Arkansas Fishing Reports

Updated: 7/19/2014

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Beaver Beaver Tail water Bull Shoals Greer's Ferry Kings River
  Millwood Norfork Norfork Tail water White River

 

White River

Updated 7/19/2014

Report by: BERRY BROTHERS GUIDE SERVICE  Fly Fishing For Trout            ABIGAIL’S BROWN Article
 

During the past week, we have had a couple of rain events (for a combined total of half an inch here in Cotter), warm temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell three tenths of a foot to rest at one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool of 661.4 feet. This is thirty three and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool and thirteen and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake remained steady at nine tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool or nine and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had no wadable water. Norfork Lake fell three tenths of a foot to rest at one tenth of a foot above seasonal power pool of 556.2 feet and twenty three and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had wadable water every day.  

The water level for the top of power pool has been reset lower for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes on this system are at or near seasonal power pool. We should receive more wadable water. 

On the White, the hot spot was Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it). 

The sulphur hatch has been sighted but is sparse. Several anglers have reported success fishing this hatch. It seems to be late, possibly due to the brutal weather last winter. This is our most reliable mayfly hatch of the year. It is a size fourteen or sixteen insect and it is yellowish orange. Before the hatch, I fish mayfly nymphs. My favorites are copper Johns and pheasant tails (some guides including myself are fishing flashback pheasant tails). As the insects begin their emergence, I switch over to a partridge and orange or partridge and yellow soft hackle. This is often the most productive tactic. When you observe the adults on the top of the water, switch to a sulphur parachute dry fly. 

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear but still navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouths are active. The most effective flies are Clouser minnows and crawfish patterns. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly. 

The Norfork River has fished poorly recently. With little no wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on the Norfork.  The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles like the green butt. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.   

With warmer weather, there has been a lot of action on Dry Run Creek. It has been crowded at times. Remember that there are trout everywhere. Now would be a great time to fish it. The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). The creek is located in a narrow valley and is surprisingly cool during hot weather. It is a great place to beat the heat. 

The water level on the Spring River is a low and clear. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. We are in the midst of canoe season and it can be difficult to fish during the aluminum hatch. You should fish during the week to avoid the crowds. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.  

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is making repairs to the Dam at the State Fish Hatchery at the Dam Three Access. During this process water may be diverted from the main channel to the north channel that runs alongside the parking lot resulting in a rise in the water level there of up to two feet. The access will remain open to the public although the parking may be limited to the lot on the North side of the railroad tracks during busy times. All users are requested to exercise extreme care when in the area. 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

 COTTER TROUT FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND 

BY JOHN BERRY 

One of the things that I love about this area is the many festivals we have here that are sponsored by the various small towns. As a Cotter resident, I may be prejudiced but I think that the Cotter Trout Festival is hands down the best. For me the main draw is where it is held, Cotter’s Big Spring Park. This is a lovely spot on the White River that has several features that makes it one of the best public parks in the area. 

There is, of course, Big Spring, a large natural spring that is the local swimming hole, complete with a rope swing. The spring draws locals and visitors during warm weather. When my grandchildren visit, this is their favorite spot. There is a trout sanctuary in the outflow from the spring that is a Catch and Release fishery for children and the handicapped with regulations like Dry Run Creek. Along the sanctuary there are several sheltered picnic tables with charcoal grills. There is a bridge spanning the stream that allows you to access a nature trail or the White River. 

There is a covered pavilion for large groups and a charming gazebo. There are clean public restrooms, a lighted baseball field and a river access complete with a nice ramp. There is a strong identity with Cotter’s past as a major railway hub, in the park. There is a statue of a railroad conductor, a couple of railway cabooses and several interpretive signs.  

The idea of a trout festival in Cotter is logical. Our water tower proudly proclaims our title as Trout Capital USA. Fishing is the primary business here. There are classic trout docks, lodging, restaurants, and a fly shop all catering to the needs of trout anglers. There are several professional guides (including myself) that call Cotter home. 

The Cotter trout festival will be held in Cotter’s Big Spring Park on Friday, May 2 from 4:30 PM till??? and Saturday, May 3 from 7:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Admission is free. This is a family friendly affair and a great way to entertain everyone at a low cost. 

Friday is dedicated to the arts. My friend, Sandy Barksdale, has put together a plein air painting event in Cotter. There is a quick draw competition from 4:30 PM till 5:30 PM with judging at 5:30 PM. There is a barbeque dinner at a nominal cost with entertainment supplied by Cutthroat Trout Jazz Band. They performed at the Trout Nature Center Banquet last week and I really enjoyed listening to them. 

