Arkansas Fishing Reports

Updated: 3/24/2017

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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 3/24/2017

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

During the past week, we have had a rain event (about three quarters of an inch here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and heavy winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one tenth of a foot to rest at seven and five tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is forty three and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell one and four tenths feet to rest at five and five tenths feet below seasonal power pool and twenty one and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell one foot to rest at seven and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool and sixteen and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had moderate generation in the afternoon with lower generation in the morning and limited wadable water. Norfork Lake remained steady at one and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty seven and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had low levels of generation late in the afternoon with much less wadable water.  

Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes on this system are below seasonable power pool. With cooler fall weather and lower lake levels, we should see more wadable water. 

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. 

On the White, the bite has been spotty. Some days have been excellent and some poor. The hot spot has been Rim Shoals. We have had some wadable water. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (#8, #10), Y2Ks (#14, #12), prince nymphs (#14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead #16, #18), pheasant tails (#14), ruby midges (#18), root beer midges (#18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (#10), and sowbugs (#16). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a hare and copper nymph (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it).  

The best bet for large trout has been to bang the bank with large articulated streamers delivered with heavy twenty four to thirty foot sink tips (350 grains or heavier) on bigger water. You will need an eight or nine weight rod. This is heavy work but the rewards can be great.  

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are navigable. With cooler the smallmouths are less active. My favorite fly is a Clouser minnow. 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. 

There has been less wadable water on the Norfork. The lake has turned over and there is a sulphur smell on the upper river and with lower dissolved oxygen, in that area, the bite has been slow there. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (#18, #20, #22)  like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (#14, #16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. 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 #10). 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. My favorite fly has been an orange egg. 

Dry Run Creek has been less crowded with school back in session. A large number of brown trout have moved into the creek. The hot flies have been sowbugs (#14), Y2Ks (#12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise #10). While you are at the creek you should visit the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases. 

The Spring River is fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over and there are fewer boats on the river. 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 (#10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (#10) and Y2Ks (#10).  

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 

When I drove past the ramp at Cotter’s Big Spring Park this morning I noticed a big change from my last visit. This ramp is a few blocks away from my house in the old section of Cotter and I always like to track the river levels by driving by the Cotter Ramp. I was pleased to see that the river level was much lower than my last visit. I had been carefully monitoring the lake levels and generation for all of the lakes in the White River system and I had noted that all are now at or close to power pool with the exception of Beaver, which is dropping quickly. Beaver is always the last to be drawn down to power pool.  

Now that our tailwaters are back in their banks and the river levels are more comfortably navigated we will see significant changes as the water levels drop. The additional flows through the open flood gates and sluice gates have had a profound effect on our rivers. 

One of the first things that you will notice is that many warm water species have been introduced to the cold water environments of our tailwaters. This past weekend Henry Seay, the assistant manager here at Blue Ribbon Fly Shop, was fishing at Quarry Park on the Norfork River and caught five bream which is a warm water species. I have had customers come into the shop that have caught walleye recently, in the same stretch of river. 

After the flood of 2008, I saw a striper that was stuck twenty feet up in a tree at McClellan’s, on the Norfork. Later that same day I was wade fishing in the Ace in the Hole water and saw a four foot Gar. I must say that, it was a bit disconcerting, seeing something that big, with that many sharp teeth, lazily swimming near me. It looked just like a Barracuda. It turned out to be more worried about me and left. That same year there were loads of Stripers and other species caught beneath Norfork Dam. There was similar warm water species caught below Bull Shoals Dam. 

Of greater importance are all of the changes to the river itself. With that much additional water coming through the flood gates we have to expect significant change and as the water recedes we will begin to see them. There will be downed trees where none previously existed. Trees that have been reliable markers for years will be gone washed down the river. Delicate banks will have been seriously eroded. Gravel bars will appear where none existed before and there will be new holes scoured in the river bottom. 

The trick is to take your time as you navigate the river for the first few times until you figure out all of the changes. This is particularly important, if you run a prop, like I do. When wading take extra care because there may be a new hole or two where you can float a hat. 

Our rivers are constantly changing and this high water has brought about quite a bit of it. In many respects it will be like learning a new river. Slow down and enjoy it!

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: 3/24/2017
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 462.04

Outflow: 2601

Level: 5.05 feet low Temperature: 52-56

Report by: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service  

Sorry no report last week as had no power from storms.  

