Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113



Norfork Lake fishing has been consistently good for the last several weeks. Of course, as you would expect there are times that one day is better than the other. I expect the strong bite to continue throughout August, assuming the weather patterns and the lake levels hold fairly stable.

The bite for striped bass and hybrid bass has been excellent. I am finding striped bass and hybrid bass schooled up in deep water (60 to 80 feet) and the fish are typically suspended 30 - 50 feet down. I have also found some big stripers and hybrids in 35 - 50 feet of water. These fish are 30 feet to the bottom. I have had the best luck with deep water fish before it gets light out in the morning, from about 5AM to about 7AM. The fish are being found on bluff line points, but not necessarily in the main lake. At around 7AM I move to a shallower bank, still not main lake that is holding a lot of bait. I am finding large schools of whites, hybrids, and stripers feeding heavily on shad and this has lasted until around 8:30 when they tend to disappear.  The timing has been great for me as I need to head back to work at Hummingbird Hideaway Resort. Fishing is part of my job description, since I need to be able to help my guests find and catch fish. Tough job, but someone needs to do it. :-) I have been fishing 2 methods, live bait in the dark, then I switch to a spoon and start to vertical jig. Live bait will work great all the time, but I enjoy spooning for fish. Best locations for striped and hybrid bass are from around Point 2 down and a little past the Jordan area, as well as, by the dam. Look at secondary points back in the creeks and larger coves, but they do move to the main lake points at times. This is a large area, but there are lots of fish at many different locations at this time.

Topwater action is still occurring in the mornings as the sun is starting to rise and can occur at any time of the day anywhere in the lake. Sunrise and sunset is still the best time for topwater action.  In the area where I am fishing for striped bass the fish start to chase shad on the surface as the sun comes up. I have caught spotted bass, largemouth, whites and hybrids on a Zara Spook over the last couple of weeks. Large schools of whites are erupting from the 101 bridge to Cranfield Island and also up to the Red Bank area. Once you find the school creating white water, cast your favorite topwater bait or a blade type bait, such as a Kastmaster, into the active fish and hang on. It is a blast catching one fish after another.

The walleye bite is still good. The walleye I have found has been in 35 - 50 feet of water on the bottom. I caught fish on a spoon, vertical jigging it off of the bottom. Troll a crank bait with lead core line, downriggers or inline weights in order to get your bait down to 30 - 40 feet of water. Troll along bluff lines, or large flats. You can also find walleye hanging around brush piles in 25 - 40 feet of water. Live bait or spooning will work around the brush. You can also use a crawler harness with a blade and a bottom bouncing weight to catch some nice fish. Some of the best colors of blades are chartreuse and orange.

Crappie are scattered at this time and are being picked up while trolling for walleye. Some crappie are hanging around brush piles in the 30 feet range and can be caught on jigs or live bait.

Norfork Lake level is dropping very slowly and currently sits at 553.12. The lake surface water temperature has dropped from my last report and ranges from 84 to 87 degrees depending on your location and time of day. The main lake is clear and the some creeks and coves are stained.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.







Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113



Norfork Lake fishing has been good and has had some very interesting occurrences that are not typical based on my prior years experience. If you are looking for some fun topwater action, it has been occurring for the last several weeks. White bass and hybrids are erupting in the mid-lake to northern parts of the lake in the mornings and the afternoons. The small to mid sized whites are on the surface, but if you get down 5 - 10 feet the bigger whites are feeding heavily. I suggested using a Kastmaster, blade type bait, to some of my guests. They found the feeding frenzy this morning and had a blast.

The catfish bite is also doing very well. Some of our guests have set trot lines in coves in about 10 feet of water and are catching blues and channels over night, as well as, a few during the day. I have caught some really nice size blues in about 50 feet of water on the sides of points with a sharp drop off. My catfish have been caught using live thread fin shad.

The striped bass and hybrid bass bite is good if you can locate the schools of fish. I have been fishing in 2 different areas, but I can see the fish are slowing moving out. I did a little looking around different areas from Point 2 down towards the Jordan area. I marked a few fish in all areas, but didn't find anything really exciting. In the last spot I did find small schools of stripers that were still feeding. A first time striped bass fisherwomen landed a nice 8 pounder out of this school. We had 2 other rods bent to the water at the same time, but we missed both of them. After this flurry of activity the fish moved on and we headed home. I am going to check this spot out much earlier in the morning tomorrow. I have been mainly using thread fin shad, but spoons are also working. If you enjoy trolling you should be able to pick up some nice fish. Umbrella rigs and swim baits are both catching fish. The trick is to get your bait down to 30 - 40 feet deep. Look from Point 2  to the dam out in the deeper water along bluff lines and main lake points.

