Norfork Lake Fishing Report
By Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters
The Norfork Lake water cools down and stripers get active then we keep getting warm afternoons and the water warms up and the bite slows down. This past week I fished both Arkansas and Missouri waters and caught stripers on both sides of the state-line. The best bite is above Point 10 in 14í of water but only if itís a sunny day. Cloudy days with an east wind have the least productive bite. I also fished Bennettís Bayou and caught small stripers but there is plenty of bait around and it only takes the water to get into the high 60ís and we will see a good bite. The walleye are biting on crank baits trolled on long flats above Cranfield Marina. The hybrids, stripers. and whites are schooling in the evening in Bennettís Bayou and some topwater action is happening early morning and late afternoon on the flats all around the lake. The same is happening in Brushy Creek in the south end of Norfork Lake. As the shad begin to move from the shallows and school you will see lots of action in the next several weeks.
Crappie is a strong bite right now on the brush piles and biting on small spoons, jigs and minnows. A detailed map of the new brush piles are available at various locations around the lake.