Arkansas Fishing Reports

Updated: 9/12/2014

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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 9/11/2014

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

During the past week, we have had no rain, cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell three tenths of a foot to rest at four and eight tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty eight and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell eight tenths of a foot to rest at five and one tenth feet below seasonal power pool and nineteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at six and seven tenths feet below seasonal power pool or fifteen and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we had significant generation in the afternoon and lower generation in the morning with some wadable water. Norfork Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at five and eight tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 555.7 feet and thirty feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we had wadable water every day with limited heavy generation in the afternoon.   

The water level for the top of power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. All of the lakes on this system are well below seasonal power pool. With temperatures moderating, we should receive more wadable water. 

On the White, the hot spot was the section from Wildcat Shoals down to Cotter. 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 flashback beadhead pheasant tail nymph with a ruby midge or red fan tail midge suspended below it).  

It is hopper time! There is a bumper crop of grasshoppers this year and the trout are already keying in on them. I favor shorter leaders (seven and a half foot 3X) and a stiff six weight rod to proper deliver these weighty flies. My favorite flies are Dave’s hoppers and the western pink lady. To increase hook ups I always use a dropper. I am currently using a ruby midge in size eighteen on a three foot or longer tippet (depending on the depth of the water I am fishing). 

The higher flows that we have been getting in the afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers. You need a fast sinking sink tip line and an eight weight or better rod. This is a heavy lift that requires casting skills and patience. 

The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear and navigable. With the warmer weather, the smallmouth 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 better recently. With little wadable water on the White there has been more angling pressure on the Norfork.  The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like ruby midges, 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 school back in session, I would expect less fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. 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). While you are there take a few minutes to visit the adjacent Norfork national Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases. 

The water level on the Spring River is a bit higher and clear. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is ending and there should be fewer boats on the river to interfere with your fishing. 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: 9/9/2014
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 461.03

Outflow: 2601

Level: 4.85 feet low Temperature: low 80s

Report by: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service  

The water level at Greer’s Ferry Lake is at 457.69 feet and falling with generation, it is 4.85 feet below normal pool of 462.54 feet. 

The bream fishing continues to be good all over the lake on crickets and crawlers, try fishing water from real shallow out to 50 feet. 

The bass fishing is good around docks a lot of fish floating around chasing bream, from the deeper docks to the shallow ones, deep points and secondary points as well as brush piles holding fish try football heads-rigs , texas rigs and drop shot rigs around 50 feet deep and the Alabama rig working as well. 

No- report on catfish

The walleye are real scattered and hard to pin point at this time some are grouped up but hard to find. 

Crappie are eating in pole timber and in and around brush piles in 25-50 feet of water on minnows and jigs. 

The hybrid and white bass are eating well , with some schooling going on various parts of the lake early and late in the day as well as in the middle of the day according to conditions the rest can be caught on spoons , in-line spinners and swim baits 38-5o feet of water. 

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

 

No Report

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BULL SHOALS

updated 9/12/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 657.0 

Outflow: 653

 Level:  Temperature:50s

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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: 9/8/2014

Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 259.20

Outflow: 4681 cfs.

Level: 5.03 feet high Temperature:  82 early to 88

Report by: Millwood Lake Guide Service        "Braggin Board" 

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The Overall Picture:  

As of Monday, 08 Sep, Millwood Lake remains in drawdown conditions.  The USACE are conducting shoreline work at Cottonshed Park, inspection of the dam, and also the AGFC are planting winter duck millet.  The lake level is approx 10 inches BELOW normal conservation pool and falling.  There is decreased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 961 CFS as of Monday. Water temps were stable over the past week.  Navigation is cautious for Little River, as of Monday, due to the drawdown conditions, lake level is beginnin to expose stumps and submerged hazards below the surface not typically found or seen near surface.  The drawdown will last approximately through 7 September. 

Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging approx 82ºF early to 88ºF range, depending on location.  Largemouth Bass remain good from 2-4 pounds on topwaters, spinnerbaits, and frogs early, away from muddy current in Little River.  Crappie are starting to stack back up in brush.  Blues and channel cats are good. 

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 258.35 mfsl, with decreased river current.   Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate as of Monday was 961 CFS.  Continue to use extreme caution during navigation on Little River and Millwood, watching for floating debris, floaters, and limbs from current as well as submerged objects nearing the surface during the drawdown.  Tailwater level as of Monday is 224.32. 

Clarity and visibility is slightly improved over last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake improving, but stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity continue improving away from current, ranging approx 20-30 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is heavy stain and Cossatot River is contributing lots of incoming flow.  Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. 