The water level at Greer’s Ferry Lake is at 456.99 feet it is 5.05 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet at this time and is rising , the temp has cooled somewhat ,it is 52-56 degrees .  

the Walleye fishing is on and off with all the cold fronts, it’s hard to get to most of the river fish unless by foot ,some coming and going can be picked up in places, with a drop shot or jig head tipped with a live bait, grubs, crank baits and rouges working at times, live bait for the lake fish is best in 25-40 of water.  

The bass fishing is pretty good with fish being caught real shallow or in 25 feet and some out in 40 feet of water, try spinner baits, crank baits, drop shots, spoons-rigs and football heads, a trap and whacky rigs are working as well.  

The crappie are eating all over the lake suspended in 10-15 feet of water over the deepest water you can find with some eating in the river channels on the bottom in 40 feet. No report on catfish.

The Hybrids and White bass bite is good all day at various time throughout the lake on spoons, in-line spinners, some top water action is going on as well, on tough days a swim bait or hair jig dead stuck is working the best.  

No report on Bream.  

 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

 

 

No Report

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Kings River

 

No Report

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BULL SHOALS

updated 3/24/2017

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"

No Report

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

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

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Millwood

Updated: 3/20/2017

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 259.20

Outflow: 4681 cfs.

Level: 3.00 feet high Temperature:  67 early to 74

Report by: Millwood Lake Guide Service        "Braggin Board" 

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The Overall Picture:  

As of Monday, 20 March, the lake level is approximately 3 inches above normal conservation pool and falling.  There is current in Little River with the gates releasing around 2200 CFS as of Monday.  Water temps rose over the past week.  There were good numbers of fishermen on the lake over the past week.  Lake level has dropped slightly over the past few days, water temps continue a slow rise.  Largemouth Bass on beds in multiple locations lake wide.  White Bass are still stacked up Little River.  Crappie starting to build beds and gar are extremely shallow in large groups making great opportunities for bow fishermen very shallow. 

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging 67ºF early to 74ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day.  

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 259.7 mfsl, and falling with current.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate as of Monday was near 2200 CFS.  As of Monday the tailwater level was 227.0 mfsl.  

Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK in Little River. 

Clarity and visibility stained but beginning to clear this week.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-8 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity is ranging approx 15-24 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  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:   Water temperatures slowly rising.  Largemouth Bass are bed building, some on beds are being seen in spawning areas.  Some bass have completed their spawning rituals already.  We continue to catching male and female Largemouth Bass from 2 to around 7 pounds each, running in and out of bedding areas for the past few weeks.  Big, 7" bulky lizards, brush hogs, 10" worms, Rat-L-Traps, slow moving crankbaits and chatterbaits have been taking staging bass on points, ditches, and in creek channels.  Bass Assassin Shads are working on bass moving into and out of bedding areas, and on beds.  Key continues to be finding water temps that are 5-8º warmer than surrounding areas, and clearer water with the current conditions.   Several females in the 4-7 pound range full of eggs continue to be caught and released over the past week. 

The clearest water you can find away from river flow has been the best location for big females over the past several weeks.  Bass are on beds in flats and spawning grounds using cypress trees for windbreaks.  Bass Assassin Shads, magnum Lizards, Brush Hogs, Rat-L-Traps, chatterbaits, and small squarebill cranks are working over the past couple weeks.  The further from Little River current and heavy stain water; and in deeper sections of creeks over the past couple weeks, will produce best Largemouths.  Cordell Redfins and Smithwick Rouges are catching nice size Bass from 3 to 4 pounds each in south Hickory pockets of the area of main lake by the golf course and the Millwood State Park.   Chatterbaits in black/blue/purple and spring bream colors are taking nice 4-6 pound Largemouth females full of eggs along creeks and ditches. 

War Eagle Spinnerbaits in Cole Slaw, Spot Remover, and White/Chart continue taking nice keeper size Largemouths in Mud Lake, Horseshoe, and McGuire oxbows, up river.

Squarebill crankbaits in crawfish patterns, Echo 1.75's and large Rat-L-Traps continue working slow and deflecting off stumps and timber, deeper in the creek channels.  Best colors over the past few weeks continue to be the Spring Bream, Toledo Gold, Red Chrome on sunny days, around 5-10 feet depth ditches and flats near creek channel swings, deflecting off stumps in the clearest water you can locate away from muddy water or Little River current.   Bass Assassin Shads continue catching nice and fat prespawn  Largemouth Bass and best colors for the past couple weeks include Houdini, Salt & Pepper, Grey Ghost, and Gold Pepper Shiner colors continue catching good Bass along old vegetation lines, dead lily pad stems, and buckbrush.  Jingle Bugs are working in these same areas, and best colors over the past week or two have been the Okeechobee Craw, Black/Red Glitter, and Red Shad/Green Glitter. 

