Fishing Report: April 22, 2015
|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 558.52 and rising just a bit with one generator running about half the time. The creeks are stained a little and just the right color for fishing. Some Bass are spawning, some have spawned and some are still looking. Norfork Lake Bass spawn until June. The water is in the buckbrush and the fish have good cover. Walleye are showing up in high numbers on secondary points part way back in the creeks on small crank baits but most are under the 18-inch minimum. Stripers are still simulating spawn on long flats and biting after dark on stick baits. Some White Bass are schooling and moving to the main lake. Some Pan Fish have moved to brush and under docks. The lake is about five feet above where it usually is and much of the brush is too deep. Crappie are back in the creeks in Pigeon and East pigeon and around the Red Bank area. Some on the bank and some on 20-ft. brush. Both minnows straight down and jigs are working. The surface temperature is in the mid 60's and varies several degrees depending on the time of day and the water depth. Our normal ambient high is 71 degrees and low about 50. we have been right about that for several days. Good fish are being brought in everyday and the lake is in excellent overall condition. The top water bite for everything is increasing every day and should do so until the end of May. Get out there just before sunrise with a Spitin Image on Cloudy Days and Clear Spook on Sunny ones.
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Caught During This Reporting
Bob Close with a trophy striper and Hybrid striper
Doc Zinn with a 30-lb. Striper
Carol Herbert With a Nice Norfork Lake Bass
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.