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          Lake Norfork Fishing Report.

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02/04/12 Norfork Lake water levels 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. Have Fun Go Fishin.

10/15/12 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 cooles fishing will continue to pick up. Have fun Go Fishin.

 

03/18/12 Fishing Norfork Lake is GREAT in March. The bass, crappie, walleye, stripers, Monster blue gills and white bass are all doing great what else can you say. It's March Madness. Have Fun Go Fishin. Check us out on facebook 101 Grocery And Bait also take a look at Norfork Lake Fun on facebook.

 

03/04/12 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.

 

02/19/12 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 up stream to spawn and the stripers should be right behind them to do there 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 your 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. Have Fun Go Fishin.

 

 

02/05/12 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. Have Fun Go Fishin.

 

01/22/12 Arkansas Lake Norfork has some good blue gill fishing worms around 20' deep along the bluffs. Crappie fishing has been fair. Bass fishing is good. Stripers are hitting live bait. Have Fun Go Fishin.

 

01/08/12 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. Have Fun Go Fishin

 

08/14/11 Norfork Lake level is around 564 MSL and thanks to the cooler air temps the water temp is also dropping this is a good thing because it has just been HOT HOT HOT here. Fishing is beginning to pick up now as it cools off. The morning and late evenings are still the better times to be out on the water. Sunfish have been doing great using crickets and worms fishing the coves and along the bluff walls. Bass fishing has been fair with the hot temps they are scattered in all depths of the lake. Striper fishing has been fair fishing in deep water using live bait as well as trolling a deep diving bait or casting 1/4oz jig with curly tail grub along the main lake points and just let it fall into deep water. Walleye fishing has been good fishing worms deep around 25-35feet. White bass has been fair as well as catfishing. As long as it continues to cool down fishing will only get better. I believe this fall fishing will be excellent here on Norfork Lake. Have Fun Go Fishin. 


07/17/11 Lake Norfork fishing water is good with a water level around 570 MSL and surface temps in the upper 80’s early morning is the best fishing time for most species. Stripers are being caught from the surface to the deep live shiners have been a good choice of bait and will out last the shad in this hot weather. Blue gill are being caught using crickets and worms fish around 20- 30 feet deep for the BIG ones. Walleye are being caught around 22-30 feet deep worms seem to be doing the trick there. Bass fishing has been fair. Crappie fishing has been slow. White bass are hitting the surface try casting a silver spoon out and crank it back as fast as you can on the surface and hold on. Have Fun Go Fishin. 


06/23/11 Norfork Lake is looking good the water level is around 574’ MSL and surface temp ranges from the upper 70’s to mid 80 degrees. Visibility is 5-10’ depending on were your at on the lake. Fishing has been good for blue gill and other sunfish using crickets, crappie fishing has been slow, striper fishing is good in the early mornings using live bait as well as trolling with diving lures from 25-40 feet deep. Walleye fishing is good using live bait. White bass can be caught using minnows and your favorite spinner bait. Bass fishing has been off and on from the tree line to 20 feet deep. Catfish are hitting live bait goldfish shiners and small bream have been the best choice. The lake level is up from the average level you can launch your boat easily at most all ramps just be courteous in your parking. Have Fun GO Fishin.  

05/02/11 Norfork lake fishing has been good. With the rising water level fishing methods vary from fishing shallow in the trees to fishing deep. Bass fishing is good using jigs tipped with your choice of plastic from twin tail grubs to worms, jerk baits are doing well, spinner baits too. Crappie fishing has been slow. Sunfish are hitting worms and crickets. Stripers are being caught using live bait. Cat fish are hitting good. White bass fishing is fair. Walleye fishing has been good. As the water level begins to settle fishing will only get better. This should give Norfork Lake another year of great spawn. FYI wear your PFD the debris IS CLEARING up around the main lake so is the clarity of the water, some areas faster than others. Be cautious HAVE FUN GO FISHIN.

20/11 Norfork Lake water level is around 547 msl and the surface temp varies from 52 -58 degrees. Fishing has been fair for the most part due to the fluctuating weather we have been experiencing. So, what do I put in the report? Fishing is fair. Crappie are hitting minnows as well as small rubber baits a lot of small fish are being caught. Stripers and walleye are doing best at night and early mornings. Bass are hitting jerk baits and crank baits. White bass fishing has been off an on. As long as the weather stays nice and we get through this full moon period fishing and catching should explode for the crappies, sunfish, stripers and whites as well as the bass and walleye. We are just beginning to here of a few folks catching some catfish. Well, Have Fun Go Fishin.    

02/21/11 Lake Norfork fishing is good. Nothing is much better than fishing open water in Feb. for striped bass, walleye, crappie and large mouth, small mouth and spotted bass. With air temps in the 60- 70 degrees and water temps on the rise around 56 degrees the fish are on the move. Striped Bass are being caught fishing 10-20 feet deep using shiners and in the morning and evening using stick baits along the waters edge. There were some 20 pounders reeled in this weekend and a monster 38 pounder using shiners. Crappie fishing is good fishing around 4-10 feet deep live bait of course and your favorite color small grub will also do the job hooked on a small 1/32oz jig. Walleye fishing is picking up using live bait fishing in shallow water. Bass fishing has been good a 1/4oz jig head with a 3” grub worked well this weekend. White bass and catfish have been slow. Bluegill fishing is fair using pieces of nightcrawler. What ever your flavor get out of the house and go fishing. Have Fun Go Fishn  

02/06/11 Fishing Norfork Lake is an experience one will never forget. With the bluffs and the many cove’s and wild life one never knows what they will see fishing Norfork Lake. In the winter months with air temps in the 30-40 degree range and open water you can fish for hours and catch an array of species from striped bass and large mouth and small mouth bass as well as spotted bass to crappie and some monster sunfish to walleye and catfish as well as white bass. Water level is around 542’ MSL with a surface temp of 38-40 degrees. Stripers are beginning to hit at night using stick baits. Crappie fishing has been fair. Every thing else has been slow catching. This week end should be warm and sunny and that would be a good time to get out. Use small bait and lures and fish slow. Have Fun Go Fishn

01/31/11 Norfork Lake is a beautiful place. Open water fishing all year long. Water level is around 542 MSL and surface temp is 42-44 degrees. Striper fishing has been okay with the air temps ranging from the 50-70 degrees and Sunny the fish patterns will change from day to day the better conditions have been with over cast skies and cooler air temps. One needs to look for schools of bait fish and begin there fishing both above and below the bait. Crappie fishing has been good using minnows or grub with small jigs fished around 10-15’ deep. Walleye fishing is fair at 15-20’ deep fishing the channel breaks. Bass fishing is fair depths have varied as condition change daily. White bass are being caught using jigging spoons. Have Fun Go Fishin 

01/17/11 Lake Norfork water level is around 544’ MSL and the surface water temperature is 40-42 degrees. Striper fishing has been fair using live bait as well as jigging spoons. Stripers are moving all the time so are the bait fish, best thing to do is find the schools of bait fish and stay with them fishing above and beneath the bait. Crappie fishing has been good most folks have been using live bait fishing in and around any structure. Walleye fishing has been slow. Bass fishing has been good using anything from crank and spinner baits to jigging spoons fishing 20-30’ deep. White bass fishing has been good using jigging spoons. Fishing conditions change every day just as the weather does this time of year. Get on the water and fish be safe. Have Fun Go Fishin. 

01/02/11 Norfork lake water temp. is around 48 degrees. Fishing is good this time of year for all species of fish. Live bait will do great catching an array of fish. Jigging spoons will work good as well. Spinner baits and stick baits and crank baits will do well for the bass. The fish are all over the lake and moving through out the day. Have Fun Go Fishin.

01/10 Fishing Norfork Lake has been good using live bait. Norfork Lake water level is around 547' MSL and the surface temp. is in the mid 50 degrees. Striper fish using live bait and free line a little split shot about 60-80' behind the boat trolling slow should boat some stripers. Bass fishing has been good fishing around 25-30' deep. Crappie fishing has been good the depths have varied from 4-25' using minnows. White Bass fishing has been fair. Walleye fishing has been slow. Sun fish are doing good. Just remember dress warm and that PFD. Have Fun Go Fishing

11/08/10 Crappie fishing Norfork Lake has been good using minnows and swim baits fished from 10-30 feet deep around brush piles. Blue gill fishing is good using crickets. Striper fishing has been fair using live bait, jigging spoons and trolling stick baits and swim baits. Bass fishing has been good using an array of plastics and jigs fished in 30-40 feet of water. Catfish are hitting night crawlers and minnows. White bass fishing has been fair using spoons when you find them schooled up. Walleye fishing has been fair using live bait. Over all fishing has been good just some days have been better than others. Norfork Lake water temp. is in the mid 60 degrees and water level is around 547 MSL. Have Fun Go Fishin.

10/19/10 Norfork lake fishing is good as always. Lake level is around 551 MSL and the surface temp is in the low 70’s. Crappie fishing has been good using minnows and tube jigs. Blue gill fishing is good crickets has been the bait of choice. Catfish have been doing well. Striped bass are spread through out the lake. Walleye fishing has been fair night crawlers and medium shiners have been doing well for most folks. Bass fishing is good using a variety of rubber baits and jigs. There has been some top water action in the mornings and evening time. White bass are being caught using rooster tail and jigging spoons. Have Fun Go Fishin.

08/23/10 The temperature is beginning to cool down at night finally this will bring the water temp. down some the surface temperature has been in the upper 80 degrees for some time now but these cool nights should do it some good. The lake level has been good, and visibility is fair. Bluegills are hitting crickets and worms. Crappie fishing has been slow. Bass fishing is deep 30-40 feet. White bass fishing is deep using a jigging spoon from 20-40 feet. Striper fishing is deep using live bait and spoons 40-70 feet deep. Walleye fishing is fair using night crawlers fished 25-35 feet around the main channel points. Walleye and Striper fishing is good for the ones fishing up in the river toward Udall and Tecumseh areas. Catfish are hitting worms. The best time to fish is early morning. Have Fun Go Fishin.    