The Details: 

Largemouth Bass:  Millwood Lake is making a strong comeback from the recent 3-4 year slump of slow fishing and poor quality bass at tournament weigh-ins.  Bass are good from 2 up to 8 pounds on spinnerbaits, cranks, topwaters early and late.  Most bass remain the most agressive at dawn and dusk around lily pad stands, and shallow vegetation at dawn, in the clearest water away from current, in backs of the creeks and oxbows.  An eleven pound bass was caught and released week before and numerous others have been caught this week in the 5-8 pound class.  Frogs, Bass Assassin Shads, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits remain the go-to baits over the past couple weeks with all the bass chasing shad, early and late.  Working top waters around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels continue drawing good reactions at dawn.  Good bites continue on the soft plastic frogs this week around pads in clearest water you can find away from heavy current and discharge of Little River.  Johnson spoons and Heddon Moss Bosses continue taking some good fish in the pads close to deep water creek channels around pondweed and hydrilla. 

Bass Assassin Shads in Salt-NPepper Phantom, Native Shiner, and Gold Pepper Shiner, are working around stained and clear water in vegetation lines and pads.  Rat-L-Traps and cranks continue working along edges of vegetation and weed lines near deep water drop offs in the creek channels.  Chartreuse Shad and Citrus Shad Bomber crankbaits continue to be best reaction colors over the past couple weeks by Largemouths and White Bass alike.  Berkley Pit Boss, in green pumpkin or California 420 colors, continue working by flipping and pitching around cypress trees 6-9 feet of depth and vegetation this week. 

Upriver, in the oxbows near flats with stumps and laydowns, Real Deal Custom Tackle Jigs are taking a few nice keeper size bass from 3-4 pounds.  Best colors to get a response over the past couple weeks have been the Texas Craw, Watermelon Candy-Red, and PB&J.   

White Bass:   Whites/hybrids continue roaming the oxbows, and continue hitting the Tenneessee Shad or citrus shad colored crankbaits in the back of the oxbows.  Several days over the past 3-4 weeks, the Whites were surface breaking on shad in back of Horseshoe and McGuire oxbows.  They were found again this week schooling and surface breaking in the Little River around Hwy 71 bridge and also at White Cliffs Campgrounds.  These surface breaking fish were hitting Rat-L-Traps, Ken Pops, Pop-Rs, Chuggers, and Little Cleos and Rooster Tails in red/white or chartreuse/white Rocket Shads. 

Crappie: Improved around planted brush piles over the past week, 12-16 feet depth in Little River behind current breaks and points where brush piles are located.  Best bets were vertical jigging Southern Pro Tubes in red/white, chartreuse/white, or smoke colored Cordell paddle tail grubs on light wire jig heads. 

Cats:  Blues and channel cats remain good this week in Little River on trot lines, approx 8-12 feet deep, set in creek mouths and outer bends of the river.  Best trotline baits last 2 weeks continue to be cut shad, Charlie, or buffalo and blood baits.   

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Surface temps as of Monday, 25 Aug are ranging 84ºF early to 89ºF range, depending on location.   

As of Monday, 02 Sep, Millwood Lake remains in drawdown conditions.  The USACE are conducting shoreline work at Cottonshed Park, inspection of the dam, and also the AGFC are planting winter duck millet.  The lake level is approx 10 inches BELOW normal conservation pool and falling.  There is decreased current of Little River with the gates releasing around 961 CFS as of Monday. Water temps were stable over the past week.  Navigation is cautious for Little River, as of Monday, due to the drawdown conditions, lake level is beginnin to expose stumps and submerged hazards below the surface not typically found or seen near surface.  The drawdown will last approximately through 7 September. 

Lake level as of Monday, is currently is 258.35 mfsl, with decreased river current.   Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet.  Discharge rate as of Monday was 961 CFS.  Continue to use extreme caution during navigation on Little River and Millwood, watching for floating debris, floaters, and limbs from current as well as submerged objects nearing the surface during the drawdown.  Tailwater level as of Monday is 224.32. 

Clarity and visibility is slightly improved over last week, in most areas on main lake and Little River.  As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 10-15 inches.  Cottonshed and northeast section of the lake improving, but stained.  Little River's visibility ranges 10-15 inches depending on location and current.  The oxbow's clarity continue improving away from current, ranging approx 20-30 inches depth of visibility depending on location.  Little River above McGuire oxbow is heavy stain and Cossatot River is contributing lots of incoming flow.  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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22+ years in the professional guide business on Millwood Lake, since 1990!

