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Norfork Lake Fishing Report
Norfork Lake in the Ozark Mountains near Mountain Home, Arkansas
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norfork lake fishing
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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As water temperatures change bass patterns change - see this chart for year around guidance.
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June 7,2018 Norfork Lake fishing report and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

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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A lot has changed in the lst few days. First the lake is dropping rapidly and is at 562.84 and dropping about 3-1/2 inches a day with continous generation. Surface temperature is 86 degrees.  There is a thermocline at 20-feet with a mud line (area of very cloudy water) just above with cold water below.  There are a lot of Bass, bluegill and walleye in this area from 19-24 feet. Many undersized bass but some very nice walleye and also many bluegill. Fry of all speces are around cover at this depth attracting the big fish. There are many very small shad and bass that have recently hatched in this area. The creeks are not very clear with a visibility of about 7-feet down but the main lake is pretty clear down to the mud line and then pretty good again in the cold water below the thermocline. Some stripers have gone deeper in 55-60 feet and can be caught on the spoon. Crappie are under docks in the shade but are pretty slow biting. The ones I am catching are recently spawned out and still bloody and roughed up. Big ones. Walleye and bass are the best bite now with spoons for the walleye and soft plastics for the bass. Bluegill have spawned and have moved to cover. All of this typically happens now with no specific pattern but they will move deeper with the thermocline and stay on cover or near it with the bait fish. Some of Blackburns Brush piles are coming into play and will be just right soon. We need the level to get to 560 for the brush fishing to get good. There are a lot of fish out there. Get out early, take the middle of the day off and fish until sundown. You can still get a cabin at Blackburns for $75/day for two people and we have 11 pontoons for you to rent at low prices. Our big pool is open and ready for you to enjoy. Why pay more?

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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