Lake Norfork, Arkansas

This 22,000 acre reservoir is nestled in the Ozark Mountains, 10 miles southeast of Mountain Home. If it is big Crappies you are looking for and lots of them, then Norfork is your spot. The lake is curiously void of small crappies and with the advent of “fish attractors” (marked brushpiles), slab crappie angling has become a no brainer. In addition to the wonderful crappie fishery, Largemouth Bass abound as well as their cousin the Kentucky (spotted) Bass.

The Smallmouth fishing is fair as is the Walleye population, but another bonus fishery is the Hybrid Stripers which can reach up into the 20 to 25 lb. class.

Similarly, if all else fails and weather which can be unpredictable, being adverse at times, one can fall back on the world famous white river float trips just minutes away. This beautiful stretch of river is the home of hundreds of thousands of spunky Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout. A day guided on this float trip can put a nice topping on your trip to Arkansas. We have found that April and May have been productive for almost all the species Norfork has to offer, especially as the water temperature reaches the low to mid 50′s. The key here is stability! Frontal conditions can be rough, but when weather is cooperative, fishing is unparalleled.

Secondarily, September through November can be a great time to seek out comfortable temperatures and excellent fishing conditions. Fish & Fiddle Resort is one of the finest facilities on Norfork and Roger and Joanne Boskus are the warmest of hosts.

They have many cottage packages which can include fireplaces, microwaves, 2 baths, central air, Weber grills and picnic table. They also have a heated indoor pool if fishing conditions require hydro-therapy. Call 1-800-929-4048 for your reservation requirements. Additionally, if you do not own a boat or choose not to tow it, they do rent bass boats with 90 H.P. motors for $75.00 a day, equipped with electric motors, live wells and fish finders. Average costs at Fish & Fiddle Resort can range from $50.00 to $75.00 per night (for 2 and add $6.00 extra per person) plus fishing licenses.

Depending on your quarry, rod and reel combos can be as diverse as the fishery. In a nut shell, Ultra Lites will handle your Crappie and White River needs. Teamed up with 4# line and a variety of small jigs and spinners, these insure great fun for everyone. For Bass, medium action rods and reels with 8 to 10f line will handle Largemouth, Spotteds and Smallmouth adequately.

Again, jigs, worms and spinners will round out your arsenal nicely. Stripers will require at least 10 to 12# line and rods with a bit more backbone. Zara Spooks, Red Fins and Bucktail Jigs will represent consistent baits to pursue these monsters.

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