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For details on catching walleye and crappie, see "No Need To Go North For Walleye Or Crappie"
Want To Catch A Wide Variety Of Trophy Fish?
If you are really looking for help in catching a trophy fish and are tired of being fooled, come to Fish & Fiddle Resort, Lake Norfork's true fishing resort. We don't just talk fishing, we catch fish! If you are looking for a fishing resort with all the extra conveniences, this is where you'll find them. Roger & Joanne Boskus, owners of Fish & Fiddle, catch fish on a regular basis and will do all they can to see that you do too. We especially enjoy fishing for stripers, but bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish are also a lot of fun.
We have an 8' stainless steel fish cleaning station on our dock and freezer facilities for preserving your catch. If it is a guide you want, we can recommend one for you. Float trips are available for the White River, North Fork River, and Lake Norfork. Whatever your fishing desire, lake or river, we have a program for catching trophy fish.
Lots of large walleye were caught this past year on Lake Norfork. The biggest we saw here at Fish & Fiddle weighed 8 pounds (which was released), and several were in the 5 to 7-pound category. We can help you locate and catch walleye as Lake Norfork has a good walleye population. Many are very large, as walleye are not fished for as much as bass. The size and number of these elusive walleye have surprised many divers who come here in September. Whether trolling for them in the summer or jigging for them in the cooler months, you can catch these great-tasting fish year around.
During the months of March and April, along with late September and October the crappie fishing is at its peak. The crappie several of our guests have caught on Lake Norfork are the largest crappie they have ever seen. One guest has a wall mount of 5 crappies he caught during a trip here, all weighing over 2 pounds. The brush pile fish covers added yearly by the Arkansas Department of Game & Fish are producing a great amount of crappie. Our guests enjoy catching them year round. Many have enjoyed just sitting on our dock catching crappie any time of day.
We are only 8 miles (about 15 minutes) from the North Fork and White Rivers. Both rivers are world renowned for their trout. For a real fishing rarity, try going for a Trout Grand Slam - catch a brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brookie, on the same day, on the same body of water. The Trout Grand Slam is possible in both the White and North Fork River.
This is one of the very few areas in America where you can catch four trout species in the same body of water. You can fish Lake Norfork, then go trout fishing. We can arrange for a guided float trip on the rivers where the fishing is never bad.
Dry Run Creek For Kids
For a truly special fishing experience take the young fishers in your family trout fishing at Dry Run Creek at the base of Norfork Lake Dam. Dry Run Creek is right next to the Norfork Trout Hatchery, which keeps Dry Run well stocked with large rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. This is an artificial bait only catch and release stream, and adults must accompany their children. Tour the hatchery and see trout being raised from eggs to 12 inches long. Across the road is Quarry Park where children can enjoy a large public play station.
Everyone knows the bass fishing is great on Lake Norfork. During spring, summer, and fall you can catch these sportfish without a problem. Because it’s a real concern, most of our guest release these fish and we can see the enjoyment it brings to all. We have all caught that 8-pound largemouth swimming under our dock!
The Arkansas Department of Game & Fish has been stocking Lake Norfork with striped bass every year for the past 30 years. Because Lake Norfork has a very large shad population, the stripers grow very well. The average weight of a Lake Norfork Striper is about 16 pounds, the lake record was right about 50 pounds. You can fish for stripers all year, but the best time is in the cooler fall, winter, and spring months. Roger is very good at keeping track of what the stripers are hitting each month. For details see his article on striper fishing. Fish & Fiddle is located in the Premier Striper waters near the Dam where the Big Stripers can be found yearly. Especially in the Spring, this resort is centrally located for easy access to all Species of Fish.
Roger's Free Seminars
Whatever species you’re looking for, Lake Norfork has them all! All types of crappie, panfish, black bass, white bass, hybrid stripers, stripers, walleye, and catfish are here. As the fishing changes from week to week, Roger will provide a fishing seminar if the need arises. He will do all he can to help everyone catch fish. Having a solid base of the serious fisherman, our resort is like a club. Everyone shares their little secrets and favorite baits. On any morning during the months of April, May, and early June you will see many a boat leaving their stall for a morning fishing trip at, or before, 5am.