06/21/10 Norfork Lake is the place to be this summer for fishing and playing. The lake level is around 556 MSL and the water temp is in the mid to upper 80 degrees. Bluegills are hitting crickets. Catfish are doing good using live bait wi rod n reel as well as trot lines and jug fishing. Striper fishing is good in the early morning and evening using live bait. Jigging spoons when you see schools on your graph will also work. Bass fishing has been best in the mornings and evenings they are at all depths in the lake I seen 3 nice 3-4 lb large mouths today in 2 feet of water and just my luck, no rod. It was 94degrees and bright sun shine around 3pm. Walleye fishing has been fair using live bait and of course spoons will also do the job. Crappie fishing has been good for them that can find there hiding spot. Over all fishing Norfork Lake is good the best time to fish is early, very early in the morning. Have Fun Go Fishing.

06/01/10 Norfork Lake water level is around 560 MSL and the surface temperature is in the mid 70 degrees. Fishing has been good. The striper bite has been best in the mornings and late evening live bait (shiners and shad) has been doing well as have deep diving crank baits road runners and spoons. Walleye fishing is good using worms and spoons. Bluegills are still doing good fishing wiTh crickets seem to be the bait of choice. Crappie fishing is good using minnows fished around the brush piles and along bluffs. Bass fishing has been good using an array of plastic baits, spinner and buzz baits. Cat fishing has been good using worms, shiners and stink baits. White bass fishing has been fair using inline spinner baits and spoons. Have Fun Go Fishing.

05/04/10 Fishing beautiful Norfork Lake is hot, wiTh a water level around 556’ MSL and surface temp in the low to mid 70 degrees the fish are calling you. Bass fishing has been great for most everyone using rubber bait, stick baits and of course top water. Walleye fishing is good using worms and minnows fished with lead head jigs and stick baits are working also. Blue gill fishing is good using worms, crickets and small spinner baits. White bass fishing is fair most are telling me they are doing best in the mornings in the coves for white bass. Cat fishing is doing well using worms and small sunfish. Crappie fishing has been a challenge most are still fishing the banks and not doing well, you need to be fishing in 20-40 feet of water and fishing near the bottom this has had the best results for most folks. Striper fishing is good using live bait and stick baits are still working some nice stripers were caught this weekend using spoons cast from the bank.  FYI May 8th is the Cystic Fibrosis tournament and May 13th -14th  is Bass Cat tournament Good Luck to every one and most of all Have Fun Go Fishin.

04/20/10 Monster bluegills, 13-16” average crappie, football size Kentucky bass, 4-6 lb large mouth bass, nice small mouth bass and walleye and 10-15 lb stripers this is what Norfork Lake has to offer as an average for the fishermen. Well, fishing is great, the water level is around 555’ MSL and the surface temp is in the mid to upper 60 degree range. The water is clear, and clear is a visibility of  10-15’ some folks tell me they can see down 20 feet. If you go fishing on Norfork Lake and don’t catch fish, well, you just ain’t holding your tongue right. Crickets and worms are working great as are minnows and wax worms. Stick baits are still doing well for the stripers as well as live bait. Top water spooks and pop r for the bass and rubber baits too. Have Fun Go Fishin.

04/05/10 Norfork Lake level is good around 555 and the surface water temp varies from 57-62 degrees. Fishing has been good for all species here on Norfork Lake. Monster blue gill have been hitting minnows, red worms and crickets. The crappies are hitting minnows and your favorite jig baits. The crappie fishing will only get better, seems like they are moving into some shallow waters just waiting for that water temp to hit the mid 60 degrees and that will be soon. Bass fishing has been good as have the size of the bass from 5-7 pounders using an array of baits, from pork and jig, crank baits, flukes and some top water it is just incredible. Striper fishing, white bass, walleye and catfish have all been good and will only get better, in the next few weeks it will be incredible. The temperature is coming up every day. So the best thing I can say is, get on the water, the fish are calling! Are you ready? Have Fun Go Fishin.  

03/08/10 Norfork Lake is looking good with a water level around 552 MSL and the surface water temperature varies from 43-47 degrees. The walleye and stripers are moving into the creeks so get ready they will start hitting them stick baits any time now. The bass are mostly suspended. The crappie are hitting light as are the sunfish. There has been some white bass action around the flats and in the main lake area. Catfish are being caught using live bait and jigging spoons. Fishing Norfork Lake is always good and as the water begins to warm up it will only get better. With the past years awesome spawns on Norfork Lake it IS the only place to be this spring and summer for fishing and fun. FYI if you have not already done so now it the time to get your reservations at your favorite resort and book your guide now they are filling up.     Have Fun Go Fishin                                                                          

01/25/10 Striped Bass fishing has been good these past few days using live bait with no weight. We caught some nice 15lb stripers, some large mouth bass and a nice small mouth. There was a nice 29lb striper caught on live bait using a small split shot this week also. See our photo page. The water level is around 554’MSL and the surface temp. ranges from 46-48 degrees. Bass fishing has been good for some. Crappie fishing has varied from day to day. Walleye fishing has been rewarding for some. There has been a little action from the white bass using jigging spoons and some catfish have been caught using live bait and jigging spoons. Fishing Norfork Lake this year is going to be outstanding. We would like to say congrats to Les Wake for an outstanding year of walleye fishing in the Mid-South Walleye Tournaments.  Have Fun Go Fishin.

01/13/10  Happy New Year to everyone. The cold weather has kept some of the fishermen off the water for the past week or so but those that have chose to put old man winter in his place and go for it have been doing good catching some nice 13-15 inch crappie 3-4 pound bass 10-15 pound stripers and some nice catfish and of course walleyes in the 20-25 inch range. Live bait and jigging spoons are doing good catching fish. The water level is around 554 msl and the surface water temp is in the mid 30 degrees depending on the area of the lake you are in. Lake Norfork will once again be “The Place To Fish and have Fun in 2010” for some of the best crappie, striped bass, large and small mouth bass, spotted (Kentucky) bass, sunfish, catfish and walleye fishing around. 2010 will be another fantastic year of fishing. Lake Norfork has once again had another great spawn this past year the water level has done wonders for the fish in 2009. The small fish have had some great shelter for hiding in for the past 2 years in a row, this is a good thing for Lake Norfork fishing. With that said, I would suggest if you plan on being in on some fun Lake Norfork fishing this spring, I would begin making reservations now for my cabin and guide. March is only 2 months away, if you would like more information just give us a call toll free at 1-866-746-5596 or click here fishnorfork.com your going to need a bigger net LOL.       Have Fun Go Fishin. 

12/21/09 Lake Norfork striper fishing is good. The white bass fishing is good. Most folks are using spoons and jigging for the whites and shiners for the stripers. Bass fishing has been fair for large mouth, small mouth and spotted bass. Walleye fishing is fair using jigging spoons. Cat fishing is fair. Crappie fishing is picking up, it was slow but the last few days it has been fair for a lot using live bait. The fish are moving a lot you do need to keep an eye on your graph and look for those arches and the bait fish. The water surface temperature is around 50 degrees and the weather has been fair. So if you are in snow up to your shins, you need to take a spin and fish Lake Norfork.  From all of us at 101 Grocery And Bait, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.                     Have Fun Go Fishin.

11/30/09  Fishing live bait is the key to hooking into a striped bass this time of year. Shiner’s are the hot bait fished from 2-40’ deep that is there range all over the lake. The water temp. is in the upper 50 degree range and it is getting cooler every day. If striper fishing is your thing its time to get on the water. Just a thought here, don’t forget it is winter and the weather will change every day put that PDF ON and of course dress warm, its easer to shed clothes if you have on to much and the weather gets warm while you are out, but it is really hard to put on what you don’t have when it turns cold. Okay enough of that Crappie fishing has been fair and of course live bait is the bait of choice. White bass fishing is good. Walleye fishing is fair. Large mouth, Small mouth and Kentucky bass fishing is fair. Sun fish and Catfish fishing is fair. There is still some top water action in the mornings with a variety of fish being caught. The night bite for stripers and walleye should begin any time now using rogues. Have Fun Go Fishin.

11/02/09  Fishing Norfork Lake is wonderful. Fishing has been good for the most part here lately. The water level is around 569’ MSL and the surface temp. is in the low 60’s. This would be a great time to fish the shore line brush and with the in flow of water the fish will move into the flowing water and new brush. There is some muddy water and some stained water and of course a lot of clear water, this is what makes fishing Lake Norfork sooo good…. variety.  Bass fishing has been good, with Kentucky and Smallmouth bass being the most caught. Crappie fishing has been fair using minnows and small rubber baits with a very light jig and a slow presentation.  Catfish are doing good using night crawlers and live bait. Walleye fishing has been slow. Striper fishing has been slow. White bass fishing has been fair. Most folks have been using top water baits and doing good as well as any rubber baits, rig them wacky style or add some weights and do it Carolina or Texas style. You should try some crank baits and stick baits as well. The fish are all over the lake from the deep to shallow water some are doing good using spoons in the deep water. Have Fun Go Fishin. 

10/19/09 Norfork Lake fishing is good, with a water level of 560’ msl and the surface water temperature in the mid to low 60 degrees Bass fishing has been good using any top water lure and as the day progresses using a jig and going a bit deeper. 1/2oz and 1oz spoons have had some good results on all species of fish. Crappie fishing is fair, minnows are still the bait of choice. The crappies are in varying depths from 12’-35’ of water. Sunfish are doing good using crickets and worms. Walleye fishing is fair. Striper fishing is fair. White bass fishing has been good. Catfish are doing good, using live bait has had some good results. This past week there was another 45 lb blue cat and a couple stripers caught using trot lines this time. Just a note this is not the first time in the past month stripers have been caught using trot lines in less than 10’ of water.  Something to think about, they are moving into the creeks along with the walleye and most of the other fish. Now before you get all excited just a thought here. THEY DON’T ALL GO AT THE SAME TIME. There are still fish in the deep water, but the fun is top water action “oh yea” that’s what I’m talking about, now throw out a spook or suspending rogue and hang on. Have Fun Go Fishin.  

