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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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November1st,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
Please note! If fishing conditions don't change, I don't change the report!<
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The lake level is 553 and dropping very slowly with just a little generation. We had a couple of cold windy days but the last few have been in the 60's with light winds. It rained a bit last night but it is to get in the 80's this weekend. We received just under 3-inches of rain in October.  The surface temperature is 65 degrees and the creeks are starting to clear. The warm weather will slow the turnover but it has not affected fishing much. Lots of shad are in the creeks with the wind blowing in but most of the fish under them are small. They are coming up all over just before dark. I am fishing mostly main lake except when it is very windy and I move out of the wind to the creeks. A few things have just changed. Crappie are still on brush at 25 ft. about 8-ft. down on minnows and when spooning they are hitting on the way down. I started catching  black bass on brush near the bottom yesterday and some nice smallmouth on the steep banks on the north side on a grub from 6-12 feet down around Cow Point. I have been fishing for about 3-hours everyday and am putting from 8-11 keeper fish of all kinds in the trophy pond. Many schools of shad have no fish around them so if you are looking for open water fish you have to keep moving. They are not jumping in the boat but you can catch some if you work at it. Those of us that have been here a while call the fall bite when the walleye start moving to the shadowy banks just before dark and can be caught on soft plastics and the red meat fish move to the banks near Cranfield Island and Near Quarry Marina after dark to feed.  This usually happens, if at all, near the full moon in November but it is the 4th this year and is too early. Fall fishing is stick bait fishing but it also is not happening yet. The stripers are mostly 5-8 lbs. and small and it is better to leave them alone for now.  Many walleye are short but about 1-in-4 are keepers. I am seeing large schools of shad on the mainlake just outside brush piles in 38-45 feet with a few smaller fish on them. Crappie and Bass fishing is the best now with big ones just starting to show up. Crappie are pretty much on all brush in the 25-ft. range with a lot of them being caught. The numbers will go down but the size will go up as the water cools. I am catching more large ones everyday. They will come up shallow as the water cools in the evening but now set your slip float at 7-8 feet right over the brush. This very warm weather coming up may change things but if you stay around brush you will catch fish. Spoons, grubs with minnows and slip floats with minnows are all I am using and when one does not work switch to another and keep moving. I am catching some good ones every day. Cabins are $53/day at Blackburns with a free boat stall.  

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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.

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Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.

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