The spring rains and subsequent higher water events of years 2008, 2009, and 2011, produced a phenomenal spawn of bass, crappie and other Lake Norfork species. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission predicts that
Lake Norfork fishing will be incredible for years to come!
Our Pro Staff Fishing Reports
12/08/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

This past week the weather has been cold, rainy, windy, the water temperature continues to hover in the mid-fifties. The stripers, hybrids, and white bass bite has slowed. Stripers continue to bite in Float Creek, but they have move off the 101 Bridge flats, Blue Lady flats, and the Mallard Point flats. The fish are moving a little deeper each week, but until the bait moves out into the river channel the stripers will continue to roam the edges of the creeks and occasionally move onto the flats to feed. Just keep moving around the area and you will hookup with them. I fished with Lou Gabric the owner of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort in the pass and caught numerous stripers, hybrids, and whites. Lou primarily uses spoons and works very hard trying to stay on the fish for his clients. The stripers pictured with Lou were caught in Float Creek using a 1 oz white spoon. That day the most effective technique was letting the spoon flutter to the bottom and letting it sit still for a second or two and then rip it back up. Most of time the fish were picking up the spoon on the bottom. You have to be ready to set the hook right away using this technique. Look for stripers in the 50 to 60’ of water near or in the shad. Another technique to finding stripers is watching the wind, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the wind blew very hard from the west into Float Creek. The bass fishermen were catching stripers in the back end of the Float Creek in water less than 5’. The bait was blown back into the shallow water, so play the wind, find the shad, and you will catch stripers. Norfork Lake remains at 4 feet below normal fall/winter pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low fifty’s. The water visibility is stained in the creeks and pretty clear in the main channels.
12/02/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 549.1 and the water temp is in the mid to upper 50's. The stripers are hitting stick baits at night. Just remember while retrieving your lure reel it SLOW and hang on. There have been a few walleye hitting these as well. Throw them on flats right at dark. During the day look for them close to the creek channels in the major creeks and up in the river part of the lake. Find the shad and they will be close by. There are whites mixed in with some of the schools. Always keep a topwater rod rigged with a Zara spook jr.

Throw crank baits along the bank or a spinner bait for bass. The better banks will have wind blowing in on them. For the deeper fish try a jig or a grub on a 1/4oz. jig head. Try a jigging spoon also. As the water gets colder remember you have to slow down and fish slower. If you go out especially by yourself, tell someone what part of the lake you are going to fish and what time you are going to be back and always wear your PFD.
12/02/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The past week the weather was warm and windy and the water temperature was stable. The stripers, hybrids, and white bass were on a feeding frenzy. Stripers were biting in Float Creek, above or north of the 101 Bridge on the flats, Blue Lady flats, and the Mallard Point flats. The bite is throughout the day, from early morning to late in the evening. The schools of fish are very large right now, however they are constantly moving and so it's difficult staying on the schools. Just keep moving around the area and you will hookup with them. I fished Float Creek with Buddy, Carson, & Gary. This was their first striper trip and we were into fish from the start of the trip until the end. We caught 9 stripers and kept 7. We also missed quite few but still we had a great time with the guys. Each one of the guys caught their biggest fish and first striper. This shallow water bite will continue until the cold water drives the shad deeper. Then some outstanding winter fishing will begin. Shad, spoons, and trolling are all producing stripers right now. The fall white bass run has started. The white bass, small hybrids and stripers are schooling on the flats near Cranfield Island, Mallard Point flat, Blue Lady flats, and Float Creek flats. The fish can be found in 40’ to 50’of water. A 1 oz jigging spoon is producing the best. Norfork Lake remains at 4 feet below normal fall/winter pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low fifty’s. The water visibility is stained in the creeks and pretty clear in the main channels.
11/24/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Winter angling on Norfork Lake can be one of the most productive periods of striper fishing. Beginning in Mid-December through February the stripers will stick close to the old river channels near or mixed in with the shad schools. The old river channels are the outlines of the Norfork Fork River and major creeks such as Big Creek and Bennett's Bayou before they were flooded and covered by the lake. You will find the old river channels clearly marked on the better lake maps. Once the lake water gets colder, the shad will move into deeper water to find their comfort zone. Sometimes that is depths of 40 feet, other times I have seen shad hover at 80 feet. The stripers will stay with the shad schools the whole winter period. The two most productive methods to catch stripers are live bait and spoons. Small jigging spoons, either ½ or ¾ ounce are the artificial bait of choice although some specific swim baits can be productive also. Shiner minnows and threadfin shad are the preferred live bait. Shiners approved for use by Arkansas Game and Fish in Norfork Lake are available at most better Norfork Lake bait and tackle shops. Shad are not sold commercially. Shad used as bait in Norfork Lake must be caught in Norfork Lake by net. Wild bait from any other body of water is strictly prohibited by law. This is to prevent the introduction of foreign or invasive species of plants, animals, and water life into Norfork Lake. A good fish/depth finder is a must have to find fish during this time of year. Good electronics will help you find the shad and stripers and keep you on them. Begin by looking at the old river channel between the US62 and AR101 bridges and move towards the Howard’s Cove area. Somewhere in this area you will find the shad and stripers. Float creek is one other area that will typically hold stripers. The great part of winter striper fishing is that the bite can last all day or begin mid-day. There is no time limit on when the stripers will bite. Some days I go out at first light and fish all day. I have seen no activity until late in the day and other days I’ve had my limit by noon. Just stay close to the shad and you will catch a striper most days. I fish using shiner minnows and threadfin shad. Downlines and weighted floats are my gear of choice. I run six downlines, each with 2 oz weights and 5’ leaders. I will run two additional lines with floats on the outside of the spread. These lines are set above the shad school. Stripers will come up through the shad column to take your bait. Always keep your live bait above the shad school. Threadfin shad are and will always be the most productive method to catch winter stripers. Shiner minnows are also very effective. The best places to buy shiners are 101 Grocery & Bait and Hand Cove Resort Bait and Tackle Shop. They both carry shiners most of the season. When the shad begin to school, look for bait fish balls and note the depth on your depth finder graph. Once again a good depth finder will help you find the shad and the stripers. They will be moving around so keep a watchful eye on the graph and stay close to the shad. Spoon lures are very effective. The key is matching the size and color of your spoon to that of the shad bait fish. If the stripers are feeding on 1” and 2” shad, make sure your lure matches the size of the shad. Jig your spoon through the shad schools for the best success. Always be ready for that top water bite to erupt too. Have a Super Spook Jr tied on and at the ready for when this happens. As always, your most important piece of equipment is your PFD life preserver. Lake and weather conditions can change in a heartbeat during the winter months so it's best to be prepared with a high quality PFD. Wear it from the moment you launch until the boat is back on the trailer or in the stall. Fish safely so you can fish often!
11/18/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The weather is cold and the water temperature is continuing to drop but the stripers bite is on fire. Stripers are biting from Float Creek all the way to and above the state line. The bite is happening from early morning to late in the evening. Look for stripers in the afternoon in Float Creek and the Blue Lady Flats. In the morning you will find them off of the Mallard Point flats and from Calamity Beach to Bryant Creek. The stripers are feeding on the flats in 30 to 45 feet of water. I fished the northern portion of Lake Norfork near Calamity Beach with Gary & Doug from Iowa and from the start of our trip the bite was on. It took 45 minutes of motoring from Tracy Ferry Marina to where we began to fish. We had our first two limits in less time than it took to get to where we started fishing. We released some so we could try and catch a larger striper. We ended up boating 9 stripers and was back to the marina by 10 AM. This shallow water bite will continue until the cold water drives the shad deeper. Then some outstanding winter fishing will begin. Shad, spoons, and trolling are all producing stripers right now. The fall white bass run has started. The white bass, small hybrids and some stripers are schooling on the flats near Cranfield Island, Mallard Point flat, Blue Lady flats, and Float Creek flats. The fish can be found in 30’ to 45’of water. Use a jigging spoon for best results. Right now our deer season is in full swing and there is some great hunting around the lake. I have had 3 successful trips already with more scheduled. There are walk-in areas all over the lake. You can contact the Corp. of Engineers office at 870-425-2700 to find the locations. Greg at Hand Cove Resort also has some walk-in and boat-in information for the Hand Cove area. His number is 870-488-5367. Arkansas’s duck season opens November 22nd. There is some excellent duck hunting on Lake Norfork and I will report on the duck hunt during the season. Now is the time to get out, ignore the cold weather, and enjoy all of the outdoor action that Lake Norfork offers. Norfork Lake remains at 4 feet below normal fall/winter pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low sixty's and going down to the high fifty's. The water visibility is stained in the creeks and pretty clear in the main channels. It's time to get your crappie bite on!
11/13/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The Norfork Lake level is 550.0 and the water temperature is in the low 60's. There have been some fish coming up early and just before dark in the south end of Norfork Lake. Watch for this activity in coves and on points close to deep water. There still are quite a few fish still down 40ft. There are some bass hitting crank baits along the shore and the fish a little deeper are hitting a jig. Throw a spook out on points and there have been some fish coming up for them when you don't see any surface activity. It doesn't happen on every point. The better ones have deep water like a channel swing on a bluff end. The jerkbait bite will be happening when the water temp drop a little further.
11/13/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake remains at 1 1/2 feet below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low sixties and going down to the high fifties. The water visibility is stained. The stripers continue to be very active in the upper part of Norfork Lake from Calamity Beach to Bryant Creek, the flat close to 101 Boat Dock, Stewart Point, and 6B although there is still activity in the dam and Big Creek areas. The stripers in the upper level are in waters less than 30’, on the flats there can be found in 30 to 45’ of water. This past week I continued to fish the upper level of Lake Norfork. Large schools of shad can be found all along the creek channel. Stripers are feeding on them during the course of the day. Some stripers can be found in 20’ of water chasing shad and some top water has started. I took Joe and his sister-in-law Carol out for their second striper trip of the season, they wanted to try a fall trip. The action was slower than their first trip but the stripes were bigger, Carol’s big fish was 14 lbs and Joe’s was 12 lbs. We caught 5 and lost several more. The shallow water bite will continue until the cold water drives the shad deeper and then some outstanding winter fishing will begin. Shad, spoons, and trolling are all producing stripers right now. The fall white bass run has started. The white bass are schooling on the flats near Cranfield Island, Bennett's, Steward Point, point 1C in Big Creek, and 6B. They can be found in 30’ of water. Use a jigging spoon for best results.
11/05/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake remains at 1 1/2 feet below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low sixties and is stable. The water visibility is stained. The lake depth has stabilized and the water temperature is in the low-sixties. The stripers are very active right in the upper part of Norfork Lake and the flats close to Blue Lady resort. The stripers in the upper level are in waters less than 30’, on the flats there can be found in 38 to 45’ of water. The stripers are biting very aggressively. This past week we caught 3 stripers 18 lbs or bigger and lots of 10 to 15 lb fish. I have continued to fish the upper part of Norfork Lake and as long as I read bait on my depth finder I find stripers, no bait no stripers. I took Paul & Ron Luber out for their bi-annual striper trip. It’s a lot of fun taking out fathers and sons, a lot of give and take goes on. We were into fish right away and continued to catch fish all morning. We only boated 4 with Ron (the father) catching the biggest 18 lbs. We also managed to video the entire morning and now they have a memory for a life time. The shallow water bite will continue until the cold water drives the shad deeper, then some outstanding winter fishing will begin. The crappie are being caught in the brush, look for them in Bennett’s Bayou, Pigeon Creek, Big & Brushy Creeks, and Red Bank. The evening and night bass bite in is strong right now, throw a black 3/8 single spinner with 3” black curry tail.
10/20/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp in the southern portion of Norfork Lake has cooled down to around 70 and the lake level is 550.5. There is a topwater bite early in the morning for a couple hours. We caught some whites, small stripers (2-3lbs), largemouth, Kentuckies and a few smallies on Zara spook Jr's. Clear or white colors seemed to work the best. They were on points close to deep water. We found big schools of fish suspended 40-50ft in 60-100ft of water. There were stripers, hybrids and whites. Just dropped a jigging spoon and the fight was on. But then when the bite was over it was over. They just quit. You had to get them while the were feeding. Later we found some fish shallower close to the bottom in 36ft. They were all three bass species and a short walleye. We were using a spoon that was silver on one side and white on the other. You can get them at the Denali store on Hwy 62 East in Mountain Home. When the water temp gets into the low 60's the night bite should start to get going.
10/20/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is 1 1/2 feet below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low sixties and is dropping. The water visibility is stained. The lake depth has stabilized and the water temperature is in the mid-sixties. The stripers are very active right now. You can find top water action near Robinson Point and Cranfield Island. Stripers are now schooling all over the lake. You can find them along the bluff walls, flats and river channels in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers are holding in 38 to 55 feet with some deeper fish at 60’. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid lake area look for stripers on Robinson Point, in Float Creek, Panther Bay, and Fall Creek areas. I fished the Robinson Point area along a bluff wall. We were over schools of stripers and hybrids for over 2 ½ hours. I took Dan Marker and his son Ben out for their first striper trip. I started with over 70 threadfin shad for bait When we stopped fishing I had only 4 threadfin left. We had over 50 bites and caught at least 20 hybrids & stripers. Most of the fish were of smaller size but we did manage to keep 5. We hooked, caught, and missed fish all morning long. Now is an excellent time to get on the Norfork Lake. The stripers, bass, crappies, and other species will be very active for the next several weeks. With the water cooling down the crappie have moved to the shallows in the brush, look for them in Bennett’s Bayou, Pigeon Creek, Big & Brushy Creeks, and Red Bank.
10/14/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is 1 1/12 foot below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low sixties and is dropping. The water visibility is stained. The lake depth is rising and the water temperature is cooling down. We should see a major change this week in striper activity. Stripers are now schooling all over the lake. You can find them along the bluff walls and flats in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers are holding in 38 to 55 feet with some deeper fish at 60’. The big schools are in the 40 to 50 foot range. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid lake area looks for stripers on Robinson Point, and in Float Creek, Panther Bay, and Fall Creek areas. I fished the lower end of the lake at the Hudson Point area near Hand Cove and Jordan and found big schools of stripers. The bite lasted for over an hour. Once they appear you must get on them because when they move off the area they are hard to find. The best bite is still in morning, I took Bruce & David out and ended up with a mixed bag. We fished Robinson Point and we started having bites right away. The bites were stripers and catfish. Both stripers and catfish are schooling on Robinson. We hooked, caught, and missed fish all morning long. We had a great time talking about our past pheasant hunting trips while we kept missing the fish. Now is an excellent time to get on the water. The stripers, bass, and other species will be very active for the next several weeks. Lake Norfork this time of year is beautiful. The trees will be turning colors starting this week and should hit its peak in the next ten to fourteen days. Deer and duck season is approaching and there are lots of opportunity to harvest both species on CORPS land surrounding the lake. As an example; my cousin came down last fall with a friend who had never been here. We setup a pheasant hunt at Ozark Wings the first morning, then deer hunted in the afternoon and striper fished the next morning. In less than 48 hours we hunted pheasant, shot a deer, and caught stripers. Not many places offers that type of experience. Come out and enjoy Lake Norfork and all that it has to offer.
10/12/2014 By Larry Olson

I've started fishing for bass this week. The night bite has really turned on along the shoreline between Wolf Cove and Point 1C. Largemouths, smallies, and Kentucky's have been very active along the rock walls and flat points. The best way to boat some bass is to throw spinners parallel to the shore. I usually have my boat in about 6 feet of water, throw a Jewel type spinner, reel back slow enough to keep it off the bottom, and we're off to the races. My best this week was a 6 pound largemouth caught near 1C. I've boated an unusual amount of nice size Kentucky's this week. If you like night fishing, now is a good time to be on the lake
10/12/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is 2 foot below normal fall pool. The water temperature ranges from the mid to low seventies and is dropping. The water visibility is clear. The lake has stabilized and the thermocline has temporarily disappeared . Some stripers are now schooling in the mid-lake area. You can find them along the bluff walls and flats in water ranging from 45 to 100 feet. The stripers will be holding in 38 to 42 feet with some deeper fish at 60’. The big schools are in the 40 to 50 foot range. Spoons and shad are working the best. In the mid lake area look for stripers on Robinson Point, and in Float Creek, Panther Bay, and Fall Creek areas. I fished the evenings and morning this past weekend and caught fish on all the trips. The best bite is in morning, I took Jerry out on Robinson Point and we started catching stripers at first light. There were massive schools of stripers passing under our boat. I tried to keep five rods baited but I could not keep up with the bites. Multiple times we 3 and 4 stripers on a hook at the same time. We caught at least 10 and missed that many more. Now is an excellent time to get on the water. Great fall colors with little to no boat traffic.
10/07/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