Locating water temps 2-5 degrees warmer on sunny days, seems to be key in locating bass in a feeding mood over the past few weeks.  Large flats near deeper creek channels with stumps and timber will hold a few Largemouths on bright sunny days where the water will warm substantially over the mid-day hours as much as 8 degrees.   Spawning female Largemouths full of eggs are being caught and released in spawning areas on beds, coming in to the beds and leaving beds.  These bass are hammering plastic lizards, chatterbaits, Bass Assassin Shads and brush hogs in black / blue, black / purple, or plum.  Key is finding these warmer water areas on sunny days for the most aggressive bite this time of year.   

White Bass:   Still holding upriver between McGuire Lake and Patterson Shoals in a spawning condition.  Points all along north end of Little River are holding large schools of the White Bass and Hybrids.  All along Little River were giving up a great number of Whites and Hybrids over the past couple weeks on shad colored Bomber and XCalibur crankbaits, chrome/blue or Smokey Joe Rat-L-Traps.  Little Georges, Rocket Shads, Little Cleos, Spin Traps, Blakemore Roadrunners were all catching these whites over the past week, but the Little River up past McGuire Lake oxbow, continues to be heavy stain to muddy over the past week with all the rain and fresh water coming into the lake. 

Crappie:  The Crappie continue spawning near cypress trees with the Largemouths.  Good locations over the past couple weeks were around cypress trees in 5-8 feet of depth with a white/chartreuse hair jig, and a flat tail grub in smoke w/ chartreuse tip, and minnows over the past week have began to get bit good. 

Cats:  Blues and Channel cats continue biting well, with the current in Little River on trot lines, and in oxbows on yo-yo's. Cats continue biting on cut baits, chicken livers, Alpo dog food chunks, and Punch baits.  

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Be advised there are NEW NO-WAKE RIVER BUOYS AT WHITE CLIFFS BOAT RAMP AND THE NO WAKE ZONE EXTENDS FROM NORTH END OF PARK TO SOUTH END OF PARK in Little River. 

Surface temps as of Monday, 20 Mar are ranging 67ºF early to 74ºF range, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day. 

Lake level as of Monday is currently is 259.7 mfsl, and falling with river current, which is 4 inches above normal conservation pool.  Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate was around 2200 CFS on Monday. The tailwater level as of Monday was at 227.0 mfsl.  

Clarity and visibility as of Monday fair to stained.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches.  Cottonshed and Saline in the northeast section of the lake is muddy.  Little River's visibility ranges 5-8 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity also began clearing over the weekend ranging approx 15-24 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  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. Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800.  Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262.  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.... 'Til next week, wear your life jacket & we'll see you on the lake.......

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 3/24/2017

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 550.2 

Release Rate: 32705 cfs.

Level:  Temperature: 55 to 58

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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: 3/21/2017

The term "March Madness" definitely fits Norfork Lake this month. 3 inches of snow a week ago, 90 degrees yesterday and some thunderstorms and cooler weather on the way. The changing weather patterns play havoc with the fish, but today the fish gave signs of getting back on track.  I saw sporadic surface activity for largemouth bass and striped/hybrid bass, crappie moving in tighter to the banks for their pre-spawn activity, and the white bass and walleye have started to move out to the flats which indicates the majority of the walleye and whites have completed their spawn. 

Today was a very interesting morning of fishing. My game plan was to search a different area of the lake for striped bass. I didn't find striped bass, but I ended up catching fish on 5 different types of baits. In the dark I started casting a suspending stick bait to the shoreline. I landed largemouth and crappie on my Smithwick Rogue. As the sun was coming up I casted out my blade bait, Kastmaster, and landed some whites. As the morning wore on I started casting out a paddle tail swim bait to the shoreline and landed a largemouth, then in deeper water I dropped a spoon and landed a walleye. Live threadfin shad landed a second walleye and I broke off a big fish, maybe what I was looking for. 

Striped bass fishing the last couple of days has slowed with the cool system that rolled though our area last week. The snow and cold temperatures dropped the surface lake temperature from 56 degrees to 50 degrees. This morning the lake had warmed back up to 56 degrees. A few days ago the stripers that had moved back into the major creek arms were biting aggressively and could be found anywhere from 20 feet of water to 50 feet of water. Most fish that I was catching and marking were suspended 15 to 35 feet down. Yesterday I did mark a few stripers, but they were not feeding. This will change with the warming water very shortly and the good bite will begin again. 