10/05/09 Fishing Norfork Lake is an experience every time one takes the challenge to get out on the water. With the many choices of structure: creeks and streams to main lake channels, flats and gradual slopes to bluffs, main points and secondary points just to name a few of your choices on where to begin your fishing adventure on Norfork Lake! Oh lets not forget the weather, it could be sunny on the north end with a gentle 5-10mph wind, in the mid lake area it may be a bit more windy and in the dam area it could be raining cats and dogs all in the same time frame while in the mean time everyone is catching fish, you just never know about our beautiful fall weather. Just a thought, if you are going to fish Norfork Lake during this time of year by your self or with one of our seasoned guides you need to be prepared for it all to enjoy the experience. The lake level is around 555’msl and surface water temp. is in the low 70 degrees. Bass fishing has been good in the mornings using top water baits. Buzz baits and spooks have been the choice here lately. Crappie fishing has been fair around brush piles in 20-30 feet of water using minnows. Sunfish are doing well using worms and crickets. Catfishing has been fair on trot lines as well as rod and reel. White bass fishing has been good with some top water action and some a little deeper using a variety of baits from beetle spins and in line spinners to rattle traps. Walleye fishing has been fair using worms on a crawler harness, their depths have varied from 18-25 feet. Striper fishing has been fair using live bait as well as spooning. The fish are moving so begin to look for them all over the lake and not just in the deep water. With the rain and cool temps a lot of the fish are moving into and around coves that have creeks and streams flowing into them. Have Fun Go Fishin.

09/21/09 Norfork Lake level is around 555’MSL and the water surface temp ranges from the mid to upper 70 degrees. Crappie fishing has been good in 20-25 feet of water around the brush piles using minnows have had the best results. Bluegill fishing has been good using crickets and worms. Bass fishing has been good in the mornings and evenings. Cat fishing has been good, night crawlers being choice bait. Trot lines have been doing well. We had a nice 39 lb flathead come in earlier.  Striper fishing has been fair. Some days they’re hot some not. Spooning has been a good choice for striper fishing around the dam area. Live bait shad or shiners have had some good results also. White bass fishing has been good and you may even hook a Hybrid. Walleye fishing has been good, night crawlers seem to be the favorite bait. Over all fishing has been good and as the water cools even more it will get just better. The Stripers and Walleye will begin moving up the lake and they will be everywhere. With the rain fall we have been experiencing and the inflow of water the fish may begin moving up the lake even sooner. The whites are exploding in the Udall area. Some are small but this is only the beginning of a great fall fishing season. Have Fun Go Fishin.

09/01/09 Fishing is good in the Ozarks on Norfork Lake with a lake level around 552’ MSL and surface temps about 80-81 degrees. Striper fishing has been good from the mid lake area south toward the dam using live bait. Jigging a spoon and trolling deep diving stick bait or roadrunner. Crappie fishing is good using minnows fished in 20-30 feet of water around brush piles. Bass fishing has been good using a variety of baits from worms to a jig-n-pig set up. Blue gill fishing is good using crickets or a worm, fishing in the coves has had some good results. Cat fishing has been good using worm’s shiners and small sunfish. White bass have been surfacing in the mornings. Using about any inline spinner bait or jigging a spoon will get you results. Walleye fishing has been good, night crawlers on a spinner or drop a spoon and jig. Just keep in mind, the fish are always moving and you may not always get results in your favorite honey hole every time, so you need to look around. As well as the depth the fish are at changes all the time this is why the guides and any one that catches fish often fish a lot. So stop in the store pick up some drinks, tackle, munchies and our almost famous, "Naked Minnows" that are Guaranteed to catch fish or Die trying. Bring in your catch of the day for a Photo Op and we will get it on our website.Have Fun Go Fishin. 

08/18/09 Norfork Lake level is around 553’ and looking good. The water temp is in the mid 80 degrees. Crappie fishing is fair in about 15-20 of water around the brush piles using live bait. Striper fishing is good in the mornings a few are being caught in the evenings using live bait and roadrunners. Walleye fishing has been fair using a spoon in 40-50 feet of water, some days they will have lock jaw and you won’t even get a boo out of them. Bass fishing has been good for some using a spoon in 40’ of water jigging it off the bottom and a jig and worm has also been doing good. Sunfish fishing is good using worms, crickets and wax worms in most coves. White bass fishing is good using rooster tails and small spinner baits finding them is the challenge. Cat fishing has been good using worms. Have fun Go Fishin.  

07/27/09 Norfork Lake level is around 555’MSL and the surface temperature is 82-84 degrees. Fishing has been good this past week for the most part. Striper are being caught early mornings using live bait and spoons. Catfish are doing well using crawlers and small bluegills on rod and reel, trotlines and jug fishing. Sunfish have been good using crickets and worms. Bass fishing has been good using an array of baits from crank baits to your favorite rubber bait and a jig. Walleye fishing has been good using live bait, spoons and trolling crank baits. White bass fishing has been fair. Crappie fishing is fair. Have Fun Go Fishin.

 

07/21/09 Norfork Lake Arkansas is the place to be! The water level is good at 556’ MSL and the water temp. is in the mid to upper 80 degrees. Water clarity is around 20 feet. And the weather is great with day time air temps in the low to mid 80 degrees. Fishing is doing good.  Bluegill is good using crickets and worms. Crappie fishing is fair using minnows fished around 30-35 feet. Striped Bass fishing is good using live bait and jigging spoons fishing deep, 50 feet and deeper. Walleye fishing is good using live bait and spoons fished around 30-45 feet. Bass fishing for Largemouth and smallmouth has been good. White bass fishing is fair there has been some good top water fishing but they have been moving a lot. Catfish fishing is fair, jugs and trot lines are having the better results. The best fishing has been early morning and in the evening. There was a 46 lb striper caught over the weekend using a jigging spoon fished in 58 feet of water just off the bottom. Some nice Walleye in the 7-9 pound range are being caught. Crappie size has been 12-16 inches. Bluegills have been in the 10-14 inch size. What can I say, it’s Norfork Lake and it is beautiful. Have Fun Go Fishin. 

 

 

07/06/09 Norfork Lake water temp. is in the upper 80 degrees – low 90 degrees. Water level is around 559 MSL. The thermalcline is around 30’ and that is where the fish are hanging out. Crappie fishing is good around the brush piles in 30 feet of water using minnows for bait. Bluegill fishing is good using worms and crickets. Walleye fishing has been good jigging a spoon in the 25-30 feet range. Bass fishing is good lizards have been a good bait. White bass fishing is good. Catfish fishing is fair. Striper fishing is slow. The best fishing has been in the mornings and late evenings into the night. Have Fun Go Fishin. 

 

06/22/09 Norfork Lake level is around 562.7 MSL and the surface water temperature is in the mid to upper 80 degrees. Bluegill fishing is good using crickets, worms and small minnows. Crappie fishing has been fair fishing deep around 20-30 feet for the good size 14-16 inch crappie. Minnows have been the bait of choice for the crappie. Catfish fishing has been fair. Walleye fishing has been fair fishing from 20-25 feet using night crawlers. Bass fishing has been fair. White bass fishing has been fair. Striper fishing has been more on the slow side. Stripers are still being caught in the upper part of the lake north of Bidwell Point. HOT is the forecast for this week again with temps in the 90’s and Sunny. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water. Be nice to your fellow boater. Have all your safety gear on the boat, PFDs.  Put the drain plug in and Have Fun, Go Fishing!

 

06/08/09  Norfork Lake level is around 562 and the  water temp. is in the upper 70 degrees. Sunfish/Panfish/Bluegill fishing is good using worms, crickets and minnows has proven well for a lot of fishermen. Crappie fishing is good using minnows fished at varying depths from 5 feet to 30 feet. Striper fishing is fair, live bait has been doing well as has top water lures and fishing in the early morning and late evening being the best times. Catfish fishing has been productive using trot lines and jug fishing using a variety of bait from cut bait to goldfish, chicken livers and shiners. Bass fishing is good using anything you tie on the line. Walleye fishing is fair using live bait of course but they are also using spinners and crank baits fishing in less than 20 feet of water. White bass fishing has been fair, they have been surfacing in the mornings for just a very short time,  most are being caught using inline spinners and road runners fished from 5 feet to 20 feet deep. We carry every thing you may need in live bait, frozen bait and lures jigging spoons, line, hooks, maps and all your camping supplies and of course pizza made to order. Also don’t forget this weekend June 12th from noon till Sun. at Midnight is Arkansas 2nd free fishing week end, last week was the other one. Have Fun GO Fishin.

 

05/25/09 Norfork Lake level is around 561 and looking beautiful!  The surface water temperature is in the mid to upper 70 degrees. Crappie fishing is fair. Striper fishing is fair. Blue gill fishing is good using crickets, worms and minnows. Catfish fishing is good using trot lines and jugs and rod and reel with anything from stink bait, chicken liver to shiners. Bass fishing has been fair. White Bass fishing has been fair. Walleye fishing has been fair using minnows and worms. We have had our share of rain these past few days and that has moved a lot of the fish into new areas so you need to do some scouting around to find the hot spots. The morning bite is still the best time to be on the fish, there has been some nice white bass caught in the morning using top water baits but you got to be out there to catch them. The lake is no where near last year’s high water level. All the campgrounds are open. Some are on a first come basis because of clean up from the ice storm in January but the campgrounds ARE OPEN.  Have Fun Go Fishin 

 

05/11/09  The Ozarks Norfork Lake is beautiful, water level is around 558.4 the water surface temperature is in the mid to upper 60 degrees and water clarity is from stained to crystal clear. We were very fortunate this past week most of the bad weather went around us here, we did get some high winds and around 1- 2 inches of rain here but nothing like the surrounding areas were hit with. Fishing is good just like is has been for the past weeks. Stripers are hitting top water baits in the morning and evenings. Crappie fishing is good, not all of them have spawned yet and they are being caught at varying depths from 3feet to 25 feet. Bass fishing is good using an array of baits from jigs, spinner baits to your favorite rubber bait. Monster Blue Gills are hitting minnows, worms and crickets. Catfish fishing is fair. White Bass fishing is fair. Walleye fishing is good using live bait and crank baits around 18 feet deep along secondary points. Small Mouth Bass fishing is good using small rubber baits on 3/16 oz jig. Have Fun Go Fishin. 

 03/30/09 Norfork Lake level is around normal at 552+' and the water temp. is in the upper 50 degrees. The water color is clear to stained in the upper parts from the rains we have recieved. Striper fishing has been fair at night using stick baits. Walleye fishing has been fair at night using stick baits fished along the waters edge. Crappie fishing has been fair this past week using minnows and tube baits. Blue gills are starting to hit crickets and worms. Bass fishing has been good. White bass fishing has been fair. As the air temp. warms back up fishing will get better so get your gear ready now you dont want to miss the bite. Have Fun Go Fishin.  