As fall approaches, Lake Norfork water temperature will continue to lower. As the water cools the thermocline will continue to drop until the water equalizes and the lake will turnover. Turnover is the process where the bottom part of the lake rises and the top part lowers. It happens every year. You can tell by the smell on the water, you will see lots of scum, leaves, and the water will be off color. The fish will quit biting for about a week as they need to adjust to the change. With the disappearance of the thermocline the stripers are free to roam the entire water column. Oxygen is at all levels of the water column. The turnover does not happen all at once on the lake. The northern portion will be the first, then the mid-lake area near the bridges, and finally the lower or southern end. The upper end will be done by the end of Sept. while the lower end maybe mid October. It all depends on the weather. The colder it gets the sooner the turnover begins. Once the turnover is over the stripers are free to move anywhere on the lake and you will find them at all levels of the water column. Topwater action can happen anytime the day as they chase this year’s hatch of shad. If you’re on the water you will have the opportunity to catch stripers by finding the bait fish and the stripers will be close by. As the water cools the stripers will move from the main lake to mouths of creeks. Start looking in the Hand Cove, Georges Cove, and Diamond Bay areas as the stripers move away from the dam. Some stripers will be found in the dam area until winter but a lot of them will make the move. Mid-lake stripers will move to the Robinson Point area, they can be found on the flats and channels feeding on shad and stay there until winter. The Cranfield area, Red Bank, and Calamity areas will hold lots of fish. Calamity Beach is the first place I start to fish as the turnover begins. The water is shallow and the bait is usually found everywhere. Live gizzard & threadfin shad is and will always be the most productive method to catch stripers. Shiners and artificial lures are also very effective. The best places to buy shiners is 101 Grocery & Bait and Hand Cove Resort. They both carry shiners all fall, winter & spring. Shad will begin to school so look for bait fish balls and note the depth. A good depth finder will help you find the stripers. They will be moving around so stay close to the bait. Your fall striper tactics will begin to change until winter fishing begins. I continue to fish with down lines but start adding floats and planner boards. The stripers will start getting into the shallow depths. When I’m fishing the northern or river area of the lake I fish 8 lines, four down lines, two planner boards, and two floats. All the lines are set at different depths until I can determine where I stripers are feeding. Artificial lures is very effective. The key is matching the size and color of the bait fish. If the stripers are feeding on 1 & 2” shad make sure your lure match’s the size. You can throw or troll the wrong size and not get a hit if it's too big. Also make sure you match your spoon to the bait.
09/29/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 549.4 and the water temperature is in the mid 70's. There are bass still coming up early hitting topwater baits. (Zara Spook jrs.) Some small stripers are starting to come up too. There are still a lot of fish suspended 40-50ft. I found a couple schools this morning in 105ft. suspended 40ft. They are starting to move up lake and in the major creeks but there are still some fish that will stay on the lower end of the lake near the dam. When the weather starts cooling off and the water temperature drops more the bite will get better than it is now.
09/29/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is 2 foot below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-seventies and stable. The water visibility is clear. The lake started to have a massive change with the cold rain and weather but the weather stabilized and has maintained its water temperature and thermocline. The stripers took some time to adjust to the lake changes but now are back feeding all over the lake. We all thought they had moved from the dam area but they are being caught on a regular basis at Thumb Point and the dam area. In the mid lake area look for stripers on Robinson Point in the 45’ range, set your bait depth at 35’. If you’re trolling make sure your lures are above 45’ no matter the depth you’re trolling in. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using ¾ and 1 ounce spoons and trolling Storm Wild Eye and Zoom Super Fluke swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs Each year I get asked to contribute to various charities that have yearly auctions. I offer a guided striper fishing trip on Norfork Lake. This year Ozark Independent Living asked me to offer a trip. This organization provides wheelchair ramps to homes in a six county area in Southern Missouri. Ken & Cathy won the trip. We started fishing on one spot and caught numerous small stripers. I decided to move over to Robinson Point and found bigger stripers. We caught 3 stripers and one catfish plus we missed a few others. It was a great time and fun for them and their organization. Look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Thumb Point, Robinson Point, and Float Creek. The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers.
09/14/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

With the cooler temperatures and the rain a few days ago the water temperature dropped into the upper 70's and the lake level is 550. The striper and hybrids are still BITING. Look for them suspended at 35-45ft. They can be close to the bottom early in 35ft. and will move deeper as the sun gets higher in the sky. The bite is only lasting a few hours so you have to make the best of it while you can. There are some nice whites hanging out at the same depths. You might even pick up a walleye. There are still some bass chasing bait fish to the surface early and it's better if there is no wind. Try dropshotting a small worm or throw a jig (peanut butter/jelly or green pumpkin). Drag it slow along the bottom or give it short hops.
09/14/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake came up 5” with the heavy rain we had on Thursday, however it is 2’ below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-seventies and dropping with the cold weather and rain. The water visibility is clear. The stripers and hybrids continue to feed on crawdads and shad. Last week the striper club took an oxygen reading and found that from 0 to 45’ has the best oxygen for stripers. Stripers required 3 parts per million (ppm) to be active, anything above that lets them stay active and very healthy. The oxygen level from 0 to 45’ varies anywhere from 3.5 ppm to 5 ppm. This is why the stripers have been active and caught all summer long in the 45’ water column. If you’re trolling make sure your lures are above 45’ no matter the depth you’re trolling in. The striper bite starts before light and last until the moon sets. I am on the water by 5:15 AM to get setup to catch the early bite. At first light they move into water deeper but will be in the 40’ range of water. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using ¾ and 1 ounce spoons and trolling Storm Wild Eye and Zoom Super Fluke swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs I caught stripers all week long and with many limits. This past weekend the weather turned cold after a rain storm and windy. The low temperature each morning was under 50 degrees. Even with the cold weather the stripers continue to bite. I took Gary and Eric out for a two day weekend fishing trip. The north wind was rough the first day and we only managed to boat one striper. We missed many but the weather made it difficult to detect the bite. Sunday we started early with no wind, the bite was fast but the catching was slower. We did boat 4 plus a catfish and missed many stripers during the trip. We look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Koso ( Front & Back), Thumb Point, & Dam Cove, Barron Creek across from Hand Cove, & the Backbone of Shoal Creek The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers.
09/08/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is dropping and the lake level is now below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-eighties but will be dropping with the cooler weather. The water visibility is clear. The stripers and hybrids are feeding on this year’s hatch of young gizzard shad. These shad are about 2 1/2“ to 3 1/2”. If you’re using spoons make sure to match the hatch with your spoon size. The striper bite starts at first light and has lasted up 2 hrs. I try and be on the water by 5:15 am to get setup to catch the early bite. At first light they move into water deeper but will be in the 40’ range of water. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using spoons and trolling swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs. This past week was great for striper fishing. Lots of fish were caught with the biggest being 30 lbs. This monster was caught on 2 ½” gizzard shad. I took Betty Tater out along with her husband Harry. Harry has fished with me a lot and he wanted Betty to experience catching a striper. We started early and the bite started before light. We started by catching catfish, in fact we caught 3 cats and a small striper. We had over 20 bites but only managed a hybrid & striper. Again it's not all about catching your limit, this trip was a husband & wife enjoying a early morning together under the stars catching fish. We look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Koso ( Front & Back), Thumb Point, & Dam Cove, Barron Creek across from Hand Cove, & the Backbone of Shoal Creek The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers.
09/01/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is dropping and now below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-eighties. The water visibility is clear. The stripers and hybrids are feeding on this year’s hatch of young gizzard shad. These shad are about 2 1/2 “ to 3 1/2”. If you’re using spoons make sure to match the hatch with your spoon size. The striper bite will start early again with the full moon approaching. I will start fishing at 5 AM to catch the early bite. Look for stripers in 38’ to 45’ before light..As the morning grows the stripers are moving into water deeper of 45’ of water. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using spoons and trolling swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs.

This past week was great for striper fishing. Lots of quality stripers were caught with multiple limits. I took Dr. Dan Swoyer’s family, Melinda, Chris, and Chris’s wife Jessica out for a family outing before Chris goes into the army. We only caught 4 stripers and hybrids, however we had lots of bites and that day the stripers won. Our trip was cut short due to a heavy rain storm. But the striper trip was not about fishing, it was all about having a family gathering that included fishing. I was proud to fish with a young man who wants to serve his country and sure wanted him to catch a big striper. That will happen the next time he’s on leave.

