30-Lb. Striper Caught Fishing
With Bink's Guide Service
Street - Blackburn's Resort And Boat Rental - fishing Norfork Lake since 1995
Binkley - Bink's Guide Service - fishing Norfork Lake since 1960
Hall - Hard Times Crappie Guide Service - fishing Norfork Lake since 1955
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Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental
|by Scuba Steve Street - Updated about every two weeks, or as fishing conditions change.
Blackburns Resort & Boat Rental
note! If fishing conditions don't change, I don't change the report!<
The lake level is 556.44 and dropping 4-inches a day with heavy continuous generation. Wish they could have done this during the summer. All launch ramps, parking lots and roads are open again and in good shape again. The surface temperature is in the low 70's and the main lake is clear and the creeks are stained just right for fishing. The open water fish are following the shad which are following the plankton which follow the wind direction. One day the fish will be in the North Creeks and the wind shifts and they move to the south creeks. I like this level now and the brush which had been too deep is now in play. The most important tip now is to fish the stained water. I have been catching fish close to Blackburns in 30-feet of stained water with a 1/4 and 1/2 ounce Bink's Jigging spoon. I only use the heavier ones in deep water. Grub fishing was pretty good but has stopped now. Crappie are starting to bite on brush with a slip float and minnow but are also moving with the wind and bass are still hitting a single spin and crank baits in the creeks. I am not much on crank baits but they are catching smaller fish now. I am only fishing brush piles now. The white bass are biting in the creeks but are small. The big ones with hybrids mixed in are not here yet. It is too early for a night bite but that is determined by the lake turnover. Norfork lake does not turn over violently with debris coming to the surface off the bottom like shallow northern lakes. The thermocline just inverts and the clarity, water temperature and oxygen level is the same for several feet down causing the fish to scatter. After the surface water cools down with the short days the open water fish will school and come to the banks to feed at night and move further out during the days. This usuall happens during November. The other fish will also move shallower to cover and stay there. Spoons will be the bait of choice for a while during the day and stick baits at night. Until then I switch to a grub when the sun goes down. I have no luck with spoons after dark. This is a fun time of year and the lake is in excellent condition.
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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 - email@example.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.