Largemouth bass fishing has been good. This species is moving in close to the shoreline early and late in the day. This morning brought some of the best surface activity that I have seen so far this year. This is still early for topwater, but a very good sign. This morning I caught largemouth before sunrise on a suspending jerk bait, as well as, after sunrise largemouth were being caught on a 5 inch paddle tail swim bait by one of my guests. The topwater started just as the sun got above the horizon. Start carrying your favorite topwater bait as I believe this will become a little more common each day. Alabama rigs are also working very well rigged out with a 3.5 to 4 inch swimbait. The shorter baits are still working a little better than longer baits, but this will change as the water continues to warm.

 I caught walleye this morning, one on a shallow flat in 18 feet of water and the other was out in 65 feet of water suspended down 55 feet. I marked bait from 40 feet to the bottom and saw 5 big arcs in the bait. I assumed the arcs were stripers so I dropped a 1/2 ounce spoon and landed a nice 23 inch walleye. You tell me what the current pattern of our walleye are? :-) The majority of the walleye have spawned and should be moving to the flats to feed. Deep diving crank baits, crawler harnesses and dragging live minnows will start to pick up some nice fish. 

White bass have also completed the majority of their spawning activities. I am starting to find scattered fish on large flats suspended down 20 to 30 feet in 30 - 50 feet of water. I caught several nice whites on my Kastmaster bade bait. It will not be long until large schools of whites will be roaming shallow flats feeding heavily on shad. Topwater frenzies will erupt and make the water boil. Topwater baits, blade baits, spoons and swim baits will all pick up some nice fish. 

Norfork Lake surface water temperature this morning was 55 - 56 degrees. The lake level is falling very slowly and currently sits at 545.25 which is approximately 1 ft drop over the last 2 weeks. The lake is somewhat stained but clearly is occurring.

 

Updated: 3/21/2017

Report by: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

What a week of swinging weather and fishing patterns. We stated off with snow and very cold weather and wound up sunny with sixty degrees. Fishing was outstanding all week without the sun being out. We caught over 55 plus stripers during that period. On Friday my son and I caught 22 stripers and were excited to know the sun and warm weather was coming Saturday. I told my clients that fishing was outstanding when they came on board, boy was I wrong. We were fishing near Fouts marina which is a narrow straight of water that does not have much room for heavy boat traffic. The sun came out and then the boats. We had a striper and bass tourney which caused heavy boating, the bass boats were flying up and down the lake and the striper guys was trolling. The stripers have been shallow and all the traffic shut them down. I fished 5 ½ hours and Sean fished 9 hours and between us we boated 4 stripers. Sean caught them all and I was skunked! Sunday we went to Big Creek trying to get out of the traffic and we both caught 1 striper apiece. I expect the pattern will improve with less boat traffic and consistent weather. On a bright note the walleye are hitting crankbaits up above Calamity Beach people are catching limits of walleye from shore in the evening. I had a call about fishing Thursday from Mike who had his trip canceled in Tennessee. Mike and his sons Levi & Luke along with their friend Harlan were on their first time striper fishing trip. They booked an eight hour trip. When we left the dock it was cold, overcast, and windy. We made it to Fouts so I began my setup which is 10 baited rods; 2 planner boards, 2 floats, 2 free lines, and 4 downlines. We started off slow but our first fish was a double headed. The young boys 11 & 12 were the first ones to catch a striper then the men took over and we kept this up for the next 6 ½ hours. We caught number 12 and the boys were cold so our trip was complete with their first limit of stripers. The boys had a trip they would soon not forget. 

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Norfork Tail water

Updated 3/24/2017

Report by: Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service 

The lake level is 553.6 and the water temp is in the mid to upper 60’s. The stripers, hybrids and whites are coming up at first light and staying up for an hour to a hour and a half. I was out this morning and had two hybrids(6-7lbs) and a striper (10-12lbs) in fifteen minutes on a Zara spook. Then I left the area and went looking for more fish. After the top water bite stops throw a swim bait and you may get a few more. You can throw the swim bait to the top water fish and get bit as well. They are coming up just before sunset too. The night bite is still going on and the key to fishing at night for stripers is to reel your stick bait SLOW. If you see some on your depth finder drop a jigging spoon. Bass are still up shallow and will hit a spook, swim bait, jig and soft jerk bait.

For more information on Lake Norfork go to www.LakeNorforkFun.com  or  www.FishNorfork.com 

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