Look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Koso ( Front & Back), Thumb Point, & the Backbone The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers.
08/31/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The Norfork Lake level is 550.4 and the water temp is in the mid 80's. The bite continues to be good on the lake for stripers, hybrids, whites and bass along with a few walleye this week. Look for the fish suspended 35-40ft. and get your bait down whether it's live bait or artificial. We caught of fish on jigging spoons. Look for them off points and coves. Early in the morning there has been topwater fishing for bass and there have been some whites coming up too. We threw a white or clear Zara spook Jr. Most of the bass were on the short side but then you would get one pushing 3lbs. Most of the whites have been in the 2-3lb range. When the sun gets higher the fish go a little deeper.
08/17/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The bite has been hot this month. The stripers are hitting live bait, trolling umbrella rigs and jigging spoons. Look for them suspended down 40ft. They can also be on the bottom in 40ft. Hybrids and some whites are running at the same depth as the stripers. There are a few small stripers and hybrids chasing baitfish early in the morning too and will hit a topwater bait. My choice of a topwater is Zara spook. There is also a good topwater bite for bass from around 6 am. until about 9 am. I had some clients out this week and we quit around 9:45 and when we got back they asked if I would care if they went out in their boat back to where we were catching fish. I told them that is one of the reasons that people hire a guide to know where to look for the fish and what is going on that time of the year and what to use for lures. They called me the next day and said that the topwater fish were still coming up when they got back there and it lasted until 1:00. They also sent me a picture of one of the stripers they caught in the same area and it was in the upper teens. His biggest to date. The biggest that they caught when we were up in that spot was around 10lbs. The right spot at the right time. There are fish coming up in the evening just before the sun goes down too. The water temp is in the mid 80's and the lake level is 552.
08/11/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is dropping but still in the normal pool range for the summer. The water temperature is in the low-eighties. The water visibility is stained. The stripers & hybrids are still feeding on crawdads & shad. The striper bite continues to be very early before 5 am. The stripers are in 35 to 40’ on the flats near the dam and mouths of creeks. Stripers are starting to school near the dam, with the continual cool weather the bite should last thru September. After first light the stripers are moving deeper. Look for them in 50 to 100’ of water at the 40’ level. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught trolling using swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs. If you find a school of stripers drop a spoon, they will hit it if correctly presented to them. August is the month for lots of stripers. If you want to catch a striper this is the month you should get on the water. I have started fishing at 4:45 am each morning. We have many bites before light but the catching is more difficult. The bite most often is a small hit and just a pull down. I have been fishing various spots close to the dam. Look at Point 1, Barron, Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb Point, & the Backbone. I took Sara & Wil out with their parents Bill & Tonya. We had over 20 hits and boated 6 nice fish. It was lots of fun and fast action. The kids caught their first limit of hybrids & stripers. The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 8’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers.
08/11/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The Norfork Lake level is 552.8 and the water temperature has dropped a couple degrees into the low 80's. Look for the stripers and hybrids down at least 35ft. and there are some deeper. Whatever bait you choose (live or artificial) to use get your bait down to them or just a foot above the fish. There has been a few stripers coming up chasing bait but they are smaller stripers. They are still a lot of fun on topwater. Bass are coming up early and just before dark chasing baitfish also. They have been hitting a white or clear Zara spook jr. Throw a worm or jig to the bank and work it slow back out to the boat or try dropping a jigging spoon if you see them on your depthfinder under the boat. Look for crappie in the deeper brush piles.
07/27/2014 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.
07/27/2014 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.
07/07/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the low-eighties. The water visibility is stained. The stripers & hybrids are feeding on crawdads in 35 to 40’ of water on the flats near the old river channel. The bite begins before dawn and continues until 8 AM. Once the sun is bright, move off into the channel. Stay in 80 to 120 feet of water, the stripers are starting to school and the schools are roaming along the old river channel next to the flats. Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are now being caught trolling using umbrella and Alabama rigs. Also spoons have produced a few nice fish. I caught stripers near the dam, the Brushy Creek area, and in Big Creek. The method was down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. I took Sara & Chris out and they caught their limit of stripers. Now is the time to get out on the lake. The stripers are on the feed and the action will continue. The walleye have moved to their summer pattern and can be caught by trolling crank baits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons. The walleye are staying between 25 and 30’ of water on the flats, brush piles, and rounded points. Look at East Pigeon Creek, the Panther Bay area, Hand Cove, and the flats leading into Float Creek.
07/05/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the high-seventies. The water visibility is stained. Again this past week we have seen rain each day with lots of cloud cover. The stripers & hybrids continue to be found suspended in the river channels, off the main lake and secondary points. They are feeding on 1” baby shad and crawdads in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are now being caught trolling using umbrella and Alabama rigs. Also spoons have produced a few stripers. I caught stripers near the dam, the Brushy Creek area, and the Robinson Point flat. The method was free lines 50 to70’ between the boat and down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. I took Lisa & her father-in-law Earl out and they caught their biggest stripers. Lisa’s was 15 lbs and Earl’s 18 lbs. The fish were caught on live gizzard shad set at 40’. Now is the time to get out on the lake. The stripers are moving out of the creeks and setting up for their summer feed fest. The walleye have moved to their summer pattern and can be caught trolling crank baits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons. The walleye are staying between 25 and 30’ of water on the flats and rounded points. Look at East Pigeon, Panther area, Hand Cove, and the flats leading into Float Creek.
07/01/2014 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, 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.
06/24/2014 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.
06/17/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid 70's and the lake level is 556.9 msl. There was a little topwater for stripers and hybrids this week when we had cloudy skies. If it was sunny they didn't come up casing baitfish. They were hitting Zara spooks, soft jerkbaits and a few on a swimbait. They were hitting live bait real good this week. Look for them suspended 35-40ft. and get your bait down to them. Bass were hitting spooks and soft jerkbaits as well. Throw a Texas rigged worm, drop-shot with a small worm or a jig in 5-25 ft. Look for crappie in the deep brush piles. Haven't heard anything on what the walleye are doing.
06/17/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the high-seventies. The water visibility is stained. Again this past week we have seen rain each day with lots of cloud cover. The stripers & hybrids continue to be found suspended in the river channels, off the main lake and secondary points. They are feeding on 1” baby shad and crawdads in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait is the most effective methods to catch a striper right now. I caught stripers in the Big Creek area and Robinson Point flat. The method was free lines 50 to70’ between the boat and down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. The early morning stripers were caught on free lines. As the sun comes up the stripers move deeper. We caught stripers up to 8 am using down lines between 35 to 50 feet. I took a friend Kris out to celebrate Father’s Day. We caught our limit in a little over 2 hours, Kris caught (1) 20 lb & (2) 15 lb stripers. My fish were all smaller but respectably. Now is the time to get out on the lake. The stripers are moving out of the creeks and setting up for their summer feed fest.
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06/10/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 556.6 and the water temp is in the mid 70's. Stripers are hitting live bait and as for artificial bait try throwing a swim bait. There are a few coming up early and will hit a topwater bait. Throw a Zara spook or a red-fin if there isn't much wind or a soft jerkbait will get you bit too. Look for them suspended 30-40ft later in the morning after the sun get up above the trees. Bass are also hitting soft jerkbaits and a few on topwater when you can find them coming up chasing baitfish. Later in the morning throw a jig, Texas rigged worm or a drop-shot with a 4" worm. Some whites where hitting a swim bait down around 10ft.
06/10/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer. The water temperature is in the mid-seventies. The water visibility is stained. Again this week we have seen rain each day with lots of cloud cover. The stripers & hybrids continue to be found off the main lake and secondary points. They are feeding on shad and crawdads in 35 to 50 feet of water. Live bait and trolling are the most effective methods to catch a striper right now. I caught stripers in the Big Creek area and Crystal Cove area. All my fish were caught down lining shad, 2 oz sinker, with 6’ leader counted down to depth of the stripers. Most of my fish were caught at 40’ this past week. I took Ken & Ron out for their first striper trip on Norfork Lake. We caught 3 hybrids, 7 to 9 lbs, and lost 3 more. For a first time trip they sure had a great time. Now is the time to get out on the lake. The stripers will be beginning to school and a lot easier to catch.
05/19/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 556.4 and the water temperature is in the mid 60's. The water temp will be on the rise again with the warmer weather forecast for the coming week. The water temp dropped 8 degrees this week due to the cold front. The stripers are hitting live bait and swim baits and if you mark some suspended drop a jigging spoon. At night throw a Rouge up to the bank and reel it back slow. You want it to slowly wobble side to side. There are a few coming up early chasing baitfish. Throw a top water like a Zara spook, soft jerk bait or a Red Fin. Bass will come up and hit these baits also. Bass are hitting worms and jigs and a Carolina-rig. Use a lizard with a 24-36" leader.
05/19/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake has risen 2 feet over the last 10 days. The lake still in the normal range. The water temperature is in the mid-sixties. The water visibility is stained. The rain, cold & wind the pass week changed the conditions of the lake and slowed the striper bite. There was lots of top water at Cranfield & Diamond Bay but the strong north winds moved out the stripers. This week should see an increase in the striper activity with the switch to south winds and warm weather. The stripers are still off the main lake and secondary points all over the lake. I caught stripers on a flat in the Big Creek area. They were hitting small shad. I was long lining about 40’ behind my boat using just a small split shot and small gizzard shad. I fished with Craig Roberts and his family, everybody caught stripers but Craig was the only one to catch his limit of stripers, he also lost the biggest fish of his life. Stripers are being caught off the main lake points and bays in Big Creek & Brushy Creek, Crystal Cove, Point One, and Cranfield area. Remember if it’s sunny the stripers are moving off the shore and very hard to catch. The best bite is when the weather is overcast with a slight wind. The crappies are done spawning and are suspended over brush piles in 15 to 30’ of water. They are on minnow’s, small spoons, & jigs on the brush piles.
05/06/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 554.3 and the water temp is in the upper 60's in the creeks and in the mid 60's in the main lake. The main lake visibility is clear. There hasn't been much top water activity yet. Just a few fish coming up sporadically. The night bite has been picking up the last couple weeks throwing stick baits and reeling them real slow back to the boat. The stripers are hitting live bait and some were hitting swim baits early in the morning before the sun was hitting the water surface. There are some bass still on beds and there are some hitting swim baits, jigs, and on Texas rigged worms. Some walleye are hitting stick baits at night but it's been hit or miss the last few nights.
05/06/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool. The water temperature is in the high-sixties. The water visibility is stained. The shad have moved back into the creeks and are having another spawn. The warm weather and wind created the perfect conditions for the shad to have spawn. The stripers are now staging half way up the creeks and some have moved to the main lake points. The night bite continues to be very strong all around the lake. I caught stripers off the main lake points and bays in Big Creek, Crystal Cove, and Cranfield area. Remember if it's sunny the stripers are moving off the shore and very hard to catch. The best bite is when the weather is overcast with a slight wind. The crappies are in their late spawning cycle and are biting on minnow’s, small spoons, & jigs on brush piles, stickups, and bluff walls in 2 to 8 feet of water in the mornings
04/14/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 553.8 and the water temp is in the upper 50's to the low 60's. The water is warmer back in the creeks in the stained water. The main lake is clear. There is a little top water action in the morning for bass and a few whites are coming up. We throwing a white Zara Spook. They were also hitting a 4" swim bait. Haven't seen any top water action on the hybrids and stripers yet. Throw a Rouge at night for hybrids and stripers. Throw it to the bank and remember you have to reel it real SLOW. Don't be surprised if you pick up walleye also. The length limit on walleye is 18" and the limit is 4 and the length limit on stripers is 20" and the limit is 3. Hybrids are counted as a striper.
04/14/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool. The water temperature is in the high-fifties and rising. The water visibility is stained. The night bite is good. The lake is warming up fast and the stripers are moving into the banks. The big fish have moved up the creek and are starting to feed. Shad have started moving to the banks and the stripers are following. The lake should be in the 60 degree range by week's end. I fished Bennett’s Bayou and found that the best bite was mid-day with clouds or overcast skies. Sunny days the bite is off with very little activity. I fished with Larry & Linda Leonard and we caught our fish from 10 am to 12pm, Linda caught the big striper at 12pm, it was 22 lbs. The stripers were caught on 5 to 7 inch gizzard shad. The night bite is strong, the best times is from 8 pm to 10 pm, fish the banks that had wind on them during the day, rouges are working the best. The crappies are biting on minnow’s small spoons, jigs, and minnows on brush piles in 20 feet of water in the mornings. Later as the day warms up the crappie are moving shallow. The crappy are getting ready to spawn and limits are being caught in all the major creek arms. The walleyes will be spawning now the water is warming. The rains this week will see a big push up the river to spawn. The best spots are at the state line, Liner Creek, Udall Marina, and from Bridges Creek to the 160 bridge.
04/06/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 553.8 and the water temp is in the low 50's in the main lake and in the mid to upper 50's back in the creeks. Main lake is clear and the creeks are stained. The better fishing has been in the warmer water. When the weather stabilizes and the weather warms a little more the bite will be on. Stripers are hitting live bait and swim baits. I have had better bite at night throwing Rouges right at dark on the main lake flats and on some points. Hybrids, stripers and an occasional walleye or two. Just reel your lure SLOW. Bass are hitting jigs, jerk baits and swim baits and will be heading to the bank to do their thing soon. I haven't seen much top water action yet.
04/01/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool. The water temperature is in the high-forties and rising. The water visibility is stained. The night bite is good. The lake is warming up fast and the stripers are moving into the banks. The big fish have moved up the creek and are starting to feed. Shad have started moving to the banks and the stripers are following. The lake will be in the mid-fifties by the beginning of the next week. I had five outings without a striper bite but this week we are catching limits and having lots of action. I fished Bennett’s Bayou with the King family and helped 9 year Wyatt King caught the big fish of the trip. It was a 21 pounder that gave him the fight of his life and made lots of memories The stripers were caught on 7 inch gizzard shad. Stripers are looking for big baits right now so if you are throwing rouges make sure you use 5 inch or bigger. Look for the warmest stained water, the stripers are on the bank early in the morning then they move off the shore. The crappies are biting on minnows small spoons & jigs and minnows on brush piles in 10 feet of water in the mornings. Later as the day warms up the crappie are moving shallow. The walleyes will be spawning now the water is warming. The rains this week will see a big push up the river to spawn. The best spots are at the state line, Liner Creek, Udall Marina, and from Bridges Creek to the 160 bridge.
03/25/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is at normal pool. The water temperature is in the mid-forties and rising. The water visibility is stained. The night bite has slowed this past week, the moon phase and cold weather have the stripers in a holding pattern. They are feeding but in short periods. The stripers become very active when the moon rises and the past week the moon is slowing becoming less visibly each day and rising later in the night, therefore the bite is increasing happening very late in the evening and night. The stripers have moved up the creek and are staging, waiting on warm water, the magic number for stripers is 60 degrees. The 60 degree mark tells the stripers to begin their spawn, and until we can get consistent warm nights the water temperature will rise but very slowly. I fished Bennett’s Bayou this past week and caught striper’s three out of four trips. The big striper was caught by Ron Jones. Ron caught his first striper and it weighted 22 lbs, not bad for your first striper. The stripers were caught on 7 inch gizzard shad. The stripers are looking for big baits right now. If you are throwing rouges make sure you use 5 inch or bigger. Look for the warmest stained water, the stripers are on the bank early in the morning then they move off the shore. The crappies are biting on minnows small spoons & jigs on brush piles in 30’ of water, later as the day warms up the crappie are moving shallow. The walleyes have slowed with the cold water; the water temperature has dropped back to the high forties. Once the river begins to warm back up the walleye will begin their spawn. The best spots are at the state line, Liner Creek, Udall Marina, and from Bridges Creek to the 160 bridge.
03/11/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is down 1 foot. The water temperature is in the mid-forties and rising. The water visibility is stained. This week the lake will change from winter to spring. The warm up will bring the lake temperature up into the high forties to low fifties by week's end. With the full moon this weekend you will see the beginning of a night bite for stripers & walleye. The warm-up will get the stripers to begin to move and start feeding. Find the bait fish and seagulls and you will find the stripers. Right now the bait fish are stacked in Panther Bay from Pt. 4 to Panther creek. It will be an early morning bite using shiners. Rogues will be the best bait in the evening. I found stripers near the Blue Lady dock and in front of Lake Norfork Marina in Henderson. The crappies are biting on minnows small spoons & jigs on brush piles in 30’ of water. The walleyes are starting to bite, the water temperature is in the low fifties above the old Udall Marina. I fished Sunday and caught one short walleye, but saw several keepers being caught. With the warm-up this week the spawn will begin and we should see a strong bite for the next several weeks. The best spots are at the state line, Liner Creek, Udall Marina, and from Bridges creek to the 160 bridge.
03/11/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

It seems Old Man Winter just doesn't want to leave. We are going to start warming some if you believe the weatherman. The water temp is in the mid 40's and the lake level is 551.6. There are baitfish dying all over the lake. This hasn't happened for a few years because the last few winters have been mild. Spring fishing will be better because of all the dying baitfish. The jerk bait bite will be good. There are some bass hitting them along with crank baits thrown along the shore in 5-10 ft. of water. For the deeper fish I drop a jigging spoon and you can throw a jig and fish it slow. Hopefully the wind will start coming out of the south and with the longer days the water will start warming and the fish will start migrating up in the river and the major creeks. The night bite will get going also throwing rouges and retrieve them real slow.
02/09/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Early Spring Striper Fishing Tactics. Winter in the Ozarks this year is the worst I have seen in 17 years of living here but it will be over soon so it is time to start thinking of early spring striper movements. The current water temperature is the lowest since 2000. That year we had a large shad kill and I expect the same this year. Striper fishing in 2000 was outstanding, the fish were hungry, and with reduced shad population, the bite was on. Starting in late February we typically will see the winds switch to the south and a gradual warm up of air and water temperatures. The stripers will begin to move from the deep water following the shad. There will multiple opportunities to catch stripers at that time. Both live bait and artificial baits will be very effective. The night bite will begin once the winds blow from the south. You will want to fish the northern and northeastern banks of the bays and main lake and main arm points. Some excellent spots are the points near the near the Norfork Dam, Koso Bay and Point, the Hudson area, Frog Pond, Diamond Bay, Cranfield Island, and the points north of the Cranfield area heading towards Red Bank access. The best time to night fish is a half hour before dark until about 10 pm. The best bait historically are 5” or 6” Rouges. The color of the Rouge varies with black/gold, clown, & blue/black combinations seeming to work the best, but experiment with the colors until you find the one that works best that night. Bone color has been hot the last few years. Make long casts parallel to the bank and reel very, very slowly. A lot of the bites will be right next to the boat so always have a big net ready. Stripers, Hybrids, & Walleye are all active during this time. Watch the water temperature. As it moves up towards 60 degrees, the bite will get stronger. During this time of year live bait, shad & shiners, are also very effective. The stripers will be roaming the shoreline looking for food. I use shad but everything I do can be done using shiners. Most days I will run a large spread of lines. I begin with 2 inside planner boards, one near the shore and other out 20 to 30 yards. These board lines will have large gizzard shad in the 4 to 8 inch range. Out of the back of the boat I will have two lines with floats, shad on the hooks, with no weight at varies depths from 10 to 30 feet from the floats. These lines will be set back from the boat between 30 to 60 yards. I then set out two free lines with a split shot weight on one line and nothing on the other. Both will have large shad on them and will be set 40 to 60 feet from the back of the boat. The last outside line will have one planner board with a large shad out 40 yards from the back of the boat. As the water warms the stripers will continue to move into the larger creeks to spawn. The magic water temperature number is 60 degrees. Your tactic to catch stripers should be to keep moving with the fish and continue to experiment with your techniques
02/09/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temperature is still in the low 40's and the lake level is 552.4. Hopefully this cold weather will be over in the next few weeks. Then the water will start to warm up and the fish will start to move up from the deep water. The whites should start to head towards the back of the creeks and up the river along with old marble eyes (walleye). The stripers and hybrids are still down 40-60ft. You have to be patient this time of year and work your baits slow. There are a few bass hitting wiggle warts along the bank. For the ones down 20-50 ft. drop a jigging spoon use a 3/4 - 1 oz. jig and drag it real slow. Look for crappie in brush piles around 25-30 ft.
01/28/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is normal pool. The water temperature is in the low forties. The water visibility is stained. Patience is very important this time of year. The stripers have moved from the creeks and are in the main river channels. The bite is very slow; the varying weather patterns have turned off the stripers right now. The best lure is a spoon. The stripers are holding in the river channel at 55 to 65’. The most active spot this week has been in the river channel under the 62 bridge. If you cannot find stripers in the main channel by the bridge look for them in the channel near the Blue Lady dock, 101 Area, Bidwell Point, and in front of Lake Norfork Marina in Henderson. The crappies are biting on minnows small spoons & jigs on brush piles in 30’ of water. The cold water has moved the walleyes back to the deep holes. Until the water begins to warm the walleyes will stay in deep holes waiting on warming water. The best bite in the river is at night using stick baits.
01/28/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 553.5 and the water temp is in the mid 40's. There are some bass up on the banks and will hit crank baits. It's better if there is some wind blowing onto the bank. Try throwing a suspended jerkbait too. For the deeper bass throw a jig and if you mark suspended fish drop a jigging spoon. Look for stripers, hybrids and whites down at least 40ft. and get you bait down to them or just above them. Look in the major creeks and if you see gulls fish close to them.
01/13/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake has risen 1 ft over normal pool. The water temperature is in the low forties. The water visibility is stained. Last weeks rains raised the lake 1 foot. With that, the shad bait moved up the creeks. The best spots to find bait and stripers are Panther & Float Creeks. When you mark the shad put your live bait above the shad and just move very slowly following the shad. You may not mark many fish but the stripers will follow the bait sometime during the day. Patience is very important this time of year. One friend fished point 4 but did not mark any stripers so he moved to a different spot. Another friend stayed and limited out. The stripers had moved in and started biting. Look for stripers in Float Creek, Panther Bay, the Blue Lady dock area near Howard Cove, Bidwell Point, and in front of Lake Norfork Marina in Henderson. Expect to find stripers, hybrids, and whites in 40 to 100 feet of water. The best bait will be shiners and spoons. Look for schools of shad and you will find stripers. The crappie are biting on minnows small spoons & jigs on brush piles in 30’ of water. The cold water has moved the walleyes back to the deep holes. Once the water begins to warm they will begin to make their move up the river to begin the spawning run. The best bite in the river is at night using stick baits.
01/13/2014 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 554.3 and the water temp is in the mid 40's. There are some bass up on the banks and will hit crank baits. It's better if there is some wind blowing onto the bank. Try throwing a suspended jerk baits too. For the deeper bass throw a jig and if you mark suspended fish drop a jigging spoon. Look for stripers, hybrids and whites down at least 40ft. and get your bait down to them or just above them. Look in the major creeks and if you see gulls fish close to them.
01/06/2014 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake is ½ foot above normal pool The water temperature is in the high forties. The water visibility is stained. I fished the past week in Float Creek, Panther Bay, and the Henderson area for stripers. I found stripers in 80 feet of water at caught them at 35 and 60 feet. The best bait was shiners. Nate caught his first Norfork striper on Sunday. We were on lots of stripers. Most of the fish we caught on Sunday were holding at 60 feet, just above the shad. Look for schools of shad and you will find stripers. The stripers are in a full winter pattern. Look for stripers in Float Creek, Panther Bay, the Blue Lady dock area near Howard Cove, Bidwell Point, and in front of Lake Norfork Marina in Henderson. Expect to find stripers, hybrids, and whites in 40 to 100 feet of water. The best bait will be shiners and spoons. The hot spot for crappie is Red Bank. the crappies are biting on minnows, small spoons, and jigs, on brush piles in 30’ of water. The walleyes are being caught under the 160 bridge using shad. The bite will continue as the walleye begin their pre-spawn move into the head waters of the North Fork River. If you cannot use shad, try Rouges after dark.
12/23/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The State of Norfork Lake Year-End Report - Norfork Lake ends 2013 in excellent shape. This year saw short periods higher water levels twice but did little damage to the fish population or habitat, There was no low dissolved oxygen fish die off this year and with the moderately higher waters in the spring the large game fish had a good opportunity to spawn. The 2008 class fish are now producing good size bass, crappie, bluegill, & walleye. Water levels on Norfork are forever changed with the implementation of Minimum Flow. We will see higher water levels more often now. Arkansas Game and Fish upgraded some of the boat rams, parking lots, and beaches around the lake to partially accommodate the higher waters. Higher spring water will allow for better spawns each year. The striper population is healthy. This year we saw more smaller fish caught then any of the previous years I have fished Norfork Lake, the fish & game stocking program is working. I caught stripers from 6” to 20” this year; each one of those stripers represented a year class of stocking. Fish & Game in 2013 stocked well over 200,000 stripers and almost 100,000 hybrids. The “survive to catch-able size” rate of these fish is thought to be about 25%. The sheer numbers of fish stocked does provide that a significant number of stripers and hybrids will survive. We did lose a number of bigger stripers in the 2008 high water event but the consistent stocking program has produced an equal amount of small stripers that are growing at a rapid pace to replace the loss fish. This will ensure a great striper population for years to come. The bass spawns in 2008 and 2010 and 2011 produced great year classes. In previous years, bass tournaments were won with 10 lbs bags or less. Now if you have less than 15 lbs you will not even place. The Bass Cat tournament produced over 3000 pounds of fish in 2 days that averages out to be over 2 ½ lb bass being caught. Lots of 4 to 6 pound bass are caught in the spring and fall periods. Crappie is another game fish that produced great spawns. Sure, there are lots of 8 to 9 ½” crappies being caught but there are equal number of 12 to 15” crappies being boated also. I have seen lots of crappies being caught as I catch bait in the creeks. Arkansas Game and Fish consistently upgrades the brush piles in Norfork Lake that produces lots of crappies. Walleye spawns each year early and is the most under fished species on Norfork Lake. Both Missouri and Arkansas have excellent stocking programs. The best time for walleye bite on Norfork Lake is the winter and early spring when the fish move up the river channel to feed and spawn. Night fishing is one of the best ways to consistently catch a limit of walleye. Overall 2013 saw a significant change to the lake infrastructure and water levels but overall Norfork is healthy and ready for great fishing and boating opportunities in 2014.
12/23/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the upper 40's to the low.50's and the lake level is 554.7. Look for stripers in the river and in the deeper creek channels down 35ft. and deeper. Check the flats close to deep water also. There are some bass roaming the banks. If it's windy throw a crank bait along the bank. For the deep fish throw a heavy jig, drop shot, jigging spoon and try a grub on a 1/4oz jig head. Look for crappie in brush piles down 25-30ft.
12/09/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

