Norfork Lake Fishing Report

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We continued with our evening fishing this past week on Norfork Lake. My clients who were fishing in the morning were still struggling to catch stripers so we decided to take what the lake was offering. The night bite was fair but not as good as when we had the full moon. We had a couple of days with a south wind but most days it stayed out of the north or northwest and was cold. By week’s end the morning bite was picking up. My clients reported they were catching limits of hybrids from north of Cranfield to Biar Creek. They were fishing the bluff walls where the channel was and catching them using shiners and long free lines with only a split shot. On the south end of the lake, we fished Friday morning but got a very late start and managed to boat two stripers on planner boards next to the shore. We had three more strikes before the rain set in. The lake temperature was near 55 degrees and I feel would have been in the low 60’s if it wasn’t for this cold snap we are having. With that said we should see some great fishing the next several weeks for stripers and crappie. I have been seeing large schools over the new brush piles Fish & Game put in the lake. They will start moving towards the shore as the water continues to warm up. Overall we should have great morning, afternoon, and night fishing beginning this coming weekend.

More detailed report

“The Norfork Lake level is normal and the water temp is in the low 50s in the main lake to the upper fifties up in the creeks. the water clarity is clear main lake and stained up in the creeks. The upper end of the lake is a little warmer. The are a few white bass coming up chasing bait along with some bass also. You can catch the top water fish on just about any top water bait. I like to use a Zara Spook. The bass are hitting jerk baits, crank baits and swim baits, The whites are hitting swim baits as well. I haven’t seen any surface activity for hybrids or stripers but it will happen soon when the water warms a little more and the weather gets more stable. There are some stripers hitting at night. The bite is only going to get better as we move into April.” - Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service.

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