Fishing Report: November 16, 2013
|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 552.49 and the surface temperature
is just above 60 degrees which is normal for this time of year. The main lake is pretty
clear with some stain in the creeks. There has been just enough generation to keep the
level fairly stable. The lake in general is in excellent condition. Open water fish
(stripers, hybrid stripers, white bass, walleye and bass) are schooled near the Cranfield
area and several nice fish are being caught daily. some of the white bass are 2-1/2 pounds
and stripers are in the 6-8 pound range with a few large ones but not too many yet. Spoons
are the lure of choice. I have a few reports of some after dark fish being caught on stick
baits but cannot confirm this since most people are catching large numbers of fish in the
mornings and evenings and coming in when it starts to get dark and spoons become less
effective. Several walleye are being caught but most do not measure the required
18-inches. The full moon in November is usually when the after dark bite for stripers
starts and that is tomorrow. I usually use 6-lb test for everything but crappie and then
4-lb. I never use over 12-lb. even when fishing for 30-lb. striper. The fish are line shy
so it is important to use clear light line. The other benefit to light line other than
visibility is it allows your lure to have more action and not drag so much weight. I do
not use snaps but tie the line directly to the lure and never use a steel leader. There
are some bass moving to the bank near dark and some crappie on brush at 22-30 feet about
12-feet down. Most people are catching fish.
For Additional Current Norfork Lake Fishing Conditions
Visit Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.
Blackburns Resort is open all year and
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|Caught During This Reporting
Tom Kelly With 17-lb. Striper
John Kahlenbeck With Nice
Hybrid Striper & Walleye
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 - email@example.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.