This past week I fished north of Cranfield Island and found the sea gulls working on schools of shad. My clients Chris & Marvin got very excited as we started to see schools of fish on the depth finder. Several boats were spooning up stripers, hybrids & white bass so we setup with shad, shiners, and creek chubs. While we waited on the live bait we started spooning. We caught several whites when a big school went under the boat and the live bait rods went down. In the chaos we caught a nice hybrid & striper but lost several more since we could not get to the rods quick enough. The action continued for a couple hours as we just kept following the gulls while they feed on the shad. Right now the best bite is mid-day after the sun warms up the water. Look for stripers in the Blue Lady dock, near Howard Cove, on the flat above 101 bridge near Cow Point and north of Cranfield Island. The stripers are in depths from 40 to 100 feet of water.
12/09/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 552.3 and with the cold weather this week the lake temp dropped into the upper 40's. The cooler weather has pushed the stripers deeper. Look for them suspended at least down 30ft. on flats and close to the creek channels. Get your bait down to the fish, live or artificial. Drop a 3/4oz. or a 1oz. jigging spoon. There are some bass roaming the banks and will hit a crank bait. Throw a suspending jerk bait also. For bass in deeper water try a jigging spoon, drop shot or a grub on a 1/4oz jig head. Look for crappie in the deeper brush piles. When the water is cold remember to fish slow.
12/02/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The lake is 1 ½ feet below pool, with the cold weather and winds the water temp has dropped in the mid-fifties, the water visibility is good. The cold weather will push the bait out from the creeks to the deep creek and main lake channels. The winter fishing pattern will be sooner this year if the weather continues as predicted. The stripers are biting in the river, on the flats, and in the channels. Fish are biting on shad, shiners, topwater, & spoons. I fished the river near the state line and caught 3, the fish were in 25 to 40' of water in the main river channel. Stripers are also being caught on the south side of Cranfield Island, off Blue Lady, and off the channel above 101 bridge.5. Look for them in waters from 40 to 100' of water. With the cold weather the stripers will be moving into their winter pattern early this year, that pattern will consist of fishing the river channel with shiners, shad, and spoons. Crappie are biting on minnows & small jigs on brush piles in 30’ of water in the creeks and off the points. Walleye will be staging for their spawn, with the cold weather the water temp will drop faster than normal and the walleye will begin their movement to the shallow pea gravel banks. Rouges after dark will be the best bait.
11/18/2013 By Larry Olson

Now that the water temperature is hovering around the 60 degree mark, the bite has really picked up. I targeted bass the weekend and found the night bite was really on. I fished from 1C in Big Creek to Sally Hand Cove near the dam and boated well over 30 fish. It was a mixed bag of large and smallmouth but mostly Kentuckies, all nice fish. Cleaned 2 and threw the rest back for another day. The best bite was on the points and rock walls using a spinner that mimicked crawdad colors with a hint of orange in the skirt. Make sure to use a large blade.
11/17/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are biting in the river, on the flats, and in the channels. Fish are biting on shad, shiners, topwater, & spoons. I fished the river near the state line and caught 3, the fish were in 25 to 40' of water in the main river channel. Stripers are also being caught on the south side of Cranfield Island, off Blue Lady, & in the channel in front of Pt. 5. Look for them in waters from 40 to 100' of water. With the cold weather the stripers will be moving into their winter pattern early this year, that pattern will consist of fishing the river channel near Henderson all the way to Blue Lady.
11/17/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 552.6 and the water temp is in the low to mid 50's. The water is coolest up in the river. The stripers are suspended in the 20-40ft.depth and will hit live bait and jigging spoons. Early and just before dark there are some coming up feeding on baitfish. After dark throw stickbaits to the bank and retrieve them slow. Throw a topwater bait to them. Try a swimbait too and reel it in slow. Bass watch for them feeding on the surface early and just before dark and they will hit just about any topwater bait. When they are not up feeding throw a jig to the bank and work it back to the boat in short hops or drag it slow. Try throwing a grub also.
11/03/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The river striper bite has started. We fished near the state line and found lots of bait & stripers. We hooked 8 but only boated 2, 14 & 18 lbs. We fished with 6 & 8 inch gizzard shad, water depth was 30 to 40 feet, we had our lines set at 16 & 20 feet, we hooked fish on down lines & floats
11/03/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 552.5 and the water temperature is in the mid 60's.There are some stripers coming up early and just before dark. They are on running on the small side. The bigger fish should start showing up with the water cooling down. Some hybrids and whites are coming up with them also. Throw just about any top water bait or cast a spoon to them and jig it back. Try a swim bait as well. Look for some suspended around 30ft. and drop a spoon or your live bait to them. The night bite should get going soon. Bass are doing the same as the stripers. After the top water is over throw a jig to the bank and drag or hop it back to the boat. If it's windy throw a spinner bait or crank bait along the bank.
10/30/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The lake is cooling down and the bite is picking up. Stripers, hybrids, & white bass are surfacing in the mornings and evenings off Cranfield Island, and around the Blue Lady area. Spoons, Spooks, and live bait are all working. The fish are on the small size right now but as the water cools down the bigger fish will show up.
10/28/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 552.5 and the water temp is in the upper 60's. With the temperature dropping the bite will only get better. The stripers are down around 40ft. and they will move shallower as the temp keeps falling. There are some bass coming up early for a couple hours but if it's cloudy or a little wind blowing they will stay up longer. Look for them on points. Try throwing a swim bait after the topwater is over . I had a client catch a smallmouth that went 4 pounds on a swim bait along a bluff last week. If it's windy throw a spinner bait or a crankbait along the bank. The night bite for stripers should get going in the next week or two.
10/25/2013 Greg's Outlook

As we transition into fall you will find Norfork Lake to be in great shape. The lake level is just a little below normal. The dissolved oxygen level is the best that we have seen in a few years keeping the fish population pretty frisky. Looking forward, I see the Norfork Lake level continue to slowly wind down to below normal through October, the dissolved oxygen levels increasing, and the fall striper, bass, and crappie, yes crappie bite getting stronger earlier than normal. Currently stripers are hitting shad and shiners hard. Fish deep (30 to 50 feet) and troll slow. For those of you that like spooning for stripers, now is the time to be fishing within 2 to 3 miles of the dam. Always have a Spook ready in case you get into the middle of a boil of hybrids or white bass. As the water cools in late October expect a good night bass bite to develop near the shoreline. The crappie bite is picking up earlier than expected. Head to the brush plies in Brushy and Big Creek with some minnows or small light colored jigs with twister tails and you'll have dinner. The numbers are not huge but you'll be impressed with the size. Tipping rigged jigs is working well also. Smaller inline spinners like Rooster Tails would also. Speaking of Rooster Tails, with the current lake conditions, these will be an excellent choice by the white bass angler. Flatheads are hitting worms at Sand Island. Some fairly good size catfish have been brought to the dock. To sum up, November is looking to be pretty good. By the way, our campground is open through November.
10/25/2013 By Larry Olson

Did some night fishing for bass recently and boated about 25 in one night. The bite was strong along the shoreline. I fished from point 1C in Big Creek to point 1 near the Norfork Dam throwing spinner baits with large blades and Zoom chuck trailers parallel to the shore in about 5 feet of water. I normal make my own lures but sometimes throw a Jewel. I use nothing but Jewel blades on all of my spinners. As the water cools the night bite will keep getting better. Head out just before dusk and work the shoreline.
10/20/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 552.9 and the water temp has been staying around 70. With the cooler weather and the water temp starting to drop the fall fishing will only get better and the lake will clear up. Stripers have moved up from the deep and look for them around 30-40ft. deep. The night bite will get going in the coming weeks. Check the mid lake area and the creeks. Bass are a few coming up early. If it's windy throw a spinner bait or crank bait on the banks where the wind is blowing into them. Try a jig or worm in the brush piles. Look for walleye down 25-30ft. on the bottom.
10/15/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are moving, we found fish on Robinson Point flat and between the bridges. The stripers on Robinson are in the 50' range and the stripers between the bridges are suspended at 40' in waters ranging from 50 to 120' of water. Spoons & shad are working best, the fall bite is beginning and will get better as the lake cools down to the mid sixties. Norfork Lake is open for business and fishing well during the government shutdown. The fish have not been furloughed.
10/06/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid to upper 70's and the lake level is 553.5. The stripers are still within a few miles of the dam and are suspended 60-80ft. Look out off the points and in the coves. With the cooler weather on the way they will start to move shallower and head up the lake and into the creeks later. There are bass still some coming up hitting top water baits early and just before dark. There are some down around 30-35ft. For the deeper fish try a jigging spoon.
10/06/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The lake has returned to normal pool and the fishing is outstanding. The stripers & hybrids have been biting near the dam. Look for them off points and the river channel. They are deep, 85 to 105' but they will hit live bait & spoons. Live bait is working best since you can have more poles out to catch the fish. Both threadfin & gizzard shad are working, lower your bait to the bottom and reel up three times and just wait. The lake will be cooling down and fish moving from the deep up the water column the next few weeks, look at Robinson, Float, Panther Bay, and north.
09/22/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 554.8 and the water temp has dropped to the upper 70's. Look for the stripers within a few miles of the dam suspended down around 80ft. Hybrids are hanging around the same depth so get your bait down to where you mark the fish. There are a few fish that have been between 35ft. down to 50ft. also. The bass are coming up early and just before dark chasing shad. Look for them on points, coves and back in the creeks. We caught them on Spooks, pop-r's, suspending jerk baits, and shallow running crank baits. After the topwater is over try a deep running crankbait or throw a worm or a jig in about ten ft. of water and work it out to the boat. We also caught some jigging a spoon in 30-38ft.just off the bottom.
09/22/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The lake has returned to normal pool and the fishing is outstanding. The stripers & hybrids have been biting near the dam. Look for them off points and the river channel. They are deep, 85 to 105' but they will hit live bait & spoons, the live bait is working best since you can have more poles out to catch the fish. Both threadfin & gizzard shad are working, lower your bait to the bottom and reel up three times and just wait.
09/20/2013 By Larry Olson

I fished for large and smallmouth bass twice in the last week. One night we boated 9, the largest being a 5 pound largemouth. The following evening we netted 5 the largest was a 3 pound smallie. With the recent weather changes, it looks like the evening bass bite has started. We fished the flatter shoreline from Woods Point to areas near the dam with large spinners. Make sure to use a spinner with a large blade. Jewel makes the best.
09/16/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Norfork Lake has returned to normal pool and the fishing is outstanding. The stripers & hybrids have been biting both morning & evening near the dam. Look for them off points and the river channel. They are deep, 70 to 85' but they will hit live bait & spoons, the live bait is working best since you can have more poles out to catch the fish. Both threadfin & gizzard shad are working, lower your bait to the bottom and reel up three times and just wait.
09/08/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is still in the mid 80's and the lake level is 556ft. Look for bass busting shad for a couple hours after daybreak on points and back in the creeks. Throw a white or clear Spook or a pop-r. After the topwater bite is over throw a worm or jig. The stripers are suspended 30-60ft. Hybrids and whites are hanging with them. We've been using silver or white 3/4 to 1oz. jigging spoons. Look for walleye on points down close to the bottom in 30-36ft. deep. We caught them on jigging spoons.
09/08/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The rain is gone, the warm weather has returned and the stripers & hybrids have schooled up near the dam. Live bait (shad), spoons, and trolling has produced limits of fish daily. The fish are within site of the dam, look for schools of shad at the 60' level, the fish are near the main channel at the 60 to 75' level. The water level is being lower daily so the fish will stay within the dam due to the current being generated from the release of water.
08/25/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 560ft and the water temp is in the low to mid 80's. The stripers and hybrids are suspended 35-40ft. There are a lot of fish within a few miles of the dam. They are finally starting to school up. Look out off points and in coves. Just get your bait down to the depth you mark the fish. If you are using a jigging spoon try silver on sunny days and white on cloudy days. Look for bass early in the mornings chasing shad to the surface on points and back in the creeks. Throw topwater baits like a Spook, or pop-r. They are also hitting swimbaits and suspended jerkbaits. You can throw a worm or a jig when the sun gets higher. At night you can switch to throwing salt craws to the bank and drag it or make short little hops.
08/17/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The weather had turned cooler and the past two weeks we have had about 7" of rain, the rising water level has turned on the stripers. The fresh water has reduced the thermocline and the stripers are schooling, the preferred depth is 34', fish are being caught trolling, jigging, and live bait. I expect the next few weeks fishing will continue to be fast with lots of limits.
08/11/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is up to 561.5 ft. with all the rain we have had and the water temp has dropped to the low 80's. Look for stripers suspended 30-50 ft. If you use a jigging spoon try silver on sunny days and white on cloudy days in 3/4 or 1 oz. Bass are chasing shad to the surface early in the morning. Throw a topwater bait like a spook or a pop-r. After the sun gets high you will need to fish deeper with a worm (red or red with silver or gold fleck in it). You can also throw a jig in green pumpkin or peanut butter and jelly. Smallies like pb&j.
07/30/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 554.6 and the water temp is in the low to mid 80's. Bass are coming up early and just before dark. They will hit a Zara Spook, pop-r, Bass Assassins and suspending jerk baits. Then after the sun gets high throw a worm or a jig. Green pumpkin or peanut butter and jelly will get you the most bites. Look for stripers within a few miles of the dam. They will be suspended 30-50 ft. They can be in coves off the main lake and in the creeks with deep water. They will stay in their summer haunts until fall when the water starts cooling down.
07/21/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Lake Norfork is in great condition this year, the oxygen level is great from the mid-lake to the dam and the stripers are roaming everywhere. The best depth to catch them is 40', I have caught them at 60' but the most are being caught in the 40' range. The water depth the fish are holding can vary from 40 to 144', lots of fish are being caught along the channel in water deeper than 90'. Live bait (shad) & spoons are working the best. The past week I have caught fish on Koso, Shoal Creek, Robinson Point and Point 4..
07/21/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 554.7 and the water temp has been in the mid 80's

Bass: The bass are chasing baitfish to the surface early in the mornings. Watch for them along bluff banks, points and back in the creeks. We caught some on a Zara spook, swimbait and shallow running crankbait. If it's windy throw a spinner bait or a crankbait along the bank. Throw a jig or worm after the sun gets higher.

