The best bite on the lake for me has been for crappie. The crappie bite has been fantastic. I have been vertical jigging a ¼ ounce spoon and a 1 ounce spoon. The best color has been a white spoon with a chartreuse back. The fish have been aggressive and are hammering the spoon as it is falling. Find brush piles that are in 30 to 35 feet of water that come up to around 15 feet. The crappie have been suspended on the top of the brush around 15 feet as well as being buried in the brush all the way to the bottom. I have been catching the larger fish toward the bottom. Most of the crappie that I have been catching are in the 9 to 11 inch range. The bigger slabs are still out roaming away from the brush, but will be heading into the brush as the water cools. Norfork Lake has a 10 inch size limit, but I have been catching many keeper size fish.
The bass bite has also been very good. Again, many smaller fish
The striped bass bite has slowed, which is very typical for this time of year especially with higher than normal water levels. The stripers that head down toward the dam area should be moving away from the dam area and are scattering throughout the lake. As the water cools, they will again start to school and become very aggressive.
Norfork Lake’s surface water temperature is holding in the mid 80’s, but should start to drop with the upcoming cooler weather. The lake continues to drop 1 to 3 inches per day depending on how much power generation is going on. The current water
Happy fishing and see you on the lake.