Saturday is a busy day starting with breakfast at the Cotter VFW at 7:00 AM. There is our annual parade at 9:00 AM. The Arts/Crafts/Exhibitors/Commercial booths all open at 9:00 AM. There are kid’s games, the AG&FC shocking boat and stocking raft. There is the fishing hole and fly casting instruction and fly tying demonstrations supplied by the North Arkansas Fly Fishers. There is a car show and several bands (Gravel Yard Blue Grass Band, Rio and Kent and Becky Coffey) for entertainment. 

As you can see there is something for everyone. I hope to see you there. 

ASK JOHN 

Wanda Windknots asks: are there any hatches happening on the Norfork?

Wanda, there are the usual midges, some caddis and the occasional small mayfly. 

John Berry

 

berrybrothers@infodash.com

www.berrybrothersguides.com

(870) 435-2169

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

Practice water safety and always check conditions before you leave home. 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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Greer's Ferry
Updated: 7/15/2014
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 461.03

Outflow: 2601

Level: 0.28 feet low Temperature:

Report by: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service  

The water level at Greer’s Ferry Lake is at 461.81 feet and falling with generation and evaporation its 0.73 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet. 

The hybrid and white bass are eating it up all over the lake , through out the day  they can be caught in and around bait fish , and some are coming up on top as well try top water baits , in-line spinners, swim baits and rink dinks, look for bait in water 25-50 feet deep and stay with them. 

The bream are still on beds and can be caught with crickets and crawlers up pretty shallow all over the lake on pea gravel banks. 

Crappie are hanging out in pole timber and in and around brush pile 15-30 feet deep and can be caught on jigs and jigs tipped with minnows. 

Catfishing is going great on rod & reels and baited lines and jugs all over the lake with dog food soap and live bait, try flats next to deeper water. 

Walleye are eating pretty good on cloudy days , but are scattered out on flats , try using small jigs, trolled crawlers and crank baits, 12-30 feet of water. 

Black basses are scattered all over the water column from real shallow out to 50 feet of water and eating Alabama rigs, texas rigs c-rigs and foot ball heads out deep and the shallow fish can be caught on top water baits,small crank baits, and spinner baits , the in-between fish can be caught on  a jig head worm, swim baits , texas rigs and c-rigs as well as small jigs.

Tommy Cauley

Fishing Guide  

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Beaver Lake

Elevation at Normal Pool: 1121.4

Outflow: 1119 cfs.

Level:  Temperature: 

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Beaver Tail water

 

 

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Kings River

 

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BULL SHOALS

updated 7/19/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 657.0 

Outflow: 653

 Level:  Temperature:50s

Lake Map, Weather, Area Lake Services & Campground Info

Fishing Report by: Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock      "Braggin Board"

Hello everybody! Well, it looks like the catching is going to start. The fishing is always good. :) The water temperature is finally in the 50's on the surface. The bass are starting to stage towards the back of the creeks where the water is warmer. Haven't seen any beds yet but most of the fish have moved up shallower. I talked to several fisherman on the dock today. Most of them had smiles on their faces and fish in their livewells. The lake is normal level and the visibility is getting better every day. It is that time of the year. They are catching all species of bass, white bass and crappie. I am told by the night time fisherman that they are spotlighting and seeing lots of walleye on the bank at night but cant catch any yet. I have seen a few come in but not the numbers yet. Like everything else this year the walleye spawn is late. The patterns below are update as of April 1st. The white river continues to be fantastic. See the picture page for pics. Until next time! 

Bass- plastic baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. Mostly Carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs and other plastics Stick baits like a rogue, rebel, x-rap, mega-bass or something that simulates a dying shad. The water temperature is cold enough for the shad to die. They are catching them on the surface to 10 feet. Fairly shallow.  Jigs - Try to simulate a crawfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Use a standard jig with some kind of plastic attached. Darker colors seem to be the best. Spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water back in the creeks on channel swings. Tube jigs along the bottom simulating a crawfish. Live minnows on a small split shot in 5 to 15 foot of water 

Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now. 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles small minnows when you can get them small spoons around the brush piles.  

White Bass - the whites are being caught. I haven't been able to talk anybody into taking a picture yet. One of the guides caught 30-40 today but they released them all. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow 

Walleye - there are several walleye being seen shallow at night after dark with spot lights. But, nobody is talking about catching them or showing them off yet. I have seen one or two here and there during the day. I think the catching should start any time. I believe they are spawning and not interested in eating anything right now. We will see of the next few days if it changes.

SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Practice water safety and always check conditions before you leave home.

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Millwood

Updated: 7/14/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 259.20

Outflow: 4681 cfs.

Level: 4.00 feet high Temperature:  75 early to 85

Report by: Millwood Lake Guide Service        "Braggin Board" 

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The Overall Picture:  

As of Monday, 14 June, the lake level is approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool and steady.  Current is decreased in Little River with the gates releasing around 434 CFS as of Monday. Water temps were stable over the past week.  Navigation condition is normal for Little River, as of Monday. 