Stripers: Look for them suspended 30-60ft. out off points and on flats close to deep water. The hybrids and some whites are at the same depth too. If you are using a jigging spoon white or silver are a good choice.
07/10/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the low to mid 80's and the lake level is 556.1.

Stripers: The stripers are starting to get into their summer pattern suspended and in schools. Look for them down 40-50ft. As the water gets warmer they will travel deeper.
Bass: Bass are hitting topwater baits early in the morning. After the sun gets up higher you'll need to fish with a jig, drop shot or Texas rigged worm. Try a swimbait and real it in slow.
Walleye: This time of the year you can catch some hanging around brush piles. Try dropping a jigging spoon but be prepared to lose a few in the brush.
07/10/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The last couple of weeks fishing has been slow with the cold north winds lowering the water temp and turning off the fish. The past week we have seen warmer weather and the return of south winds. The stripers are on the feed, the best bait is a 7" gizzard shad, I have been fishing the mid-lake area around Robinson Point but will be moving south towards the dam as the stripers continue to migrate. The fish are being caught on flats in 50' of water and along river channels in 125' of water. The baits have been set at 45' & 60', the best bite is early morning and late afternoon.
June 2013 Norfork Lake Fishing Derby Results

The All Lake Norfork Lake Fishing Derby is over and the results are in. Hand Cove Resort is pleased to announce that 4 of the 5 species winners are Hand Cove Resort anglers. Congratulations goes out to:

Aaron Nicholson - Bass
Rick Crayton - Striper
Randy Van't Hof - Crappie
Waylon Bland - Walleye

Each winner will receive a $500 check from the Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Special note: All winning fish in all species were caught in the south end of the lake.
06/16/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the upper 70's to the low 80's and the lake level is 560.1.

Stripers: The stripers are starting to go deeper down 30-40ft. For live bait you need to get your bait down to that depth or drop a jigging spoon. There are still a few coming up busting baitfish but they are smaller ones 3-5lbs. It's still fun watching them bust a topwater bait no matter how big they are. We caught some on a Zara spook and a soft jerkbait.

Bass: The bass are coming up early and just before dark. They will hit any topwater bait. I like to throw Spooks and soft jerkbait. There are some hitting crankbait and spinner baits if there is some wind. Throw a jig to the outside of the brush and drag it or work it in short hops. Whites: Look for them in coves in 25-40ft. and you can drop a jigging spoon.

Walleye: I had a couple locals tell me they were fishing for bluegill in the flooded brush with crickets and worms and they caught walleye and a few catfish.
06/16/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are schooling and are on the feed. Today fish were caught mid-lake and the lower end. The fish are feeding between 30' & 50' over open water ranging from 50' to 80' in the channel. A lot of people keep saying Norfork is down, this year the weather was what kept the fishing slower than normal. When the stripers range, they are hard to catch. The bottom line is until they school they are hard to catch. Between the 5 boats fishing with gizzard shad today, 40 to 45 stripers were caught. 19 were kept, they ranged from 10 to 24 lbs. Yesterday we caught 8 with the biggest being 27 lbs. The lake is in great shape and the best fishing of the year will be July & Aug.
06/09/2013 Greg's Report

Crickets are now in stock at our bait and tackle shop. Our current inventory includes Tuffie blackhead crappie minnows, #12 bass minnows, Arkansas #30 shiners for stripers and catfish, goldfish for catfish, worms, and an assortment of frozen baits. New items on the tackle walls are Bandit crank bait and deep diving walleye lures, Razor Minnows, Flicker Shad, and the brand new Perfect 10 Rogues, all in proven Norfork Lake colors, all at competitive prices. We are the only bait and tackle shop on the eastern shoreline of Norfork Lake. Call us for hours 870-488-5367.
06/09/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 560.4 up .2 from last week and the water temp is in the mid 70's. There are still a few stripers and hybrids coming up early and just before dark. Bass are coming up also so keep a rod rigged up with a topwater bait like a Zara spook or a soft jerkbait. When you mark suspended fish drop a jigging spoon. Look for them down 30-40ft.
06/06/2013 Greg's Forecast

Patterns are shifting again. For the next few weeks expect the unexpected. The crappie bite is intermittent but producing big fish. Most are in the creeks, in deep water, near the brush piles. The trick is to not fish on top of the piles. Keep your boat in 20 - 25 feet of water and throw toward the piles. Keep some distance between you and the piles because our water is so clear the fish will see you if you move in on them. Use 4 Lb test. Crappie have also been reported on the rock walls between Reynolds Island and the Bogie Access, near the docks of Brushy Creek, at the very end of Barren Creek, Wolfe Cove, and past the sand bar in the cove south of Sand Island. Nice bass can be caught along the main channel shoreline in the morning and evening on spinners. The bite is in deep open water during the day. Be more productive, use a Jewel in Norfork Lake colors in the mornings and evenings. The best striper bite is early in the morning. When I say early, you need to be out of the dock and on the water by 5:30. Most early fish are being boated by live baiters. Get into the back of Big Creek by 6 AM and fish to the mouth just past Woods Point. Try the same from the back of Brushy also. Note, the fish will go deeper at the day progresses so be sure to check for fish in the open water of the main channel of the Big Creek arm. If you are new to striper angling, you might ask me about our Striper School. This is a new offering by Hand Cove Resort and our Pro Staff Guides. Jump start your trip and make it more productive by learning techniques and locations matched to the seasonal lake conditions.
06/05/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the low to mid 70's and with the rain from last week the lake level is 560.2. The lake is up 1.5 ft. from last week. Keep a rod rigged with a top water bait ready for when the fish start chasing baitfish to the surface. Try throwing a soft jerkbait or a swimbait. Stripers, hybrids and bass have been hitting these baits. If you see fish suspended 25-40ft. drop a jigging spoon or if using live bait get your bait down just above them. You may also see fish a little shallower.
06/04/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The striper bite continues, the shad are continuing to spawn, I have been fishing a channel swing in water 50 to 90 feet. Stripers & Hybrids are now both shallow less than 30' and deep. I marked fish from 40 to 80' and caught 1 striper at 40'. The fish are moving from shallow to their summer patterns. In the next several weeks you should fish with free line, weighted line & down line, you will catch fish in all levels. Most of the stripers are still in the upper end of the creeks, some fish are being caught on the main lake, stay fluid because each day the fish will move.
05/26/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 558.7 and the water temp is in the low to mid 70's. Watch for the stripers, hybrids and whites busting shad so keep a rod ready with a topwater bait. Some bass are blowing up on points also. Throw a swimbait when you don't see any surface activity or a soft jerkbait. The bass will hit the swimbait too. We caught some whites on a jigging spoon suspended down 30-38ft. in 40ft. of water.
05/20/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 558.7 and the water temp is warmed into the low to mid 70's. With the warmer temps the fish are getting more active. The stripers are starting to chase baitfish to the surface. Keep a topwater rod rigged with a Spook and if they miss it follow it up with a soft jerkbait or throw a swimbait. Bass are hitting these baits also as well as jigs, crankbaits and if it's windy a spinner bait. The night bite has been hit or miss but should improve with the weather finally getting better. Find baitfish and you'll improve your chances..
05/18/2013 Greg's Wrap Up

It's been a crazy season so far. Sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's not. This last week was more not than hot. The good news is the night bite for stripers is quickly developing between Woods Point and the dam area. The Koso area has been most productive although Barren Creek is fishing well also. Now when I say night bite, I talking after dark between 9 PM and 2 AM. Larry has been doing well throwing Rogues to the shore. He's boated a few 20 pounders lately. There has been more top water action as of late. Be ready with your Spooks because when it happens, it does not last long. Crappie has been hit and miss but the ones brought to our dock are big and fat. 14's to 16's are common. A 17 came in yesterday. The best crappie bite is on minnows, tipped jigs, and small spinners. Hybrids are picking up in the creeks, whites have slowed down, and the bass bite is strong along the shoreline and flat points. The lake is rising very slowly. Top water temp reaches 65 to 68 most days. If the weather patterns remain the same look for water temps in the 70's by Memorial Day.
05/18/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are still waiting on the weather, the water temp is in the mid-sixties and now starting on the way up. We should see 70 degree water by the weeks end and the shad should spawn. Once the shad begin spawning the stripers will move to the clear lake points to feed on the shad. Right now the bite has been slow. There are some fish being caught off the points in the Cranfield area but its hit or miss. I caught fish near the dam off the clear water points on Monday, Thursday & Friday but Sat. & Sun. the fish were gone. The top water bite should begin once the south winds start. Look towards the end of this week to see a big improvement in fishing.
05/06/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 558.2, up 1-1/2 ft. and the water temp was in the upper 60's till this cold front and it dropped back to the low 60's. There were a few fish coming up earlier in the week when the water started warming up busting baitfish. The night bite is picking up throwing rouges for stripers and hybrids and a walleye or two. Some bass are on beds. They are hitting swim baits, spooks , pop-r's, Carolina rigs, soft jerkbaits, and jigs. Checkout the Norfork Lake Chamber website for details on the Fishing Derby.
04/28/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

With the rain we had this week the lake is up to 556.7 and the water temp is in the upper 50's to the low 60's. The stripers are up in the creeks but a few have migrated to the main lake. The water is stained up in the creeks and it's a little warmer. There are a few coming up chasing baitfish so keep a topwater rod handy. Whites, hybrids and some bass are coming up also. The night bite is getting better. Just remember to reel your stickbaits slow. there have been a few walleye hitting stickbaits at night too. Don't forget to check out the Lake Norfork Fishing Derby on the Norfork Lake Chamber's website.
04/27/2013 Greg's Update

White bass have been on fire in Big Creek the last few days. Most anglers are bringing in full live wells with a few slab crappie mixed in. The evening striper bite is on. There has been a lot of top water action between 1C and Reynolds Island and then on the southern shoreline moving southwest of Reynolds Island. It has been starting between 5 and 6 o'clock and lasts until dark. Super Spooks have been the bait of choice in bone, clear, and blue. Sit in the middle of the channel, be still, and wait and listen for the action to start.
04/27/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

We have had lots of rain the last few days and the lake has risen 2 feet and should rise a couple of more feet. For May that is good news, the higher water covers up some of the buck brush and lets the new spawn have some hiding places and the shad a place to spawn. I saw last week the first spawn of Threadfin, with the warmer weather coming the shad will spawn in earnest. This will happen all over the lake and bring the stripers out into the open water and near the banks. The lower end from Diamond Bay to the dam and up Big Creek and Brushy will see lots of top water and stripers chasing shad. The afternoon bite will kick in. Fish the points and make sure you stay out until dark. The stripers will get real active the last hour of light. I did not fish today due to the storms, we did have a big storm come in early but I had friends go out at 7:30 am and had their limit of stripers by 9 am with the biggest being 17 lbs. So don't be afraid of the higher water, it will add color and get the fish into a biting mode.
04/21/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 555.1 up 3 feet from last week and the water temp is in the upper 50's to the low 60's back in the creeks. The water is stained up in the creeks. There are a few fish hitting topwater early and just before dark. Have a topwater rod ready. The stripers are up in the water column 10-20ft . Get your bait or lure up above them. At night throw a rouge and bring it back in real slow. Bass are hitting swimbaits, jerkbaits and jigs. If it's windy throw a crankbait or spinner bait along the bank. The bite is only going to get better as the water warms.
04/21/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The fishing is getting good for all species, With the recent runoff, the creeks are stained and the stripers, bass, & crappies are spawning or in pre-spawn and biting. The last two days we caught over 20 stripers, a lot of them were short but some big were hooked and got off. The next several days the fishing should be very good before the rains come, The water is warming. Look at Big Creek, Brushy & Bennett's Bayou, The fish are coming up early morning and late evening, Throw rogues and have a top water plug ready. This is going to get good the next several weeks.
04/14/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The fishing is getting good for all species, With the recent runoff, the creeks are stained and the stripers, bass, & crappies are spawning or in pre-spawn and biting. The last two days we caught over 20 stripers, a lot of them were short but some big were hooked and got off. The next several days the fishing should be very good before the rains come, The water is warming. Look at Big Creek, Brushy & Bennett's Bayou, The fish are coming up early morning and late evening, Throw rogues and have a top water plug ready. This is going to get good the next several weeks.
04/14/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 553.8 and the water temp is in the upper 50's to the low 60's. The water is warmer the farther you get back in the creeks with the off colored water. The bite is getting better every day with the warmer days and nights. The stripers are up in the water column (10 - 25ft.) A few are coming up busting shad early and just before dark. After dark throw a stick bait and remember to reel it real slow. Bass are hitting soft jerkbaits, swimbaits, crankbaits and the deeper fish are hitting jigs. Look for whites in the back of the creeks. Check out the fishing derby on the Lake Norfork Camber website.
04/14/2013 By Larry Olson

We fished last Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights for stripers. There was a good night bite on Sunday and Monday. We boated 37 fish using Rogues and released most. We fished between Woods Point and the dam. The night bite is not solid yet but it's getting close. Maybe another week or so and it will be on!
04/07/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

With the water finally starting to warm up ( in the low to mid 50's) the bite is improving. The water level is 552.7. There has been a few hybrids and stripers coming up. The night bite is getting good for stripers and hybrids. Friday night I had three clients out and they caught their limit. The best bite was just after it got dark. They were throwing rouges and the color didn't really make a difference. I had to keep reminding them to reel the bait SLOW. The water up lake is running a little warmer. Bass are hitting soft jerkbaits, swimbaits and a few came up and hit a Zara spook. When they stop hitting go to a jig. If it's windy throw a crankbait or spinner bait along the banks with the wind blowing in on them. If you see fish down 25-35ft. drop a jigging spoon. Check the Lake Norfork Chamber website www.NorforkFun.com for information on the Fishing Derby here on Lake Norfork
04/05/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have move to the creeks, find the warmest stained water half way up the creek and you will find the stripers. The weather has kept the lake from warming up much, but with a few days of south wind the fishing will get hot. I have been fishing with threadfin & gizzard shad freeline with a split shot, put your lines 50' behind your the boat.
03/31/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The weather is beginning to warm up and the winds have changed to the south. The water has gone from 43 to 51 degrees and the stripers and white bass have started their migration to the creeks. The whites are spawning in the creeks and the stripers are staged to move from the mouths of the creeks to the stained upper creek arms. I have fished the Cranfield area using Threadfin shad. I have been using a split shot free line 80' back of the boat. The stripers are smashing the baits, they also are catching stripers in the 101 area using stickbaits both early morning and evening. The walleyes are up the creeks and river spawning.
03/31/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the upper 40's in the main lake and in the upper 50's in the creeks. The lake level is 552.2. Look for the more active fish in the warmer water. With the water starting to warm up the bite is going to improve. With the upcoming warmer days and nights this will help a lot. Look for the fish migrating into the creeks. Watch for some topwater fish in coves with the wind blowing in them. Throw a topwater bait like a Zara spook or try a swimbait, or soft jerkbait. Bass are hitting this baits as well as some whites. We caught some bass on jigs from about 10-35ft.deep. The night bite is getting better too throwing stickbaits for stripers and a few walleye are showing up as well.
03/30/2013 By Larry Olson

Randy and I fished the Woods Point area last night. We threw Rogues at the shore most of the night with the boat in about 10 feet of water. We hooked up many stripers and boated 15. Quite a few were just short of 20 inches. ended up keeping 4. It was a little chilly but fun night.
03/29/2013 Greg's Report

The spring fishing season is just about to bust loose. White bass are hitting in the back of big creek near 1C. Crappie turned on today in Brushy Creek on small jigs and jigs with twist tails or small tubes. A few stripers are being caught in the Big Creek arm and just outside of Hand Cove. Watch for the striper bite to steadily improve near the dam and the big Creek as we move into April As the water temperature increases, so will the bite. On average we are seeing temps bounce up and down in the low 50's. Be sure to check out our fishing derby here http://www.handcoveresort.com/tournament.shtml
03/24/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have move to the creeks, find the warmest stained water half way up the creek and you will find the stripers. The weather has kept the lake from warming up much, but with a few days of south wind the fishing will get hot. I have been fishing with threadfin & gizzard shad free line with a split shot, put your lines 50' behind your the boat. Don't forget about the Norfork Lake Fishing Derby
03/17/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake has been on the rise the and the lake level is 550.3 and the water temp is in the mid 40's to the low 50's. The water back in the creeks is stained and warmer. The main lake is clear. Look for stripers in the warmer water suspended 15-20ft. At night throw stick baits up on the bank and reel your bait real slow. Bass are in the same areas and hitting swim baits and crank baits. Look for them where the water starts to get some color. The bite will get a lot better once we get some stable weather and it starts to warm up.
03/17/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

We had lots of rain and the lake has rose 5 feet, the stripers and walleye have moved to the creeks and upper river. The water is very stained and warming. Set your baits at 15’ and just keep moving slowly with your shad. The bite is lasting all day long. The walleyes and stripers have started to migrate, the pre-spawn has started, the bite occurs from last light to 9:30 pm, stick baits are the best bait, throw parallel to the banks and retrieve slowing back to the boat.
03/03/2013 Greg's Outlook

It looks like the beginning a very promising fishing season. The top water temperature is in the upper 40's, the Norfork Lake level is on the rise, and the weather has been about normal for this time of year. There has been a fair bass and crappie bite all winter. A good walleye bite in the north end of the lake is moving south and into the creeks. Stripers have been fairly active on live bait in the mid-lake areas with the fish beginning to move to the creeks for pre-spawn. Watch for the white bass and hybrid bite to get stronger in the creeks soon. A few anglers report the very beginnings of a night bite developing. All of this is historically typical for this time of year. As of today, baring a major rain event we will see lake levels following the normal pool levels for this spring and summer. To sum up, I think we are off to a good start.

