pole almost jerked out of your hand. Watch in awe as your spool is
emptied of 8 pound test lightning fast. Tighten that drag a notch and
hold on. You’re fishing for Norfork Lake Stripers!
is nationally known as one of the top 3 premier trophy
striper lakes in the country and is the leading cause of Striper
Fever Syndrome in the Midwest. Catch just one 20 pound fish and
you’re addicted. There is no cure. The only way to get temporary
relief is to fish and fish often.
monsters, unique to Norfork Lake, typically weigh in between 8 and
14 pounds. Twenty and thirty pounders are relatively common and every
year anglers are netting fish topping the forty pound mark! It’s the
abundance of Gizzard and Threadfin shad, the striper’s favorite food,
that allows these freshwater whales to grow to the enormous size and
weights you’ll find in Norfork Lake. Shad prefer clear water,
moderate water temperatures, and a never ending source of plankton
for food, conditions Norfork Lake is famous for. So, lots of shad
plus Norfork clear water…..big stripers, really big stripers!
you should be saying to yourself “I’ve GOT to get me some of those.
But when is the best time?”
time to fish for Norfork Stripers really depends on you. The fish are
here all year long. They’re always hungry, always mean, always
aggressive, and always ready to fight you. So it comes down to what
year do you enjoy fishing and your favorite style and technique to
use. Norfork’s weather is usually mild during any particular season
although each season is distinctive. Do you like to fish warm
weather? How about when it’s a little nippy? Want to fish at night,
early in the morning, or both? It’s up to you. The important thing is
to know the proper technique and bait choice during the time of year
you’re fishing. Not sure about timing or techniques, then contact one
of Norfork’s professional
Striper Fishing Guides.
If you’re on
a trophy hunt with mounting potential or you just want something to
brag to the guys about, be sure to be here sometime
between early March and the end of May. The 2 weeks before and after
April’s full moon tend to be prime time.
If you want
to stock the freezer, come see us beginning in June through October.
Daily limits are typical during these months. Bring plenty of large
Ziplocs and sun screen. You might want to wear a swimsuit. During
these months that lake water can be awfully inviting.
months are the “almost sure thing” months. Fishing tends to
be very consistent. Most days are limit out days but sometimes it can
get chilly out there. A good snowmobile suit or hunting gear usually
works well in the boat.
sure about timing or techniques? It’s best to hook up with one of
Striper Fishing Guides. These fellows can
help you with most any striper issue you might have and you’ll have a
great time learning techniques, bait choices and even the current hot
spots. So be sure to book a trip. You might want to bring some Ben
Gay. Your shoulders and arms will appreciate it.
already contracted Striper Fever, be sure to check with your
Norfork Lake resort owner. They usually are in the
know as to what’s happening on the lake. Those
bait shop guys
are a great source of information also.
Need a boat
to chase those bad boys down? Many local
have fishing boats for rent as do the lake
one of those trophies can tail-smack water in your face or you
can fill your live well most anytime of the year, so pick a week,
cabin, charter a trip with
your soon to be favorite
Striper Fishing Guide
and just get at it. There really is not a time not to fish for those
unique Norfork stripers.
And by the way,
bring a big net…… a really big net!
click on the links below
Key To Catching Lake Norfork Stripers
Spring Striper Fishing Tactics
Summer Striper Fishing Tactics
Fall Striper Fishing Tactics
Winter Striper Fishing Tactics