Fishing Report: June 20, 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 556.66 and
dropping with several hours of heavy generation in the afternoon and evening. The surface
temperature is approaching 80 again with the weather near 90 and lows near 70. There is a
thermocline at 22-feet with heavy flocculent to there and clear water at 30-feet. There
are a lot of fish in the 20-25 foot range in big rock and brush. Some smallmouth are
shallower. I am getting my walleye right at 22-feet. The creeks are stained and the fish I
am cleaning are full of crawdads. The lake is at an excellent level for both fishing and
water sports. Bink's Guide Service reports that the stripers are going deeper and starting
to school. Look for them in the old creek channels where it makes a turn or swings next to
the bank. The best depth is now between 30-40 feet over 70-80 feet of water. The best
spoon is the 1-ounce Many Shad in the white color. Take time to find the schools of shad
before you start to fish. Find the shad find the stripers. In a few more weeks look for
them in 60-70 foot deep in the same places over the old creek channels. Norfork had two
shad kills last winter and the numbers are reduced. Most big schools of shad are holding
fish where there were too many before and some schools were empty. It is spooning season
for big fish and will continue throughout the hottest part of the summer.
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
Jack Garrett With a 8-lb. Hybrid and a 18-lb. Striper
Darrell Binkley With a 30-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.