Many of you have asked how the fishing has been; both on the river and the lakes – as many of you like to fish both while you’re here.
As I’ve told you, the river fishing has been very good. The Fly Fisher’s conclave is over and was a great success. Many of our guests enjoyed the event, and had time to enjoy the fishing too! They all reported good fishing on a variety of flies. As for our spin fishing guests, the report was much the same. There are those times when it doesn’t really seem to matter what you are throwing at them; as long as you’re throwing something, they’re hitting it… Apparently, this is one of those times…
Now, for lake fishing. I hadn’t had any guests hit the lakes in the last couple of weeks, so I really didn’t know for sure what was going on there. Well, here’s my answer!
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Bank fisherman takes world-class fish from Norfork
Angler catches 51-pound striped bass with 10-pound test line
Eric Green holds the 51-pound striped bass he caught from Norfork Lake early Wednesday. / KEVIN PIEPER/THE BAXTER BULLETIN
Norfork Lake yielded a monster striped bass around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning to angler Eric Green fishing a suspending Rogue from the bank in the Quarry Park area of the lake.
The 51-pound cow was Green’s third trophy fish of 2012. Earlier this year he caught a 9-pound brown trout and a 5-pound cutthroat trout from the White River.
Wednesday’s fish stripped all the 10-pound test line from the Abu Garcia casting reel Green was using.
“It stripped the line off twice. I could see the holes and line tie on my spool both times. I just put my thumb on the line and horsed him back both times,” Green said. “It took 45 minutes to land.”
The brake and bushings were apparently burned out of the reel.
Russell Breckenridge, a guide since 1985, said Green’s fish is one of the biggest he’s heard of out of Norfork in 2012.
Fishing was tougher than usual in August because of hot weather and water, but the bite has improved some since the weather turned cooler and produced some rain.
“We had a party of four out last week and we did pretty good,” Breckenridge said. “We’ve caught several 25s and fewer 30s (pounds) so far this year.”
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocks about 154,000 striped bass to Norfork Lake each year.
<end article from Baxter Bulletin>
In closing, I just wanted to give you an update; and we hope to see you this beautiful fall season! Give us a call, and let us help you make some Ozarks memories this year…