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Norfork

Updated 9/12/2014

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: 9/12/2014

Report by: Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort

Norfork Lake Striper fishing has really picked up over the last several weeks. Stripers and hybrids have schooled up. When you find them it can be non-stop action. Live bait and vertical jigging with a spoon are both working great. I have been using a one ounce spoon, in various colors, white, white/chartreuse, white/green and white/blue. The spoon itself is a lead weight in the shape of a minnow with a treble hook at one end and a swivel at the other. There are many types of spoons on the market, but I use and carry a full stock of the Bink's spoons if you are interested in trying them out. I have caught and released 6 + stripers per day over the last three days. Today was no exception, I landed 8 and had to keep 3 today due to the fish feeding very heavily and swallowing the spoon so deep that after retrieving the spoon the fish could not swim away. So here is dinner for the next few days. After I had 3 in the boat I started to fish for other species.  

I caught a couple white bass and called it a day.  

Today I found the stripers in 60 feet of water suspended 30 to 40 feet down. I dropped the spoon to this depth then jigged it up, and let it float back down. Before my line got tight there would be a fish on the other end. Lots and lots of fun. Sounds easy, right! The biggest challenge is to find the fish. Today I looked at 3 different areas before I found them. Sometimes the fish will be in the same area day after day, but in the last week I found a huge school of fish back in Georges Cove, but I keep checking and they haven't found them again in that area. These fish keep moving and following the bait. The joy of fishing for me is the feel of success once I've find them and they start to bite.  

There is still a good, but short lived, topwater bite for largemouth, smallmouth and spots at daybreak and sunset. Have your favorite topwater bait ready for some fun action. Once the sun gets high they start to go deep.  

I have heard that the after dark bite for black bass has been pretty good.  

White bass are also schooling.  

It seems that after the stripers and hybrids take off from an area, the whites are nearby. I have caught them on topwater as well as down deep with a spoon. I fished some for walleye two days over the last week and have caught several. I found them around brush in 30-40 feet on the bottom. The biggest problem has been that they have all been short. I guess I need to keep looking.  

Catfishing is still good on trotline and jugs. Set your baits down about 15 - 20 ft back in the creeks and coves or next to a bluff line. This morning when I was cleaning fish the turtles were in feeding on the scraps as is normal, but then I saw two 10+ pound blue cats come in and start hauling off the carcusses. It was fun watching them feed. The current water level is 551.3 falling slightly each day. The dam has been generating 6 - 10 hours per day on most days. The surface water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's which is getting close to normal for this time of year. The creeks and coves are somewhat stained and the main lake is still clear. The lake is in great shape for water depth and temperature. Happy fishing and see you on the lake.

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: 9/12/2014

Report by: Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is dropping but still in the normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the high-eighties. The water visibility is stained.  

The stripers & hybrids continue feeding on crawdads in 35 to 40’ in the mouth of creeks near the old river channel. Live bait is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are now being caught trolling using swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs & spoons. The previous week the polar express came in and the weather pattern changed.  

The stripers moved off the flats and retreated back into the deep water in the mouths of creeks.  

Shad is schooling in the main lake and the creeks. Find the shad and you will find the stripers. Everybody assumes that the use of live bait will always produce stripers, not true. When they go into a negative mood they will not bite. I had clients for four days and two of those days we did not catch a fish, the other two we caught one & two. With the changing weather patterns I had loss the catch able fish. We found lots of stripers but they just would not bite. Using a guide is your best choice to catch a striper but there is no way you can control the weather and changing patterns. I found feeding fish in the mouth of a major creek by Georges Cove, lots of shad and the stripers were feeding on them. The method was down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. I took my brother and his grandson Devin on his first striper trip, the fish were biting early. Devin caught his first striper before light and finished up with 4 ranging from 8 1o 15 lbs. We had a great time seeing a young man catch a big fish. The walleye have slowed their bite, They are in their summer pattern and can be caught by trolling crank baits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons. The warmer water has moved the walleye deeper into 40’ of water on the flats, brush piles, and rounded points. Look at Diamond Bay, the Panther Bay area, Hand Cove, and Hudson point. 

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Norfork Tail water

Updated 9/12/2014

Report by: Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service 

The lake level is 554.2 and the water temp is in the mid 80's.  

The bass are coming up early and just before dark hitting topwater baits. There are a lot of short fish but  some good fish are mixed in with them. Throw a white or clear Zara Spook Jr. After that you will need to fish with a worm, jig, drop-shot rig, or drop a jigging spoon. Most of this activity is in the creeks on points and channel swings. Start looking for stripers down around 40ft. and you need to get you bait or lure down to where you see them. Look in the Big Creek area, Diamond Bay, and down around the dam areas. There have been some whites hitting jigging spoons in the creeks and in some coves around 34ft.

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