Fishing Report: June 7, 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 Norfork lake level is 560.48 and has been about
the same for a few days with just a few hours of generation in the afternoon to let out
what the river is bringing in. The area rainfall was below normal for May and just a
couple of inches above normal for the year. Weather has been sunny and near 80 for highs
and near 60 for lows. Norfork has avoided excesses in both rain and wind and we count our
blessings. We are starting to get a little dry. The surface water temperature is 75 has
been there for quite a while. They have started the night bass fishing tournament for the
summer so watch for boats parked with black lights on. Bass are feeding on crawdads at
night on the banks so salt craws after dark and flukes before dark part way back in the
creeks near brush. Fish shadowy banks part way back in the creeks from 7-PM to dark and
then switch to long medium steep main lake banks after dark. Spooning is the bait of
choice for stripers now with some top water fish showing up just when the sun comes over
the hill. Walleye are showing up about everywhere but all main lake points with brush are
holding some good fish. Some are being caught on the flats on the bottom dragging
nightcrawlers. Smaller fish are back in the creeks in shallower warmer water. I am not
finding big schools of crappie but just a few on each brush pile in 22-29 feet. The water
is clear down to about 22 feet and there is a mud line from there to about 29 feet where
there is a thermocline and not many fish below that in the cold water. This is normal for
the time of year. Catfishing is excellent on trot lines with live bluegill but some gar
are showing up indicating the catfish may be diminishing a little soon. Flatheads are
pre-spawn feeding at night on all live bait. The lake in general is in excellent condition
for fishing, boating and swimming. It does not need to get much higher.
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
Rick Delaney with a 20-lb. bluecat
Tom Kelly with A 30-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.