 

03/16/09 Norfork Lake level is around 552' msl and the surface water temp. ranges from the upper 40 degrees to 50 degrees. Striped bass fishing is fair late in the day using rogues fished shallow. Crappie fishing has been good fishing the brush piles in 20 – 30 feet of water using minnows or your favorite soft bait on a small jig with a slow presentation. As the water begins to warm up more this week the bite should become outstanding for all the fish. Walleye fishing is fair using rogues and live bait. Large mouth, Small mouth and Kentucky bass fishing is good, there has been a lot of bass caught and a lot of them have been keeper size with big bellies. All the fish seem to be feasting on the shad. White bass fishing is good using an array of inline spinner bait and beetle type spinner baits along with small crank baits. Blue gills are also being caught now. As the warmer weather sets in, fishing on Norfork Lake is going to be some of the greatest fishing around. Thank you all for the phone calls last week and I should explain myself a little better on the live fish bait rule for Norfork Lake. You can buy your live bait from the local bait shops and you can also catch your own bait from Norfork Lake.                                    

If you will be needing a resort and or a fishing guide now is the time to get them reserved as they are beginning to fill up and you do not want to miss out on some of the greatest fishing around. Have Fun Go Fishin.  

 

 

03/09/09  This past week has been just a small sample of the fishing season to come on Norfork Lake. It was beautiful air temperature ranged from the 60’s -70 degrees. Water temperature is in the upper 40 -50 degrees.  Lake level is around 552 msl. Crappie fishing is good using minnows or you favorite lure. White bass fishing is good. Walleye fishing is fair, most are being caught using stick baits at night. Bass fishing has been good. The large mouth and Kentucky Bass are everywhere it seems. Cat fishing is slow. Striper fishing is slow. FYI it is ILLEGAL to bring live bait fish from another body of water to Norfork Lake. Remember also to wash your boats and disinfect your live wells and bilge before putting in on Norfork Lake.

Have Fun Go Fishin. 


3/02/09  Norfork Lake water level is around 552 msl and the surface water temperature varies from the upper 40 degrees to low 50 degrees. The water clarity is looking good. Crappie fishing has been fair with some days being good. White Bass fishing has been good. Bass fishing has been good for Large Mouth, Small Mouth and Kentucky’s. Walleye fishing has been fair on the Red Bank side of the lake. They are moving up the river channel and into the creeks for spawn time. Striper fishing has been slow. Cat fishing has been slow. Walleye fishermen mark them calendars for March 21 2009  Mid-South Walleyes will be here for the Norfork Lake Open Tournament with an 80% cash payback and optional big fish pot $$$$. You can stop in the store or click on their link on our links page for more info.                Have Fun Go Fishin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/16/09  Well hello all. Norfork Lake water level is near 556 msl that is about 4 feet above normal level of 552msl (mean sea level) FYI it is not 552 feet deep. The water temp. is around 40 degrees.  

 

 

 

09 Burrrrrr, that’s how it has been here on Norfork Lake, one day it’s in the 50’s next day in the low 30’s for the high. The lake level is around 550’ and the water surface temperature is in the low 40 degrees. As for fishing, its been fair.  One day its good fishing then the next day its crappie LOL.  For the most part fishing Norfork Lake has been Great for the past couple months its been like spring time fishing and with that said just wait till spring really gets here, I believe it will be some of the best fishing there has been here in years. Norfork Lake is full of new Crappie, Bass, Catfish, Walleye, White Bass, Stripers, Sunfish and Shad it has just been a great year for the fish. With all the bait fish in Norfork the fish are growing fast it seems. The fish that are being caught now have full bellies and there are a lot of good size keepers of all the species being caught. The crappie we are catching range from 14”-17” easy and a lot of big bass. Well that’s MY report for the week basically fishing has been fair for all species. Have Fun Go Fishin.

 

1/12/09 Norfork Lake water level is around 552’ and the water temp. is in the upper 40 degrees. Fishing has slowed down a bit this past week from what is has been. With the full moon and the cold fronts we have been experiencing, fishing and hunting Norfork Lake has been a challenge compared to the past couple of months which had been great.  Crappie fishing is fair around the brush piles about 15’-25’ deep using minnows and split tail grubs on a jig. The crappie bite is light so you may need to use a slip bobber and watch your line for any movement and be ready to set your hook on those paper mouths (crappie). Bass fishing has been good using a jig tipped with your favorite trailer bait fished 15’-30’ deep. Some are using suspending stick baits. Just a reminder there was a great spawn this year and the little 8”-10” bass are all over the lake. You will have to work for those keeper size Bass be it the spotted bass, large mouth or small mouth bass but those little guys will give you a work out. White Bass fishing has been slow but jigging a spoon around some of the long points and flats has been good for a few fishermen. Striped Bass fishing has been slow, a few have been caught along some of the bluffs and back in the creeks using live bait (Shiners from 101 Grocery and Bait of course) seem to do well and jigging with a spoon if you find fish schooled up you may get lucky and catch a walleye. We carry the Binks and Burrhead Spoons if you happen to be looking for them. Walleye fishing has been slow. The walleye and stripers should start hitting stick baits at night along the shore line in the shallow water soon. Looking for the bait fish is not hard to do because they are every where and thick too. Have Fun Go Fishin. 

1/6/09 Happy New Year. This will be a Great year for fishing Norfork Lake. 2008 spawn for all spieces was great you can tell this by all the small fish you see everywhere in the lake. Norfork Lake water level is around 551' and the water temp. is in the mid 40 degrees. Crappie fishing has been great with minnows or split tail grubs using very small lead head jigs. Bass fishing has been good using crank baits and suspending stick baits. Striper fishing has been a challenge, one day will be good then the next day will be slow. Live bait has been working on the good days as well as spoons. White Bass fishing has been fair using jigging spoons. Walleye fishing has been slow. Cat fishing has been fair. You got to get out here and experience it to believe just how good it is and how much better it will be this spring. WOW. Have Fun Go Fishin.

12/02/08 Norfork Lake level is around 554' and the water temp. is still in the low 50's. Bluegill and crappie fishing has been good. Some folks are telling me it is like spring fishing out there. And they're not talking about the weather either. There has been some heavy water generation going for the past week now and the water level has dropped around 4 feet as a result. Normal winter water level is 552 msl. This has helped move the crappie and bluegill to the brush piles. White Bass fishing has been good using jigging spoons. Striper fishing is slow however some are being caught using shiners. Small Mouth Bass fishing is fair as well as Large Mouth Bass fishing. Kentucky Bass fishing is good. Catfishing is fair. Have Fun Go Fishin

11/24/08 Norfork Lake level is just above 558' and the water temp. is in the low 50 degrees. Crappie fishing is good using minnows fished from 5'-25' around the brush and along the bluffs. Bluegill fishing is good. Kentucky bass fishing is good. Large and small mouth bass fishing is fair. Striper fishing is fair using shiners on a long leader with a large split shot weight, trolled 40-70 yards behind the boat and using planer boards. Walleye fishing is fair using shiners and worms fished along the main lake points. Walleye are also being caught using stick baits along the banks at night. White bass fishing is fair. Jigging spoons has the best results and small crank baits. This will be a nice week to be on Norfork Lake with low winds and air temps in the high 50's - low 60's. Happy Thanksgiving Have Fun Go Fishin. 

11/18/08 Norfork Lake level is around 559' and the water temp. is in the 50 degree range. Crappie fishing is good using minnows on a small jig or just a plain hook and a small split shot sinker. Bluegill fishing is good using worms and crickets. Striper fishing has been slow. White bass fishing is fair. Bass fishing is good using crank baits, spinner baits, stick baits and of course live shiners and worms. Cat fishing is slow. Walleye fishing is fair, some are being caught at night using stick baits along the points and shallow banks. Have Fun Go Fishn.

11/10/08 Fishing Norfork Lake this past week has been a little on the slow side. Water Level is around 559' and the water temp. in the low to mid 60 degrees. White bass fishing is fair using inline spinners. Striper fishing is slow. Crappie fishing slow. Bluegill fishing is good using crickets and worms fished from 10-20 feet deep. Cat fishing has been slow. Walleye fishing slow. Bass fishing has been fair. As the water temp. cooles down fishing will turn on again so be ready it will happen anyday now. Now is a good time if your not in the woods hunting, to give your boat, rods and reels a good going over so you are ready for the colder weather ahead. Have Fun Go Fishing.

11/04/08 Norfork Lake Level is around 561' and the water temp. is in the upper 60's. Bluegill fishing is good using worms and crickets. Cappie fishing is fair. White Bass fishing has been good best time has been around sunset. Striper fishing is slow. Walleye fishing is fair using nightcrawlers. Catfishing has been slow. Bass fishing ( Kentucky's,Small Mouth and Large Mouth Bass) has been good. Have Fun Go Fishn.  

10/28/08 Norfork Lake level is around 562' and looking good with water temp in the low 70's. Fishing has been good for Lg mouth bass and sm mouth bass and kentuky bass using a variety of tackle from spinner bait and jigs to crank baits. The bass are being caught in the coves and along the bluffs. Crappie fishing has been good for some and spotty for others. Fishing around the shore line out to about 20' from the waters edge using minnows has worked the best. Bluegill fishing is great using worms and a small split shot sinker. White bass fishing has been slow. Striper fishing has been slow. Walleye fishing has been slow. Have Fun Go Fishn.

10/21/08 Fishing has been good. Norfork Lake water level is around 564 and the water temp is in the low 70's.Bass fishing has beengood using top water baits and spinner baits. Striper fishing has been fair. Crappie fishing has been fair Cat fishing has been good. Bluegill fishing is good. White Bass fishing is good. Walleye fishing has been on the slow side. The fish are all over the lake there is alot of bait fish every where. The spawn this year was great as can been seen with all the small fish we have been catching ourselfs. I was useing a suspending rogue this pass weekend and caught bass 5-6 inches long looked like I had two lures on when i reeled my line in. Live bait has been catching most of the fish. You got to get out there and fish it is great. The weather is good and the fish are ready. Have Fun Go Fishn. 