New this year at Hand Cove Resort will be a high power Wi-Fi system. Installation is taking place now and should be complete and tested in 2 weeks. We also installed a new water supply system on our fish cleaning table at the dock.

New products have arrived for our bait and tackle shop. Added for this season are 4 sizes of Bink's Spoons, Berkley's Flicker Shad in 2 sizes, Bandit crank baits and walleye lures, and some new style Alabama rigs all in Norfork Lake specific colors. We are very excited about our new additions, all priced competitively, and expect them to perform well.
03/03/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 548.1 and the water temp is still in the mid 40's. We are expecting some warmer weather next week and that should bring the water temp up as long as it doesn't cool down much at night. With the lake coming up the fish are starting to move. The stripers are still following the shad down 30-40ft. but some are starting to move up shallow at night and hitting stick baits. What you have to remember fishing stick baits at night is to reel them in real slow. Bass are hitting suspended jerk baits, jigs, crank baits and grubs on a 1/4 oz. jig head. The Lake Norfork Chamber is having a fishing derby. For more information on it click here. You could be a winner of $500 for the biggest fish of one of the five different species.
03/01/2013 Be sure to register for the Norfork Lake 2013 Fishing Derby.

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02/26/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are still schooling in the main lake, but some fish are moving up to the creeks in a pre-spawn mode. Set your baits ranging from 35 to 50’ and just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. The morning bite is from first light until 10:30 am and 1 pm. Set your lines about the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait. The walleyes and stripers have started to migrate, the pre-spawn has started, the bite occurs from last light to 9:30 pm, stick baits are the best bait, throw parallel to the banks and retrieve slowing back to the boat.
02/17/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid to upper 40's and the lake level is 543.9. With the weather starting to get warmer and the days getting longer the fish will start moving shallower soon. Look for stripers down 30-50ft. and get your bait down just above them. The bass are hitting stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs and stingray grubs on a 1/4 oz. jig head.
02/17/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are schooling in the main lake, Set your baits ranging from 35 to 80’ and just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. The fish are located between the 62 and 101 bridge area, the water depth varies from 80 to 120' and the are from 30 to 80' depending on the time of day. Some days it's a early morning bite, but other days the fish become active around noon. Look for schools of bait, the stripers will be close by. Set your lines above the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait.
02/04/2013 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Norfork Lake water level is around 541 msl and looking good. Fishing has been good for stripers using live shiners and stick baits. Crappie fishing has been fair using minnows fished around the brush. Bass fishing has been good using crank baits and Alabama rigs. Water surface temps have been in the mid 40 - low 50 degrees.
02/03/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

With the rain we had last week the lake came up 1.3 ft. to put the lake level at 541.9 and the water temp remains in the mid 40's. The stripers are still hanging around 30-50ft. following the baitfish. Some baitfish are starting to move up. Bass are still hitting crank baits along the bank and suspending jerk baits out over deeper water. Try along the bluffs and out off the end of the bluff. Look for suspended fish out there also and drop a spoon or a drops hot.
02/03/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are schooling in the main lake, Set your baits ranging from 35 to 50’ and just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. The morning bite is from first light until 10:30 am and 1 pm. Set your lines about the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait. Today we caught an 8 & 13 lb stripers, 8 lb hybrid, and two bass. Be sure to enter the 2013 Norfork Lake Spring Fishing Derby. Check it out here: Norfork Lake Fishing Derby
01/22/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are schooling in the main lake, Set your baits ranging from 35 to 50’ and just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. The morning bite is from first light until 10:30 am and 1 pm. Set your lines about the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait. Today we caught an 8 & 13 lb stripers, 8 lb hybrid, and two bass.
01/20/2013 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid to upper 40's and the lake level is 540.6. With the lake being this low don't cut points to close when you are running. Look for stripers suspended around 40ft. and get your bait down to them. There are some in the creeks and around the mid lake area. Bass are hitting drop shot, with a small worm off bluff ends and they will hit a suspending jerk bait. They are hitting Wiggle Warts too. Try a grub on a 1/4 oz. jighead. Sometimes they will take it on the fall. If they don't hit it work it slow along the bottom in short hops. Remember when the water is cold, fish slower.
01/14/2013 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have schooled along the channels and edges of flats in the main lake. Henderson, Bidwell & the 101 Area are the best places to find fish. The best bite is mid-morning then late afternoon, vary your live baits from 35 to 50’ and just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. Set your lines about the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait.
12/31/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are in their winter bite, the last four days my friends and I have caught over 30 stripers with the biggest being 18 lbs. The fish are in the channels or edges of channels in the Henderson, Bidwell, & 101 Area. I have my lines set at 40' to 50' using gizzard shad & shiners. The fish are biting really good right so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time, give me a call and let's go fishing.
12/30/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 541.1 and the water temp is hanging around 50. Look for stripers around the mid lake area (30-40ft) deep and look for some in the creeks. Find the baitfish and they will be close by. Sometimes they will be right in the school of baitfish. However you fish for them ( live bait or artificial) get the bait to just above them and watch them come up for your bait and hang on. Bass are still hitting crank baits along the bank or back out off the bank and throw a jig, grub or suspending jerk bait. Remember the lake is low so be careful and fish slow.
12/24/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have started schooling up in the main lake, we caught 5 stripers on the Bidwell Flat near the channel, the biggest was 18 lbs, stripers & hybrids are schooling in the 101 area. Set your baits from 35 to 40’ and just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. Set your lines about the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait.
12/17/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have started schooling up in the main lake. We caught three small stripers in Float Creek. The schools are roaming so you need to just keep moving slowly with your baits, shiners & shad are both working. Set your lines about the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait. The walleye pre-spawn bite has started, we caught 4 walleye in the river, 2 short & 2 legal, we were using bottom bouncers with 4" slicks. As the water turns colder and we get some rain the bite will improve thru Dec. & Jan.
12/17/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid to upper 50's and the lake level is 541.2. Stripers are moving all over the lake. Look for the shad and they'll be close by. Get your bait down to around 20ft. Try a swim bait and reel it slow and steady. Bass are hitting crank baits in 5-15ft.deep. If it's windy fish the banks with the wind blowing in on them. Try a spinner bait too. If the water is pretty calm throw a jig to the bank and work it back to the boat slow. Sometimes they will hit it on the fall so be ready. If you see fish down 30-50ft. drop a jigging spoon. Remember the lake is low so be careful.
12/04/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Stripers are still up the lake near Red Bank & Calamity Beach, I fished the last two days and caught stripers & hybrids in 28 & 40 ' of water. The water has warmed up from the lower fifties to the high fifties. Look for bait balls and fish on top of the bait, the stripers are holding in the bait and will come up for your bait. Once the weather begins to cool the bait will move to the channels and you will begin to fish the main lake channels near Bidwell, Blue Lady, Crystal Cove, Float, & Panther Bay.
12/03/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 541.9 and the water temp is in the low to mid 60's. There are some stripers up in the river and look for them in the creek arms also. If you don't use live bait try a swim bait and reel it real slow. Bass are hitting jigs, suspending jerk baits and crank baits. Try throwing a Wiggle Wart, green with a brown back. With the lake being low like it is use caution. There are some hazards to watch out for. There are not many boaters on the lake this time of year so make sure your cell phone has a full charge. If you don't own one let someone know what area of the lake you are going to fish and what time you are going to be back. Be SAFE.
11/12/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are in their annual migration from the dam area, I have fished the river close to the Missouri line the last seven times and caught fish each time but one. I have also caught 5 stripers 18 lbs and larger. I have my lines set a 20' using gizzard shad. The fish are biting really good right so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time, give me a call and let's go fishing.
11/12/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the low 60's and the lake level is 543.2. The lake is still turning over which should be over with soon and the fishing will get better. There are stripers and a few walleye being caught up in the river. We caught a few small stripers at night in Big Creek. Bass are hitting top water early if there isn't much wind blowing. You can also catch them on crank baits, jigs and grubs. If you mark suspended fish (30-40ft) drop a jigging spoon. Look for deep brush piles and work your jig though it.
11/03/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

I fished near the MO. line in 24 to 30' of water and caught 4 stripers ranging from 8 to 19 lbs plus a 21" walleye. The stripers are hitting 5" gizzard shad on down lines and floats set at 22'. The walleyes are also biting from the state line up to Udall on chubs, a friend caught two limits using bottom bounces. The water temp is 62 degrees and will be going down the next several weeks, some stripers were caught near Crystal Cove the past weekend.
10/28/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 544.2 and the water temp is in the low to mid 60's. The lake is down almost 8ft. The night bite should get going with the water starting to cool down. We caught a few small stripers this week at night on Rouges. The bigger fish will start moving to the flats feeding at night. If you throw a Rouge or any other stick bait remember to reel it SLOW. Bass are chasing baitfish to the surface early. Throw a top water bait like a Zara Spook or Pop-R. Throw a curly tail or a stingray grub and if you don't get a hit when it's falling then when you hit bottom swim it or give it short hops along the bottom or drag it slow. We caught a few nice smallies with this technique. If you mark deeper fish on your depth finder (25-40ft) drop a jigging spoon or a drop shot.
10/28/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have started their annual migration from the dam area, the last two days I fished the lake close to the Missouri line and found lots of stripers in the 30' range. We caught limits each day with a big fish being caught each day. I had my lines set a 20' using gizzard shad. The fish are biting really good right so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time
10/26/2012 Greg's Outlook - Stripers

Look for stripers to migrate to their winter pattern by moving toward the headwaters. There are signs that they are on the move up the main lake channel to their spawning grounds already. By the way, they do go through the spawn motions but their eggs do not hatch. Schools have been spotted in the mid-lake, near the state line, and in the Big Creek areas. There are still fish within 2 to 3 miles of the Norfork Dam area in all directions that have not started the move. As the lake temperature drops, the morning top water action will improve. Light winds out the south and southwest will only help the bite. Full moons the last full weekend of October, Thanksgiving weekend and the following Friday look promising. Always be ready with Spooks, Rogues, and other popular jerk baits in typical Norfork Lake colors. We stock these colors along with custom clown, trout, and bone colors developed specifically for Norfork Lake Stripers. If you're new to striper fishing or just need a tune-up, ask us about our fall striper school package for live bait anglers. Learn the special techniques required to catch these monsters.
10/18/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have started their annual migration from the dam area, the last two days I fished the lake close to the Missouri line and found lots of stripers in the 30' range. We caught limits each day with a big fish being caught each day. I had my lines set a 20' using gizzard shad. The fish are biting really good right so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time, give me a call and let's go fishing.
10/15/2012 Greg's Outlook - Bass and Crappie

Fall has arrived on Norfork Lake. Warm days and cooler nights are making for pleasant fishing trips. The fall fishing bite is swinging into action. Large and small mouth bass has been very good this year. Expect this to continue into the early winter. During the day, bluff walls in the main channels and larger creeks are holding fish. Fluke and shad type swim baits will work well as will Rogues thrown to the shore. You'll catch fish in depths of 3 to 25 feet. Work the shoreline. As the water cools, you will find more bass feeding shallower. We are seeing a fair amount of 5 pounders brought to the dock these days. If you prefer evening or night fishing, spinners with large blades will be your go-to lure. This year, red seems to be the favorite color followed by black/red and purple. Once again bigger blades thump better/louder and seem to attract more strikes. We stock Jewel brand spinners in our tackle shop for this reason. The fall crappie bite will begin shortly. We are already seeing 12 to 14 inch fish at the dock, taken on minnows and glow jigs with swim minnows and grubs, but not in numbers yet. With the lake temperature dropping, the big bite should start before the end of the month and continue into November. Watch for lots of crappie to move onto the brush piles in Brushy and Barren creeks soon. Wolf Cove should start producing soon also. Don't overlook the docks in Brushy Creek but take care not to cast into a boat. Your courtesy will be appreciated by the boat and dock owners. As always, have a favorite top water rigged and ready. The top water bite is more frequent now but does not last too long. We recommend having Spooks and Rogues rigged and ready in colors to match the day's conditions. If you're in the area, check out our tackle shop for our Fall Sale - Smithwick Rogue sale $4.99ea, and Rooster Tail sale, $1.50ea. Items in stock are available for pick up or mail delivery.
10/15/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Blue gill fishing on Norfork Lake has been good using crickets and red worms fishing along the bluffs in deep water. Crappie fishing has been fair using minnows fishing in the deep water around brush. Bass fishing has been fair. As the water cools fishing will continue to pick up.
10/14/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 544.5 and the water temp is in the upper 60's. The striper bite has been slow but should pick up with the water temp dropping and the night bite will get going. The walleye bite will get better too. We caught a few on a grub in 20-25ft. and at night on a Rouge on flats. The bass bite is getting better every day. You can catch them just about any way you want from top water to a jig or a spoon.
10/14/2012 Greg's Update

It's been a good bass weekend. Large and small mouth are hitting hard along the rock walls and in the creeks. The bluffs and rocky points in Big Creek between 1B and 1C is pretty hot. Fish very close to the shore. Brushy Creek produced some nice baskets also. Crappie are starting to become alive again on the piles. Barron Creek behind Jordan was particularly active in the far back by the fork. Look for a sunken tree and watch your graph. Some 4 and 5 pound bass were catch just inside the entrance to Hand Cove along the southeast shore and the shoreline of Quickie Cove. The lake level was at 544.5 this morning, about 7.5 feet below winter pool. Lake temperature swings from the lower 70's in the main channels to the mid 60's in some of the creeks.
10/14/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Striper fishing has slowed, the water temp has dropped to the high 60's, the shad has moved to the mid-lake and starting to migrate from the creeks. I fished near Woods Point and found both stripers & shad in 80' of water, the next day I fished the Crystal Cove area and found lots of bait but the stripers are very few right now. The next few days with the rain & cold weather we should see a major move, I plan on beginning to fish the northern part of the lake near the Mo. line, the fish will stage there for the next several months. I will keep you posted after next weeks trips.
10/01/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid 70's and the lake level is 544.6. The lake is down almost 7-1/2 ft. There are fish suspended down 40ft. The bite for the stripers has been on and off. Bass are hitting jigs and grubs in 10-20ft. We need some cooler weather to drop the water temp and then the bite will get better.
09/24/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers in the main lake near the dam, they are roaming in deep water, from 145' to 165'. You will not see any bait but if you stay in the deep water and move slow you will catch fish. The baits are set at 40' with 8' leaders and 2 oz weight. The fish are biting really good right so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time, give me a call and let's go fishing.
09/12/2012 Greg's Forecast