Norfork Lake is holding fairly stable for both the lake level, and the surface water temperature. The lake currently sits at 554.30 ft. and the surface water temperature this morning was 87 degrees. The main lake is clear and some of the creeks and coves are somewhat stained.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.







Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113




Norfork Lake is in its summer pattern. Fish are going deeper as the thermocline continues to drop. The thermocline appears to be in the 22 - 30 feet range depending where you are located on the lake.

Striped bass fishing continues to be very good. The best artificial method has been vertical jigging with a spoon. If you are trolling use a large swimbait or an umbrella rig with the same swimbaits attached to it. Live bait ( threadfin or gizzard shad and large shiners), has been working the best for me. I am catching stripers 40 to 70 feet deep in 45 to 100 feet of water. Most of the fish I've caught over the last week that were 40 feet down have been hybrids. The striped bass has been deeper. Locations for the striped bass have not really changed much since my last report. I am finding them on the main lake as well as in some of the creeks. Channel swings where the water drops off to 80+ feet very close to shore are one of the best areas. Long points where the channel is close are also holding some really good fish. I am finding striped bass from the 62 bridge area all the way down towards and beyond Hudson Point, a little east of the dam.

Largemouth bass fishing has also been good. There is still some good topwater action right before sun up and as the sun is setting. Other times of the day you need to look for these fish on or slightly below the thermocline. Brush piles near the thermocline are also holding some nice fish.

Catfish and walleye have also been biting very well. I have caught some really nice sized channel and blue cats on live shad while fishing for striped bass. Most of the catfish came from 60 to 70 feet deep close to the bottom, especially when I have found deep bait. The same, as above, holds true for the walleye. You will also find nice walleye below the thermocline especially early and late in the day. Crawler harnesses are work very well, as well as, live larger minnows.

Norfork Lake level is holding fairly stable and currently sits at 555.28 feet above sea level. Periodic power generation is occurring to hold the level close to the current normal seasonal pool. The surface water temperature is in the 86 - 90 degree range. The main lake is clear with some of the coves and creeks slightly stained.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113


Norfork Lake fishing is in the early stages of its summer pattern. This means that the lake has a thermocline forming and many species are close to this level and other species are going deeper. Several species school this time of year while other species scatter to the cooler depths of the lake.

The bite for striped bass and hybrid bass has been excellent over the last week. Yes, you do need to find them, but once you do you are going to have a lot of fun. I had the pleasure of fishing with my daughter's family and two of her friends over the last week and we had a great time. I would take out the girls one day and the next the guys. The girls definitely out performed the guys.  I love to instigate trouble. :-) I am finding these fish in many different types of locations, main lake points, main lake flats, back in the major creeks and some in the larger secondary creeks. In the morning is the fish seem to be congregating close to deep channel swings. These are areas where the creek or main lake channel is curving in close to the shore, especially if it is close to a rocky point. The fish have an opportunity to go shallow to feed on crawdads during the night then move out to deep water to feed on shad during daylight hours. I am finding stripers in 60 - 100 feet of water with the fish suspended from 30 - 70 feet down. A pretty good bite in the afternoon has also started. In the afternoon look for a deep main lake flat or a big rounded point. The fish will be out in the 60 to 80 foot range. You will need to look for the bait and if you can find them the stripers will be nearby. The striped bass are still scattered throughout the lake, but the better areas for me have been around the bridges and heading south. It appears the bigger stripers (at least for me) are at the deepest level, nice fish but smaller ones are up higher in the water column. Live bait, either shad or shiners are working great, but vertical jigging with a spoon is working very well for me. Trolling large swimbaits or deep diving crank baits is also working as long as you can get your bait down below the 35 foot water depth.

Walleye fishing has also been very good.You will find the biggest concentration of fish at or near the thermocline from 20 - 30 feet water depth. As the thermocline drops so will the fish. I am also picking up a few that are out chasing shad while I am striper fishing. These fish have been anywhere from 40 to 60 feet deep. Trolling crawler harnesses with a small spinner has been working very well, as well as, trolling a deep diving crank baits. Both of these baits need to be close to or actually in contact with the bottom to entice the fish to bite. Another good method of walleye fishing is vertical jigging a spoon. I have been using a 3/4 ounce spoon bouncing it off of the bottom.