10/07/08 Fishing Norfork Lake has been good this past weekend. With the lake level around 566' msl that is about 12' above normal pool and with the water temps in the low 70's-upper 60's the lake seems to have turned in some areas and is turning in others. The Large Mouth and Small mouth bass fishing has been good. There has been alot of short bass and some good keepers too. According to the folks at Hand Cove Resort thier guests have been doing very well Bass fishing using crank baits and Cat fishing with trot lines, jugs and yoyo's using shiners for bait. The Striped Bass are begining to move up the lake and are being caught using shiners fishing around 30 feet deep. We had a 21lb striper come in this weekend, good job guys. White bass fishing is good on the Red Bank side of the lake. Bluegill fishing is good using crickets and worms. Crappie fishing is fair using minnows fished around 30 ft deep. Have Fun GO Fishn.   

09/30/08 Norfork Lake level is around 567 that is about 13 feet above normal summer pool. The water temp ranges from 60's-mid 70 degrees. Kentucky bass fishing has been good. Bluegill fishing is good. Crappie fishing is fair. Catfishing is good using trot lines. Striper fishing is slow. White bass fishing is fair. Large mouth bass and small mouth bass fishing is fair. Have fun Go Fishn.  

09/22/08 Norfork Lake fishing has been on the slow side with the storms we had from Ike. But as normal, fishing is beginning to improve every day. Norfork Lake water temperature is dropping it is now in the low 70's to high 60's in some areas of the lake. On the Red Bank side of the lake the thermocline is at 50' and solid.  Crappie fishing is good using minnows fished 20 feet deep around the brush piles. Bluegill fishing is good using worms and crickets. Striper fishing has been fair. Cat fishing has been good most being caught using trot lines and some jugs have also been working using live bait. Bass fishing has been fair. There are loads of 8-10 inch bass every where now. The spawn was great this year it seems like every where you go on Norfork Lake there is hundreds of little fishes. Walleye fishing has been slow. There have been a few walleye caught jigging spoons deep. Well, it is what it is, fishing or catchen you have to get out there to catch the fish. As the water temps drop the lake will begin to turn over and fishing will be a real challenge for a week or two, then fishing will be great, the water will clear up after the turn over and the water and air temps will be ideal and fish will be all over the lake and hitting on anything you throw at them. Have Fun GO Fishing.     

09/09/08 Fishing Norfork Lake has been good. It rained for 2 days this past week and we received about 4 inches. As a result Norfork Lake level only raised a few inches and the water temperature has dropped a few more degrees to the low 80's. Striper fishing is good. White Bass fishing has been fair. Crappie fishing has been good using minnows fished from 18-20 feet deep. Bluegill fishing is good using worms and crickets. Walleye fishing is fair. Catfishing is fair. Have Fun Go Fishing.  

09/02/08 Norfork lake water temp. is in the low to mid 80's. Water clarity is good. Norfork lake level is around 566 m/l, that is about 14 feet above normal level. Fishing has been good. Striper fishing is fair. Most are being caught around the dam. Walleye fishing is fair. Crappie fishing is good. Fish about 15-20 ft deep around the shore line using minnows. Bluegill fishing is good. White Bass fishing is slow. Catfishing is fair. Bass fishing is fair. With the rain we have coming this week and cooler weather, the water temp. should begin to cool down more and the fishing will begin to kick in. Have Fun Go Fishing.

08/12/08 Norfork Lake water level 569.9       Visibility is good and the water Temp. is in the mid to high 80 degrees. Norfork Striped Bass fishing is good. Walleye fishing has been fair. Bluegill fishing is good. White Bass fishing is fair. Large Mouth Bass fishing has been good using top water lures in the evenings. Small Mouth Bass fishing is fair. Catfishing is fair. Crappie fishing is fair. 

08/04/08 The Dog Days of summer are here. Norfork Lake water temp. is in the high 80's - low 90's. Water level is around 571 and visibility is good. Fishing is the same as last week and as everyone knows it will basically remain this way till Sept. when the water temps begins to cool back down. Fishing has been good with the high water we have had this year and there seems to have been a good spawn. You can catch fish in the heat of summer, even at mid day if you can bear the heat. There is still some surface action happening early mornings and late evenings so keep a Zara Puppy rigged up and be ready. Striper fishing is good. Most stripers are being caught in the early mornings and in the evenings trolling 4 and5 inch shad like baits. Live bait is also working on the stripers, shiners are out lasting the shad on the hooks. The shad seem to die around 20 feet in the water while the shiners are still kicking. Walleye fishing has been good. Try using night crawlers and fish along the old shore line, that is about 20 feet deep, stay out of the brush and trees trolling a deep diving crank bait will also work for the walleye. Bluegill fishing is good crickets and worms have been working good for most, there have been some 12-13 inch bluegill caught using crappie minnows. Crappie fishing is slow. Small mouth bass fishing is fair. Large mouth bass are being caught in the evenings using spinner baits and slow cranck baits. Catfishing is good. Trot lines and jugs seem to be working the best using live bait for the catfish. This is also the time of year to use a jigging spoon if you see schools of fish on your graphs. Have Fun Go Fishing.  

07/28/08 Fishing is still good here on Norfork Lake. Water level is down to around 573. Norfork lake water temp. is in the mid 80's. The best fishing time is in the early mornings and in the evenings. Fishing at night using lights is starting to pick up a little. Bluegill fishing is good using worms and crickets. Walleye fishing is good using night crawlers fished around 20' deep. Catfishing has been fair using limb line and trot line with live bait working well for some. Large mouth bass fishing is fair. Small mouth bass are moving to deeper water it seems. White bass fishing has been fair. Striper fishing is good from the mid lake area towards the dam. Fishing in the evening seems to be a good time for the stripers around main lake points and fish 30-40 feet deep. Have Fun Go Fishing 

07/21/08 HOT HOT HOT thats what it is with air temps in the low to mid 90's and the water temp. is like bath water in the mid 80's. Norfork Lake level is now around 574.9. The best fishing time has been early mornings and in the evenings. Blue Gill fishing has been good using crickets and worms fished from 20-30 feet deep. Striper fishing is good using live bait fishing around the points from the mid lake area towards the dam. Crappie fishing is slow however a few are being caught at night with live minnows. Bass fishing is fair using your favorite rubber bait fished around the brush and trees early morning and at night and deep along the bluffs during the heat of the day. White Bass fishing is fair. Cat fishing is fair. Limb lines are still producing the best using live bait and chicken liver. Over all fishing this past week has been fair with some nice size blue gill a couple of crappie and striper in the 5-12 lb range being normal. You must fish early, the bite is usually over by between 7:30,8:00 am. HAVE FUN GO Fishing.      

07/14/08 Norfork Lake level is around 575'(msl) that is about 21' above normal pool of 554'(msl) for this time of year. The water temp. is in the mid to upper 80's. The thermocline ranges from 18'-25' through out the lake. Visibility is from 10-20'. Over all Norfork Lake is in good condition, of course there is a parking issue it may involve some walking. We have received some emails and phone calls in regards to Norfork Lake Condition and this is our opionion. Our children and their friends swim and fish in the lake just about every day the water is great the fishing is very good and they taste good too. The fishing has been good all year you just have more area to cover to find the fish. With the water up in the trees and grassy areas it can be a bit differant than just drifting along the bluffs till you get a bite, you have to work at it a little harder. As happens every year here in the south as the temp. climes into the 90's the fish will go deep to find cooler water so what do I do ?  I will fish early mornings using some top water tackle or lite line some live bait. Fish in the trees and any grassy areas. Then as the morning goes on start working my way into the deeper water along main lake points and the bluffs and across the openings of the coves. Blue Gill fishing is good using crickets and worms, fish for the big ones around 20-30 ft deep. Striper fishing is good from the mid lake area south towards the Norfork Dam.  White Bass fishing has been fair. Walleye fishing is fair. Large Mouth and Small Mouth Bass fishing has been fair. Cat fishing is fair. Crappie fishing is slow. Have Fun Go Fishing.   

07/07/08  Happy 4th of July America, Remember to Thank a Veteran and those currently serving in the service, we still have our Freedom we can go fishing and hunting and carry a firearm. Thank You.         Norfork Lake  level is good, with lots of Warm water to play on.  Fishing has been fair this past week. The early morning has been the best time of day to be fishing. Top water fishing is still good at this time till about 7:30 - 8:00 am if you fish later you will need to fish deep. Blue Gill fishing is GOOD using worms and crickets fished around 20 - 30 ft deep. Striper fishing has been fair. A few are being caught on this end of Norfork Lake using small live bait. But mid lake toward the dam has been the better area with the water temp in the mid 80's the Stripers are hanging in the 40feet and deeper range. Walleye fishing has slowed down, although live bait is catching a few. Try fishing around the thermocline 18-25 feet deep. Large Mouth and Small Mouth Bass fishing is fair. The bass are still being caught around the trees and along the bluffs. Crappie fishing is Slow, a few 15 inchers are being caught at night using minnows. White Bass fishing is fair. White in line spinners are still the choise lure but you know when the whites start hitting, any color will work. Keep a Zara Puppy rigged up if you are fishing early mornings there has been alot of boils happen here lately with the whites and stripers and you may just get Lucky while you are out there fishing on Beautiful Norfork Lake and one of them boils may happen in your neighborhood. Catfish are still hitting live bait on limb lines. Just a thought, there is a lot of fry in the lake and most of the larger fish that are caught and cleaned for the table have small shad in there stomachs so small bait would be a good choise. Have Fun Go Fishing     

 

06/30/08 Well, we finally got that rain, they said we had a 40% chance and hey what do ya know, we got over 2 inches. The water is nice, come on in. The fishing is still good with the water temps. in the mid 80's and water visibility is from 5'- 20' depending on what area of the lake you are in. Blue Gill fishing is good using worms and crickets fished from 15-25 feet deep in most any cove. Striper fishing is good using down lines with 2-3 oz weight fishing around 40' deep around main lake points from the mid lake area towards the dam. The best fishing time has been early mornings from 5am- 7am and there has been some decent top water action at that time. White Bass fishing is fair. Large Mouth and Small Mouth Bass fishing is fair. Walleye fishing has slowed down. Crappie hunting is , well it is what it is, Slow.. a few are still being caught fishing with lights at night. Catfishing is good using live bait on limb lines. Some are being caught with rod and reel also. Over all fishing is good, has been all year even with the water up a bit LOL . Just a thought for ya, the fish are still in their normal areas, the bass are hanging around the bluffs, the blue gill on their brush piles, the walleye around the bluff ledges and points, you just need to fish a little deeper, they dont know the water is up a bit.            Have Fun Go Fishin.  

