Fishing Report: August 11, 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!
The lake level is 552.59 and dropping
rather quickly at over two inches per day with heavy generation in the afternoon and
evening. The surface temperature is still in the mid 80's and has been so for several
weeks. The water is clear with a thermocline still at 30-feet. There is no sign of algae
bloom and it may not happen unless we get some very hot weather to raise the water
temperature and there is no sign of that so far. August 1st usually has a surface
temperature of 90 degrees with low oxygen supply that causes the fish to go deep and head
for very deep water and they do not move very much. That has not happened so far. Stripers
are mostly above 50-feet and are scattered in the lake. I saw some yesterday near
Cranfield Island. White bass have been schooled for several weeks and have been on or near
30-foot brush. I have been getting them consistently all year along with the walleye. The
walleye left the brush for about a week but are back now. They usually do return in early
to mid September as do the crappie. Some crappie stay under docks and on brush all summer
but most go to open water and suspend. I am seeing some move back in but not the big
schools. While diving I am seeing very few so far but they are good ones. They change what
they call "normal" level frequently with the minimum flow requirements and have
been keeping the lake dangerously high in the spring with a slow draw down continuing
through the winter but not as low as in previous years. Anytime you see a level between
550 and 557 the lake is at a good level. 552 is a good level now. We have avoided big
rains and storms this year and have not had large level fluctuations fortunately. The top
water bite for bass and white bass has continued on most days all summer and continues now
but you need to get out early. It usually slows way down in June and picks up again in the
fall. The fishing gets better and better in October until the lake turnover where the fish
are still there but more scattered due to the thermocline going away. Fishing in general
looks to be good this fall. Scuba Steve is out there everyday and will keep you informed.
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
Darrell Binkley with a 28-lb Striper
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.