Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113

Norfork Lake striped bass fishing has been really good for the last month and should continue for some time. I have been spending most of my fishing time catching stripers. My daughter and granddaughter have been visiting and we have been having a blast. It is so much fun watching young fishermen and women take to the sport. I have been keying in on striped bass in 55 - 65 feet of water on the bottom. This is where I have been finding the bigger fish. I have caught a few suspended fish down 40 - 50 feet in deeper water, but they seem to be the smaller fish. Live bait has been working exceptionally well, but artificial baits are also picking up some good fish. For artificial baits use a 1 ounce spoon and vertical jig it off of the bottom or if you see suspended fish reel up to them and jig at their depth. Trollers are also picking up some nice fish. The trollers are mainly using swim baits with 4 - 6 ounces of weight attached to the line with a snap on weight. If you have a down rigger get your bait down to 50 - 60 feet of water. The best places to start looking for stripers is on main lake points especially the points that go out a long way into the lake. Fish the edges of the point where it drops off to the 60 feet of water + or - 10 ft. As the sun comes up go out a little deeper. The main area to find the stripers is south of point 2 to the dam then east of the dam towards Jordan Island.

Largemouth bass fishing has been up and down. The best place to look for them is back in the creeks. If you can find a stand of trees that are out in 10 - 15 feet of water there will be lots of bass in the area. One good place to fish for largemouth is back in Pigeon Creek where there is a large grove of trees in the water. Crank baits, soft plastics and tube jigs are good choices to use for your bass fishing.

Crappie appear to be scattered though out the sunken shore line. live bait is a good choice or small jig casted into the brush and bringing them out slowly.

Norfork Lake level is currently 572.54 feet above sea level and falling a little more than 2 inches per day. The main lake is clearing nicely and the creeks and coves are still somewhat stained. The lake surface water temperature was 86 - 87 degrees early this morning.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.

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