 06/23/08 The heat is here 90's and sun shine. Fishing is good. Blue Gill fishing has been great using redworms, nightcrawlers and crickets have been working well in most any cove with brush pile fishing 15-25 ft deep. Walleye fishing has been fair. Striper fishing is good early mornings fishing around 40ft deep. Bass fishing is fair. Cat fishing is fair. White Bass fishing is fair. Crappie fishing is slow thats all there is to it, some crappies are being caught under lights at night. Hay here is a TIP...With the warm weather you need to keep them minnows cool out there on the lake. The best way to do that is freeze some 20oz soda bottles with water and drop one in your live well or minnow bucket, they will last a long time. Do not use store bought ice. Chlorine will kill your minnows. Go fishing Have Fun.

06/17/08  Norfork Lake level around 576' and looking good. Water temp. is in the low 80- mid 80's. Blue Gill fishing is great using crickets, red worms and night crawlers. Striper fishing is good using live bait (small shiners or shad). The stripers are also hitting on artificial baits fished around 20-30 ft deep. White Bass fishing is fair. Try using inline spinner. The Whites are on white. Walleye fishing has been good. Small Mouth Bass fishing has been good. Large Mouth Bass fishing is fair. Cat fishing is good. R U  ready for this ....... Crappie fishing   is ........ slow,  my o my. They are out there but finding them can be a challenge.  Over all fishing is good, the best times has been early mornings and late evenings. Blue Gill fishing is good all day around the brush piles. The water is clearing up good. You would think with all the rain around we would get a little but no we have not had any rain here to speak of at all. Some clouds but NO rain. Have Fun Go Fishing.

06/09/08 The heat is here, air temps. have been in the 90's and the water temp. in the mid 80's. Needless to say this will begin to push the fishing deep during the day. The best fishing time has been early mornings. Some are starting to fish in the late evening but we have only heard of a few fish being caught at this time. Striper fishing is good using down lines with 1-1 1/2 oz sinkers getting the live bait down around 20-30 feet deep in 50 feet or more of water. Some stripers are being caught on artificial bait also. Walleye Fishing is fair on live bait and deep diving stick bait. The walleye have been around 20 ft deep. Blue Gill fishing has been Great using red worms and crickets fished with a slip bobber around 20 ft deep in the coves. Large Mouth Bass fishing is fair. Small mouth bass fishing is good. White Bass fishing is slow. Crappie fishing is slow. Cat fishing has been fair. The catfishing tournament has been moved to July and it will be a night tournament. I will let you know of the date and time as it comes in. Have Fun Go Fishing. 

 06/03/08 Howdy. Sorry we have had some technical difficulties. But fishing is still good. Blue Gill have been doing well on red worms and crickets. Stripers are being caught free lining live bait about 100 feet behind your boat with little or no wieght at all fished in less than 40' of water. Crappie fishing is still slow. Large mouth Bass are still doing well fished in shallow water. Small mouth Bass are hitting anything white. White Bass are biting inline spinners in white. Walleye fishing is good with minnows and worms some are being caught on stick baits fished in less than 20' of water. Cat fishing is good using live bait with rod and reel and limb lines are still doing good also. The best fishing has been early mornings. The water temp. is in the mid 70's and visability is about 5- 10 feet in some areas. Don't forget this week end is Free fishing you will not need a license to fish Arkansas waters see our Home Page for more information. The 7th of June is ACA catfishing tournament here on Norfork Lake So come and have some fun. Have Fun Go Fishing.

05/20/08 Bass fishing has been good using any top water bait, and slow sinking plastic baits. Fish in the grassy areas and around any structure. Striper fishing has been best using live bait fished in less than 40' of water and very little weight if any at all, top water lures are also working good. Crappie fishing is slow. Walleye fishing has been fair using live bait and small leadhead jigs  fished around main points and in some of the shallow grassy areas. Cat fishing is good using live bait on rod and reel and limb lines. On that note if you are using limb lines and you decide you are done fishing, please take them down, some one else may want to fish that area, and with the old lines hanging around its hard to tell if that spot is available or not. Have Fun And Go Fish.

05/12/08 Water claity is looking good, we fished Thursday and could see down 4-5 ft. Water temp. ranged from 63-71 degrees nice and with the water level you can fish all over the place. There was hardly any debris although you must be on the look out because you never know what lies just below the serface of the water. Large Mouth Bass fishing has been good using top water lures and shallow crank baits fishing in the trees and grass. Striper fishing is good free lining live bait or your favorite stick bait. Catfish are still hitting live bait using rod and reel and limb lines. Walleye fishing is fair, most are using spoons or live bait. Crappie fishing is fair using minnow and jig, finding them is the challenge. Sun fish are begining to hit worms and crickets. Have Fun Go Fishing

05/05/08 Norfork Lake fishing is good. The water temp. varies from 61 - 64 degrees.  Walleye fishing has been good using live bait spoons and rogues fished around 6-10 ft deep along bluffs and main lake points. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows and small chrome head jigs. Striper fishing is good most are being caught using live bait and your favorite stick bait. Bass fishing has been fair. Catfish has been good using limb lines and live bait with rod and reel. Sun fish are starting to hit on wax worms and crickets. Have Fun Go Fishing. 

04/28/08 Lake level is around 578' and the water temp is in the low 60's. Water clarity is looking good, you can see down about 2' or more in some areas now. Striper fishing is good using live bait. There are some stripers being caught using rogue's and other stick baits. Walleye fishing is fair using the same methods  for stripers, there have been a few walleyes caught while jigging. White Bass fishing has slowed down a bit. Crappie fishing has been a challenge, some are being caught at 20' - 30' deep on the brush piles and some are catching them in less than 5' of water using small minnows and a split shot sinker. Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth and Spotted Bass fishing has been slow. Cat fishing has been good using shiners and night crawlers on rod and reel and limb lines. With everything considered, the weather and above average water level, fishing Norfork Lake has been good. Every thing appears to be about one month behind as far as fishing patterns are concerned  and with more area for the fish to move around in, half the challenge is finding them. Thats why we call it fishing and not catching. Some things to consider, try fishing in your normal spots even though it may seem too deep, some of the fish are still holding there. If you don't get any results move into the new areas. Change your method. Chartruse and white have been the hot colors lately and slow your retrieve down. Fluke, trick worms, lizards and crawdad plastics are some other choices. And of course there is LIVE BAIT it works. Its all about having FUN and if you are not having FUN  your doing it wrong. HAVE FUN GO FISHN.     

 04/21/08 Norfork Lake water level is around 579' and looking good. Walleye fishing has been good this week on the points and in the coves with running creeks. Most walleye have been caught using live bait. White Bass are still doing good. Striper fishing is good using live bait and some are doing well using rogues fished in less than 30' of water. Crappie fishing is picking up using minnow and jigs fished around 20' - 30' deep, as the water begins to warm up, the crappie fishing will only get better. The water temp. has been in the high 50's to mid 60's. With the sunny days and stained color water, the lake water temperature will increase quickly and the crappie spawn will be here. Cat Fishing has been good using limb lines and rod and reel with..... you guessed it LIVE BAIT. We had a nice 45lb Blue Cat come in again and you can see it on our photos page. Bass fishing has been fair, try using trick worms, lizards and flukes in the grassy areas and around the trees and brush. Okay, now for your info Norfork Lake access areas ARE ACCESSIBLE the ramps are under water, but every ramp has a road going to it and They are USABLE.

The walleye tournament for April 26th has been cancelled

 Have fun and go fishing 

04/13/08 WE ARE NOT FLOODED OUT. Fishing is Good with the high water. Norfork Lake level is around 579 and it is beautiful out there. This will be some of the best fishing there has been in a long time and it will only get better. The water is beginning to clear up in the upper end and some of the coves. There is some debris here and there but for the most part it is starting to look good. Crappie fishing is fair using  a small minnow on 1/16oz jig fished around 20 ft deep. Crappie will begin their staging for the spawn soon and start moving into the tree lines and the grass and brush that is above the normal shore line. Water temps are still in the low 60s and with the water color and some good sunshine the water temps will be in the mid 60s before you know it and that is what the crappie are waiting on. They will have plenty of structure for a very good spawn this year as will all the fish. Large mouth Bass are doing good using spinner baits,crank baits and worms, fishing in the grass and trees. White Bass are doing good in the creek arms. Striper fishing is good at all depths of water  and they are all over the lake. Try using live bait, stick baits or what ever fits your style. Walleye fishing is fair. The boat ramps are open and so are the marinas. The walleye tournament for April 26 is still on and take off has been moved to Panther Bay Marina see our Home Page for more information. Have FUN Go Fishn.

04/07/08 Fishing is GOOD. They are every where. We fished Thur. started about 5pm in the rain and caught a nice 12lb striper in the muddy water. Saturday we did it again, nice 5lb and 8lb stripers. Both days we lost some nice ones, they were some real rod benders. We used 1 1/2 oz weights with a 4' leader and a shiner was on the menu for the day. So, hows the fishing?  It Is GOOD. The water level is nice, there is structure every where. The water is stained from the rains we have had and there is of course some debris in the water.  Most of the debris that we saw was small stuff. There is the occasional large branch that may get in your way, that's when you turn. Our friends at Hand Cove Resort said the water on their end is clearing up and fishing is also good on their end for stripers and cat fishing. Hand Cove Resort had several guests that caught their limit of stripers and one was over 25 lbs. you can see the pic. on our photos page. Okay now for my report. Norfork Lake level is at 579.69 and the water temp. is around 60 degrees and stained, we can see down 1-2 ft. Striper fishing is good using live bait. Bass fishing is good using floating worms or spinner baits. Try fishing close to the shore line, most are shallow. Crappie fishing has been fair from 10 - 25 ft deep using a minnow on a small leadhead jig. Catfish has been good, live bait has been the choise of most. Sunfish has been slow. White Bass fishing has been good using inline spinner baits and small jig with grub. Walleye fishing has been fair. Let me on my wagon again, this is spawning season, get your picture and release those big sows. Keep some to eat of course, but don't forget about Tomorrow. Thank you. Be careful and take your time. The marina owners have been working hard to keep everything open for us to get out there to fish and play, whatever your choice. Parking space is a little limited.     April 26 is the Mid-South Walleyes Tournament see our home page for more info.    

                Have Fun, Go Fishin.    

