Norfork Lake Fishing Report
By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters
Norfork Lake is still in a state of transition. The stripers have not migrated down towards the dam. Limits of stripers are being caught at the 62 bridge, Float Creek, Panther Bay and Fall Creek. The lake temperature is still around 83 degrees and the thermocline is only at 17’. As the water temperature continues to rise the stripers will be going deeper due to the thermocline should be around 32’ at its peak. Look at water depths in the 50 to 100’ range to find stripers. Trollers are catching stripers at 60’ in Diamond Bay on swim baits and A-rigs.. On the lower end of the lake fish the points at first light then move to the bluff walls where the channel hits the bank. My first light setup is 2 long lines 50 plus feet behind the boat with a split shot and gizzards. Down lines are set at 30, 40, & 50 feet. Once the sun is up all the down lines will be set at 60’.
Bass and walleye fishing is also good. They both are suspended over the shoreline buck brush. Top water plugs and flukes are working and dropping a night crawler over the brush will produce walleye. Also bottom bouncers with night crawlers along the old shoreline will produce walleye.