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Norfork Lake Fishing Report
Norfork Lake in the Ozark Mountains near Mountain Home, Arkansas
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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

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September 20,2017 Norfork Lake Conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comments)

by Scuba Steve Street - Updated about every two weeks, or as fishing conditions change.

Blackburns Resort & Boat Rental
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It is still very warm here with highs near 90 and and a surface water temperature of 80-degrees. Any changes in fishing is more due to dropping water level than any pattern. Most big fish this time of year are still in open water on shad but some are on brush at or near the thermocline which is at or just above 29-feet. If you can find brush at 30-feet on main lake points there will be walleye on them. I was catching them on flats but they have moved. I wish more people were helping to put in brush piles rather than fishing other people's. They hand out permits in January. Catfishing is fair on jugs and trotlines with live bait but it is hard to keep the small bass off them. I am starting to try prepared bait but flat heads will not bite anything that is not alive and that is what I really want.  Crappie are in their normal places for the end of September and have not moved from the open water for the fall yet. The ones being caught are left overs from the summer and you can catch out a brush pile easily. I have been catching some every day but no big ones. I call big ones from 15-17 inches and typically catch them in the winter. There are a lot of shad and there is no reason for them to move from open water yet. The ones I have been catching during the middle of the day are 8-ft. down over brush at 28-feet and I am using both a 1/4 ounce Bink's spoon and a small crappie minnow with a slip float. My other favorite lure, 2-inch white twister tail turned the wrong way on a 1/16th ounce white with red eye jig head and tipped by hooking a small crappie minnow through the top of the head is not working well yet. I cannot keep the small bass off them. Bait fish are everywhere. Smallmouth bass are numerous with some big ones being caught but a lot of small ones. Same with Kentucky and Largemouth. I caught some white bass in Blackburns Creek but they were small also. You have to get below the small bass which are very shallow to get the crappie. This looks to be a typical year now with the water level finally going down and the surface temperature about normal. I am very sorry about the striper kill down by the dam but the ones in this area are looking healthy but a little thin. I do not fish for red meat fish much anyway but a lot of people do and to each their own.  Leaves more crappie, walleye and catfish for me and the trophy pond. Lake is stained and you can see your lure to about 5-feet down on main lake. Set your slip float for crappie about 3-feet deeper than you can see the minnow. We received a little over 1/2 inch of rain this week and it helped but we are very dry. Blackburns has it's parking lot by the dock back now and you can walk or drive to it and step right on and cabins are still $53/day with a free boat stall. All cabins have a covered porch and there are no duplexes. Big pool is open and boating conditions are perfect.

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.

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.

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