04/01/08 White Bass are doing fair in the creeks on inline spinners  and  casting spoons. Walleye are doing fair up in the river. Stripers are doing good using live bait. Crappie fishing has been slow. Large mouth bass fishing has been slow. Cat fishing has been fair using live bait. Congratulations to the winners and everyone that fished the Bass Cat tournament it was a tough week to the end. Thank you to everyone that stopped in the store it is always nice seeing all of you, and the new faces that come for this tournament every year. Have Fun Go Fishing.   

03/25/08 March has been one for the books, wow. Rain, snow, rain, more snow and rain and more rain. The lake level is around 571 and rising. This will be GREAT for the spawn, the little fishies will have alot of places to hide from the big fishies. The water is muddy, there is clear water in the creek arms and some coves. Debris is every where. Be careful out there and wear your PFD.  We fished the Cystic Fibrosis tournament this past week end, and it was a nice boat ride, we got to fish in some of the places we sit during hunting season, okay we were skunked wow it was tough. There was over 200 boats and  I think it was 22 boats weighed fish. There was a 5 lb small mouth weighed in. Congratulations to everyone. This week the 27th and 28th is the Bass Cat Tournament good luck to everyone and please be careful and wear your PFD.  Water temps range from the mid 40's to upper 50's we saw 59.4 in some of the places we fished Saturday. Fishing over all has been slow, again, wow its on then its off  on off on off. There were some nice stripers caught this past weekend using live bait. Stripers ranging from 5lbs to 20 lbs. Bass fishing has been slow, Crappie and sunfish fishing slow, catfishing slow walleye slow, white bass slow.  Tomorrow it may be better fishing again. June 7th for you Catfishermen, 101 Grocery and Bait will be hosting the Arkansas Catfishing Association Tournament here on Norfork Lake.It is catch and release using rod and reel. You can sign up here. We have applications for membership here at the store. Have fun and go fish.

 

03/17/08 Fishing is looking good. Stripers are hitting on live bait and rogues in less than 30' of water. Crappie fishing has been fair in less than 15' of water back off the brush piles. Bream  is fair using small minnows fished around 10-15 ft in 20ft of water. White Bass are fair. Try jigging in 40' of water or casting inline spinner baits also in the mouth of the coves and the creeks are some good places to start. Bass fishing is fair using jigs and deep diving crank baits just do it slow, around 20' deep in some areas. Walleye fishing has been very slow in the lake. We have heard of a few walleye being caught up in the creeks and rivers flowing into the lake. The weather this past week has helped warm the water temp. into the low 50's in some places and some spots are still in the low mid 40's. Have Fun Go Fishn.

 

03/09/08 Norfork Lake water level is a little over 556 and dropping. There could be a great spawn this year if the water level stays up in the brush and all. Water temp varies all over the lake from the upper 40's to the low 40's still. There is still some debris in the coves and upper part of the lake. The water is beginning to clear up. First We would like to say congradulations to everyone that fished the FLW tournament it was tough and so was the weather and thank you to everyone that stopped in our store Thank You All. As for fishing Striper fishing has been slow, Crappie fishing as been slow, Walleye fishing slow, Bass fishing slow, White Bass fishing slow as well as Catfishing but as the water begins to clear up and temps. begin to rise fishing will get better. The Stripers and Walleye will be moving into the creeks and top water stick baits and crank bait will be good as well as Live Bait. Have Fun and go Fish. EVERY DAY IS GOOD FISHING, JUST SOME ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. 

03/03/08 Norfork Lake water level is normal at 552.52 water temp. varies from the mid 40's to upper 40's and stained, some debris is in the coves and thick in the back of some coves. Fishing has been a challenge the past week for alot and with the weather changing from the 70's to the low 30's it will become more of a challenge later in the week. Striper fishing has been fair using live bait as always find the bait fish and you will find the stripers. Walleye have been slow. Crappie fishing has been slow as well as catfishing and White Bass has been fair jigging. Bass fishing has been slow. This week is the FLW Stren tournament Wed.- Sat. and it is going to be interesting with the weather changes we have had. Just how deep will they go. Good Luck to you all. Have fun and go fish. 

02/25/08 Water level is at 551.98. Surface temp.is still in the low 40's - upper 30's. The weather has been cold and rainy and fishing has been on and off, there have been a few good days to get out there on the water and get your line wet. Walleye fishing has been fair jigging or stick baits and live bait in 10'- 20' of water. Crappie fishing has been slow, Stiper fishing has been fair using live bait. Find the bait fish  and you will find the stripers. Large Mouth Bass has been slow. Cat fish has been slow and the white bass have been fair using jigging spoons and fishing around 40' deep.

02/12/08 Norfork Lake Level is 548.75 and looking good. Water temp.varies from 40 - 38 degrees. Striper fishing is good using live bait or your favorite stick bait, depths have been from 20' - 80'. Walleye are staging in the creeks and live bait has been doing well, also you can use jigging spoons in less than 10' of water. Crappie are hitting good in deep water, you need to be fishing 50' deep and slow small minnows have been the best thing on a plain hook and a split shot up at least 2' from the hook. There have been some nice crappie come in this week sizes 15 inches to over 17 inches. Bass fishing has been fair using jigs and deep diving crank baits 20 - 45' deep. White bass have been fair using jigging spoons 30 - 40' deep. Cat fishing is good. Try using a jigging spoon in the deep coves were you see bait fish. We had a 43lb blue cat come in this week 43lbs nice fish.  Check out our photos page.   You can always give us a call for the latest info.  at  1-870-467-5223  or   Toll Free at   1-866-746-5596 we are her from 5am-10pm EVERYDAY

02/04/08 Well what a week. We went from warm to 40mph wind to cold and 5 inches of snow in 3 days. Ya got to LOVE IT. Water level is at 547.67 and the water temp. is in the low 40's I got to do a little striper fishing Mon. and got a nice one, 16 lbs. Live bait and planer boards worked good . It was an early bite over by 8 am. Seen a lot of fish on the graph but could not get  a hit after  8am. The fish we marked was in less than 50' of water. Walleye fishing has been slow but jigging spoons and ice fishing jigs are doing a good job for some. Just remember do it slow. Crappie fishing has been fair using small minnows and jigs. White bass has been fair using jigs. Large mouth and small mouth bass has been fair using deep diving crank baits and jigs. Now for the news as everyone should know by now you can not bring live bait from any other lake to Norfork Lake and definitely none from out of state. I have had a few calls and emails asking about using bait from Norfork Lake water shed (creeks and rivers) and I have emailed Arkansas Game and Fish with your questions and I am waiting now for their reply I will Let you know what I hear from them as soon as I get their reply. 

 

01/28/08  Norfork Lake water level is maintaing at 547.66, water temp. varied between 38.6 degrees and 41 degrees. Striper fishing is good early morning using live bait are a deep diving stick bait one that will get you down at least 15' in 20'-60' of water. Walleye are begining to stage in the deep water drop offs going into the creeks, jigging has been good and small live bait. Crappie fishing is fair. white Bass are doing good Lg mouth Bass have been doing good in the coves using spring color crank bait are your favorite jig with a rubber crawl. Have Fun,Go Fishing. 

 

01/22/08 Norfork Lake Level is around 547.66 water Temp in the low 40's and clear. Striper fishing has been good most being caught  on live shiners, rouges and jigging spoons in 10'-90' of water, what a range early and late in the day has been the best times. Sizes from 15-25 pounders.  A couple of line strippers were hooked,just didn't make it to the boat, shoot, hate when that happens keep an eye on your drag and good line is a must. Not heavy line, depending on your setup, 6lb-12lb is all you need and a good reel and rod. White Bass are doing fair as are crappie and lg mouth a few walleye have been caught on anything from small minnows and shiners to your favorite stick bait in 6'- 20' of water. Have Fun nGo Fish.

   

01/12/08 Norfork Lake level is about 547' water temp. is in the low 40's and quite clear. Striper fishing has been fair we had a nice 23lb come in Fri. was hooked at 40' in 50' of water. 8lb- 12lb were being caught on free lines. Just look for the bait fish on your fish finders and get ready. Speaking of fish finders, for you that sometimes wonder "I see fish, but I'm not hooking any"  Turn off your fish ID,  you want to see arches and lines, not little fishies. Crappie fishing its been so so, ya catch 1 or 2 here and there but if you slow down, use small minnows around the brush piles in 20-30' of water you should hook some. Walleye Has been slow I have not heard much on lately sould start picking up here in the next few weeks. Bass fishing has been slow  also, some times you will hood one around 40' some times 15-20'. Cloudy days have been the best times for all the fishing lately, If the sun is  bright go deep, find the shad. Have Fun GO Fish.  

 

12/20/07 Norfork Lake level is about 547' water temp. is in the mid to low 50's. Striper fishing has been good 10-12 pound and some nice 20 pounders coming in also. Most have been caught around 30' - 40' deep in the main channel with live bait (shiners) and jigging. Crappies are being hooked on minnows and jigs in the brush piles in 20' -30' of water. Walleye will start hitting here in the next week or two. Bass are being caught from 20- 40' near the bottom.           For you that dont know yet, it is now illegal to bring leeches, minnows, crawdads and any other live bait to Norfork Lake from out of state or any other body of water, this includes all Arkansas lakes and streams. Our bait is certified to be used on Norfork Lake. We will no longer be able to carry Leeches until further notice from AGFC. We will keep you informed.       101 Grocery and Bait now carries Gulp Alive! Leeches  they look good too. Here Fishy Fishy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year     

 

10/04/07 Wow here it is Oct. What ever happened to September?Well the water level on Norfork Lake is  547'  Water  temp. is  around 76-78 degrees.Bass fishing  is doing good around the deep points, Stripers  are hitting shiners and shad around  20- 40'  deep  artificial  baits  are working  too, Walleye are being hooked on nightcrawlers and jigging spoons about 6' off the bottom. Crappie fishing is picking up around the brush piles and in the back of the coves minnows are the key bait. Blue Gill are doing good on worms and crickets. We have had some folks tell us they have even hooked some crappie on crickets. I did get to do some Striper fishing last month, we hooked 12 all but 2 were keepers, over 20" we only kept 2 they were 8 and 10 pounders. Now for the news, for those of you that may not already know this they have found zebra mussels in Bull Shoals Lake, as far as anyone knows they are not on Norfork Lake, and if you don't mind my asking, Please wash your boats and trailers. There are a lot worse plants and critters out there than zebra mussels. We just need to do what we can to keep them at bay for as long as we can. We would like to say Thank you from all of us at 101 Grocery and Bait for helping to keep Norfork Lake clean.  