Surface temps as of Monday, 23 June are ranging approx 75ºF early to 85ºF later in the day, depending on location.   

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 259.53 mfsl, with decreased river current, which is approx 4 inches above normal conservation pool.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate as of Monday was 434 CFS.  Continue to use caution during navigation on Little River and Millwood, watching for floating debris, floaters, and limbs from all the recent high wind and thunderstorms.  Tailwater around 224.60 as of Monday 

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-12 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake improved somewhat to moderate stain.  Little River's visibility ranges 8-10 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 20-30 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy with lots of current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. 

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project  information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777. 

The Details: 

Largemouth Bass:  Bass continue to be good from 2 to 4 pounds on topwaters early and late.  Most bass are agressive at dawn around lily pads, cypress trees, and vegetation.   

Buzz baits, Buzzn frogs, Spit'n Images, and Jitterbugs are working well on top water early and late.  Buzz baits in glimmer shad, black, or bleeding Bream colors are working around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels.  Finding clearer water areas away from current in Little River are best bites.  Best colors of Buzzn Frogs are black or white.  Good top water explosions continue on the top waters this week around pads in clearest water you can find away from current in Little River.  

Bass Assassin Shads continue working around pads and vegetation, and Bomber crank baits in Tenneessee Shad or Citrus Shad continue working around deeper drops into the creek channels.  Magnum sized, 4" salty tubes in black/blue tail, or pumpkinseed colors have been working this week. 

Lots of top water action continue this week on Millwood early, and topwater Jitterbugs, Spit'n Images, Chug Bugs, Ken Pops, and Buzz baits around pads and vegetation, early at daylight. 

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming Little River and the oxbows, and have been hitting jigging spoons on primary and secondary points in the river, just out of the current.  Tenneessee Shad Bomber crankbaits in the oxbows of McGuire Lake were taking whites early this week also. 

Crappie: Crappie have been fair to good this week and have been biting live shiners, tube jigs in green, red/white, and chartreuse Blakemore Roadrunners continue taking some nice slabs early this week. 

Cats:  No report. 

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Surface temps as of Monday, 30 June are ranging 75ºF early to 85ºF range, depending on location.   

Lake level as of Monday is currently 4 inches above normal pool at 259.48 mfsl, and steady with decreased current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate was around 434 CFS on Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday, is 224.60 mfsl.  Continue to use caution during navigation on Little River and Millwood, watching for floating debris, floaters, and limbs from all the recent high wind and thunderstorms.   

Clarity and visibility is improved compared to last week, most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-12 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake improved to moderate stain.  Little River's visibility ranges 8-10 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 25-30 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is muddy with lots of current.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.   

To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office.  To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777. 

Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!!  If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival.  Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters!  As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement! 

Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly.  See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....

  Come see what all the excitement's about! 

Mike 

Thanks for your interest in Millwood Lake Guide Service ~ Arkansas' Best Bass Fishing!

Mike Siefert

Owner/Operator

www.MillwoodGuideService.com

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Norfork

Updated 7/19/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 550.2 

Release Rate: 32705 cfs.

Level:  Temperature:

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Report by: Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait 

Fishing Norfork Lake has been great this March.

Don't miss out on the 2nd annual Norfork Lake Fishing Derby being sponsored by the Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce. It is easy to enter, just stay and register for the Derby at a participating Norfork Lake lodging facility. You could win up to $1,500. Catch the longest fish in 3 different species (striped bass, black bass and crappie) and become a winner for 2014. The Derby runs through June 15, 2014. For more information go to www.NorforkFishingDerby.com or call 870-492-5113. Spring is the best time to catch many big fish on Norfork Lake. And remember to bring a Big Net!

For information on the Jordan Campground, please call (870) 499-7223 or Jordan Marina at (870) 499-7348.  The Jordan Campground is open from April 1st to October 1st.

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Updated: 7/19/2014

Report by: Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort

Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing continues to be the best bite on the lake. Striped bass fishing is the next best bite.  

Catfishing has been very good and crappie fishing has been fair.  

There is still a good top water bite for bass at sunrise and sunset. Once the sun comes up, the fish stay down, but can still be caught in the sunken buck brush down through 20 feet of water. Spinner baits and crank baits are working good on windy days and soft plastics when it is windy or calm. Shaky heads, tube jigs, jig & pigs, Texas rig worms or just about any type of plastic bait you like to use.  

Look for bass off of secondary points back in creeks and coves, close to submerged brush piles or on shallow flats. Spots can be found on the deeper rock bluff walls again off of points and the sides of the point.