Links To Norfork Lake Fishing Guides
No Need to Go North for Walleye or Crappie
by Roger Boskus, owner Fish & Fiddle Resort
Have you been thinking about a winter or springtime fishing trip for walleye? Lake Norfork never freezes, and there are no closed seasons. Weather is mild from November through April, with daytime temperatures averaging well above freezing. Fall foliage usually occurs anytime from October 15. If walleye or crappie are your pursuits, consider Lake Norfork. Here's why.
One of the best-kept secrets about walleye is that Lake Norfork, near Mountain Home, Arkansas, is chuck full of this great sport and table fare fish. Arkansas Game & Fish, along with Missouri Department of Conservation, have been doing a great job of stocking walleye in Lake Norfork for a long time now. In 2001 alone 200,000 walleye fry were stocked. In previous years stocking levels have been about the same. Great natural spawns have also added to Norfork's growing walleye population.
In the spring, quite a few bass and striper fisherman are surprised to catch many good-sized walleye. And they were especially surprised by the different methods and type of water they were catching them in. Many fishermen know that if they go up to the mouth of the lake where the river feeds in, the walleye will be there in February through April. What they didn’t realize is that a lot of these elusive fish stay near the same areas where they are found in the summer months. The only difference is, the fish move much shallower during cooler months and are sometimes found near the crappie areas. We were delighted to be able to catch many walleye from March through May in several areas of Norfork, and there was no need to travel very far up the lake.
One of the methods that produced a lot of walleye was slow trolling (electric motors), and long lining very small jigs; a method used by many of our crappie fishermen. Some bass fishermen casting right into the banks during the bass spawn were also catching the walleye. Needless to say, many fishermen quickly switched to fishing for walleye instead. A 1/16 oz to 1/8 oz jig tipped with a small minnow seemed to work best. Also, your favorite walleye worm harness is always a favorite. The color jigs varied with the weather. Bottom bouncers may also work well, but we have not tried them yet.
So many fishermen do not realize what a premier walleye lake Norfork is and they concentrate on other species of fish. Of course, everyone loves to fish for & catch the lunker striper that Norfork is known for, but the walleye is a real bonus. Some biologists are predicting a 20 lb walleye will come from this lake as they are so under fished and are growing in size and population by the day. So when planning your next walleye fishing trip, make sure to look at Lake Norfork as you will not be disappointed.
Lake Norfork Crappie
During the cooler weather, October through April, the crappie fishing really picks up. They move into shallows in the many brush piles that have been added to the lake for fish cover. We find that when adding our own brush piles, the crappie move in almost immediately. On any given day, people are surprised by the size of the crappies caught on Lake Norfork. It is common for these fish to be in the 12 to 15-inch size. We catch them around our dock on a regular basis in this same size range.
You will find that perhaps you do not always catch these fish in great numbers, but you will catch the biggest crappie that most people have ever seen. Whether you are fishing with a guide and catch a larger number of crappie, or if you prefer to do it on your own, the size of our crappie will astonish you. We like use very small tube jigs for crappie. The trick is finding how deep the crappie are. Once you find that, you can concentrate on the right color and can usually catch quite a few. Keep trying different depths and different colors, and it will not be long before you find the right combination.
If the fishing slows, move to another brush pile, then go back later to the first and try again. Norfork water is very clear so be quiet and calm. Crappie will spook easily and will not bite after a few are caught in one brush pile. By moving and fishing another pile it gives them time to settle down and return to the brush. As with other fish, the color jig varies with the weather conditions. Another basic favorite is using live minnows on a very light slip bobber.
To locate brush piles look for the blue and white signs along the shoreline. The piles are usually from 50 to 150 feet long, and far enough out in the water so that they remain submerged during low water periods. The signs are usually about equal to mid-pile.
When planning fall, winter, and spring fishing trips keep Lake Norfork in mind. Remember our central location for Walleye, crappie, bass, and striper fishing is especially good in the cooler months. Many a trophy fish is caught a stone throw away from our dock.