Largemouth bass fishing has also been good. There is still a little topwater action right before sunrise and then again as the sun is setting. They are located all over the lake from the main lake to the creeks. Most of the topwater action that I have seen has been back in creeks in the mornings and out on main lake flats at sunset. Swimbaits and crank baits are working early in the mornings. As the sun comes up the fish go down. Switch out to some of your favorite plastics either Texas rigged or Carolina rigged. Get your baits down to 18 - 30 feet. I have picked up a few big bass 50 feet down over the last week while striper fishing off of points. The bass are feeding on dark green crawdads, as well as, thread fin shad.

Crappie fishing is still good under docks at different times of the day. The crappie are scattered out in deep water as they normally do this time of year. If you find some 30 - 40 foot deep brush check it out as there will be a few crappie hanging around.

Norfork Lake water level is still falling several inches per day and currently sits at 557.19. The surface water temperature is in the mid to upper 80's. Most of the lake is very clear with some of the creeks and coves slightly stained. Norfork Lake is in great condition of all types of water sports.

Give us a call at Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113 for your summer time vacation. We still have availability for most weeks in July and August. If you are looking for a fishing vacation I will be able to help put you on fish.  I am out on the lake at least 5 days a week trying to keep up with their ever changing locations. If a lake loving vacation if what you are looking for, Norfork Lake is in great shape for your swimming and boating fun.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.







Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113






















Norfork Lake fishing is  continuing to be outstanding. There is still a little topwater action right before sunrise and then again at sunset. Hybrids, whites, largemouth and smallmouth bass are the fish coming up sporadically. Most species are located from about 18 feet of water out to 70 feet of water.

 The striped bass and hybrid bass bite is one of the best bites I have seen in awhile. This species has started to school which makes it a lot of fun. When you find the school of fish you have continuous action until you loose the school, then you are back to looking. Live bait is working very well, but artificial baits are working as well. Vertical jig with a spoon, cast out a big swim bait and cast or troll an Alabama rig. What I have noticed over the last week is that the fish I mark from the surface down to approximately 30 feet are predominately hybrid and white bass. The large arcs marked from 40  to 70 feet are typically striped bass. Striped bass need the cooler water whereas the hybrids can tolerate the warmer water. I have been vertical jigging with a spoon for the deeper fish as these are the big boys. This morning I had my spoon down 65 feet in 70 feet of water and I hooked into something big. It would not budge, but then I felt a head shake and it started to move slowly along the bottom. This fish could care less that it was hooked. I fought this fish for about 5 minutes then the treble hook just pulled out. I will get this monster the next time. :-)  The best locations at this time are part way back in creeks whether it be a major or a secondary creek. The striped and hybrid bass are feeding on crawdads during the evening and are switching out to shad when the sun starts to come up. The best depths where I have found the fish is from 50 - 100 feet of water.

The walleye bite is also very good. Most of the fish that my guests and I have caught are in 20 - 30 feet of water on the bottom. During the night if you are using a light to attract bait you will find this species suspended down about 20 feet. A crawler harness with a bottom bouncing weight is working very well, but I have caught my walleye jigging with a spoon on the bottom. Live shad or shiners are also picking up some nice fish especially after dark.

The largemouth bass bite has been good especially early and late in the day. Some topwater action up close to the bank, as well as, out in deep water while they are chasing shad. I have caught some nice fish on Zara spooks, swimbaits and a blade type bait. As the sun gets high in the sky switch out to baits you work along the bottom in 15 - 25 feet of water. You will also still find some nice fish up in the sunken buck brush, but most are deeper.

The crappie bite is good if you can locate the fish. This is the time of year when they scatter into deeper cooler water along bluff drop-offs or inside of deep brush piles. The best bite for crappie has still been in the shade of covered docks.

The Norfork Lake level is falling approximately 2 - 3 inches per day and currently sits at 561.5 which is only about 5 feet above normal seasonal pool. The surface water temperature is holding fairly stable and is currently in the mid 80's. The main lake is clear with a slight stain back in some of the coves. The lake is in absolutely great shape.

If you have not made your plans yet for your summer fishing and/or lake recreation vacation give us call. We have cabins available 870-492-5113.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Norfork Lake Fishing Report by Lou of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort 870-492-5113



The holiday weekend was a very busy time for Norfork Lake. There were many fishermen and women out on the lake catching plenty of fish. Others were enjoying the great weather that we had by playing in the warm, clean and clear water of Norfork Lake. It appeared that all of our guests had a great time and no one wanted to leave.

The striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass bite has been outstanding for the last couple of weeks. There has been plenty of topwater action for all of these species. The best time for topwater action starts at sunrise, lasts for a couple of hours and then happens again at sunset. You may need to move around to find the white water, but they are coming up all over the lake at various locations and depths. If you only see one fish come up and you are close enough, cast a topwater lure because there will be more in the area and they will come up for your bait. Today I fished in a major creek and had a fantastic time. Landed 8 striper and hybrids using live thread fin shad. They were exploding on my free swimming baits and were also hitting baits that I had on with a 1/8 ounce split shot. I was moving slowly with my trolling motor about 1/2 mile an hour. I started fishing along a shoreline in 30 feet of water and started to catch hybrids. I then moved out to 60 feet of water and started to catch stripers. Swim baits and Alabama rigs are also working well to catch these fish. I am starting to mark big arcs suspended down 20 - 50 feet, so the stripers are starting to move down to the cooler water. As the water continues to warm the topwater action for the stripers will stop and then restart in the fall when the water starts to cool. The fish that I cleaned today were full of crawdads telling me they are feeding close to shore at some point during the day. The moon is full so I would assume they are feeding heavily at night.

The large and smallmouth bass bite is still very good. Topwater baits, flukes and jerk baits are all catching nice fish. In the mornings work the shallow water that has sunken buck brush. As the sun gets higher move out to about 10 - 20 feet of water and work the bottom with your plastics. Bluff line points are holding some nice smallmouth bass. On occasion you will find the bass out in deep water feeding on the surface and topwater baits will work great.

The walleye bite has also been good. They are being found inside of the sunken buck brush, as well as along deep bluff line where the channel is making a swing. Jerk baits, swim baits and casting spoons are all working.

The crappie bite has been fantastic under docks in the middle of the day and also after dark. Small jigs and spoons are catching fish as well as small minnows. The fish appear to be from 15 feet down up to the surface.

Norfork Lake level is falling about 3 inches per day with constant power generation. The current lake level is 564.59. The surface water temperature is on the rise and was in the low 80's this morning. The main lake is clear with some of the coves slightly stained

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.










Tuesday, May 15, 2018


The bite for all species on Norfork Lake has been outstanding for the last week. The lake has finally stabilized, the weather has stabilized, the threadfin shad are spawning and the surface water temperature has reached the 70's. Perfect fishing conditions.

Striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass fishing has been very good over the last 7 days. Currently the best bite has been from the start of dawn until the sun gets above the tree line. The same holds true for the evening bite which is just prior to sunset until it becomes dark. With the shad spawn ongoing, using live bait has been excellent. I have mainly been using free swimming shad. I either pitch the bait up close to the shore and let it swim or I have been slowly moving with a free swimming bait behind the boat while still staying in 20 feet or less of water. Main lake points that have a lot of sunken brush seem to be holding the most fish. There has been good topwater action for these species throughout the week. It may not be consistent in a certain location, but the stripers are coming up somewhere on the lake in the early morning and late in the day. Artificial baits that are working with my old standby method of walking the dog, are topwater baits, paddle tail swimbaits, flukes and blade type baits.

The largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass bite has also been excellent. The shad spawn, as well as their own spawn has been ongoing. The largemouth and spotted bass are inside of the sunken shoreline brush or just on the outside edge of the brush in the same locations as the striped and hybrid bass. Live bait is working excellent. Artificial baits that are producing some nice fish are a topwater bait worked on top of the brush, but one of the best bites is with a fluke type bait. Cast your fluke inside of the brush and just give it little twitches and watch the bass come up and hammer the bait. Plastics, such as a lizard with no weight or very little weight are also producing. A good color at this time is a dark green with some flakes in it.

Crappie fishing has also been good. Most of this species have spawned, but there are still a few that are full of eggs. A great place to catch crappie in the middle of the day is under a covered dock that has some sort of underwater cover. Live minnows are working the best, but small plastic jigs are also producing some nice fish. The crappie are also moving back to the brush. Look for brush in 20 - 25 feet of water and there will be fish.

Norfork Lake has finally stabilized and is actually falling slightly with 2 generators being run for approximately half of the day. The current level is 565.53. The surface water temperature has risen to the mid 70's and if the high daytime temperature continues, the water temperature will continue to rise. Currently our air temperatures have been in the upper 80's to maybe the low 90's during the day and the mid to upper 60's at night. The water is clear for most of the lake with a slight stain in some of the creeks and coves.

Happy fishing and see you on the lake.