Striper fishing keeps getting better. I have only been using artificial baits. I have had luck with top water baits as well as flukes and jerk baits (when it is still dark).  Top water action for stripers has been spotty, but when you find the fish it can be a blast.  I have found fish half way back in major creeks. At this time of year and with this water temperature you will be able to find stripers on the surface down to around 30 feet of water. At this 30 foot level they can be suspended in the deep channel water or sitting on the bottom.  The stripers are almost everywhere on the lake at this time. We should start to see schooling fish so get your spoons ready as it will soon be vertical jigging time for stripers. You can also troll umbrella rigs or Alabama rigs to catch some of these strong fish. If you find fish down 30 feet you may need to add in-line weights to get your artificial bait down to the right depth.  

Don't forget about top water action for stripers, hybrids and whites, I have seen plenty of this action during the month of June in prior years. Catfish are hitting really well on trotlines and jugs. The use of live blue gill, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and shad are all working really well. Set your trotlines in 10 - 25 feet of water. Jug fishing works the best if you weight the jug to the bottom. This way you will be able to find them when you are checking them. Crawler harnesses are also working very well for catfish for you rod and reel fisher people.  

Crappie fishing is starting to slow a bit with the warm weather. You can still catch some nice fish on brush piles in 20 - 30 feet of water. The crappie will be inside of brush or suspended as the water warms. 

Another great enticement to fish our lake is our second annual Norfork Lake Fishing Derby. You will have the opportunity to win up to $1,500 for a very small investment. Give me a call for details at 870-492-5113. The derby runs from March 1 to June 15.

 

Updated: 7/19/2014

Report by: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

As summer approaches Lake Norfork water temperature will continue to rise and reach its peak in late August.  

Stripers will continue to move towards the dam to find cool waters and oxygen. Stripers require 5 ppm of oxygen to stay healthy and active; as the water temperature rises the stripers will continue to seek deeper water. As the water warms the striper will move from the mouths of creeks towards the dam. The first area for the mid-lake stripers is the Robinson Point area, the stripers will move to the flats and channels feeding on shad and crawdads. The Big Creek & Brushy Creek fish will move to the Hand Cove, Thumb Point, Shoal Creek, Point 1 and Koso areas. This fish will stay in those areas until the lake turns over.  

Stripers will be found in the 40’ water column early in the summer and will progress move deeper. Last August we were catching stripers at 85’, they stayed in that range until fall. This is the easiest time to catch stripers, the three best methods is live shad, trolling, and spooning. Live gizzard & threadfin shad is and will always be the most productive method to catch stripers. Yes there is a lot of work to catch and maintain live shad but the results are very rewarding. A good depth finder is the most important item you must have on your boat; it’s not worth fishing an area unless you can mark stripers. You should begin to look in the 40’ range and keep moving out until you mark fish, then set your lines from the weight down. I always use a 6’ leader, I never count the leader when I’m counting line down to the fish, shad swims in circles so it’s not important to count the leader. Trolling is very effective until late summer, the stripers are high in the water column and can be caught using down riggers and long lining with lead core. Umbrella rigs, crank baits, Alabama rigs, and ¾ oz jigs produce the most stripers during this timeframe. When I trolled I would double stack, (2 rods on each downrigger), my downriggers varying the types of baits and depths until I zeroed in on the depth and lure the stripers wanted that day. Late summer the stripers will move close to the bottom and feed on crawdads, trolling becomes ineffective due to the location of the stripers, you cannot get the lure to where the fish are holding, and this is when spooning becomes the preferred method. Spooning is effective year around but the best time of the year to catch stripers using a spoon is when the fish are schooling. You may see thousands of fish feeding on shad anytime during the summer. Just drop your spoon and hold on.  

As the stripers move deeper and begin to hug the bottom they become easier to catch with spoons. Marking and trying to catch one striper is very difficult, again a good depth finder is your best friend this time of year.  

From July on you will find stripers on the points near the dam or roaming the channels, its take move patience to fish with a spoon than any other type of fishing. Once you find them drop your spoon to their level and jerk up and slowly lower the spoon, most hits will be on the drop.  

Summer striper fishing is the most productive time year, you can catch you limits very quickly, remember, this time of year it's very hard to release a fish, they are always deep and will die if you release them. So catch your limit and go home, continue catching and releasing stripers will only kill them. 

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Norfork Tail water

Updated 7/19/2014

Report by: Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service 

The lake level is 556.5 and the water temp is warming up just like the weather. The temp is in the low 80's.  

The stripers are staring to group up suspended 35-40ft. and will start going deeper as the water continues to warm up. They were hitting on live bait and jigging spoons.  

The bass are starting to get more active early in the mornings chasing bait to the surface. Throw a Zara puppy or a spook and a soft jerkbait was working as well.  After the sun get up higher the surface activity slows then you can throw a worm, jig or a drop-shot rig with a small worm or plastic minnow type bait will work.

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