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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: January 7, 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!

We received about 4-inches of rain in a three day period last week raising the lake to 550.76 or about 2-feet total. The creeks are still stained a bit but have cleared rapidly and the main lake clarity was not affected. You can see your lure down to about 9-feet on the main lake. The surface temperature is just under 47 degrees and should drop just a bit with the cold weather just getting here. The highs are to be in the 30's for several days. This is winter bassin and crappie fishing time on Norfork and some very good fish are being caught everyday. The two best baits at this time are Bink's Spoons and Green Stingray grubs. Go part way back in the creeks where there is a deepest spot, hopefully near brush or on a secondary point just at the end on the drop off. Use the grub if it is not windy because it is necessary to watch your line for a twitch. Cast the grub past the point or deep spot and allow it to sink to the bottom and raise your rod up 5 or 6 feet and allow it to sink again and keep working the drop offs. If it is windy position your boat directly over these places and vertical jig a spoon. Snap your line up 5 or six feet and let it fall on slack line to the bottom. Dragging your lure on the bottom will only get you snagged. The fish will bite light so pay attention. I assume everyone knows fish are not as active in cold water as warm. Once you get this down you will catch some big fish. I have been out almost everyday and without much company. There are some open water fish in their normal places near the old river channels in 60-70 feet of water near the bridges and north and near Cranfield Island on shad. Bass, White Bass and small Stripers are all together in smaller schools and some crappie too. I am catching very large crappie on Blackburns Brush Piles 9-feet down in the evenings and bass in the same places on the bottom. Watch for weather to be in the 40's and come on down.

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 Some Pretty Good Crappie
Tom Kelly With a Giant Hybrid Striper
John Bornhop with Some Crappie, White Bass and Bass
Nice Bass 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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