The bass night bite is picking up. Throw spinners parallel to the shoreline. The coves east of the dam have been producing. The best colors have been red or white depending on the moon. Stripers have been hitting live bait trolled between 30 and 40 feet deep about 1 mile west of Hand Cove. Catfish have been hitting pretty good on goldfish and bream also.
09/09/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are roaming in deep water, from 125' to 165'. Follow the shad line which is holding at 30', the stripers are staying inside the shad. My baits are set at 28' with 8' leaders and 2 oz weight.
09/09/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the low 80's and the lake level is 544.8 which is 7.2 feet below normal pool. Look for stripers out off points and in pockets down within a few miles of the dam. They are suspending down 30-40ft. Look for bass in 10-30ft. deep. A few walleye started biting this week. Check points and flats in 20-35ft.
08/26/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 545.2 and the water temp is in the mid 80's. The lake is down almost 7ft. Look for stripers suspended down around 30ft. Look off points and in coves down within a few miles of the dam. There are some bass coming up early chasing baitfish. Throw Zara spooks or a pop-r. After the top water bite stops throw a jig, drop shot or a Carolina rig. Try dropping a jigging spoon too. If it's cloudy use a white or gold colored spoon and if the sun is shining use a silver spoon.
08/20/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are off the points in the main lake near the dam. They are roaming in deep water, from 125' to 165'. Follow the shad line which is holding at 30', the stripers are staying inside the shad. My baits are set at 28' with 8' leaders and 2 oz weight. The fish are biting really good so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time.
08/12/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the upper 80's and the lake level is 545.7. Watch for bass busting baitfish early in the morning on points and back in the creeks in channel bends. Throw a Zara Spook in clear or white. Then look for them in 5-35ft. deep and use a Texas rigged worm, drop shot or a jig. Stripers are suspended down 30-60ft. Look for them from within a few miles of the dam. There were some walleye finally getting a little active lately. Look for them down 25-35ft. close to the bottom.
08/12/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are off the points in the main lake near the dam. They are ranging from shallow to deep water, some places they are holding at 165' while others areas they are being caught at 30'. I'm catching stripers on down lines, in water from 28 to 165'. In deep water follow the shad line which is holding at 30', the stripers are staying inside the shad. My baits are set at 28' with 8' leaders and 2 oz weight. The fish are biting really good right so if you're thinking of fishing Norfork now is the time.
07/23/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The last two days we have found the stripers & hybrids schooling in 30 to 90' of water, if you find them in 30' they are feeding on crawdads, drop your bait only 26' and hold on. Tony & Jim caught their limits the last two days, the biggest striper was 16 lbs and the hybrid 10 lbs. The fish are from Thumb Point to the dam
07/15/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

With the extreme heat and no rain the water temp is in the upper 80's and the lake level is 547.5. There are still a lot of fish down 20ft.-30ft. and deeper. Most of the shallow fish are whites and bass while the deeper fish are usually hybrids and stripers. We need some rain to get the bite to get better. The weatherman says we are supposed to get some rain later this coming week. I hope he is right. Throw top water baits early for the bass chasing bait to the surface and then you can use a jig, dropshot, carolina rig or drop a spoon. If you are after the stripers they are moving around a lot and when you find them get your bait down to them in the water column. You need to be patient as the bite has been slow.
07/03/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are off the points in the main lake, they are migrating towards the dam in larger numbers each day. I'm catching stripers on down lines, in water from 28' to 60', my baits are set at 27', they are feeding on shad & crawdads. I have been fishing between deep and shallow water.
07/03/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 549.6 and the water temp is in the mid 80's early in the morning and in the upper 80's in the afternoon. In May the Arkansas Game and Fish released 24,000 striper fingerlings and 44,200 hybrid fingerlings in the lake. This week we caught some hybrids suspended (20-30ft.) on a 1/4oz.jighead with a 3" green grub by casting out and swimming it back to the boat and we also used a jigging spoon. There were some nice whites running with them. (2-3lbs) Bass are chasing baitfish to the surface early will hit any top water lure. We had better luck on a white Zara spook jr. After the top water bite is over throw a jig, worm, drop shot rigged with a 4" worm or a jigging spoon. Most of them will be 23-25ft.deep hanging on the bottom or just off the bottom. We also caught some on the grub that was mentioned earlier.
06/25/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are moving towards the dam, I have been finding them on the flats in front of points & roaming in deep water, the schools are still shallow, less than 30' in deep water. The fish seem to be boat shy so if you're using live bait your best bet is floats away from the boat, set them from 22 to 26'. Spoons are working if you can stay with the schools, they are moving so it's a job to keep up with them.
06/25/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 550ft. which is 2ft.below normal pool of 552. The water temp is in the low 80's. The stripers are starting to go deeper. Start looking for them down at least 40ft. and get your bait down to their depth. If you drop a spoon and they don't hit it within 5 or 6 drops they probably aren't in the feeding mood so move on and find some more. Bass are still coming up early and just before dark chasing baitfish. Throw a Zara Spook Jr. in white or clear or a pop-r. Try swimming a grub when they quit feeding on the surface or throw a Texas rigged worm or a jig.
06/17/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

This past week we saw a major storm that produced large waves and north wind for 2 days. Striper fishing slowed down after the storm. The stripers have remained inactive, trollers & spooning has produced the most fish this week. The fish are reacting to the quick movement of the lure, whereas the live bait fishing is slow. The stripers have too much time to study the bait. You can mark lots of fish but few takers. I expect the next weeks normal weather should get the fish back in an active feeding pattern.
06/17/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 550.3 and the water temp is in the upper 70's to the low 80's. The fish are still in their summer patterns. Bass are still coming up early and just before dark hitting top water baits. Then you can throw a jig, Texas rigged worm, Carolina rig or drop shot to catch them after the top water is over. At night try a worm, salt craw (Texas rigged) or a single spin spinner bait. Look for stripers down at least 30ft. I found some in a channel swing in a creek in 60ft. of water suspended at 30ft. and caught a few on a jigging spoon.
06/11/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake is still a foot below normal and the water temp is in the upper 70's. Look for stripers and hybrids down around 30ft. and get your bait down to them. Look in coves, out off points and on flats. Bass are hitting top water baits early on points and some are coming up in channel swings in the creeks. After the top water is over throw a jig or deep diving crank bait or try a drop shot with a small 4" worm. I had another guide tell me earlier in the week a few hybrids were coming up but they went down as fast as they came up. If you just happened to be close enough you would get one before it was over.
06/03/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The last three days the striper bite has been great. The stripers have started their summer pattern holding in 20 to 50' of water suspended between 20 & 30'. Today was a slow day for me but several other people caught their limits. The evening bite was strong over the weekend. We caught 12 stripers which include a 20 & 21 lb striper which was released. The fish were caught in 32 to 38' of water on flats, they moved up on the flats to feed as the sun sets.
06/03/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is about a foot below normal and the water temp is in the mid to upper 70's. Bass are hitting top water early in the morning. They will hit on just about any top water bait you throw to them. Look for stripers down around 30ft. and get your bait down to where you see them. A few walleye are hitting crank baits on points just before dark along with some smallmouth. You have to keep looking because one night they are there and gone the next. Find baitfish and you'll improve your chances on getting bit.
05/21/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are off the points in the main lake. Fish the points from Diamond Bay to the dam and up to Brushy and Big Creeks. The stripers are scattered, the ones I'm catching stripers are on down lines, from 25 to 40', they are feeding on shad & crawdads. There are some schools in the 35 to 40' of water, I will start fishing once I see one or two fish and keep weaving between deep and shallow water.
05/21/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is still in the mid 70's and the lake level is 551.9. The top water bite for hybrids and stripers is pretty much over with. There were still a few coming up this week but it didn't last long at all. If you were fortunate enough to be close to them you usually had one chance to get a cast to them. Bass are coming up on points and back in the creeks. After the top water bite is over try throwing a deep diving crank bait or a swim bait and reel it real slow. Look for suspended fish and drop a jigging spoon. This works better if you mark a lot of fish rather than seeing one or two. They should start to school up in deeper water as the water temp starts to get warmer.
05/11/2012 Greg's Forecast

Large and small mouths as really hitting. Looking at the weather forecast for this weekend, the bite should remain strong. I'm expecting some cloud cover and short periods of rain in the evenings. Head to 1C in Big Creek and fish your way out. Do the same in Brushy. Barren creek behind Jordan is producing also. If you target bass, use a large spinner bait. The Jewel version is working great the last few weeks. We stock the complete line in all colors and weights. Tossing bass minnows to the shore is working good also. We brought in a load of #12's if you will be trying this. The crappie bite has been very good , once again in the creeks and near the docks. Minnows seem to perform the best this week. Watch for the white run to start. We have Rooster Tails on sale now for the whites. 10 for $20. Stock up now.
05/10/2012 By Larry Olson

I fished 3 nights this week. Randy an I filled the live well with another nice load of bass. They are still hitting Jewel spinners with trailers. Red remains the color to go with. Tried different colors of craws and chunks. Darker colors all worked good. We caught a nice flathead with the same rig. It should be time for the whites to start hitting hard. I'm going after them next week.
05/08/2012 Greg's Re-Cap

The overall bite has been very good this last week. White bass have woke up again and are hitting in the creeks. Shoal Creek was on fire in the last few days. You will need Rooster Tails for the whites. A few bigger stripers have come into the dock. Steve Oloman boated a 35 pounder in Big Creek, A 39 was brought to the dock for weigh-in last weekend. A fair amount of 8 to 12's along with some hybrids are showing up boated on shiners and Spooks. The bass bite is as best as I've seen in 7 years. I've restocked our Jewel Jolt and trailer inventory for the 3rd time in 4 weeks for the bass bite. This is a new world record for HCR. The bass are tearing them up. Crappie are hitting on the brush piles and rock walls of the creeks on minnows and the new Mo Glo's. We are seeing a few walleye most days on minnows, worms, and smaller stick baits. Overall it seems like spring has re-started for a second run.
05/07/2012 By Larry Olson

The bass have been hitting hard most evenings. They have worn out a few of my red Jewel Jolt spinners this week. I've boated at least 10 keeper large and small mouths each night in Big and Brushy Creeks. Make sure to add a trailer to your Jewel. I've used a red craw but think any color and style will work. Be sure to work the Big Creek area between Reynolds Island and 1C. In Brushy, the area opposite of Wild Cherry Prong has been productive. I had my boat is 5 to 6 feet of water over the pea gravel. See ya out there.
05/06/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The Norfork Lake level is 551.8 and the water temp is in the mid 70's early in the morning and gets to the upper 70's late in the day. Largemouth, smallies, Kentuckies, whites, hybrids along with a few stripers are surface feeding early in the morning. The stripers are not coming up in schools just one here and there. They are hitting Zara Spooks. White and clear colors are working the best. White bass and some hybrids are coming up just before dark. Look for them in coves. Look for some whites back in the creeks and throw a Rooster Tail and for the larger whites let the bait get down 5-10ft. Neal Mustard of Indiana caught a 35lb striper on a clear Zara Spook on the 5th while fishing with me using 10lb monofilament.
04/30/2012 By Larry Olson

Was out 3 nights last week bass fishing. Caught nice limits every night, all 3 pounders or plus. The shorelines in front of the dam was the best on a red Jewel spinner with a salty craw. Bass fishing on Norfork Lake is as good as I can remember right now.
04/30/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid 60's early in the morning and late in the day it's in the upper 60's. The lake is staying within a inches of normal pool and the water is clearing up. Look for some surface activity early and just before dark on points. We seen a few whites coming up on a couple bluffs but couldn't get to them quick enough and they went down as soon as we got within casting distance. Thursday evening just before dark a school of hybrids came up on a point and we threw white Zara Spooks to them and we caught four before they stopped with the biggest being 11lbs and the smallest was 7lb. We went back the next night to the same spot and they weren't there. The fish are moving a lot and you need to find the baitfish and the fish will be close by. Bass are also coming up too. If you see a school feeding on the surface get to them fast because most of them disappear as just as fast as they come up. Bass are hitting top water baits, jigs, crank baits and swim baits. Throw a stick bait after dark on flats
04/30/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

Fishing continues to change due to the outflow of water. Last Wednesday the corp. shut the gates of the dam cutting the current and changed the position of the fish. Also the weather has turned cooler and the water temp dropped from 72 to 65 degrees. The fish I have been catching the last few days have gone deep, the average fish is being caught in 35 to 45 feet of water off the main lake points. The trollers are catching fish using Alabama rigs with weights to get the bait down to that level.
04/22/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake is back at normal pool and the water temp is still in the mid 60's. Early in the morning there are still a little surface activity. Keep an eye out for surface activity just before dark also. It's better when there is no or a little wind. Mid week we got onto some nice hybrids and a couple of nice Kentucky's. The biggest Kentucky was 4lb and the biggest hybrid was 8lb. The fish were caught on a white Zara Spook Jr. We also threw a jointed red-fin and caught a few stripers and hybrids along with a 4" swim bait. We also got a couple smallies in the 4lb range on the swim bait. With the lake finally getting back to normal the bite should start picking up. I had a fellow fisherman tell me he caught some nice largemouth (3-5lb) at night on a single spin. The night bite was a little slow this week throwing rouges with the water still dropping.
04/20/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are off the points in the main lake, fish the points from Diamond to the dam and up to Brushy and Big Creeks. I have been catching most of the stripers dragging a split weight and gizzard & threadfin shad in 25 to 50'' of water. The Threadfin are spawning in the marinas so look for them on the points as the main lake warms. Fishing will continue to get better as the weather continues to warm.
04/16/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake dropped 4 1/2ft. from last week to put the lake just 2ft. above normal pool level of 552. The water temp dropped also to the mid 60's. With the lake dropping so fast the bite was tough this week. The Corps is supposed to stop letting water out early this week. Then the lake will stabilize and fishing will get better. When the wind wasn't blowing there were some fish feeding on the surface early in the morning and just before dark. When it's windy they just don't come up. We caught a few nice largemouth on a white Spook busting baitfish out in 100ft. of water. We also caught some bass and whites on a 4" white swim bait. A few stripers were caught on points at night on rouges.
04/09/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are off the points in the main lake. The Corps. has been lowering the lake with four gates and a generator going 24 hrs a day. This will continue until April 14th, the fish have moved from the creeks by the current from the dam. Fish the points from Diamond Bay to the dam and up to Brushy and Big Creeks. I have been catching most of the stripers dragging a split weight and threadfin shad in 25' of water. Today the best bite was after 10 am. The Threadfin started spawning in the marina so look for them on the points as the main lake warms. Fishing will continue to get better as the weather continues to warm.
04/08/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The Corp. has been letting water out and the lake level is dropping 6" a day. The lake is 559 and last week it was 562.5. The water temp was around 70 early in the week and has dropped to the mid 60's. The water is still dirty. You can see down about three feet. There are a few stripers coming up chasing baitfish but they aren't schooling. Just a fish or two here and there. The hybrids are doing the same. Most of the fish this week have been caught on a swim bait. We did manage to catch a few nice hybrids on Spooks and Red Fins. A few bass are coming up too. We also got a few nice whites on Spooks and swim baits.
04/04/2012 Greg's Update

Harry and Steve had a nice morning yesterday. They boated 7 stripers and a nice assortment of large and small mouth, all on jointed Red Fins and Spooks. Rick had a great evening last night. He caught some big hybrids and a fair amount of bass near the dam. He boated 42 whites in Big Creek past 1C. He had good luck with swimming minnows. All were C&R with both boats.
04/04/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have been moving a lot, we were catching fish up the creeks until the Corps opened the gates to release the water we received from the 7 inch rain. Some great top water started last weekend and has continued near the mouth of the major creeks and main lake points. I have been fishing main lake points and cuts in the Big Creek area. The water temp has continued to rise. Some places in the creeks it's in the high 70's. Fishing should continue to get better as the weather continues to warm.
04/02/2012 Greg's Weekend Update

Fishing is returning to more normal levels after our big rain last week. Bass is good along the main shorelines and flatter points. Crappie are more active up in the creeks as they clear. Fish shallow for both. Most crappie anglers are having their best luck with live bait. I'm seeing more walleye coming to the cleaning table. Try smaller stick baits in the evenings and worms for walleye right now. The night bite for stripers was not good this weekend but we had 2 boat limits with the morning top water action. As always, have a Spook ready to go for when you see the boils. To sum up, the fish are becoming less confused as a result of the big rain and change in shoreline location. The lake level is in the lower 560 range, just short of 10 feet over normal and dropping close to 2" a day. Another week should make a big difference. For you lake lovers, baring another significant rain event, I think there will be plenty of sand by mid-May. Would you believe the air temperature cracked 90 degrees at Hand Cove Resort yesterday? There were 2 groups of jet skis in our cove Saturday. We will cool down by the end of the week as will the lake temp.
04/01/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 562.5 and the water temp is in the upper 60's. The lake is still 10 1/2 ft. above normal. The stripers and hybrids are chasing baitfish to the surface early and just before dark. It's mostly just one or two fish and they should start schooling this week. You can catch the top water fish on Spooks, Bass Assassins and Red Fins. They are hitting swim baits too. At night throw a Rogue up to the brush. Remember to reel your bait real slow. The walleye should start hitting stick baits at night too. There are a lot of fish in the brush and just outside the brush where the bank is at normal pool. We still were catching some nice largemouth and smallmouth on a swim bait out off the brush. The lake is still dirty up lake but is getting better every day. The lower end of the lake has been clearer. About two to three foot of visibility. But the water is dirty the farther you get back in the creeks.
03/31/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are near the points in stained water, I have been fishing the Big Creek area and fished the points and sides of points about 75 yards back. Small shad has been the trick, I have been using free lines back 60 to 80' with a small split shot and two sets of planner boards with one set with a small split shot and other nothing but the bait. I caught fish both yesterday and today after 9 am, the biggest was 20 lbs on a gizzard shad.
03/25/2012 Greg's Weekend Update

