbrellas during the day
part way back in the big creeks are really catching some big fish. Things are changing
fast now after several weeks of cold weather and the water refusing to heat up. Casting
jigs to the bank in the back of Pigeon Creek, Middle Pigeon and East Pigeon is starting to
produce Crappie and there are some on Shallower brush 5-7 feet down. It is important to
fish wind blown banks with stained water.
For Additional Current Norfork Lake Fishing Conditions
Visit Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.
Blackburns Resort is open all year and
has a boat just ready for you to rent.
|Caught During This Reporting
Rick Close With a 5-Lb Walleye and a 8-lb. striper while
fishing with Bink's Guide service.
Tom Kelly with 20-lb. striper
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.