 

08/17/07 Hot has been the word for the past couple weeks now. The air temps have been in the 100's Norfork Lake water temp as of fri. was 98 degrees.Lake Norfork level is at 551'. Fishing has been a little on the slow side but there are still a few folks catching stripers,walleye,bass,blue gill,white bass and catfish and an occasional crappie.The better fishing times have been early in the morning and late in the evening. Through out the day you need to fish deep 30' and deeper, jigging has been doing well. Nightcrawlers, redworms, chicken liver, frozen shad and minnows have been working for most. We have not been out ourselves for a couple of months now and I am ready to get out there.

I would also like to say THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by the store and for everyone that has called  and e-mailed us with your questions,thoughts and comments THANK YOU. This is how we continue to improve our service to you.    

 

06/20/07 Tha water is great. Blue gill fishing is great they are being hooked on redworms, nightcrawlers and crickets are all good baits.Crappies have been a hit and miss but minnows down around 15'-35' have been doing the trick. Walleye are hitting leeches, nightcrawlers,shiners and some crank baits. Stripers are being caught on shiners, shad and some artificial baits, best times have been in the early morning and late evening for most guys.

05/04/07 Norfork water level is 553' and has been very clear. The rain has been steady on and off for the past 4 days and we are starting to see the water get a little dirty. Water temp is in the upper 60's and low to mid 70's in the main lake. Walleye are hitting on night crawlers and minnows. Bass are still all over the place hitting everything from minnows to plastic bait. crappies are starting to pick up on minnows and jigs. Blue gill are doing well on crickets and red worms. Stripers are being cought on top water baits and shiners off and on through out the day. We went out last Mon. and my son caught a nice 17" smallmouth in about 14'  of water on a jig and plastic bait. The wife and I fished Sun. she got some nice bluegills on a spinner bait and all I got was small, what is wrong with this picture? Hum. The Walleye tournyment was won with 8 lbs. and big fish was over 3 lbs. and I would also like to say thank you Mid-South Walleye and to everyone who came in the store, Thank You.  

04/19/07 The water is very clear,  lake level is normal water temp. is 61 - 64 degrees and it is great weather but man is the fishing tough. I just got off the water about 9:30 pm and all I hooked up with was large mouth, some nice ones, I could not buy a walleye and the guys that went out for stripers this morning said the same thing. There are a few crappie being cought and only a few. I went back in a few coves today and could see down 15 - 20 feet, nice bass every where you looked. Hooked up with a few, and missed a lot. The walleye tournyment is Sat. 21st and open to everyone. Have fun and good luck to everyone. As for the leeches, we are sorry, but they are still froze in up north we will not have them in time for the tournyment, but we will have them as soon as we can.     

04/08/07 Well, so much water so little time. It's been a little on the cool side for the last few days here, highs in the upper 40-low 50's and lows in the low 20's burrrrr. This has slowed down fishing a bit. So we went to the Buffalo River Mon. and hooked some nice smallies that was fun rented a river boat and had a blast, I would recomend that to anyone to try it, and if you would like to try it give us a call and we will hook you up with loads of info. Ok, we went out wed. and fished along the windy bluffs hooked some small stripers and some large mouth it was slow, everyone that came in the store had the same story on everything, we did here of some walleys being caught on night crawlers. And for all you walleye guys April 21 at Panther Bay is a tourneyment. Go to our links page and click on Mid-South Walleyes link for more info. and we also have reg. forms here at the store. We should have our leeches in soon. Friday we went up into Bennets river marked a lot of large fish on the graph could not get a hit. The whites started to boil so we hammered them, wow, for bout an hour, hooked some nice lg mouth again. The water temp. was 63 degrees and clear and I mean CLEAR.... This week the winds are supose to slow down and the air temp is going back up, so fishing will pick up. Have Fun

03/28/07 Here fishy fishy, Well we finally got some rain Tue. and most of today (wed.) It has been quite dry with temps in the 70s and 80s water temp has held around 61-62 degrees up this way. Crappie have been spotty, some are doing well some not so well. I have heard every thing from 5'-20' is were they are being cought and they are full of eggs. I was out last week and seen alot of fish holding off the brush piles at around 18-20' on my graph. I would say that is the crappie and they are just waiting for that majic temp of 65 degrees. On that note I hope that everyone that is hooking up with them egg holders/ sows/females are PUTTING them Back so they can do there job. So we can have more fish, be it crappies, whites, bass, walleye and all the rest, for the years to come. Just a Good Idea. Dont you think.Thank you. Ok back to our report, top water has been good for the stripers and some large mouth in the shallows 3'-6' in the early morning and late evening. I have heard of very few walleye being hooked, but they are there just wait, its going to happen before we know it. With the rain it may hold the water temp down for a bit but once the mud starts coming in from the creeks and rivers it will help the water temp to come up. Oh the mud line. Have fun get out and fish.   

03/08/07 Well,here we go, the fishing is good.We went out Fri. the 2nd did some trolling with shiners hooked up with some nice bass free lining no weight our best was a 20 1/2" lg mouth. We were after walleye and stripers but it was a bit windy.Water temp was 47 degrees.  Sunday was good, free lined shiners, dragged some night crawlers and cast a few rogues. The free lining hooked more bass as well as the rogues. Water temp in the coves was 48.9 and 48 degrees in the main lake. Fish all over up here, bait fish in all the coves. Everything we marked on the graph was above 20' in less then 35' of water. Heard today water temp. was 52 degrees. The white bass are on the top,crappie are hitting,stripers are on and walleye will start anytime. It is happening!  Just look for the gulls, thats where the bait is and voila, so are the big fish.    

03/01/07 The weather has been great,in the 50 - upper 60 degrees.The lake level has been staying around the 552' range, water temp. is around 42-45 degrees, I have also heard water temps in the high 40's. The water is still a little dirty in the upper end, that will help it to warm up a little faster. Crappie are hitting on minnows and a small jig head 1/32 -1/64 oz. in 20 - 30' of water around 10' - 15' deep, fish back off the brush piles and around big rocks (rip rap). If the weather stays nice it will not take it long to get the water temp. up to that magic 55 degrees and that will set them crappie off. Stripers are hitting on small shiners and shad trolled around bluffs and sharp points in the 40'-60' depths, just watch your graph and look for the bait fish with some thick lines going through the bait and start trolling, you could also cast out a spoon, you may even get a walleye. White bass are being caught on the Red Bank side.

02/05/07 Hello everyone, Well the lake level is looking good 552' msl. Water temp. is at 44  as of Saturday. We got about 3" of snow and it has been a little on the cool side not bad though air temps in the 20 - 30 degree range.I went out Saturday we trolled some rouges around 40 - 55 ft. It was a nice day, air temp. was 28 and sunny WOW sure does beat sitting on a bucket on ice jigging through a hole. 2 weeks ago we did well, hooked some white bass and a small striper about 12lbs on shiners, some are doing fair on crappies using minnows and jigs.

01/07/07  The word for today was windy not too bad, 10-15 mph. I went out wed. and I got skunked, wow was it tough, fish all over the graph but no bites, was using shiners trying to get some stripers but no luck for me. Well then I'll try it sat. ha,ha,ha what happens, no stripers. Did get a nice white bass on a white horse head jig and white tail about 40' down,but no striper. Water temp.is around 47 degrees it is cooling down, that will help the fishing. Had some clouds the last few days, fishing will pick up here before long. Did not get out today but there were a few hybrids,whites and some crappies come in,just my luck I don't go out and they start to bite.     

 01/01/07  Happy New Year to eveyone. The weather is great sunny and in the low 40's. Fishing today is like always "GOOD"some days are just better than others, stripers are being caught in the 10-20 lb range on shiner's trolled around 20-30 feet deep. White bass are also doing well jigging with spoons.We had some nice stripers come in over the weekend a couple from MO. did well. Today we also seen guys limit out with a 17.6 and 16.6 being the top weigh ins so far. Well don't forget to bring in your fish for pictures so we can get you in our photos page and in the Arkansas Fish and Game Finder mag.

12/30/06  This has been a good week for stripers and walleye. Stripers have been hitting shiners and shad at around 40' trolling  a 3 way and what we call a "free willy". Walleye are doing well trolling a 3way also at around 45'. Crappie are fair on live minnows and a jig head at 15'-20' 


05/04/09 Fishing Norfork Lake is good. These past couple of weeks, Bass fishing was good. There was the Cystic fibrosis annual tournament and then the BassCat annual Owners Invitational tournament  both with some nice limits of Bass, over 15 lbs won the Cystic one day tournament and the BassCat was won with over 36.6 lbs. Congratulations to the winners. Thank You to all that stopped in the store we appreciate everyone that takes the time to stop by. Lake level is around 555.6 msl and the water temp. is in the 60’s. Fishing has been good for Crappie, Bass, Big Blue Gills. White bass fishing has been fair. Walleye fishing has been good. Striper fishing has been good using live bait, the night bite has slowed down and they should begin hitting top water baits here real soon. Catfish fishing has been slow. There is only a couple weeks left till Memorial Day weekend if you are going to beat the crowd for some great fishing now is the time. Have Fun Go Fishin. 


04/20/09  Norfork Lake level is around 553’ msl and the water surface temp. ranges from the mid 50 degrees in the main lake to  upper 50 degrees in the lake arms and creek areas. Crappie fishing is good using minnows with small split shot or a jig with your favorite grub. The crappies have ranged in size from 12- 16 inches 10 inches is the minimum size to keep and 15 a day.  Blue gill fishing has been good using worms and crickets. Large Mouth Bass fishing has been good using an array of crank baits, jig with your choice of trailer, flukes and about anything else you can throw at them. Small Mouth Bass fishing has been fair. Kentucky Bass fishing is good. White Bass fishing has been good. Striper fishing is fair, night fishing along the shore line using suspending stick baits have had the best results. Walleye fishing is fair. Catfish fishing has been fair. This week fishing should be great the air temps are suppose to be in the 70-80 degree range and sunny. For the past few weeks the weather has been so up and down that fishing was good one day and slow the next so we went to the Buffalo River for a day of small mouth bass busten and it was good, even caught 3 nice rainbows using 1/4oz jig with a pumpkin lizard, Carolina rigged.  Have Fun Go Fishing.