That 6 inches of rain we had the past week put the striper bite on pause this weekend. In spite of the lake rising 10 feet the white bass bite was strong this weekend when anglers found them. One boat brought in a well of 30 Saturday night on Rogues and another netted a nice mix bag of whites, largemouth, and smallmouth. Both came from near the entrance to Brushy Creek where the clear and muddy water met. A fair amount of nice size crappie were taken at the docks on Mr. Crappie gold hooks with live minnows and the new Mo Glo line of shad and grubs. Not a bad weekend considering the conditions. The forecast for the coming week and weekend is Norfork Lake will stabilize, continue to warm with clear skies and 80 degree air temps. Look for the bite to be "On" again by mid-week somewhere between the old shoreline and the new.
03/25/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp dropped about 4 degrees (55-56) while the lake rose 10 1/2 ft. above normal. The lake level is 562.7. Most of the lake has dirty water which should start cleaning up in a couple days. A lot of fish will be up in the flooded brush and along the old bank. There are parts of the lake that has water that isn't as dirty or as off colored. The stripers and hybrids were starting to chase shad to the surface and will again as soon as the lake stabilizes and starts clearing up. A client caught a 10lb. hybrid on a Spook early in the week before the rain and we got a 18lb. striper on a swim bait in a main lake cove as the lake was coming up Wednesday. They also got some nice largemouth and a couple good smallies in the 4 lb range also on swim baits. We also caught them on Spooks. Look for fish moving up in the creeks. When the lake clears up throw a bass assassin. Throw a spinner bait up in the brush for some bass. At night throw a rouge close to the brush and reel it real slow.
03/24/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

We have had very heavy rains that will raise Norfork 10'. This will change the way the stripers relate to the shore. The bait will move into the buck brush and the fish will move to the old shore line. Early morning the fish will be chasing bait in the brush, during the day they will move off to the old shoreline. Windy days fish the banks making long cast that parallel the brush.
03/20/2012 By Larry Olson

Fished last night (Monday), the wind was a real challenge. Boated 3 stripers, a 20, a 15, and a smaller. Nailed 2 hybrids too, the largest a 10 pounder. Got them all in the Big Creek arm on Rogues again.
03/19/2012 Greg's Weekend Update

Had a good weekend. Crappies were hitting hard all weekend. Notable hot spots were on the brush in Brushy and Barren creeks. A few stripers were boated Saturday night along with some nice hybrids on the east end of Hudson. Rogues won the weekend again with the new Norfork Lake colors performing the best. Orange OB is your best bet followed by the new trout colors. White bass seem to have started their spring run. Look for them on the flatter channel points. To sum up, the night bite is on but intermittent. Bass remains strong, stripers are waking up, hybrids are starting. Crappie is very good on live minnows, no news on catfish. If you like to target blue gill, there are a number of big ones out there right now.
03/19/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Fishing Norfork Lake has been great this March. The bass, crappie, walleye, stripers, monster blue gills and white bass are all doing great what else can you say.
03/18/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 552ft. which is normal pool and the water temp is in the upper 50's to the low 60's back in the creeks. The striper bite has been hit and miss but the bite should get good any day and the night bite will only get better in the weeks ahead. There are a few stripers and hybrids chasing baitfish to the surface in the morning. I had my wife out yesterday and she caught 4 bass that weighed a little over 16lb. They were caught on a SINGLE swim bait. She also lost a good striper on a swim bait. We also caught a few smallies ( 1 was 4 1/2lbs) on the swim bait and Bass Assassins. We found a pocket that had hybrids in it and they were caught on the same baits. Earlier in the week a client caught a 5-1/2 lb. largemouth and a 4 lb. smallie on a Bass Assassin. Remember that when you fish at night for stripers if you use a stick bait to reel it SLOW. Look in the back of the creeks for some activity.
03/14/2012 By Larry Olson

Fished Monday and Tuesday nights this week in Hand Cove, Big Creek, and Brushy Creek. Monday we boated 5 stripers the biggest being 13lbs. Tuesday night we landed 6 with the largest at 15lbs all on suspending Rogues. Bone with orange belly, grape, and brown were the good colors. Water temperature was 58 in the creeks.
03/10/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The recent rain has trigger the stripers to begin biting. The stripers are in deep water 50 to 80' but are in the 30' range, so stay in deep water but fish shallow during the day. Early daylight and evenings the stripers are moving to the shore feeding on crawdads. The past two days a 25, 18, 16 & two 12's were caught on shiners and shad.
03/10/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Norfork Lake fishing has been good for walleye and crappie. Sunfish are hitting worms fished around the brush in the back of most coves. Bass are hitting swim baits fished 15-25' deep. White bass are starting to show up in the shallow water up stream as are some stripers.
03/07/2012 Greg's Outlook

We have had a mild winter this year. Norfork Lake's surface water temperature did not dip below 45 degrees, much warmer than the past few years. Assuming no substantial change in weather patterns, here is our outlook for the next few weeks in the Hand Cove and Big Creek Arm areas of the lake.

The primetime spring fishing season is beginning a few weeks earlier than normal this year. The fair night bite is already starting. Watch for the top water to begin in the next week or two. The lake level has been near normal and the water temperature bouncing around the lower 50's already. Daylight crappie and bass fishing is very good right now.
03/04/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Norfork Lake fishing has been good for walleye and crappie. Sunfish are hitting worms fished around the brush in the back of most coves. Bass are hitting swim baits fished 15-25' deep. White bass are starting to show up in the shallow water up stream as are some stripers. Have Fun Go Fishin.
03/02/2012 By Larry Olson

Fished the last 2 nights. Got into some nice walleye and bass between Woods Point and the Hudson area. Picked up a 10 pound striper and a 5 pound walleye behind Jordan in Berrien Creek. Water temperature was 49 and rising.
02/19/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Live Bait fishing on the magnificent Norfork Lake has been good for Crappie, Walleye, Bass and Blue gills. The water level is great, around 552 msl and surface temp is on the rise. Striper fishing has been spotty as well as white bass. The walleye are moving upstream to spawn and the stripers should be right behind them to do their thing. We have had some great weather so get ready to get out there and fish. Be kind to the spawning fish and only keep what you're going to eat put some back for the next day. FYI it is ILLEGAL to bring live bait from any other lake or state to Norfork Lake you must buy it from a local bait shop or catch it from here.
02/19/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid to upper 40's and the lake level is 552.2. The stripers are still scattered and down with the baitfish around 60ft. You can usually see just a couple fish down around the balls of baitfish. Some walleye are moving up the river and the major creeks. Look for bass close to bluff ends and in pockets. If we get some warm rains the fish will head to the backs of the creeks. The whites will be stacked up in the creeks. Heard reports of crappie being caught in brush piles.
02/18/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The warm weather & water has triggered the spring walleye run, we caught 13 walleye from 16 to 22 inches, we kept our limit. The fish were caught in 8 to 10' of water from the AR. state line pass Udall marina on creek clubs. It's a simple rig, small weight and #6 circle hook. The males have moved in first but one big female was caught, I expect the next several weeks we see a major run until the spring rains come.
02/06/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake came up this week with the 1 3/4" of rain. The lake level is 553.1 (normal is 552) and the water temp is in the mid to upper 40's. Look for fish suspended 30-40ft. When I see them suspended I drop a jigging spoon. At that depth this time of the year you can catch anything from crappies ,bass, stripers, hybrids, and walleye. Throw suspending jerk baits along bluffs, bluff ends, over deep brush piles and in coves. Try a jig or a grub and throw to the bank and work it SLOW back to the boat. When the water is cold you have to fish slower.
02/06/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Lake Norfork fishing has been good water level is around 553' msl with a surface water temp. range from 42 degrees to 47 degrees. Water is stained to clear with the recent rain we had. Fishing has been good for crappie and bass. Striper are hitting live bait and small jigging spoons. The best fishing depth has ranged from 30- 40' for most species.
02/06/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The bass, crappie, & walleye are biting, striper fishing is slow. The warm weather has allowed the stripers to stay roaming looking for bait. The deep water pattern that is normal during the winter has not appeared. Unless we get some really cold weather the next couple of weeks there will not be a shad kill. This will help all fish in the lake. The bass & crappie are in the brush, minnows & and small spoons are working the best. Walleye have begun their spawning run in the river above Red Bank.
01/24/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Lake Norfork has some good blue gill fishing with worms around 20' deep along the bluffs. Crappie fishing has been fair. Bass fishing is good. Stripers are hitting live bait.
01/23/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The warm weather has continued to keep the shad shallow in 50' or less. The stripers have never gone into their full winter patterns. There are reports of major top water periods mid-day around the 6A area. Look for the bait and you will see stripers. They are feeding on very small shad so keep your baits on the small side. One good thing about the warm weather and water, we should not have a major shad kill this year. Once the weather begins to warm up I expect a great spring season. The stripers are in good shape and will be feeding heavy getting ready for their spring run.
01/22/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 551.2 and the water temp is in the upper 40's. Look for fish along the bluffs and on the end of the bluffs. Throw a suspending jerk bait, jig or a grub on a 1/4 oz.jig head. If you mark fish 30-50ft. drop a jigging spoon. Keep an eye on your graph for balls of bait and fish will be close by. Check the coves too. If there is some wind blowing throw a crank bait or a spinner bait along the banks with the wind on them.
01/16/2012 By Tim Partin of 101 Grocery and Bait

Norfork Lake fishing has been good, crappie are hitting minnows and small plastic baits from 10'-20' deep. Bass fishing has been good using flukes and jerk baits. Stripers are hitting shiners and jigging spoons. White bass fishing has been slow.
01/02/2012 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

Norfork Lake is at normal pool of 552 and the water temp is 50-52. Look for stripers suspended in 30-50ft. down during the day. Look along bluffs and creek channels. Early and late in the day some are moving up along the bank chasing shad. For the suspended fish drop a jigging spoon and throw a stick bait for the fish up on the bank. Throw a vibratail grub on a 1/4 oz. jig head to the bank and work it slow back to the boat also look for fish 35ft.deep on the bottom and drop a jigging spoon. Throw wiggle warts along the banks if the wind is blowing.
01/02/2012 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are in their winter pattern and are in 60 to 100' of water around shad in the mid lake area. Stripers are off mid-lake bluff walls and main lake creeks. There are large schools of feeding on small shad. I had baits set at 24 to 36' and all the different depths were bit. Float creek and Crystal Cove have been the best spots in the afternoon. Shiners have been the best bait.
12/05/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 551.2 and the water temp is in the upper 50's. Look for fish suspended 30-40ft. and drop a jigging spoon. Bass are hitting crank baits, spinner baits and jigs. Throw a jig around brush piles and work it slow. Try a drop shot with a 4" worm or small minnow type bait. If you go out at night throw a stick bait to the bank and reel it real slow.
11/27/2011 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers have moved to their winter pattern, look for them in the main part of the lake channels and creeks. They are roaming in big schools and very hard to stay with them, most of the fish are in the 35' to 40' range in 50' to 80' of water. Shiners and small shad are working the best.
11/27/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is still around 60 but will drop this week with the colder weather we are expecting. Bass are still hitting on crank baits and spinner baits with wind blowing in on the bank. For the deeper ones throw a jig and work it slow. Check bluff ends for walleye. Stripers are in deeper water during the day and moving up on flats at night.
11/14/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the low 60's. The lake is still turning over and we need some colder weather to hurry the process along which will make the bite get better. Look for fish in bays and in the creek arms. There are a few bass coming up in the creeks chasing baitfish. Keep a top water rod on deck. Bass are hitting spinner baits and crank baits on banks with the wind blowing in on them. Throw a jig (green pumpkin or peanut butter and jelly). There are a few fish hitting stick baits at night.
11/07/2011 By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The stripers are beginning their winter pattern, I found fish in 100' of water around shad that were staging in 60' feet, the fish were in the mid lake area. There are fish near or above the MO. state line. This is where I'm catching most of my fish, they are in 20 to 30' of water following the bait. Stripers will bite good one day and then the next day, nothing. It's been very difficult getting a consistent bite, but as the weather and water cool the bite will get better.
11/06/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 549.2 and the water temp is in the mid 60's. There are still a fish coming up on points early and just before dark. Throw a Zara spook or a pop-r. There are some fish suspended 30-40ft. deep. Bass are hitting jigs from10-25ft. deep. If the wind is blowing fish the windy banks with a crank bait or a spinner bait. The night bite is starting to get better throwing stick baits. If you have some moonlight throw a light color and if there is no moon and it's dark throw a dark color.
10/30/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 550.2 and the water temp is in the mid 60's. Some bass are still chasing baitfish to the surface hitting top water baits early and just before dark. Watch for the surface activity on points and in the back of bays. Throw a Zara spook, pop-r, prop bait or a jerk bait. If the wind is blowing throw a spinner bait or a crank bait along the bank. Try a swim bait and reel it reel slow. Look for fish suspended and get your bait down to them. The night bite should get going anytime.
10/26/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the mid to upper 60's and the lake level is 550.7. Throw a Zara spook jr. (clear or white) on points. Bass are coming up in the back of some creeks. If you have some wind throw a spinner bait or a crank bait along the bank. Throw a jig up to the bank and drag it slow. Look for fish at 30-40ft. and drop a jigging spoon or if you use live bait get your bait down to them. The night bite should start to get going soon.
10/19/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is normal at about 552. The water temp is in the upper 60's and will drop this week with the cooler weather predicted for the coming week. Stripers are still around 40ft. Drop a jigging spoon or get your bait down to their level. They will start moving shallower with the cooler weather. Watch for surface activity early and late in the day. Throw Zara spook jr., pop-r, x-rap or soft jerkbait. Throw a jig (green pumpkin or peanutbutter & jelly) to the bank and work it back to the boat. If the wind is blowing throw a spinner bait or crank bait along the bank.
9/27/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The water temp is in the low to mid 70's and the lake level is 553.6. The stripers are still down around 40ft. so you need to get your bait down to them. Look for surface activity on points early and just before sunset. Bass, whites and a few hybrids are coming up with the whites. Throw a spook, pop-r, bass assassin or a jerk bait like a x-rap. After the top water bite slows look for the fish suspended and drop a spoon. Throw a spinner bait (chartreuse & white)or crank bait along the bank for largemouth and smallies.
9/18/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake is getting close to its normal level. The lake is 554.4 and the water temp is in the mid 70's. The stripers are down 40-60ft.so you still need to get your bait down to them. With the water starting to cool down they will start moving up shallower. Bass are coming up on points and watch for them in the middle of the creeks. Throw a Zara Spook, pop-r, soft jerk bait or a suspending jerk bait like a X-rap. After the top water stops throw a jig and drag it or give it short hops back to the boat. Most of the bites are coming around 10-20ft.deep. We had more bites dragging the jigs. If the wind starts to blow fish the windblown banks with a spinner bait or a crank bait. There were a few whites coming up too. If you mark fish down 25-35ft.drop a jig. Keep your top water rod on deck.
9/11/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The Norfork Lake water temp is in the upper 70's (78-79) and the lake is 556.5 which is just 4 1/2ft. above normal pool. Bass are hitting top water early on points and whites are coming up in the creeks. Any top water bait will work. They are chasing baitfish around 3". Throw a spinner bait along the bank back in the creeks for some bass. After the top water stops look for the whites down 30-40ft. and drop a jigging spoon. The stripers are still down 60-80ft. I had a guy tell me he caught one down 96ft. on his downrigger dragging a lure.
9/04/2011 By Steve Olomon of Steve's Guide Service

The lake level is 559 and the water temp is still in the mid 80's. With the cool weather we are expecting this coming week the water temp will start slowly cooling down and the bite will only get better. The stripers are still down 60-80ft. Bass are chasing baitfish early. Watch for surface activity on points and some of the deeper channel swings. They will hit just about anything that you throw. After the top water is over throw a jig, worm or a drops shot. Try a crank bait or a spinner bait back in the creeks.
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