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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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April 20,2017 Norfork Lake Fishing Report By Scuba Steve From Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental For Norfork Lake Arkansas In the Ozark Mountain region (comments click)

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!<

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The lake level is 551.4+ and the surface temperature is in the mid to high 60's and the lake is pretty clear except for the pollen. It is to rain for the next couple of days and we seem to get some just when we need it. It is to get very cool this weekend so bring jackets.  It is not too wet or dry. We are at a good level on the lake and it is in general in excellent shape. The best bite for now is the top water bite early in the morning but they can come up any time when the shad get pushed up to the surface. Get out there about 6:AM and fish until they go down which is about 9:30 AM part way back in the creeks. East pigeon and middle pigeon are good places to start. If the weather is clear and sunny use a clear spook. It sparkes in the light and resembles a shad in the sunlight. If it is cloudy a white spook and a 5-inch bass assassin will work just fine. Use a spittin image for bass. Learn how to use the spook properly and it will draw them up even when they are several feet below the surface. I like the spook puppy because it is more the size of the shad but the larger ones can be cast further. They always seem to come up just out of reach. Some big bass are with the red meat fish, some are on the bank spawning, some are making nests and some are finished. Bass on Norfork spawn up into the summer.  That is not the only bite. Smallmouth bass are on the river channel banks just off the bank as are warmouth. I am catching them from 2-4 lbs. quite regurlarly and in the middle of the day too. Many fish have moved under docks both on main lake and just off. Bass, walleye, crappie and bluegill are loaded there but are hard to catch. They are shallow and can see you. I looked for walleye on the flats around the Islands but could not catch any. It is usually a may thing but the water is too low to bring them in early this year. The best bite for them is evening just before dark on shadowy banks near brush on the 5-inch plastics. Some crappie have spawned and moved to brush but some are also still in the creeks on any wood. Bluegill fishing should get very good soon. Blackburns still has 1-bedroom cabins for $53/day for two people with a free boat stall with your cabin and free 24-volt trolling motors for your fishing pontoons which we have several for rent. Check prices before you book and save a lot of $ here at Blackburns where we do not charge you too much. 

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.

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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