Fishing Report: January 25, 2014
|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!
Scuba Steve reports
the lake level is 553.39 and dropping slowly with several hours of generation per day. The
cold weather has dropped the surface temperature to the high 30's and there is a shad kill
going on now but I am not sure to what extent. It is not evident in the Blackburns Resort
part of the lake but shad are going through the spillway at the dam. There was one earlier
but the water temperature raised back up to the mid 40's and now it is dropping again.
Fronts are quickly moving in and out alternating warm weather with southerly winds and
cold weather with northerly winds. It has been very dry here and there is a burn ban for
the Mountain Home area. Scuba Steve has been fishing on most days and catching crappie and
bass and a few walleye. The grub and spoon are best for bass and walleye and the smaller
spoon and minnows on a slip float are best for crappie on 20-30 foot brush 14-feet down.
On most days it gets windy mid morning and slows by late afternoon so get out there at
first light about 7:AM and fish until about 10 and go out again about 3:30 PM and fish
until dark and take the middle of the day off. I have been catching some very nice fish
but not high numbers. Be persistent and it will pay off! They can quit feeding for several
hours and start very quickly for just a few minutes. You have to fish right in the brush.
The lake is stained green and has about 5-feet visibility but that changes pretty quickly.
Bink reports the striper are down deep at the 62
bridge and can be caught on the 1-Ounce spoon over the main lake creek channels. Most
stripers have moved out of the creeks to over the channels in 60-80 foot deep. The cold
weather and water temperature has made them inactive and you need to drop the spoon right
on top of them because they are not going to move very far to feed. It is going to warm up
to the 60's Sunday and then cold again, but it is January.
For Additional Current Norfork Lake Fishing Conditions
Visit Steve's Fishing & Resort Blog.
Blackburns Resort is open all year and
has a boat just ready for you to rent.
|Caught During This Reporting
A 9-Lb. Hybrid Striper caught while
fishing with Binks Guide Service
Bink With Some 12-16" Norfork Lake crappie
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.